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COVID-19 Information and Resources as of 2/7/22

2/7/22 – Governor Whitmer Daily Update: As the supply of oral medications to treat COVID-19 is expanding across the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to talk with their health care provider if they test positive for COVID-19 to determine if this is the correct treatment for them.

Paxlovid and molnupiravir, which recently received emergency use authorization by the FDA, are designed for the outpatient treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. Both medications may only be prescribed for patients by physicians, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants. When administered to non-hospitalized patients with conditions that put them at high risk of severe illness within five days of symptom onset, these antivirals may reduce symptoms and the risk of hospitalizations and emergency department visits associated with the virus.

Although Michigan has received additional courses of the medications, Priority Eligibility Criteria for therapeutics, including antiviral medication and monoclonal antibody therapy, will remain in effect until the limited supply is able to meet demand and will be periodically reviewed as appropriate.

 

Vaccine Information at:

Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: Vaccination data will be updated Monday – Saturday from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR).

COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Guidance: This guidance outlines the strategy for vaccine prioritization for the State of Michigan and will be used by MDHHS, as well as public health and health care, as they allocate and administer vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs: Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. The information in this document will change frequently as we learn more about COVID-19 vaccines.

Past Posts of Information, Executive Orders, and News Bulletins (most recent on top):

1/31/22 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced a partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation to ship 250,000 free tests to 50,000 households to help get COVID-19 at-home tests into the hands of vulnerable Michiganders.

Households in eligible ZIP codes in Berrien, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Muskegon, Oakland, Saginaw and Wayne counties, and the City of Detroit are eligible to order one test kit per household from the Project Act website. Each kit contains five tests and should arrive in Amazon packaging within one to two weeks of ordering. Michigan has 250,000 tests, which will be made available to 50,000 households in this first phase of the program, with additional test availability anticipated in the future.

Individuals seeking to order tests will input their ZIP code to see if they live in a qualifying area. Individuals without Internet access can contact the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136, or contact 211 for assistance ordering tests.

The public-private public partnership program brings together five other state health departments in Arkansas, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico and Ohio along with test manufacturer iHealth, health technology company CareEvolution, and logistics provider and distribution leader Amazon.

This program is in addition to free at-home tests available through the federal government partnership with the United States Postal Service.

Michiganders also have numerous options for accessing COVID-19 testing such as MDHHS supported community popup testing sites, which include testing at welcome centers and airports in addition to 22 neighborhood testing sites across the state. Michiganders can also locate testing sites near them through an online search tool.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control is partnering with two counties to host high throughput COVID-19 test sites in Macomb and Wayne counties.

 

1/27/22 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is distributing 10 million free KN95 masks to ensure Michiganders can protect themselves from COVID-19 as the state continues to face the Omicron variant.

Free KN95 masks provided by MDHHS will be distributed by community organizations, including local MDHHS offices, health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices.

Residents who need masks can pick one up from partner sites across the state. Find a distribution site at Michigan.gov/MaskUpMichigan. Michiganders are asked to refer to partner websites or social media sites to find out about mask availability as opposed to calling sites.

As of Jan. 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its consumer web page describing the types of masks and respirators used to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. According to CDC, loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, while layered finely woven products offer more protection.

Well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection. KN95 masks are similar to but should not be confused with N95 masks that are often used by health care workers as part of their work in higher-risk settings or as a replacement for NIOSH-approved respirators if required by your employer.

In addition to MDHHS offices, local health departments and Area Agency on Aging offices, the free masks are available from Community Action AgenciesFederally Qualified Health Centers and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Some agencies will further distribute the masks to local partners such as homeless shelters. This is the second time the department has distributed KN95 masks for the public, having distributed 3.5 million masks in January 2021.

The masks being provided by MDHHS are in addition to 400 million N95 masks being made available by the Biden administration to pharmacies and health centers from the Strategic National Stockpile. CVS, Costco, Meijer, Walgreens, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walmart and Sam’s Club are among the many Michigan retailers that joined the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to begin free distribution of N95 masks.

1/21/22 – To help ensure rapid testing is available to schools, long-term care facilities, jails, homeless shelters and for seasonal workers, Governor Whitmer has asked the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin distributing more than 200,000 test kits to schools and other priority groups, with another 100,000 slated to go out this week. These large-scale shipments are being made per a request from Governor Whitmer to get every test kit the state has available out to ensure availability of testing for the state’s most vulnerable residents during the unprecedented Omicron surge.

Demand for these tests have grown over recent months with nearly 700,000 tests shipped out in the first two weeks of January 2022 and over 1 million tests to be distributed this month alone. January 2022 will represent the largest distribution of tests in a single month from the MDHHS program. This week, more than 200,000 test kits will have been sent to the following groups: 

  • Schools – 117,740
  • Long Term Care facilities – 67,680
  • Local health departments – 6,936
  • Jails – 5,640
  • Camps – 2,000
  • Shelters – 1,320
  • Seasonal Workers – 600
  • Juvenile Justice facilities – 480
  • First responders – 66
  • Total – 202,462

Due to increased demand across the nation for these tests and increasing cases of COVID-19 spurred by the Omicron variant, MDHHS is working diligently to purchase as many tests kits as possible. In November 2021, MDHHS launched the MI Backpack Home Tests program to provide free, at-home COVID antigen tests to parents, students and staff. Nearly 175,000 tests have been provided through this program to date. 

Earlier this month, MDHHS launched a pilot program with 17 libraries across the state to help provide access to OTC tests with more than 5,000 tests provided to these sites.  

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has worked to ensure Michiganders have access to testing to help limit the spread of the virus. Since October 2020, more than 7.1 million antigen and over the counter COVID-19 tests have been distributed to provide testing for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. 

This includes test kits provided to long-term care facilities, schools, corrections facilities, local health departments, psychiatric hospitals, libraries, shelters, Community Action Agencies and others.   

Test distribution October 2020 to present: 

Project/Facility/Venue  Total Tests Shipped  % of All Tests Shipped 
Long Term Care  1,881,420  26.4% 
Schools  1,507,102  21.1% 
Spring School Sports Mandate  1,355,390  19.0% 
MI Department of Corrections  740,035  10.4% 
Local Health Departments  674,665  9.5% 
Psych Hospitals  383,160  5.4% 
MI Backpack Program  174,870  2.5% 
Other  418,850  5.9% 
TOTAL  7,135,492  100% 

The general public have numerous options for accessing COVID-19 testing such as identification of MDHHS supported community popup testing sites, which include testing at welcome centers and airports in addition to 22 neighborhood testing sites across the state. These locations have also performed a record number of tests in the month of January. Michiganders can also locate testing sites near them through an online search tool.  

The public can also request free at home tests through a federal government partnership with the United States Postal Service  

1/18/22 – Free Home COVID Tests Now Available – Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.  https://www.covidtests.gov/

1/18/22 – Gov. Whitmer today urged Michiganders to take advantage of the federal government’s free COVID-19 testing program. At-home, rapid COVID-19 tests are available for free at COVIDTests.gov, with every household eligible for four free tests that will be shipped directly to Michiganders’ homes.  

“The federal program to deliver free tests to every family is simple, easy, and effective. It will remove barriers to testing including time and cost and make it easier for Michiganders to get tested,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Testing is a crucial tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and I encourage every Michigander to claim their free COVID-19 tests at COVIDTests.gov.”  

“Testing in addition to getting vaccinated and wearing masks are extremely effective tools in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. “We are grateful for the efforts the federal government is taking to make testing easy and accessible for all Michiganders. We hope all households in our state will take advantage of this resource.” 

COVID-19 testing in Michigan is at an all-time high and these at home tests will provide the necessary tools directly to Michigan residents to limit barriers to testing access and empowering residents to take immediate action after receiving a test result. 

When to use an at home test: 

  • if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • if exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 (ideally 5 days after exposure or after experiencing symptoms)
  • prior to or after traveling or attending a large gathering

1/14/22 – Governor Whitmer Encourages Michiganders to Obtain Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests, Saving Families Hundreds Per Month 

Insurers required to cover eight COVID-19 tests per person per month, potentially saving a family of four at least $384 a month, helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox are encouraging Michiganders with health insurance to take advantage of a new federal rule that requires health insurers to cover the cost of eight over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests per month. As insurers work to implement this new coverage, Michiganders should save receipts and boxes for COVID-19 tests purchased beginning on Saturday, January 15 so they can submit them for future reimbursement, saving a family of four at least $384 a month. 

Under the new rule, starting January 15, private insurers will be required to cover up to eight FDA-approved over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month for each person covered by a health plan. Insurers may, but are not required to, cover tests purchased before January 15. Free COVID-19 testing is not limited to Michiganders with private health insurance. Consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on how the coverage is provided: 

  • Through a network of preferred pharmacies or retailers: If your insurer establishes a network of preferred pharmacies or retailers, you can get over-the-counter COVID-19 tests with no up-front costs at those locations. If you choose to purchase your tests elsewhere, your insurer is required to reimburse you up to $12 for those tests.
  • Through reimbursement:If your insurer does not establish a network of a preferred pharmacies or retailers, you will have to pay up front for your tests, and your insurer will be required to reimburse you for the full purchase price of the covered tests.  
  • Michigan Medicaid and MIChild:Participants of these programs have coverage for FDA-authorized at-home COVID-19 tests. 
  • If you do not have insurance: People without insurance can also get tested for free at some community health centers. More information about COVID-19 testing for people without insuranceis available on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. 

 Later this month, all Michiganders will also have access to free at-home tests that will be sent directly to them upon request in the mail by the federal government. More information on this new federal program, including a website for making test requests, is expected soon. 

Consumers who have questions that cannot be resolved directly with their insurer can contact DIFS 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 877-999-6442. 

1/11/22 – Governor’s Daily Update –

  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is amplifying new warnings related to reports of fake at-home COVID-19 tests being sold online.  Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently released warnings related to fraudulent tests, so Nessel is reissuing her Websites Selling COVID-Related Products That Are Fake or Never Arrive Consumer Alert to highlight important reminders for consumers.

“As the pandemic continues to grip our nation, bad actors are finding new ways to take advantage of our current reality,” Nessel said. “Right now, there is a huge demand for at-home COVID-19 tests, so it’s important to understand there will be attempts to capitalize on that demand. The best way to combat criminal attempts to defraud consumers is to educate yourself on the latest scams.”

  • Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Gilchrist announced the news in a video posted on Twitter and used the news as a call for Michiganders to watch out for each other.

“Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I currently have no symptoms, and I’m grateful that being vaccinated protects against serious illness,” he said. “I encourage everyone to keep doing all they can to keep each other safe.”

1/10/22 – Governor’s Daily Update – Michigan has received its first shipment of new oral medications to treat COVID-19, paxlovid and molnupiravir, following the recent emergency use authorization by the FDA.

These antivirals are designed for the outpatient treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. Both     medications may only be prescribed for a patient by physicians, advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants.

12/27/21 – Daily Update on COVID – Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after the FDA authorized a pill manufactured by Pfizer that offers effective, in-home treatments for Michiganders who test positive for COVID-19.

“This pill is a powerful new tool in our arsenal to keep Michiganders safe. With it, we will be able to help high-risk Michiganders who test positive for COVID-19 recover effectively at home without requiring hospitalization, alleviating the burden on our hospitals and health care workers.

Michigan also welcomes the federal emergency response team headed our way that will backstop our health care system to ensure hospitals remain operational. In January, the federal government will also set up a website where you can request free, at-home rapid tests to be mailed to you.

There are steps every Michigander can take to protect themselves. First, get vaccinated and if you are eligible, get your booster. Early data indicates that the booster offers greater protection against the Omicron variant and will help keep you out of the hospital. If you plan on traveling for the holidays or attending an indoor gathering, please get tested beforehand and stay home if you’re sick. If you test positive, especially if you are in a high-risk group, contact a medical professional and find out if the new Pfizer pill is right for you, or if you qualify for monoclonal antibody treatments.”

https://www.toledoblade.com/local/Coronavirus/2021/12/21/michigan-officials-expect-omicron-variant-sweep-state/stories/20211222060

•After schools fought to have in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University this week joined colleges like Harvard and Stanford in announcing that classes will begin virtually next month due to the fast-spreading omicron variant.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Michigan Advance in a phone interview Wednesday that she supports the university’s move and other schools in Michigan may do the same — although she’s not aware of any.

“I do support that, and I do think that other schools may follow suit,” she said. “I don’t have knowledge that they are. I’ve not had those one-on-one conversations, but I know that a number of our larger public institutions are headed by people who are medical doctors and they’re epidemiologists. I know they’re looking; they’re doing the best they can to keep their student body and their educators on campus safe.”

 

12/13/21 – Vaccine Update – The state of Michigan has administered 10,731,019 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 107,673 administered December 1 – December 9.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

  • MDHHS announced 15,385 cases of COVID-19 from Thursday and Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 1,380,324.

11/17/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today launched a new pilot program in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) called MI Backpack Home Tests to provide free, at-home COVID antigen tests to participating schools to create a safer environment for K-12 students, parents, teachers, and support staff amid the pandemic.

The MI Backpack Home Tests initiative is kicking off this week in Charlotte Public Schools. Through the voluntary program, parents, students, and staff can sign up to take home COVID-19 test kits. Every person enrolled in the program receives one at-home COVID-19 test kit that includes two tests. MDHHS will provide the kits and educational materials and schools will distribute the kits to participants.

The MI Backpack Home Tests program expands on the MI Safe School Testing Program launched by MDHHS in January 2021.

The initial program begins in Charlotte schools when they receive materials this week. During the first week of the pilot, schools send information to parents and staff and collect registration forms from those who chose to participate. MDHHS will ship kits to schools to distribute to participating students and staff next week. Once they have their test kits, participants can use the kits at home if someone has symptoms or exposure to someone else with COVID-19.

Additional school districts – including Benton Harbor Area Schools and Battle Creek Public Schools which have already signed up – will be added into the pilot program in later weeks and receive their test kits after the Thanksgiving break. MDHHS is inviting a geographically diverse group of schools to participate in the pilot so that its effectiveness can be gauged around the state.

School districts and schools that are interested in the testing program can go to www.michigan.gov/schoolCOVIDtesting and click on the MI Safe Schools Testing Program button. More details will be posted there in the coming days.

11/17/21 – Ahead of the FDA’s expected approval of boosters for all adults this week, Governor Whitmer today encouraged all Michiganders 18 and up who are at least six months out from their second dose of the effective, FDA-approved COVID-19 to schedule their booster shot as soon as approval is granted. Michigan is making good progress on boosters, with over 1.1 million administered to date, 7th nationwide. She also called on parents to take their children to get vaccinated in order to protect them from COVID-19 and its variants, and has urged long-term care facilities to prioritize scheduling onsite clinics to deliver boosters to residents and staff to protect those at highest risk.

Guidance For Michiganders

If you are vaccinated
• Get your booster (18+)
• Get your flu shot
• Wear a mask in large indoor settings
• Test if you have symptoms or have been exposed
• Test after traveling for the holidays

If you are unvaccinated
• Get vaccinated (5+)
• Get your flu shot
• Wear a mask for all indoor gatherings OR avoid indoor gatherings
• Test regularly
• Test if you have symptoms or have been exposed
• Test after traveling for the holidays

 

10/26/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued an executive directive to state departments and agencies to expedite the ordering and distribution of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric coronavirus vaccinations to protect younger Michiganders between the ages of 5 to 11 years old and ensure that students could continue in-person learning in a safe environment this year.  

On October 26, the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met to discuss emergency use authorization of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine for children. After this meeting, the VRBPAC will issue their recommendation to the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is scheduled to meet Nov. 2-3 to review data and recommendations. ACIP is anticipated to issue a recommendation, which will go to CDC for final approval of the emergency use authorization. 

Based on data provided by Pfizer, the vaccine was shown to be nearly 91% effective during the trial at preventing symptomatic disease from COVID-19 in the age group. 

The executive directive expedites the administration of pediatric vaccinations by: 

  • Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to take all appropriate action to ensure that the COVID-19 vaccination is available to all children in Michigan as soon as they are eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Encouraging all pediatric vaccination providers to enroll as COVID-19 vaccine providers, including by educating pediatricians and family practice providers about eligibility, barriers to access, and the importance of pediatric vaccination.
  • Promoting vaccination in settings that facilitate ease of access, including by working with child and adolescent health centers serving grades K-12, federal qualified health centers, pharmacies, local health departments, and community clinics.  
  • Promoting equity in accessibility of pediatric vaccination, considering barriers to access presented by geography, income, age, race, ethnicity, primary language, or disability status.

The directive also requires the State of Michigan to regularly report the proportion of children ages 5 to 11 who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, nearly 69% of Michiganders 16 years or older and 66.9% of Michiganders 12 years or older have received at least their first dose of one of the three safe, effective vaccines. 

From January to October, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of COVID cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations and 90.5% of deaths. 

The State of Michigan has pre-ordered 287,700 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric coronavirus vaccine to ensure a supply is quickly available when approval is granted. 

Under similar executive orders signed by Governor Whitmer, the state of Michigan has prioritized booster doses for residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and adult foster care, and has been working to expedite delivery of third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents who have compromised immune systems.  

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

COVID-19 vaccine locations can be found at Vaccines.gov.  

To view the full executive directive, click here: ED 2021-07, Vaccinations for Ages 5-11 (final signed) (1).pdf  

10/6/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced more than 10 million primary series doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Michiganders. The state has also administered more than 207,000 third doses to those who are immunocompromised and booster doses to eligible individuals. To date, 68.3% of Michiganders age 16 years or older have gotten at least their first dose of one of the three safe, effective vaccines – bringing the state close to its goal of 70% vaccination rate. 

From January to July 2021, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 98% of COVID cases, 95% of hospitalizations and 96% of deaths. 

Total vaccines doses, including primary series and additional or booster doses: 

  • 5,967,776 doses of Pfizer 
  • 3,900,419 doses of Moderna 
  • 352,317 doses of Johnson & Johnson

Michiganders ages 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.   

In addition, CDC recommends the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series:  

CDC recommends the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series based on their individual benefits and risks:  

Additionally, Michiganders with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is intended to improve the response of people who are immunocompromised to their initial vaccine series. 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. 

For more information about COVID-19 in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus

 

9/8/21 – VACCINATION UPDATE 

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,664,702 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 51,790 administered August 31 – September 6. 
  • MDHHS announced 6,313 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through Tuesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 961,953.    

8/30/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,589,299 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 70,796 administered August 20 – August 26. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 3,958 cases of COVID-19 from last Thursday and Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 941,678.    
  • On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after Wayne County announced a mask requirement for schools, which brings the total number of school districts in Michigan with a mask policy to 179, covering more than 674,000 students or 53.8% of students in traditional public schools in Michigan.“After 19 months of COVID, the science is clear: vaccines and masks keep kids safe and help them continue learning in person. On vaccines, the message is simple: every eligible Michigander 12 and older should get their safe, effective, and FDA-approved, vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their community. On masks, both the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC have strongly recommended that districts require masks for students, teachers, and staff in schools regardless of vaccination status because it will allow them everyone to stay safe while continuing to learn and grow in-person. I agree with our top health experts. As of today, 179 districts totaling over 53% of Michigan students, are covered by mask requirements implemented by their school district or local county health department. That number has increased substantially over the last few weeks, and we expect to see that trend continue as the first day of school approaches. Districts and local public health leaders should keep working together to implement mask guidelines and create buy-in at the community level, which leads to better outcomes and better adherence to policies that keep kids, teachers, staff, and parents safe. Together, we can protect ourselves from COVID and ensure kids keep learning in-person.” 

 

8/25/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today, in preparation for the Biden Administration to begin offering booster shots to all vaccinated residents on September 20, issued an executive directive to state departments and agencies to begin preparing the state’s vaccine response to administer booster doses to Michiganders. The governor specifically directs the state of Michigan to prioritize booster doses beginning with residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and adult foster care. 

On August 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Surgeon General, and Food and Drug Administration announced their conclusion that booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be needed to maximize the protection that the vaccines provide against the virus. The Biden Administration plans to begin offering booster shots beginning September 20, 2021 to all Americans whose second dose was at least 8 months prior.

“The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be incredibly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy director for health. “Many vaccines, not just COVID vaccines, are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and the FDA, CDC and U.S. Surgeon General have determined that additional vaccine doses could be needed to provide long lasting protection against the virus. These booster doses are an opportunity to stay ahead of the virus and its variants, and protect Michiganders from COVID-19.” 

Beginning September 20, the state will offer booster shots to residents who received their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least eight months prior. Michigan has an ample supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to meet the projected demand.   

Under an executive order signed by Governor Whitmer on August 13, the state of Michigan has been working to expedite delivery of third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents who have compromised immune systems. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who have received organ or stem cell transplants, have advanced or untreated HIV infection, or are in active treatment for cancer or taking high-dose corticosteroids. The state began administering third doses to eligible Michiganders on Saturday, August 14. 

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine locations can be found at Vaccines.gov

To view the full executive directive, click the link: ED 2021-5 Booster shots (final signed).pdf

8/25/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,545,399 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 30,137 administered August 20-23 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. 

  • MDHHS announced 3,820 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 933,394. 

8/25/21 – Protect Michigan Commission Update

8/25/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today, in preparation for the Biden Administration to begin offering booster shots to all vaccinated residents on September 20, issued an executive directive to state departments and agencies to begin preparing the state’s vaccine response to administer booster doses to Michiganders. The governor specifically directs the state of Michigan to prioritize booster doses beginning with residents in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and adult foster care. 

On August 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Surgeon General, and Food and Drug Administration announced their conclusion that booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be needed to maximize the protection that the vaccines provide against the virus. The Biden Administration plans to begin offering booster shots beginning September 20, 2021 to all Americans whose second dose was at least 8 months prior.

“The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be incredibly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy director for health. “Many vaccines, not just COVID vaccines, are associated with a reduction in protection over time, and the FDA, CDC and U.S. Surgeon General have determined that additional vaccine doses could be needed to provide long lasting protection against the virus. These booster doses are an opportunity to stay ahead of the virus and its variants, and protect Michiganders from COVID-19.” 

Beginning September 20, the state will offer booster shots to residents who received their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least eight months prior. Michigan has an ample supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to meet the projected demand.   

Under an executive order signed by Governor Whitmer on August 13, the state of Michigan has been working to expedite delivery of third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents who have compromised immune systems. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who have received organ or stem cell transplants, have advanced or untreated HIV infection, or are in active treatment for cancer or taking high-dose corticosteroids. The state began administering third doses to eligible Michiganders on Saturday, August 14. 

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine locations can be found at Vaccines.gov

To view the full executive directive, click the link: ED 2021-5 Booster shots (final signed).pdf

8/25/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,545,399 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 30,137 administered August 20-23 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. 

  • MDHHS announced 3,820 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 933,394. 

8/25/21 – Protect Michigan Commission Update

8/23/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun issued the following statements after the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. To date, over 5.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered in Michigan and 65% of Michiganders have gotten at least their first dose of one of the three safe, effective vaccines. From January to July of 2021, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for a staggering 98% of COVID cases, 95% of hospitalizations, and 96% of deaths.

“Today, the FDA granted full approval to Pfizer’s safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured right here in Michigan,” said Governor Whitmer. “The FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine has already saved countless lives in Michigan and around the world, so if you have already gotten your shots, thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. If you still have not, I hope today’s announcement encourages you to get your FDA-approved vaccine. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have more questions and get your free shot soon. The FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine can protect you against COVID-19 and keep you out of the hospital if you get sick. If we all do our part to protect ourselves and the people we love from COVID, we can continue our economic jumpstart and usher in a new era of prosperity for our great state.”

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is an exciting milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Michiganders can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety and effectiveness as required of approved products by the FDA,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “While more than 5.2 million Michigan residents 16 and older have already received their first dose, we recognize that for some the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. We urge all eligible Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. Visit VaccineFinder.org to find a vaccine.”

 

8/2/21 – VACCINE UPDATE 

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,292,441 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 25,479 being administered July 27-July 29.  

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 2,250 cases of COVID-19 from last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 903,933.     

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

7/29/21 – Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission today announced Michigan’s $24.5 million AmeriCorps investment that will support over 1,000 AmeriCorps members tackling some of the state’s toughest challenges, including COVID-19 recovery, disaster services, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, education, health and safer communities. 

During the last program year, AmeriCorps members served 33,275 youth, treated 1,026 acres of public land and provided 6,541 individuals with health services. 

This investment will support 26 Michigan organizations through 28 subgrants and one planning grant to expand their reach and impact in Michigan communities. Those organizations include: 

  • Albion College: $191,591, South Central Michigan Region
  • American Red Cross-Michigan Region: $301,057, Statewide
  • BHK Child Development Board: $133,731, Upper Peninsula
  • Cherry Health: $386,466, West Michigan Region
  • Child & Family Services of Northwestern MI: $474,122, Statewide
  • City Year Detroit: $1,762,272, Southeast Michigan Region
  • Community Economic Development Association of MI: $326,000, Statewide
  • Crim Fitness Foundation: $244,054, Mid-Michigan Region
  • Eastern Michigan University: $54,506 planning grant, Southeast Michigan Region
  • Hope Network: $1,149,569, Statewide
  • Huron Pines: $388,007, Statewide
  • Luella Hannan Foundation: $83,211, Southeast Michigan Region
  • Ingham County Health Department: $163,945, Mid-Michigan Region
  • Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness: $290,538, Statewide
  • Michigan College Access Network: $1,076,000, two grants, Statewide
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation, $114,048, Statewide
  • Michigan Primary Care Association: $180,927, Statewide
  • Michigan State University Extension: $244,500, Statewide
  • Peckham, Inc.: $163,486, Mid-Michigan Region
  • Special Olympics Michigan: $125,510, Statewide
  • Teach for America: $25,000, Southeast Michigan Region
  • United Way of Genesee County: $244,472, Mid-Michigan Region
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives: $114,100, Southeast Michigan Region
  • WARM Training Center (EcoWorks): $387261, Southeast Michigan Region
  • Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency: $114,100, Southeast Michigan Region
  • Wayne State University: 737,020, two grants, Southeast Michigan Region 

 

These funds are made possible through a $9.4 million federal AmeriCorps grant and AmeriCorps’ unique model that will leverage an additional nearly $10.7 million in matching funds from the private sector, foundations and other sources, increasing the return on the federal funds.  

In addition, AmeriCorps is providing $4.4 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for AmeriCorps members. Upon completion of a full-time term of service, AmeriCorps members will receive an education award of over $6,000 they can use to cover the cost of college or pay back student loans. 

To learn more about Michigan’s AmeriCorps efforts, visit Michigan.gov/volunteer

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) utilizes service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. From 2021-2022, the MCSC will grant more than $21 million in federal funds to local communities for volunteer programs and activities. Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Mentor Michigan and Volunteer Michigan are premier programs of the MCSC. The MCSC is housed in the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/volunteer

 

7/28/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,261,962 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 15,804 administered July 24-26. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 1,762 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday through Tuesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 901,683. 

7/23/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent letters of gratitude to more than 200 small businesses across Michigan who stepped up in exceptional ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. These small businesses selflessly pivoted their business models and put their communities first, which strongly contributed to Michigan’s efforts to keep Michiganders safe and healthy amidst these historic challenges. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses converted their machines and labor to make and distribute personal protective equipment, fresh meals, and other necessary resources to frontline workers and people in need. They also provided inspiration and offered services to combat loneliness in quarantine. 

Because small businesses have been so important to the pandemic response in Michigan, it has been important to Governor Whitmer to personally commend their efforts. In addition to words of gratitude, Governor Whitmer is investing in small businesses in concrete ways. Central to her plan to jumpstart the economy is the Michigan Mainstreet Initiative, a $300 million investment to uplift small businesses.  

Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer kicked off the MI Small Business Summer tour and launched the Michigan.gov/SmallBusiness site to help Small Businesses navigate state programs and services available to help them not only recover, but grow and thrive in the years to come. Throughout the pandemic, the state’s dozens of economic relief programs for businesses supported more than 25,000 companies and retained more than 200,000 jobs.   

The state of Michigan is already seeing promising economic results: Michigan’s economy grew 7.6% in the first quarter of 2021, the best in the Midwest, and an independent analysis from the financial publication Credible states that Michigan’s economic recovery is the 2nd strongest nationwide.   

Small businesses from every corner of the state stepped up throughout the pandemic. To view the list and map of Michigan small businesses that stepped up, click the link below. 

 

7/21/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,200,832 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 26,199 being administered June 16-19.   

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

Due to technical difficulties, the CDC COVID-19 vaccine dashboard cannot be updated Tuesday, 7/20/2021. Updates will resume Wednesday, 7/21/2021.

  • MDHHS announced 1,028 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 898,626.     

MEDIA COVERAGE 

7/13/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,130,368 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 55,428 administered on July 6 – July 11. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 672 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 896,067.  

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

7/13/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,130,368 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 55,428 administered on July 6 – July 11. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 672 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 896,067.  

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

7/6/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 9,030,467 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 3,558 being administered July 1. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 101 cases of COVID-19 from Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 894,957.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has rescinded its order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. This change is being made in light of increasing vaccination rates; declining COVID-19 cases; expanded access to testing and vaccinations; and enhanced housing and worker protections currently in effect to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“With COVID-19 transmission numbers low and increasing vaccination rates, we are removing the requirement for testing for these workers,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “The most important tool we have is the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and we encourage everyone to join the nearly 62% of Michiganders who have already been vaccinated as soon as possible.” 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

7/1/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the creation of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes, a lottery-style raffle that gives vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships.

The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is the latest kickoff in a series of lottery-style raffles by other states such as Ohio’s first-in-the-nation launch of the “Vax-a-Million” campaign. Ohio said vaccinations in the state increased 94% among 16- and 17- year-olds, 46% among 18- and 19-year-olds and 55% among those between 20 and 49 years old after Gov. Mike DeWine announced the lotteries. 

Under Michigan’s new sweepstakes, residents age 18 and older who have received one dose of vaccine are eligible to register for a combined total of $5 million in cash giveaways.  

In addition, Michigan’s vaccine sweepstakes will offer the opportunity to win one of nine Scholarship Drawing prizes available to vaccinated Michiganders between ages 12-17 whose parents enter on their behalf. Each Scholarship Drawing prize consists of a four-year Michigan Education Trust (MET) charitable tuition contract (valued at $55,000) that may be used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees at a college or university in accordance with MET terms and conditions. 

The sweepstakes begin today (July 1) and end on Aug. 3, 2021. Eligibility criteria for each of the drawings is at: www.MIShotToWin.com 

Michigan’s sweepstakes giveaway is powered by Meijer in partnership with the Michigan Association of United Ways and the State of Michigan. The statewide vaccine sweepstakes is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MichiganMichigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of State UniversitiesSmall Business Association of MichiganBusiness Leaders of Michigan, the Protect Michigan Commission and many more organizations.  

Michiganders can qualify to enter the sweepstakes by getting vaccinated for COVID-19 at Meijer or receiving their vaccine from their doctor, local health department, pharmacy, hospital, etc. The MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes giveaways include: 

  • $1 Million Drawing. There is one (1) $1M Drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of $1 million awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner. 
  • $50,000 Daily Drawings. There are thirty (30) $50,000 Daily Drawing prizes available for Michiganders age 18 and older, each consisting of $50,000 awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winners.
  • $2 Million Drawing. There is one (1) $2 Million Drawing prize for Michiganders age 18 and older consisting of $2 million awarded as a check or electronic transfer to the confirmed winner. 
  • Scholarship Drawing. There are nine (9) Scholarship Drawing prizes available for Michiganders between ages 12-17 whose parents enter on their behalf. Each Scholarship Drawing prize consists of a four-year Michigan Education Trust (MET) Charitable Tuition Program contract (valued at $55,000) that may be used to pay for tuition and mandatory fees at a college or university in accordance with MET terms and conditions. 

The goal of the public outreach campaign, consisting of a series of statewide drawings, is to raise awareness of the availability and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and provide incentives to Michiganders to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The aim of the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes is to increase the state’s vaccination rate by roughly 9% – or approximately 767,000 Michiganders – to achieve the statewide goal of 70% of residents age 16 and older who are immunized.  

As of June 29, 2021, 61.7% (more than 4.9 million Michiganders) age 16 and older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, according to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data. To reach 70%, a total of 5,667,842 residents age 16 and older will need to be immunized. 

Michigan is not alone in reporting waning interest of residents receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations. Nationally, vaccinations have fallen from over 3 million per day in April to about 1.8 million per day, according to Our World in Data. To reverse the trend, states such as Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado and others have announced innovative large-scale raffles that are producing quantifiably successful results.  

 

7/2/21 – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined together to release a video on social media urging Midwesterners to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and thanking those who have already done so.   

On July 1st, Governor Whitmer announced the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes, a lottery-style raffle that gives vaccinated Michiganders a chance to win $5 million in cash and a combined total of nearly $500,000 in college scholarships, to help move the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, Michigan has administered 9,024,741 vaccines, and 61.8% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine. 

The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXmJSlAJAoY 

6/29/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,988,689 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 38,031 administered June 24-27.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

Due to technical difficulties, the CDC COVID vaccine dashboard cannot be updated Monday, 6/28/2021. Updates will resume Tuesday, 6/29/2021. 

  • MDHHS announced 311 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 894,260.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

 

  • As State of Michigan emergency orders were lifted on June 22, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds everyone to continue to mask up on airplanes,  trains, public transit, and intercity vehicles, including vans and buses, in compliance with the federal face mask requirement issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and an order issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The federal requirements remain in effect through Sept. 13; the CDC order also requires people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus to continue to wear a mask in public transportation facilities.

The federal requirements were implemented after President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 13998, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, “to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.” 

6/28/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,914,706 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 8,679 being administered June 23. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 40 cases of COVID-19 from Friday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 893,949.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued recommendations  for schools to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings in an effort to reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect those who are not fully vaccinated.

I am pleased with the progress of our vaccination efforts in Michigan, with 56% of Michiganders age 12 and older having received at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “These vaccines are the reason transmission of the virus in Michigan is at the lowest point in a year. However, as the school environment brings together large groups of individuals who may not yet be vaccinated, MDHHS is issuing this guidance to help protect Michiganders of all ages.”

 

6/24/21 – Michigan Vaccination Incentives

Michigan has launched Michigan.gov/Vax2Win for compiling information about local and state organizations and businesses offering giveaways and incentives during COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

The vaccine is our best path out of the pandemic. COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how it will affect you. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available have been shown to be safe and effective at reducing the risk of severe illness and complications. Our goal remains to get at least 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up vaccinated.  Getting vaccinated not only protects you, but also those around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

6/23/21 – New MIOSHA rules take effect June 22

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on June 22, with the updated rules taking effect immediately and expiring on Dec. 22, 2021.

The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present. These workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“As we continue to get Michigan back to work, our priority remains keeping workplaces safe for employees and protecting customers as they support these businesses,” said Governor Whitmer. “With our state at full capacity, we can boost our economic Jumpstart and ensure businesses can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever while keeping their workers safe.”

Dialing back workplace rules for non-health care settings allows employers to use their best judgment in determining whether to maintain:

  • Daily health screenings;
  • Face covering requirements; and
  • Social distancing requirements.

For more information about MIOSHA’s safety and health guidelines to protect Michigan’s workforce, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using COVID-19 hotline at 855-SAFE-C19 (855-723-3219).

To report health and safety concerns in the workplace, go to Michigan.gov/MIOSHAcomplaint.

Read the full announcement.

6/23/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed a bipartisan bill to invest $2.2 billion in federal COVID relief funding to support the recovery of individuals, families, and businesses struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new funding helps families put food on the table through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and keep a roof over their head through the Emergency Rental Assistance program.

In addition to the money for food and housing, funding is provided to help local governments continue providing essential services and sends disaster relief dollars directly to counties, cities, and hospitals for their COVID vaccination efforts as well as communities impacted by the historic flooding last year in Midland. 

Funding in the bill is specifically provided as follows: 

  • Within the Department of Health and Human Services: $1.5 billion in federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding to support a 15% increase in monthly food assistance benefits through September 30, 2021, providing temporary assistance to families needing emergency food. 
  • Within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity: $378.3 million in federal funding for grant awards to be distributed and used to assist renter households at or below 80% of area median income, supporting the Emergency Rental Assistance Program which includes rental and utility assistance payments, housing stability services, and case management to eligible renter households impacted by COVID-19.
  • Within the Department of State Police: $65.2 million in federal funding for payment to vendors for emergency and disaster response and mitigation services provided in areas throughout the state. 
  • Within the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget: $21.0 million in state funding for a one-time purchase of tax vouchers issued by the state to the Venture Michigan Fund (VMF) which is used to generate investment capital from lenders. This results in projected savings through the avoidance of interest that would accrue on vouchers. 
  • Within the Department of Treasury: $322.1 million in federal funding to distribute to local units of government to be used for the following: to provide assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits; to aid industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality; to provide premium pay for essential workers; to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue relative to revenues collected in the most recent full fiscal year; and to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband. 

6/23/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,883,202 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 6,003 being administered June 21 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 91 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 893,582.  

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Yesterday, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The updated rules are effective today and set to expire Dec. 22, 2021. The rules rescind the emergency rules issued on May 24, 2021 and focus on health care. The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present.  These workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

“As we continue to get Michigan back to work, our priority remains keeping workplaces safe for employees and protecting customers as they support these businesses,” said Governor Whitmer. “With our state at full capacity, we can boost our economic Jumpstart and ensure businesses can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever while keeping their workers safe.” 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

6/22/21 – Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist today celebrated the reopening of state to full capacity at Belle Isle in Detroit and highlighted the administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan focused on strengthening the economy and putting Michiganders back to work. Starting today, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask. 

“Today is a day that we have all been waiting for, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and move forward together,” said Governor Whitmer. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the frontlines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is taking full advantage of the billions in federal relief funding and our $3.5 billion surplus to jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”  

Case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations have all plummeted over the past several weeks, while vaccination rates continue to increase. To date, 61.2% of Michiganders ages 16 and older receiving their first vaccine dose. As part of these efforts, Michigan is partnering with organizations across the state to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine. 

6/17/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today accelerated the end of all COVID-19 epidemic orders on gatherings and masking as COVID-19 cases continue to plummet following increased vaccinations. Beginning June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require residents to wear a face mask. 

Nearly five million Michiganders ages 16 and older have received their first vaccine dose, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. According to data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, half of Michigan residents have completed their vaccination and over 60% have gotten their first shots. 

Case rates, percent positivity and hospitalizations have all plummeted over the past several weeks. Currently, Michigan is experiencing 24.3 cases per million and has recorded a 1.9% positivity rate over the last seven days.  

In addition to the Gatherings and Mask Order, additional orders are being rescinded as of June 22. These include: 

Additionally, some orders will remain in effect to protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture. Public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified, kids are safe in school and free COVID-19 tests are available. Guidance for keeping children and staff safe in schools will be released next week.  

MDHHS will continue to provide recommendations to keep Michiganders safe and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in higher risk settings and places where vulnerable populations or populations with large numbers of individuals are not yet fully vaccinated. 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to find the nearest vaccination site, visit?Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine and VaccineFinder.org. 

FINAL_MDHHS_Recission_of_Emergency_Orders.pdf

6/16/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,755,222 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 7,671 being administered June 14

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 182 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 892,651

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its Order for COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from routine screening testing. 

“We are updating this order to align with CDC guidance on testing of fully vaccinated individuals,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals will now be exempt from most testing requirements. We encourage everyone to join the 60% of Michiganders who have already been vaccinated with one of the three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.” 

6/15/21 – Essential Worker Celebration and Vaccine Clinic

To celebrate essential workers and all they’ve done throughout the pandemic, the Protect Michigan Commission and community partners are hosting a vaccine clinic and community celebration on Thursday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until noon at Mission Point of Detroit (2102 Orleans Street, Detroit).

There will be a DJ, free food truck, and vaccines available, no appointment needed. Parental consent is required for children under 18 and they will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

6/14/21 – VACCINE UPDATE

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist Friday issued the following statements as Michigan reaches 60% of the population age 16 and older receiving at least a first dose of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.   

“Thanks to every Michigander who stepped up to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We can all feel a sense of optimism thanks to the tireless efforts of countless frontline workers who put their own safety on the line to keep the rest of us going. And we are tremendously grateful to the medical community who kept us all safe and created the safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of modern science. As we cross the 60% milestone in vaccinations, we are seeing cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to fall fast, which has helped to poise our economy for a strong recovery. I know that we can give Michigan the economic jumpstart it needs with the billions in available federal funds and our multi-billion dollar budget surplus. We will emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic stronger than ever, and I am confident that we can make lasting, transformative investments in our schools, small businesses, and communities to help them thrive.”  

“I am pleased to see that so many Michiganders are continuing to make the choice to get vaccinated. Thank you to every person who has had a conversation with someone in their life to encourage them to get vaccinated, and the professionals and volunteers who have made vaccines available everywhere in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These safe, effective vaccines are our best shot to end this pandemic on our own terms. As more Michiganders make that choice, we come closer and closer to confidently growing our economy across the board, and setting our path toward a stronger Michigan. As we reach these vaccine milestones, we’re able to hug our families, return to offices, enjoy a dinner out at our favorite restaurant, and safely spend time with friends.” 

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,601,081 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 17,366 administered on June 9. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

Due to technical difficulties, updated numbers could not be accessed.

  • MDHHS announced 198 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 892,131. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment in June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced. 

As we continue to return to normal, it’s important to note that there are still many people who are struggling due to the global pandemic,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “MDHHS believes it is critically important to help people feed their families.”

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

6/11/21 – The Tigers, McLaren Health Care and Meijer are teaming up to host a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up now through Sunday, June 13 at the iconic Fox Theatre.

Fans vaccinated during this clinic will receive a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s Tigers game, or an upcoming game at Comerica Park this season, along with a $10 Meijer coupon.

Those interested in being vaccinated can receive either the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Registrations are highly encouraged in advance at tigers.com/vaccine, and walk-ups will be welcomed. The pop-up will open three hours before first pitch, and operate through the third inning, or an hour after the game begins.

Vaccines are free, and insurance is not required. Individuals 18 and older are eligible to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and can schedule their second dose at a Meijer location near them.

Help us share this opportunity to vaccinate residents using the social content below!

Step up to the plate to get vaccinated and get two free Tiger tickets!  Come to Fox Theater, today through June 13, for a pop-up vaccination site sponsored by the Tigers, McLaren Health and Meijer. You’ll get a voucher for two tickets for that day’s game or an upcoming game, as well as a $10 Meijer coupon. Vaccines are free, no insurance required. Get details at tigers.com/vaccine.

6/11/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued the following statements as Michigan reaches 60% of the population age 16 and older receiving at least a first dose of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.  

“Thanks to every Michigander who stepped up to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We can all feel a sense of optimism thanks to the tireless efforts of countless frontline workers who put their own safety on the line to keep the rest of us going. And we are tremendously grateful to the medical community who kept us all safe and created the safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of modern science. As we cross the 60% milestone in vaccinations, we are seeing cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to fall fast, which has helped to poise our economy for a strong recovery. I know that we can give Michigan the economic jumpstart it needs with the billions in available federal funds and our multi-billion dollar budget surplus. We will emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic stronger than ever, and I am confident that we can make lasting, transformative investments in our schools, small businesses, and communities to help them thrive.” 

 I am pleased to see that so many Michiganders are continuing to make the choice to get vaccinated. Thank you to every person who has had a conversation with someone in their life to encourage them to get vaccinated, and the professionals and volunteers who have made vaccines available everywhere in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These safe, effective vaccines are our best shot to end this pandemic on our own terms. As more Michiganders make that choice, we come closer and closer to confidently growing our economy across the board, and setting our path toward a stronger Michigan. As we reach these vaccine milestones, we’re able to hug our families, return to offices, enjoy a dinner out at our favorite restaurant, and safely spend time with friends. 

6/11/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,601,081  doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 17,366 administered on June 9. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $754,840 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Techtown Detroit to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the region’s medical and manufacturing sectors. This EDA grant, to be matched with $249,900 in local investment, is expected to generate $5.5 million in private investment. 

“I am grateful to our federal partners for investing in the future of medical technology, manufacturing, and research in Detroit,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This infusion of resources will generate millions in private investment, support entrepreneurship, and lead to groundbreaking innovations that save lives. With the incoming federal resources and our state budget surplus, Michigan will emerge from the pandemic and jumpstart our economy.” 

  • MDHHS announced 301cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 891,615.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

6/11/21 – The Tigers, McLaren Health Care and Meijer are teaming up to host a COVID-19 vaccination pop-up now through Sunday, June 13 at the iconic Fox Theatre.

Fans vaccinated during this clinic will receive a voucher good for two tickets to that day’s Tigers game, or an upcoming game at Comerica Park this season, along with a $10 Meijer coupon.

Those interested in being vaccinated can receive either the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Registrations are highly encouraged in advance at tigers.com/vaccine, and walk-ups will be welcomed. The pop-up will open three hours before first pitch, and operate through the third inning, or an hour after the game begins.

Vaccines are free, and insurance is not required. Individuals 18 and older are eligible to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and can schedule their second dose at a Meijer location near them.

Help us share this opportunity to vaccinate residents using the social content below!

Step up to the plate to get vaccinated and get two free Tiger tickets!  Come to Fox Theater, today through June 13, for a pop-up vaccination site sponsored by the Tigers, McLaren Health and Meijer. You’ll get a voucher for two tickets for that day’s game or an upcoming game, as well as a $10 Meijer coupon. Vaccines are free, no insurance required. Get details at tigers.com/vaccine.

6/11/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued the following statements as Michigan reaches 60% of the population age 16 and older receiving at least a first dose of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.  

“Thanks to every Michigander who stepped up to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “We can all feel a sense of optimism thanks to the tireless efforts of countless frontline workers who put their own safety on the line to keep the rest of us going. And we are tremendously grateful to the medical community who kept us all safe and created the safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of modern science. As we cross the 60% milestone in vaccinations, we are seeing cases, deaths, and hospitalizations continue to fall fast, which has helped to poise our economy for a strong recovery. I know that we can give Michigan the economic jumpstart it needs with the billions in available federal funds and our multi-billion dollar budget surplus. We will emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic stronger than ever, and I am confident that we can make lasting, transformative investments in our schools, small businesses, and communities to help them thrive.” 

 I am pleased to see that so many Michiganders are continuing to make the choice to get vaccinated. Thank you to every person who has had a conversation with someone in their life to encourage them to get vaccinated, and the professionals and volunteers who have made vaccines available everywhere in our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “These safe, effective vaccines are our best shot to end this pandemic on our own terms. As more Michiganders make that choice, we come closer and closer to confidently growing our economy across the board, and setting our path toward a stronger Michigan. As we reach these vaccine milestones, we’re able to hug our families, return to offices, enjoy a dinner out at our favorite restaurant, and safely spend time with friends. 

6/11/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,601,081  doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 17,366 administered on June 9. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $754,840 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Techtown Detroit to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the region’s medical and manufacturing sectors. This EDA grant, to be matched with $249,900 in local investment, is expected to generate $5.5 million in private investment. 

“I am grateful to our federal partners for investing in the future of medical technology, manufacturing, and research in Detroit,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This infusion of resources will generate millions in private investment, support entrepreneurship, and lead to groundbreaking innovations that save lives. With the incoming federal resources and our state budget surplus, Michigan will emerge from the pandemic and jumpstart our economy.” 

  • MDHHS announced 301cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 891,615.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

6/10/21 – VACCINE UPDATE 

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,558,842  doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 17,210 administered on June 8.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

ICYMI

  • MDHHS announced 257 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 891,314.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced her offices are adding appointments to serve 350,000 more Michiganders, greeters at office doors to assist in scheduling visits, and priority service for residents needing a disability placard.

“We were able to do this after discussions with our frontline workers who, concerned about the chatter here in Lansing to revert back to a broken ‘take a number and wait’ system, suggested ways they could work harder and faster to be able to handle more transactions efficiently and quickly,” said Benson. “It’s an extraordinary testament not just to their dedication to the department but their recognition that having residents schedule their visits ahead of time is a vastly superior way of doing business.”

 

6/9/121 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  •  The state of Michigan has administered 8,524,065 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 16,108 administered on June 7. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • June is National Homeownership Month and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) are reminding Michiganders of support available to homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

This National Homeownership Month, it’s important to acknowledge that COVID has exacerbated so many underlying challenges for Michiganders, especially related to housing,” said Governor Whitmer. “No one should lose their home because of an unprecedented, once-in-a-century pandemic. We encourage Michigan homeowners to take advantage of the support and relief available right now to avoid foreclosure and ensure financial protection throughout the year.” 

  • MDHHS announced 293cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 891,057.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

6/4/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,359,320 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 14,533 administered on June 1.  

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

Due to technical difficulties, the MDHHS COVID vaccine dashboard was not updated Thursday 6/03/2021. Updates will resume Friday 6/04/2021. 

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo is awarding $1.5 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help the state of Michigan respond to the coronavirus.

As we continue putting Michigan back to work, this $1.5 million grant will stimulate our economy and create good-paying jobs,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan is grateful to Biden Administration and Secretary Raimondo at the Department of Commerce for investing in our local communities and helping us build back better from the pandemic.”   

  • MDHHS announced 510 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 889,511.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

6/2/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,339,945 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 47,656 administered May 28 – May 31. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan has reached the next step in the Vacc to Normal plan. As of June 1, capacity limits are lifted for outdoor events and residential gatherings. Additionally, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50%, allowing indoor social gatherings such as weddings and funerals to move closer to normalcy. Face masks will only be required for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated indoors.

“Because so many Michiganders did their part and stepped up to get vaccinated, we are able to return to normal more quickly,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Our state is closer and closer to being back to normal. Now, Michiganders may celebrate safely with family and friends, with less worry of getting COVID-19. We have all been working hard for this moment for over the past year, and I am thankful for every Michigander who has gotten vaccinated to keep themselves, their family, and our communities safe. Thanks to them, we can take these final steps towards a return to the normalcy and build our economy back stronger than ever. If you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, I encourage you to make an appointment so you can safely do the activities you want to do.”    

“This pandemic has been so difficult for so many Michiganders. We’ve made incredible sacrifices for the good of public health and the safety of our friends, family, and communities,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “This vaccine is helping our small businesses reopen their doors. It’s allowing our economy to come back stronger than ever and allows for a sense of normalcy to return for families across our state. I hope that this news is an added incentive for those on the fence about getting a vaccine. I will remain focused on encouraging every Michigander to make a vaccine appointment if they haven’t already. This is how we move forward, together.”

  • MDHHS announced 862cases of COVID-19 since Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 888,581.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

6/1/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan has reached the next step in the Vacc to Normal plan. As of June 1, capacity limits are lifted for outdoor events and residential gatherings. Additionally, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50%, allowing indoor social gatherings such as weddings and funerals to move closer to normalcy. Face masks will only be required for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated indoors. 

5/28/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,238,472 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 21,840 administered on May 26

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  •  MDHHS announced542 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 886,660.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

5/25/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,124,970 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 4,560 administered May 21 – 23. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) COVID-19 emergency rules as many employers return to in-person work. The governor also announced an updated Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19?Gatherings?and?Face Masks?epidemic order, eliminating outdoor capacity limits and increasing indoor social gatherings to 50% capacity, which is set to take effect on June 1. 

As we work to put Michigan back to work, we are moving quickly to invest in our families, small businesses, and communities to help them succeed,” Governor Whitmer said. “The reason we can take these steps is thanks to every Michigander who has stepped up and taken action to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe. Together, we are eliminating this once-in-a-century virus, and now we are poised to jumpstart our economy and power it to new highs.” 

  • Yesterday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist stopped at Wayne County Community College in Detroit as part of his ‘Making Real Change’ tour to promote vaccinations in cities across the state. The ‘Making Real Change’ tour highlights the administration’s continued efforts to flatten and eliminate racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on what the state has learned to apply those lessons to equitably administering vaccines and building the resilience required to reduce racial disparities in health and other areas within communities.   

Early on in the pandemic, Detroit was a hot spot for COVID-19. Along with Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities took bold, innovative action to address disparities that were harming Black Michiganders. We opened up walk-up testing centers, increased access to health care, and offered financial support for small businesses fighting to keep their doors open. We saved lives.” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “The ‘Making Real Change’ tour was the next major step in how we combat COVID-19. I was able to speak with Michiganders all across our state about how these safe and effective vaccines are the most effective way to protect Michiganders and our families from the virus. Communities across Michigan and right here in Detroit continue to come together to beat COVID-19. That’s inspiring to see. While the tour is concluding, I want to reassure Michiganders that our efforts to flatten and eliminate racial disparities will continue.”

  • MDHHS announced 1,378 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 884,580.   

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ May 15, 2021, Gatherings and Face Mask Order, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resume tourist information services at all Michigan Welcome Centers prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

MDOT Welcome Centers play a key role in highlighting all Michigan has to offer both to in-state and out-of-state travelers,” State Transportation Director Paul Ajegba said. “Our knowledgeable Welcome Center staff have a wealth of Pure Michigan information to help travelers find the destinations, events and activities they’re looking for.” 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

 

5/24/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced updates to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (MIOSHA) COVID-19 emergency rules as many employers return to in-person work. The governor also announced an updated Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19?Gatherings?and?Face Masks?epidemic order, eliminating outdoor capacity limits and increasing indoor social gatherings to 50% capacity, which is set to take effect on June 1. 

As part of a bipartisan agreement announced by Gov. WhitmerMIOSHA filed updated COVID-19 emergency rules in accordance with the MI Vacc to Normal plan and recent health guidelines and orders. Now that the state has reached the 55% vaccination threshold, MIOSHA has removed the requirement that employers must create a “policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely.” The agency has also rescinded the draft permanent COVID-19 rules, and the public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 is canceled. 

MIOSHA has updated other aspects of the emergency rules to reflect the recent order from MDHHS and guidance from the CDC. Those changes include: 

  • Employers may allow fully vaccinated employees to not wear face coverings and social distance provided they have a policy deemed effective to ensure non-vaccinated individuals continue to follow these requirements. 
  • The rules have been reformed focusing on performance, eliminating industry-specific requirements. Definitions have been updated to more clearly reflect changes in close contact and quarantining requirements for fully vaccinated employees. 
  • Cleaning requirements have been updated to reflect changes in CDC recommendations. 
  • Employers should continue to have and implement a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan in accordance with the updated rules. 

MIOSHA filed the updated emergency rules on Friday, May 21 with the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules and anticipates these changes will take effect Monday, May 24. While the updated emergency rules will expire on Thursday, October 14, as this announcement demonstrates, MIOSHA has the flexibility it needs to ensure consistency with public health guidelines and can rescind all our parts of the rules.   

Based on the science and data at the time the process of creating permanent rules began, the agency utilized the process provided by law to ensure it could continue to keep employees safe if the pandemic remained when the emergency rules expired. With the recent updates from CDC and the MDHHS epidemic orders, MIOSHA is confident that these rules are not necessary 

Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety for additional information. 

MDHHS?also?updated?its COVID-19?Gatherings?and?Face Masks?epidemic order, eliminating outdoor capacity limits and increasing indoor social gatherings, including weddings, conferences and funerals, to 50% capacity.?Under the new order,?which goes into effect Tuesday, June 1, and continues through Thursday, July 1,?masks will continue to be required indoors for individuals who are not yet vaccinated.  

?MDHHS continues to urge Michiganders to follow?CDC guidance, even where not specifically required by an epidemic order, including masking up at schools, on the bus or train and in congregate settings such as prisons and homeless shelters. People who are not fully vaccinated are recommended to mask up outdoors in crowded settings like a baseball game or concert. Organizations and businesses have the authority to put into place policies and guidelines that make sense for their operations, and for the safety of their employees and customers.  

5/24/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 8,021,768 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 34,664 administered on May 20. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

Note: CDC data has not been updated yet. 57.1% is the most updated figure available and was released on May 20.

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement as Michigan surpasses eight million vaccine doses administered. To date, 57% of Michiganders have received at least one dose.  

Today, Michigan will surpass eight million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan is emerging from the once-in-a-century pandemic and gearing up to jumpstart the economy. The hope that we feel today is thanks to the millions of Michiganders who have gotten vaccinated to keep themselves, their families, and communities safe. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to every frontline Michigander who played such a vital role keeping our communities going during uncertain times and those who continue to stand on the front lines working to get shots in arms. They are the heroes of this crises. Thanks to them and every Michigander who has gotten vaccinated, on June 1st, we will be opening up all outdoor events at 100% capacity and indoor events at 50%, and on July 1st, we will be 100% open except for a few targeted guidelines to keep vulnerable populations safe. We will have the Independence Day and summer that we all crave, and together, we will build back better. Michigan is poised to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, build up our crumbling infrastructure, invest in our kids and schools, and get back to a new normal as a stronger, more resilient state.” 

  • Governor Garlin Gilchrist stopped at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy in Saginaw as part of his ‘Making Real Change’ tour to promote vaccinations in cities across the state. The ‘Making Real Change’ tour will highlight the administration’s continued efforts to flatten and eliminate racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on what the state has learned to apply those lessons to equitably administering vaccines and building the resilience required to reduce racial disparities in health and other areas within communities.

The Making Real Change tour highlights equitable vaccine access across the state and encourages people who may be hesitant to get the safe, effective vaccine,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “Saginaw has been resilient throughout the pandemic, even as COVID-19 has disproportionally harmed Black Michiganders and other people of color across the state. We must listen to and address the specific needs of communities and equip local leaders with the resources necessary to inspire relatives, friends, and other loved ones to get vaccinated. The best thing all of us can do to protect ourselves, our families, and neighbors is to get vaccinated, so we can grow the economy, create jobs, and get back to doing the things we love together.” 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement after experts at the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC) revised previous estimates as Michigan’s economic outlook continues to grow stronger. As the administration pushes forward with its plan to put Michigan back to work, the state went from a projected budget deficit of more than $3 billion to now having a surplus of $3.5 billion in addition to the billions in federal funding from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, and the state is expecting the largest baseline revenue growth in nearly 20 years at 9.7%.

The revised revenue projections demonstrate our success in effectively handling the pandemic and helping the economy recover quickly. These numbers are a sign of brighter days ahead for Michigan’s families, communities, and small businesses,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “By leading with science and data from the start, we weathered the storm of COVID-19, and took our state from a projected $3 billion deficit to a $3.5 billion surplus. Things are looking up. After a once-in-a-century pandemic, we are gearing up to jumpstart the economy. Together, thanks to the millions of Michiganders who have gotten vaccinated and those who served on the frontlines of the pandemic, we will make sure that Michigan families and small businesses can emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. Soon, we will be 100% open and have the Independence Day and summer that we all crave. Going forward, our task is simple: build back better. With the federal relief funds headed our way and higher state revenues than expected, we can make lasting, transformative investments in our future, create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, build up our crumbling infrastructure, support our kids and schools, and get back to a new normal as a stronger, more resilient state.”  

  • MDHHS announced 1,013 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 883,202. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, State Budget Director Dave Massaron, Senate Fiscal Agency Director Chris Harkins and House Fiscal Agency Director Mary Ann Cleary today reached consensus on revised economic and revenue figures for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and for the upcoming 2022 and 2023 fiscal years.

The federal stimulus programs have continued to benefit our economy, producing a tremendous boost to our state’s future economic outlook and revenue picture,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Public health and the economy go together–the better the health situation the better the economy. As our vaccination rate continues to rise and our cases continue to fall, we are moving closer to normalcy. There is a great sense of optimism as we move forward this year.” 

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5/21/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued the following statement as Michigan surpasses eight million vaccine doses administered. To date, 57% of Michiganders have received at least one dose.  

“Today, Michigan will surpass eight million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan is emerging from the once-in-a-century pandemic and gearing up to jumpstart the economyThe hope that we feel today is thanks to the millions of Michiganders who have gotten vaccinated to keep themselves, their families, and communities safeWe also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to every frontline Michigander who played such a vital role keeping our communities going during uncertain times and those who continue to stand on the front lines working to get shots in arms. They are the heroes of this crisesThanks to them and every Michigander who has gotten vaccinated, on June 1stwe will be opening up all outdoor events at 100% capacity and indoor events at 50%, and on July 1st, we will be 100% open except for a few targeted guidelines to keep vulnerable populations safe. We will have the Independence Day and summer that we all crave, and together, we will build back better. Michigan is poised to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, build up our crumbling infrastructure, invest in our kids and schools, and get back to a new normal as a stronger, more resilient state. 

5/20/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an updated Vacc to Normal’ plan, which outlines steps Michiganders can take to emerge from this pandemic. As of June 1, capacity limits will lift for outdoor events. Additionally, indoor capacity limits will increase to 50%, allowing indoor social gatherings such as weddings and funerals to move closer to normalcy. As of July 1, the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings.  

To reflect these changes, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), will release an updated epidemic order on Monday. Throughout the month of June, people who are not yet fully vaccinated will still be required to mask up while indoors. 

5/20/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,892,259 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 36,221 administered on 36,221. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • The?MI Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. To date, 56.8% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  

Progress is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state’s MCIR system including: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers.  

The state of Michigan has achieved the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, enabling in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24.

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget announced an updated unemployment rate for the state. Michigan added 6,000 jobs in April, following three straight months of consecutive employment gains. As a result, Michigan’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9%, beating the national average of 6.1%. And while unemployment continues to go down, Michigan is delivering billions of dollars in federal stimulus to our state with a total of nearly $20 billion available through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

“As Michigan gets back to work, our number one goal has been delivering the critical economic relief that Michigan families and small businesses need to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before. Throughout the pandemic, we saw Michiganders all over the state step up and come together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. It’s clear that these actions have enabled us to grow our economy and get back to normal quicker than many other states. Now is the time to keep our foot on the gas. My administration will stay laser-focused on growing the economy and getting Michiganders back to work. Thanks to the billions of dollars we have received under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to continue providing relief and support to Michigan families, help small businesses expand and hire, and make our state more competitive for good-paying jobs.”   

  • Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery, guidance to help districts and schools create recovery plans that provide every Michigan student with the resources they need to thrive post-pandemic. The Blueprint provides evidence-based recommendations to address challenges across wellness, academics, school culture and climate, family and community engagement and postsecondary education.?

“The most pressing challenges schools face aren’t new, but they have been exacerbated by the pandemic, resulting economic hardship, and social divisions,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “That is why I am so proud of the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery that the Advisory Council has created. It will not only help local education leaders comprehensively address immediate challenges, but it will also move us towards an education system that works better for all of our children.”? 

  • Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 118, which will reduce penalties?on?school?districts for?employing?individuals in violation of certification and other credentialing requirements.??

“I am excited to sign this bipartisan legislation, because it is a great example of what we can achieve when we work together,” said?Governor Whitmer. “School districts had to hustle during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this bill recognizes that and provides them with necessary flexibility to ensure adequate instruction for students.”?? 

  • MDHHS announced 1,560 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 879,685. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Despite all the challenges and uncertainties the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it, Michigan’s agricultural exports saw considerable growth in 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan’s agricultural exports totaled $2.16 billion in 2020, an increase of 18.7 percent from the previous year’s total of $1.82 billion.

Through a once-in-a-century pandemic, Michigan’s resilient farmers and dynamic agricultural industry stepped up to continue feeding the U.S. and the world,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Our agricultural exports topped $2.1 billion in 2020, a massive increase from 2019, despite the hardships and constantly changing circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am grateful for the sacrifices Michigan’s extraordinary farmers made to keep the rest of us going. Their hard work and grit feeds millions of families worldwide and supports thousands of jobs in rural communities across Michigan.” 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

5/19/21 – ?Today, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 118, which will reduce penalties?on?school?districts for?employing?individuals in violation of certification and other credentialing requirements.?? 

“I am excited to sign this bipartisan legislation, because it is a great example of what we can achieve when we work together,” said?Governor WhitmerSchool districts had to hustle during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this bill recognizes that and provides them with necessary flexibility to ensure adequate instruction for students.“???? 

Under the School Aid Act as amended by Senate Bill?118school districts will not be penalized for the amounts paid to employees without proper certification and credentialing requirements for the period commencing July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  

This bill was sponsored by?Sen.?Ed?McBroom, R -?Vulcan.?? 

A copy of?SB 118?can be found?here.????? 

5/19/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,844,531 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 146,769 being administered May 14 – May 17. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • The?MI Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. To date, 56.5% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  

Progress is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state’s MCIR system including: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers.  

The state of Michigan has achieved the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, enabling in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24.

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced announced1,271 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 878,125.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

5/17/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,666,660 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 48,185 administered on May 13.  

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • The?MI Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. To date, 55.7% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.  Progress is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state dashboard below: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers.
  • The state of Michigan has achieved the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, enabling in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. 

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9AM. 

For more than a year, we’ve been following the best data and science to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The vast majority of us have trusted the scientists and experts to keep us safe during the pandemic, and it has worked. With millions of Michiganders fully vaccinated, we can now safely and confidently take the next step to get back to normal. The message is clear: vaccines work to protect you and your loved ones. If you have not yet received your vaccine, now is the time to sign up. This pandemic has been one of the toughest challenges of our lifetimes, but we came together as a state to persevere. We have all been working incredibly hard toward getting back to some sense of normalcy, and today’s news makes all of that work worthwhile.”  

  • On Friday, Governor Garlin Gilchrist stopped in Grand Rapids as part of his ‘Making Real Change’ tour to promote vaccinations in cities across the state. The ‘Making Real Change’ tour will highlight the administration’s continued efforts to flatten and eliminate racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on what the state has learned to apply those lessons to equitably administering vaccines; and what the state doing to build the resilience required to close racial disparities in health and other areas within communities.

The Making Real Change tour will highlight equitable vaccine access and encourage people who may be hesitant to get the safe, effective vaccine,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “COVID-19 has disproportionally harmed Black Michiganders and other people of color across the state, and we must remain vigilant in our pandemic response to address the specific needs of these communities. It is crucial to equip community leaders with the information and resources they need to inspire relatives, friends, and other loved ones to get vaccinated. The best thing all of us can do to protect ourselves, our families, and neighbors is to get vaccinated, so we can grow the economy, create jobs, and do the things we love together.”  

  • MDHHS announced 1,289 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 874,624.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

5/14/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating the Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidance on face coverings. The new order will effect on Saturday, May 15 at 9AM. 

On Thursday, the CDC released updated guidance recommending “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” 

Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others. After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.  

5/13/21 – VACCINE UPDATE 

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,542,065 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 35,517 administered on May 11.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

  • The?MI Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. To date, 55.4% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Progress is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state’s MCIR system including: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers.

The state of Michigan has achieved the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, enabling in-        person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24.

ICYMI

  • On Wednesday, Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive  Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on vaccine rollout and the MI Vacc to Normal Challenge. They were joined by Dr. Srikar Reddy, President-Elect of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, and John Walsh, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.

The Governor praised Michigan’s progress on vaccinations. Michigan has reached the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, and the Governor anticipates that MIOSHA will take action allowing offices to allow in-person work on May 24. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have also decreased since mid-April. She encourages Michiganders who have not gotten vaccinated yet to get their shots as soon as possible.

  • MDHHS announced announced 2,171 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 869,512.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT

  • Michiganders who meet income eligibility requirements or have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will be able to receive financial help to pay for home broadband connections?and internet-enabled devices?as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolls out the Emergency Broadband Benefit?program recently approved by Congress.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, having high-speed internet access at home isn’t a luxury, but a necessity so that people have access to?critical services such as?remote learning?and?telemedicine and?maintain?the ability to stay in contact with family and friends during a difficult and isolating time,” said Michigan Public Service Commissioner Tremaine Phillips.

MEDIA COVERAGE

 

5/12/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on vaccine rollout and the MI Vacc to Normal Challenge. They were joined by Dr. Srikar Reddy, President-Elect of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, and John Walsh, President and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association.  

The Governor praised Michigan’s progress on vaccinations. Michigan has reached the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, and the Governor anticipates that MIOSHA will take action allowing offices to allow in-person work on May 24. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have also decreased since mid-April. She encourages Michiganders who have not gotten vaccinated yet to get their shots as soon as possible.  

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor used during today’s press conference, click the link: 5.12.2021 COVID PPT.pptx   

5/12/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,489,457 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 25,704 administered on May 10

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • The?MI Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. To date, 55.3% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

Progress is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state’s MCIR system including: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers.  

  The state of Michigan has achieved the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, enabling in-        person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24.

ICYMI 

  • On Tuesday, Governor Whitmer visited the Kalamazoo Expo Center Vaccination Clinic in Kalamazoo to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably. On Monday, Governor Whitmer announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. 

Our administration and countless frontline healthcare workers have been working around the clock to ensure that every Michigander has access to the free, safe, and effective vaccine,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Yesterday, we hit the first step of our Vacc to Normal challenge, as 55% of Michiganders have now gotten their first shot. Under the plan, we can begin taking steps to return to in-person work. Looking ahead, the more people who get vaccinated, the sooner we can get Vacc to Normal and emerge from this pandemic together. I encourage all Michiganders to be a part of the solution and get their shots as soon as possible to protect theirs friends, family, and community.” 

  • MDHHS announced announced 1,992 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 867,341.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

MLIVE: Gov. Whitmer tours COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Kalamazoo County? 

 

5/12/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus Wednesday, May 12 at 10:30 AM 

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:  Youtube.com/GovGretchenWhitmer  

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5/11/21 – Become a “COVID-19 Vaccine Ready Provider” (Information provided by the Protect Michigan Commission)

It’s expected that a COVID vaccine will be authorized for emergency use in adolescents age 12 to 15 soon. An adolescent COVID vaccine will reduce the chance of outbreaks in school and in turn, protect students and communities. More than 3,000 Michigan providers are already registered as “COVID-19 Ready Providers” to administer COVID-19 vaccines. However, more than 4,000 providers are eligible and have not yet enrolled.

All currently vaccinating health care providers registered in Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) to provide immunizations must also enroll in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program to be able to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Enrolling now as a COVID-19 Ready Provider will help reduce delays by ensuring our systems and offices are ready when a COVID-19 adolescent vaccine is authorized.

To enroll and ensure that your office is ready to administer vaccine for adolescents age 12-15, complete the following steps:

5/11/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,449,075 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 101,473 administered on May 7 – 9.  

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Progress for the Michigan Vacc to Normal Tracker is based on the CDC data tracker, which includes MI residents vaccinated by providers not currently reporting to the state dashboard below: Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Bureau of Prisons, and most out-of-state providers. Data provided in the Michigan COVID-19 Dashboard below slightly undercounts the true number of doses administered to MI residents. See the “Learn More” tab below for details.
    • According to the CDC, 4,455,395 Michigan residents age 16+ are fully vaccinated, making up 55% of the population.  

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.        

I am excited that 55% of Michiganders have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because it puts us one step closer to getting Vacc to Normal,” said Governor Whitmer. “Everyone is eligible to get their safe, effective shots, and it’s on all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. On May 24, we anticipate allowing a return to in-person work across all sectors, and as more Michiganders get vaccinated, we will continue lifting restrictions to get Vacc to Normal safely.”    

  • On Monday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist received a second dose of the safe and effective Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the community vaccine site at Berston Field House in Flint, where he launched the ‘Making Real Change’ tour to promote vaccinations in cities across the state. 

I am proud to have received my second dose of the safe and effective vaccine, so that my loved ones and I will be fully protected against COVID-19,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “This virus has disproportionally harmed Black Michiganders and other people of color across the state, and we must continue to be vigilant in our pandemic response to address the specific needs of these communities. That is why I am launching the Making Real Change tour, to highlight easy, equitable vaccine access; encourage people who may still be hesitant to get the safe, effective vaccine; and equip everyone who has been vaccinated with the information and resources they need to tell their stories in a way that leads to more people choosing to get vaccinated. The best thing all of us  can do to protect ourselves, our families, and neighbors is to get vaccinated, so we can get back to doing the things we love together.” 

  • MDHHS announced 2,716 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 865,349. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Working on the frontlines, behind masks and face shields, Michigan’s 187,000 licensed nursing professionals have been the symbol of strength and health to all of us and especially to those isolated in nursing homes and hospitals. With strong dedication to their profession and the people they care for, licensed nursing professionals have gone above and beyond to care for their patients during pandemic times, often substituting for absent patient family members while isolating from their own families. It is with a great debt of gratitude that we recognize these hardworking healthcare professionals every day, and especially during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2021.

Now more than ever, we need to support our nurses who work selflessly in Michigan hospitals, nursing care facilities and all healthcare settings,” said Orlene Hawks, Director of LARA. “From administering tests and vaccines to caring for those in need, it is important to appreciate and recognize the critical work nurses do by honoring them and appreciating them not just this week but also every day.”

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

5/10/21 – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments.  Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and Tribal governments will be able to access funding directly from the Treasury Department in the coming days to assist communities as they recover from the pandemic.

“Today is a milestone in our country’s recovery from the pandemic and its adjacent economic crisis. With this funding, communities hit hard by COVID-19 will be able to return to a semblance of normalcy; they’ll be able to rehire teachers, firefighters and other essential workers – and to help small businesses reopen safely,” said Secretary Janet L. Yellen.  “There are no benefits to enduring two historic economic crises in a 13-year span, except for one: We can improve our policymaking. During the Great Recession, when cities and states were facing similar revenue shortfalls, the federal government didn’t provide enough aid to close the gap. That was an error. Insufficient relief meant that cities had to slash spending, and that austerity undermined the broader recovery. With today’s announcement, we are charting a very different – and much faster – course back to prosperity.”

While the need for services provided by state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments has increased —including setting up emergency medical facilities, standing up vaccination sites, and supporting struggling small businesses—these governments have faced significant revenue shortfalls as a result of the economic fallout from the crisis. As a result, these governments have endured unprecedented strains, forcing many to make untenable choices between laying off educators, firefighters, and other frontline workers or failing to provide services that communities rely on. Since the beginning of this crisis, state and local governments have cut over 1 million jobs.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. Within the categories of eligible uses listed, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. In addition to allowing for flexible spending up to the level of their revenue loss, recipients can use funds to:

  • Support public health expenditures, by – among other uses – funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis;
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis
  • Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic; and,
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet.

Insufficient federal aid and state and local austerity under similar fiscal pressures during the Great Recession and its aftermath undermined and slowed the nation’s broader recovery. The steps the Biden Administration has taken to aid state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments will create jobs and help fuel a strong recovery. And support for communities hardest-hit by this crisis can help undo racial inequities and other disparities that have held too many places back for too long.

For an overview of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program including an expanded use of eligible uses, see the fact sheet released today. For additional details on the state, local, territorial, and Tribal government allocations, see the full list here.

For updates from Treasury Department Relief and Recovery Programs, sign up here.

For more information, visit Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds on Treasury.gov.

5/10/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.    

To date, Michigan has administered 4,455,395 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, 55% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine. 

The?Vacc?to Normal plan?will?use?four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy: 

  1. 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks?
  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.?
  1. 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks?
  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.?
  • Increases?indoor?capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes?to 25%.?
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.?
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.???
  1. 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks?
  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.?
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.???
  1. 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks?
  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order?such that?MDHHS will no longer?employ?broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as?the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.???

To learn more about the MI Vacc to Normal Plan and vaccine rollout, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.      

The video can be viewed here: https://twitter.com/GovWhitmer/status/1391853926002176008?s=20   

 

5/7/21 – Yesterday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist visited the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Community vaccination site in Detroit to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably. He was joined by Jalen Rose.  

Our administration has been working around the clock to expand our vaccine program in an efficient and equitable manner so that every Michigander has access to the safe and effective vaccines,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “Neighborhood-based vaccination efforts like the ones at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy are crucial to beating COVID-19. This virus has disproportionately impacted Detroit, so it is crucial that we all do our part to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to doing the things we love together.” 

“I am thankful to the Lt. Governor for taking the time and energy to be here,” said Jalen Rose. “This is the charity that makes it to the communities. I am thankful for the support. Take the time to get vaccinated because we need to beat this thing.”  

To date, Michigan has administered 7,220,201 vaccines, with 51.2% Michiganders 16 years or older receiving their initial dose, and 40.7% fully vaccinatedmoving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is partnering with organizations like Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine. 

Watch the video that Lt. Governor Gilchrist and Jalen Rose filmed to encourage Detroiters to get their vaccines here 

 

 

5/6/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,139,823 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 51,025 administered on May

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • DHHS announced 2,589 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 854,536. 

 https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)updated its COVID-19 Gatherings and Face Masks epidemic order to encourage safer outdoor activities as spring and summer bring warmer weather and new opportunities to go outdoors. Under the new order, which goes into effect Thursday, May 6 and continues through Monday, May 31, masks are generally not required outdoors unless a gathering has 100 or more people. 

In addition, anyone who is fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms is not required to wear a mask at residential gatherings, including indoors. New guidance for organized sports no longer requires routine COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated participants if they are asymptomatic. Masks continue to be required for contact sports but are no longer required outdoors during active practice and competition for non-contact sports. For example, softball and baseball players will be required to wear a mask in the dugout but not when at bat or playing first base. 

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5/5/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 7,068,833 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 31,885 administered on May  

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation today announced that Governor Whitmer is one of seven recipients for the special Profile in Courage Award. Governor Whitmer is recognized for her service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the awards for COVID Courage as part of a virtual ceremony that will air for the public on May 26, 2021 at 6:00pm ET. 

“It is my honor to accept this prestigious award on behalf of every Michigander who stepped up to help their family and community through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I am humbled by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Kennedy Family for their recognition. We must all strive to live up to the call of public service put forward by President Kennedy decades ago and exemplified by the heroes on the frontlines of this pandemic who are putting shots in arms and working tirelessly in schools, stores, and hospitals statewide.”  

“Today’s honorees put their own lives at risk to keep others safe. They inspire us all with their courage and give new meaning to President Kennedy’s legacy of public service,” said Caroline Kennedy, honorary president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.   

  • MDHHS announced 2,527 cases of COVID-19 from  This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 851,947. 

 https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  •  Taxpayers who pay city of Detroit individual income taxes have until May 17 to file their returns or make payments, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

On April 22, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bi-partisan bill extending city income tax returns. This new law extends the filing deadline for individuals under the City Income Tax Act to match the federal filing deadline, meaning individuals who file a city of Detroit individual income tax return now have until May 17, 2021, to file without incurring penalty or interest. 

Individuals who need additional time to file beyond May 17 can request a filing extension until Oct. 15. An extension of time to file does not extend the time to pay the tax. 

 

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5/4/21 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) its COVID-19 Gatherings and Face Masks epidemic order to encourage safer outdoor activities as spring and summer bring warmer weather and new opportunities to go outdoors. Under the new order, which goes into effect Thursday, May 6, and continues through Monday, May 31, masks are generally not required outdoors unless a gathering has 100 or more people.

In addition, anyone who is fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms is not required to wear a mask at residential gatherings, including indoors. New guidance for organized sports no longer requires routine COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated participants if they are asymptomatic. Masks continue to be required for contact sports but are no longer required outdoors during active practice and competition for non-contact sports. For example, softball and baseball players will be required to wear a mask in the dugout but not when at bat or playing first base.

MDHHS continues to urge Michiganders to follow CDC guidance, even where not specifically required by an epidemic order. For people who aren’t yet fully vaccinated, that means masking up whenever around other people not from your household.

“The commitment by Michiganders to receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is allowing us to move toward a return to normal,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “The vaccines work. That means once Michiganders are fully vaccinated, they do not have to abide by as many health guidelines because of the protection the vaccine provides from the spread of the virus. Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer launched the MI Vacc to Normal plan to set vaccine milestones to enable a return toward normalcy. This week we are taking further steps in that direction.”

The Gatherings and Mask Order preserves strong public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

“Getting your vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community,” said Dr.?Joneigh?Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “Vaccines give you the freedom and peace of mind to be able to do more things, but we still have work to do to reach our goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 and up. Get one of the three safe and effective vaccines as soon as you are able, and please remember you need to get your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to get the full immunity that these vaccines offer.”

To date, 39.3% of Michigan residents 16 and older had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and 50.6% had received at least a first dose.

Updates to the Gatherings and Masks Order encourage outdoor events with larger capacities permitted for entertainment and recreational facilities and for sports stadiums and arenas that hold events outdoors. This includes:

  • Large outdoor events, including festivals, fairs, and golf tournaments?will be able to exceed the current 1,000-person limit so long as they create and post a safety plan consistent with the MDHHS Large Outdoor Event Guidance, and no more than 20 persons per 1,000 square feet are gathered in any space available to patrons.
  • Outdoor stadiums and arenas:
    • Stadiums complying with enhanced protocols will continue to be allowed to operate at 20% of their fixed seating capacity. For example, a stadium with a maximum capacity complying with enhanced protocols would be permitted to host 8,000 patrons.
    • Otherwise, for stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,000 patrons may be gathered (previously 750).
    • For stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 10,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,500 patrons may be gathered.
  • Residential outdoor gatherings?are allowed up to 50 people. Or, where density does not exceed 20 persons per 1,000 square feet of usable outdoor space, up to 300 people may be gathered.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at?Michigan.gov/Coronavirus?and?CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit?Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

5/4/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced a national goal to have 70% of Americans get at least one dose of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine by July 4th. The announcement comes after Governor Whitmer unveiled her ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan to base additional re-engagements on vaccination rates, with the final step being 70% of eligible Michiganders receiving one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

In Michigan and across the United States, frontline healthcare workers, hospitals, and state and local governments are working tirelessly to administer doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines and save lives,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “After reaching 200 million shots in arms by President Biden’s 100th day in officethe federal government is following Michigan’s lead by announcing a new goal to have 70% of Americans vaccinated with at least one dose so we can return to the normalcy that we all crave as safely as possible. This is in line with the MI Vacc to Normal challenge we rolled out last week which ties reengagements to certain vaccination metrics. So far, Michigan haadministered over 7 million doses to more than 50% of Michiganders 16 and up, but to reach the 70% target, we will all have to do our part. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get your COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are trusted by doctors and our best shot at being free from this pandemic and the quickest way for our lives to return to normalFrom polio to smallpox, vaccines have a long history of hope and healing. So, if you have gotten your shot already—thank you—I encourage you speak with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about your experience. We are getting closer to our goal and as more Michiganders get vaccinated, we can get Vacc to Normal and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.” 

“Getting the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community,” said Dr.?Joneigh?Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “I am proud that more than 50% of Michiganders have received their first dose and almost 40% have completed their vaccination. Vaccines give you the freedom and peace of mind to be able to do more things, but we still have work to do to reach our goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 and up. Get one of the three safe and effective vaccines as soon as you are able, and please remember you need to get your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to get the full immunity that these vaccines offer.” 

5/3/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued the following statements as Michigan is set to surpass seven million vaccine doses administered. 

“Today, Michigan will surpass seven million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. “We’ve put shots in arms of 1 in 2 Michiganders 16 and up and over 1 in 3 are fully vaccinated, including 2 in 3 seniors.  Our rollout continues to speed up. We administered six million doses in just over four months. As we get closer to achieving our goal of equitably vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we have to remember that we are still in this fight against the virus. Our case count and hospitalization rates are a reminder that we must continue following basic public health protocols we know work: masks, social distancingand hand washing. The way to put this pandemic behind us, however, is to get vaccinated. The vaccine is the most effective way to protect you, your family, and your community and get us back to normal sooner. Together, we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever and celebrate summer together with friends and family. We will become the state that beats this damn virus.”

To date, 50% of Michiganders have received at least one dose, with 38% of Michiganders being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible.  

“Since Michigan began our vaccine rollout, Governor Whitmer and I promised that every Michigander who wanted a vaccine would receive one safely. We are now seven million doses closer to that goal, well ahead of schedule,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist II. “Every dose brings us closer to reaching our goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70%  of Michigander’s ages 16 and older as soon as possible, but as we get closer to achieving our goal, we have to remember that we are still in this fight against the virus. Together, we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever. We can end this virus on our terms by ensuring that everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one. The COVID-19 vaccine has been tested for safety and is trusted by doctors. From smallpox to polio and now COVID, vaccines have a long history of hope and healing. The COVID-19 vaccine is our best shot to being free from this pandemic, and the quickest way for our lives to return to normal is for everyone to get vaccinated.” 

4/30/21 – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joined together to release a video on social media urging Midwesterners to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.  

Everyone in the United States is now eligible to get the safe and effective vaccines, and we know it’s a team effort to get everyone vaccinated,” said Governor Whitmer. “We know that the virus doesn’t care about state lines or political parties. It’s on all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect you, your family, and neighbors and get our nation back to normal. Summer celebrations are on the horizon, and we will beat COVID-19 together.”  

To date, Michigan has administered 6,820,926 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, 49.6% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine, and 37.2% of Michiganders have received their completed dose. As part of these efforts, Michigan is working to administer 100,000 shots per day, partnering with organizations across the state to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine. 

The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/DQR6J14lcO4 

4/30/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,820,926 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 130,339 administered on April 27 – April 28. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer set the state of Michigan on a pathway to return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy. 

The MI Vacc to Normal challenge outlines steps we can take to emerge from this pandemic as we hit our vaccination targets together,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “On our path to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we can take steps to gradually get back to normal while keeping people safe. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to rise to the challenge and be a part of the solution so we can continue our economic recovery and have the summer we all crave.”  

“We can end this virus on our terms by following the protocols we are putting forward, encouraging everyone in your life to do the same, and ensuring that everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “What we have been observing across our state is that the thing that moves a person to choose to get vaccinated is hearing from someone they know about why it is so important, why they chose to get vaccinated. That means that every person who has not yet chosen to get vaccinated is one conversation away from making that choice. We can make that happen for them and for all of us. The MI Vacc to Normal challenge is a great reminder that we’re all on one team, working towards ending COVID-19.” 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer received a second dose of the safe and effective Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine administered by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. The governor joined six Grand Rapids teens serving as Protect Michigan Commission COVID-19 ambassadors in receiving their vaccines.   

“I feel relieved to have gotten my second dose today and join millions of fully vaccinated Michiganders in the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “Although I have my second dose, I will continue to socially distance, wash my hands often, and wear a mask when necessary. I urge all Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19. Every day we’re getting closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s beat COVID-19 together.”  

  • MDHHS  announced 3,623 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 837,514.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The State’s Return-to-Office Workgroup has provided Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with their recommendations for how employers can begin to plan for a safe, phased reopening of offices. The group consisting of business, labor and public health experts, was established on March 15, and has acted quickly to develop concise recommendations regarding Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) polices and additional guidance and best practices to help employers plan for a return to in-person office work.   

Workers and their safety are our top priority,” said Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan. “We have taken a proactive approach to listen and collect feedback from a wide array of stakeholders, as we try to address challenges and concerns of employers who are looking to align their reopen plans with health guidance and safety rules.” 

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4/30/21 – Critical Support Available for Michigan Restaurants, Bars through Federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund 

  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. today, April 30 with $28.6 billion available nationwide
  • Fund prioritizes direct relief to women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals for first 21 days, then first-come, first-serve for all eligible applicants 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today encouraged restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments across Michigan hard hit by COVID-19 to apply for $28.6 billion in federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund direct relief being provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the American Rescue Plan.  

Registration for the funding will begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT with the application itself opening on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT.  

For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize funding applications from businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. All eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as the portal opens. Following the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis with the online application remaining open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. 

Eligible businesses include restaurants; food stands, food trucks, food carts; caterers; bars, saloons, lounges, taverns; brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms; breweries, wineries and distilleries; and bakeries. The minimum funding awarded will be $1,000 with businesses that remain open eligible to receive funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. 

The fund includes $9.5 billion in set-asides specifically for smaller businesses: $5 billion for applicants with 2019 gross receipts of not more than $500,000; $4 billion is set aside for applicants with 2019 gross receipts from $500,001 to $1,500,000; and $500 million for applicants with 2019 gross receipts not more than $50,000. Recipients would not be required to repay the funding if the funds are used for eligible expenses no later than March 11, 2023. 

For more information on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, visit?sba.gov/restaurants?or in Spanish at?sba.gov/restaurantes 

Other resources for economic reopening efforts as well as businesses across Michigan struggling with economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 virus can be found online at?michiganbusiness.org/covid19. To learn more about MEDC’s COVID-19 response programs and the impact they are having on economic recovery efforts, visit?michiganbusiness.org/covid19response. 

4/29/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today set the state of Michigan on a pathway to return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy.

Since Governor Whitmer asked Michiganders to double down on smart public health policies on April 9, Michigan has made significant progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The number of daily cases has dropped from 649.9 cases per million to 439.3 cases per million, the percent of positive tests has declined from  18.3%  to 13.2%, and the number hospitalizations has fallen from 3,780 to 3,520.  

Recently, Michigan reached another vaccination milestone in record time — administering more than six million doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, with the latest one million doses being administered in 11 days. Although progress has been made, it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as the state takes steps to get back to normal. It is also crucial for everyone to get their second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which Michiganders have been doing at a rate of 96.4%, above the national average. 

Michigan continues to have some of the strongest public health policies in the Midwest. The state still has a mask mandate and capacity limitations on indoor dining, indoor gatherings, and entertainment venues. As the number of vaccinations increase, experts have said that states can begin loosening some public health policies as these activities become less risky for vaccinated individuals.  

The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will use four vaccination-based milestones — using data for Michiganders 16 years or older who’ve received their first dose — to guide future steps required to get back to normal: 

  • 55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks
  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.
  • 60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks
  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes  to 25%.
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.  
  • 65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks
  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.  
  • 70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks
  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.   

If new cases remain greater than 250 daily/million as a 7-day average in a Michigan Economic Recovery Committee (MERC) region at the time of implementing steps 2 through 3, MDHHS may delay implementation in that MERC region.  

To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible.  

 

4/29/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,657,997 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 53,589 administered on April Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Gov Gretchen Whitmer announced today Detroit Tigers great Miguel Cabrerahas volunteered to serve as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and help promote the state’s COVID-19 vaccination and education efforts.  

“We are grateful that ‘Miggy’ is stepping up to the plate to help inform Michiganders on the importance of getting their COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Governor Whitmer. “We appreciate the tremendous support and advocacy from the Detroit Tigers because this is an all-hands-on-deck moment in our state’s effort to persevere and overcome the pandemic.” 

Cabrera, nicknamed “Miggy,” is an 11-time Major League Baseball All Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player who joined the Tigers in December, 2007. He and the Tigers have offered to produce public service announcements in English and Spanish that will encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated and continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated. 

  • MDHHS  announced 4,371 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 833,891.  

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • In an effort to reach more Michiganders in need of COVID-19 testing and other public health services, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is partnering with Genesee Community Health Center (GCHC) to provide mobile COVID-19 testing, vaccines and PPE, along with food, clothing and other social services. 

“Every Michigander should have access to fundamental public health services regardless of their zip code, and this partnership with the Genesee Community Health Center will bring us a step closer to making that a reality,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. “These mobile sites are a product of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which I am proud to have chaired for over a year, and have been widely successful in advancing racial equity as we fight COVID-19. I look forward to seeing this partnership provide services where they are most needed in Genesee County.” 

“Reaching out and taking resources to where Michiganders live makes it easier to access these services and increases the chances of them getting a COVID test or being vaccinated against or having a health screening,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “This partnership is helping address health disparities in communities as well as providing access to resources including emergency food and shelter, and referrals to other assistance programs.” 

  • Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to ensure Michiganders don’t fall for fake advertisements or too-good-to-be-true treatments related to COVID-19. In her latest Consumer Protection video, Nessel shares what to do to avoid being scammed by people claiming to have a treatment for COVID-19 or the vaccine.

We’re at a point in this pandemic where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but bad actors are trying to take advantage of that collective hope by making false promises,” Nessel said. “Please continue to do your research and use trusted sources before making any decision that may affect your health.”  

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4/29/21 – Today, Governor Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist II, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for MDHHS, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel, will give an update on the COVID pandemic at a 9:30 am press conference.

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:  Youtube.com/GovGretchenWhitmer

4/28/21 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today Detroit Tigers great Miguel Cabrera has volunteered to serve as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and help promote the state’s COVID-19 vaccination and education efforts.  

Cabrera, nicknamed “Miggy,” is an 11-time Major League Baseball All Star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player who joined the Tigers in December, 2007. He and the Tigers have offered to produce public service announcements in English and Spanish that will encourage Michiganders to get vaccinated and continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated. 

“I am honored by Gov. Whitmer’s appointment as a co-chair of the Protect Michigan Commission and look forward to using my platform to increase awareness of how getting vaccinated can help slow COVID-19 infections,” Miguel Cabrera said. “Based on what I know from getting vaccinated already, the shots are nowhere near as bad as the virus. Our goal with the Commission is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, and I hope my support toward that end is successful.” 

Gov. Whitmer created the Protect Michigan Commission in January. The appointees represent a diverse array of industries, professions and backgrounds. Housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), they are charged with helping to ensure every Michigander has a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the opportunity becomes available. Their goal is facilitating at least 100,000 shots in arms daily.  

Under the current MDHHS epidemic order, public attendance for select outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities must operate under enhanced safety protocols, including limiting crowds at up to 20 percent capacity, or approximately 8,200 ticketed guests at Comerica Park.  

The Tigers have coordinated with public health and medical experts, government officials and Major League Baseball to develop a comprehensive plan that allows fans to safely and confidently attend games. The comprehensive health and safety protocols include required pre-arrival health screenings, mandatory mask wearing, physically distanced seating, contactless experience and CDC-recommended cleaning enhancements. 

To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of Michiganders ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of Michiganders ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. 

 

4/27/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,580,467 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 152,825 administered on April 23- 25. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

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  • MDHHS announced 6,524 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 825,844.  

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

4/26/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,386,220 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 71,330 administered on April 22. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 4,698 cases of COVID-19 from Satu This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to819,320.     

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

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4/23/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,280,313 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

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  • As a result of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request of the federal government to help get more Michiganders vaccinated as quickly as possible, more than 200 federal personnel will be arriving in Michigan this week to assist at three mass vaccination sites: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Ford Field in Detroit and TCF in Detroit. 

“We appreciate the support from our federal partners, especially adding additional boots on the ground to allow for more shots in arms more quickly,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “We are still fighting this virus, and we must continue masking up, socially distancing, washing our hands, and crucially, getting vaccinated. I will continue fighting to make sure Michigan gets the support it needs so we can get back to normal sooner.” 

  • On Thursday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, along with the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force members on Racial Disparities, recognized the first anniversary of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. To date, the task force has made significant progress towards reducing COVID-19 mortality rate disparities for Michiganders of color. The Task Force members recognize that their work must continue to address the racial disparities in vaccine adoption in communities of color. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist is launching the ‘Making Real Change’ Tour across Michigan to ensure that work continues and allows for direct community interactions. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this virus has shined a light on the unique health, economic, and educational challenges Black communities and communities of color face daily. When Governor Whitmer and I observed how deadly these deadly trends presented themselves during COVID-19, we took immediate action to protect public health,” said Governor Gilchrist. “With cases rising in communities across our state, it is more important than ever that we continue the work of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. The Making Real Change Tour will highlight his task-force-recommended actions being implemented and adapted, helping Michiganders. This task force will continue to focus on making real, timely changes that will make a difference in people’s lives right now.”

  • On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the community vaccination clinic at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that safe, effective vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably.  

We have made significant progress in getting Michiganders vaccinated, but we must continue working to ensure that every Michigander has access to the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. “Community sites like Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint will help us reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders who are 16 years or older more quickly. We must all continue to do our part by masking up, socially distancing, washing our hands, and most importantly, getting vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccines are the lights at the end of the tunnel, and we will beat COVID-19 and emerge together.”   

  • MDHHS announced 4,867 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 809,591.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • In an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and select Michigan airports, are piloting a Travel Points Testing program this spring – bringing antigen COVID-19 testing to locations with high volumes of travel. 

“As we head into the summer with vaccines ramping up and a light at the end of the tunnel, I am so proud of this partnership between MDOT and MDHHS to keep Michiganders safe,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “I encourage all Michiganders to continue masking up, socially distancing and hand washing to slow the spread, and if you re-enter or travel across the state, get tested at one of the new sites being set up at key points. Finally, I encourage you to get vaccinated, which is the most effective way to keep you and your family safe and put this pandemic behind us.” 

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4/22/21 – As a result of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request of the federal government to help get more Michiganders vaccinated as quickly as possible, more than 200 federal personnel will be arriving in Michigan this week to assist at three mass vaccination sites: DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Ford Field in Detroit and TCF in Detroit. 

Personnel will serve both clinical and non-clinical roles at the vaccination sites. They are being deployed from the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Forest Service. In addition, support is being provided to hire additional ambulance personnel for these sites. They began arriving Wednesday, April 21 and are expected to be fully operational no later than April 28. 

Michigan recently reached a milestone of 6 million doses of the safe and effective vaccines distributed in just over four months, with?the most recent?one million vaccines administered in a record?11?days.??To date,?47% of Michiganders have received at least one dose, with 33% of Michiganders being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible.?The state has?repeatedly?hit?its?daily dose goal?of?100,000 shots.? 

Michiganders eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can find and schedule appointments in several ways: 

  • Find a vaccination location and schedule an appointment?with?the?CDC COVID Vaccine Finder.
  • Check the website?of your local health department or hospital?to find out their process or for registration forms.
  • Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like?Meijer,?Rite Aid, ?Walgreens,?CVS,?Kroger,?Walmart?(Mid/Central and Northern MI)?or?Snyder Drugs?(U.P. residents).
  • Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136?(press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.?Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

4/22/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,166,654 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 69,633 administered on April Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • MDHHS announced 5,584 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 804,724. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • To help improve COVID-19 vaccination access for high-risk populations and settings across Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)and Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct mobile vaccination services. 

Settings where numerous people live or work in close proximity to one another present a high risk for spread of COVID-19 and require more flexible vaccination services,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Providing mobile vaccination services will help ensure these high-risk individuals have access to the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and help the state reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older and quickly as possible.” 

4/22/21 – Today, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, along with the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force members on Racial Disparities, recognized the first anniversary of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities. To date, the task force has made significant progress towards reducing COVID-19 mortality rate disparities for Michiganders of color. The Task Force members recognize that their work must continue to address the racial disparities in vaccine adoption in communities of color. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist is launching the ‘Making Real Change’ Tour across Michigan to ensure that work continues and allows for direct community interactions.

The ‘Making Real Change’ Tour will highlight our continued efforts to flatten and eliminate racial disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on what we have learned, why and how we are applying those learnings to equitably administering vaccines; and what we are doing to build the resilience required to close racial disparities in health and other areas within communities.

For example, while Black residents only make up 13% of Michigan’s population, they represented a staggering 29.4% of the cases in the early days of tracking COVID-19 data based on race. In the past two weeks of available data, the state has maintained progress in limiting the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, with Black residents accounting for 10.9% of cases.

The Making Real Change Tour will make stops in Flint, Saginaw, Grand Rapids and Detroit.

To date, the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force has focused on two goals: one to reduce the disparities in the mortality rate of COVID-19, and the second to connect those interventions to more extended term efforts. Additionally, this task force has worked to close the digital divide in telehealth and remote learning, launched a “Get Covered” campaign to make a coordinated push for every Michigander to sign up for health insurance, increased mobile testing infrastructure, which has transitioned seamlessly into vaccine administration and provided guidance to health care professionals on avoiding implicit bias.

4/21/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 6,065,254 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 55,504 administered on April 19. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist issued the following statements as Michigan is set to surpass six million vaccine doses administered, with the most recent one million vaccines administered in a record 11 days.   

“Today, Michigan will surpass six million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. “My daughter and I were proud to add two to that number on April 6, and my administration and I will not stop until we reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and up. Our rollout continues picking up steam. We’ve administered six million doses in just over four months, and we went from five to six million in only 11 days. Despite the incredible progress we have made, however, we are still fighting this virus. The rising cases and hospitalization rates are a reminder that we must continue masking up, socially distancing, washing our hands, and crucially, getting vaccinated. Michigan is also working closely with our federal partners to surge life-saving therapeutic treatments that will help keep people out of the hospital. We still have strong public health laws on the books, and I know that if we keep pressing on with our individual efforts to slow the spread and get vaccinated, we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever and celebrate Independence Day together with friends and family. We will become the state that beats this damn virus.” 

I was proud to join the millions of Michiganders who have received least one safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine dose this past Saturday,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “We can end this virus on our own terms by making sure that everyone eligible to receive a vaccine gets one. I want to encourage everyone to connect with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to make sure they’ve made an appointment. Getting  vaccinated is the best thing you can do to protect yourself, family, and our collective community—it paves the way for us to get back to doing the things we love together.    

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 5,259 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 799,140.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

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 MSN: Michigan set to surpass 6 million COVID vaccine doses administered Tuesday

4/19/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 5,788,119 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 87,795 administered on April 15. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

*As of 4/15/2021, dashboard data now includes deliveries of about 1.6 million doses made to providers participating in select federal programs operating in Michigan. The State of Michigan does not control how much vaccine is allocated or administered by federal programs.   

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is transitioning its COVID-19 vaccine dashboard to a new methodology to more clearly and simply summarize vaccination data reporting.

“Since we started vaccinating Michiganders, we have had the opportunity to improve our data systems and evolve processes,” said MDHHS director Elizabeth Hertel. “We continue to seek ways to improve the quality and accuracy of data shared within the COVID-19 dashboard. Over 3.5 million Michiganders have received at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as we work to reach our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders age 16 and older.” 

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  • On Saturday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist received a first dose of the safe and effective Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the community vaccine site at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit after becoming eligible in the latest phase of prioritization that includes all Michiganders age 16 years or older.  

I am proud to join millions of Michiganders in the fight against COVID-19 by getting the first dose of the safe, effective vaccine,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “This virus has disproportionally targeted communities of color, and now we have the opportunity to ensure equitable access to the vaccine to keep each other safe and healthy. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, family, and neighbors is to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, so we can get back to doing the things we love together.”

  • MDHHS announced 5,530 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 785,307.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

Detroit Free Press: Michigan extends COVID-19 health order for 1 month, adds new rules for kids 

4/15/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 5,548,444 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 76,119 administered on April 13Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

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  • On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 cases, vaccines and variants and discussed the state’s efforts to expand the use of monoclonal antibody therapy to help those diagnosed with COVID-19 avoid hospitalization.
  • On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today the state is working to expand the use of a medical intervention designed to significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. This involves additional doses of monoclonal antibodies being made available to providers and requests to providers to expand the number of infusion sites in the state. 

“We are using every mitigation strategy, every medication, and every treatment option to fight the virus here in Michigan,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “These antibody treatments could keep you out of the hospital and save your life, and my administration and I will continue working with the federal government to make sure we are using all the tools in our toolbox to keep you and your family safe and get back to normal sooner.” 

  • MDHHS announced 7,955 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 764,519.

 https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

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4/14/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced today the state is working to expand the use of a medical intervention designed to significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. This involves additional doses of monoclonal antibodies being made available to providers and requests to providers to expand the number of infusion sites in the state. 

Monoclonal antibodies (mAbare laboratory-produced molecules that can restore, enhance or mimic the immune system’s attack on cells. mAb targets different parts of the virus and prevents it from bonding with cells in the body, effectively neutralizing it. Clinical trials have shown promising data that this therapy works for the treatment of COVID-19 in patients who are at high risk for progressing to severe symptoms and/or hospitalization, including older Michiganders. To date, preliminary data suggests more than 6,600 Michiganders have received this treatment with 65% reporting feeling better with two days of treatment and less than 5% of them requiring hospitalization following treatment. 

The therapy has been used successfully to help address COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the state and to treat patients at home. This has included a 33-patient nursing home in Wayland in January, a senior care facility in Cass County in December and a veteran’s home in Grand Rapids in December.?In seven long-term care facility outbreaks, 120 vulnerable patients with high mortality rates were treated with mAb. Only three of those patients needed to be hospitalized with one death. 

Michigan was also one of the first states in the nation to?issue?an EMS protocol to allow paramedics to administer this medication to further increase access. In St. Clair County, Tri-Hospital EMS treated 50 patients at home over a nine-day period. The state is also using EMS to provide paratransit or ambulance transport to infusion clinics for patients who don’t have access to transportation.  

The therapy is administered through an intravenous infusion and is designed for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms. It is not intended for hospitalized patients. These treatments are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use AuthorizationAccording to the FDA, mAb therapy is effective against the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, the predominant form of COVID currently seen in Michigan. 

The National Institutes of Health recently recommended that patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of worsening disease should be treated with combination therapy –– either Lilly or Regeneron. 

Michigan?continues?to monitor and track patients within 14 days of COVID-19 antibody treatment administration to assess the impact of COVID-19 antibody treatments on the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate. Additionally, the state is now conducting follow-up phone interviews conducted by volunteer medical and pharmacy students to more effectively assess patient response to mAb. 

4/14/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update on COVID-19 casesvaccines and variants and discussed the state’s efforts to expand the use of monoclonal antibody therapy to help those diagnosed with COVID-19 avoid hospitalization 

The Governor praised progress on vaccinations and urged Michiganders to keep doing their part by wearing masks, washing their hands, social distancing, and getting vaccinated. The Governor stressed there are still public health laws in place to mitigate the spread of COVID including a mask mandate, capacity limits on indoor gatherings, and mandatory testing for sports. The Governor also shared information about the use of Regeneron and Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody treatments. These treatments have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA and can be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths for those diagnosed with COVID-19. The state is ensuring providers across the state have the supplies they need to effectively treat Michiganders. 

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor used during today’s press conference, click the link:   4.14.2021 COVID PPT.pdf

4/14/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Wednesday, April 14 at 3:00PM 

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4/14/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 5,445,335 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 55,020 being administered April 12thEvery COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 8,867 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 756,564.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The three Detroit casinos reported $113.84 million in monthly aggregate revenue during March while continuing to operate at limited capacity due to COVID-19 health concerns. Table games and slots generated $110.87 million in revenue while retail sports betting produced $2.97 million in revenue.

The state received $112,272 in taxes on retail sports betting revenue from the Detroit casinos. The three casinos also reported submitting $137,221 in retail sports betting taxes to the City of Detroit. 

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4/13/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 5,370,443 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 189,911 being administered April 9 – Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Today, Governor Whitmer toured the vaccination clinic at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). She was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Washtenaw County Health Department Officer Jimena Loveluck, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbors President Alonzo Lewis, and Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church Pastor Larry Davis. 

“In Michigan, we’re working around the clock to expand access to the three safe, effective vaccines, so we can bring down our COVID-19 numbers and save lives,” said Governor Whitmer. “We need more vaccine doses so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible, and the way forward is to continue ramping up our vaccine access and double down on our efforts to mask up, socially distance, and wash our hands. Let’s beat COVID-19 together.”   

ICYMI 

  • On Monday, Governor Whitmer announced her funding priorities as the state readies for more than $18 billion in federal funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act. State government is expected to receive $5.7 billion in additional federal funding, in addition to $4.4 billion directed to local governments and $3.9 billion to K-12 schools. Many Michiganders have already received stimulus checks from the federal government through the Act.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest billions in Michigan’s families, communities, schools, and small businesses,“ said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “The American Rescue Plan will help us build back better, preparing our state for the future while creating thousands of jobs and uplifting working families. I look forward to working with the legislature to put these dollars to work in a strategic way that builds on our shared priorities. Let’s get it done.“ 

  • The Healthy Michigan Plan is now providing health care coverage to more than 900,000 residents for the first time,  Gretchen Whitmer announced today. 

There are now?900,100?people enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program. Gov. Whitmer and (MDHHS) have strongly supported the Healthy Michigan Plan. When she was State Senate Democratic leader, Whitmer helped pass the bipartisan legislation that created the Healthy Michigan Plan, which was enacted in April 2014.  

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and finances of so many Michigan families underscores the importance of the Healthy Michigan Plan for its 900,000 enrollees,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Providing affordable health care coverage to all Michiganders is critical. I am proud of the Healthy Michigan Plan – one that I helped create during my time as Senate Democratic  Leader by collaborating with a Republican governor and legislature.”

  • MDHHS announced 9,674 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to747,697.  

 https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

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4/12/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 5,132,443 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 102,159 administered on April 8. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan will hit more than five million vaccinations by the end of the day. While vaccine supply has increased dramatically since the Biden Administration took office, the state is currently experiencing a serious spike in COVID-19 cases that is putting pressure on Michigan hospital systems. To slow the spread of the virus and protect more Michiganders, the governor renewed her call for the federal government to surge additional vaccines to Michigan, while also urging high schools to shift to remote learning, encouraging diners to choose outdoor dining or takeout instead of indoor seating, and recommending youth sports suspend in-person activities for the next two weeks. 

Administering more than five million doses of the safe and effective COVID vaccine in under four months is a big deal, but we’ve still got a lot more work to do,” said Governor Whitmer. “Right now our numbers are alarming, and we all have a role to play to get our state moving in the right direction again. That’s why I’m renewing my call on the federal government to surge additional vaccines to our state. And it’s why I’m urging high schools and youth sports to voluntarily suspend in-person activities for the next two weeks. This is a team effort. It’s on all of us to do our part by masking up and getting vaccinated to protect ourselves and our families, so we can get back to normal. Let’s get it done.”

  • MDHHS announced 6,892 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 738,023.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

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4/9/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus and ramp up vaccinations efforts. They were joined by Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO of Spectrum Health. 

The governor announced that Michigan has surpassed the five million doses administered and reminded that all Michiganders 16 and older are now eligible to receive the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine. The governor also gave an update on the current spike in COVID-19 cases and renewed her call for the federal government to provide Michigan additional vaccines, while also urging a high schools to shift to remote learning, encouraging diners to choose outdoor dining or takeout instead of indoor seating, and recommending youth sports suspend in-person activities for the next two weeks. 

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor used during today’s press conference, click the link:   4.9.2021 COVID PPT.pdf

4/9/21 –  VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 4,992,781 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 85,233 doses administered on April 7. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 7,819 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 723,297.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Since shortly after the first positive COVID-19 test was diagnosed at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) on March 10, 2020, BOL scientists have been busy genome sequencing the virus to identify variants. More than 10,000 samples have been sequenced by BOL staff to date with over 4,200 of those tests completed in 2021.

Our lab is a national leader in genome sequencing and our efforts have allowed us to implement rapid public health responses to slow the spread of outbreaks involving more easily transmitted variants,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We will continue to work to identify these variants in Michigan as an important tool in fighting this pandemic back in Michigan.”

  • With all Michiganders eligible to receive one of the three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is continuing its efforts to equitability distribute and increase vaccine accessibility. This now includes vaccine allocation to universities and colleges and expanded mobile sites in communities across the state.

The effort to increase university allocations is intended to vaccinate students before they return home for the summer. Nearly 16,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are being shipped to local health departments associated with participating colleges and universities across the state.  

“Vaccinating this group of the population right now makes a lot of sense as thousands of college and university students near the end of their academic year and are preparing to travel back home, start new jobs, take summer vacations, and interact with their family and friends,” said Northern Michigan University president Fritz Erickson. “We appreciate this initiative by the state to keep college students safe. This effort will protect not only the age group that is now?seeing a higher rate of infection than before, but it protects communities and families across the state from spread of the virus due to the mass movement of college students that?takes?place over the next few weeks.”  

4/9/21 – Today,  Friday, April 9 at 10:00 AM, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus.   

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4/8/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 4,871,713 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 148, 302 being administered on April 5 – April 6. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 8,015 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 715,478. 

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

4/5/21 – Today, all Michiganders age 16 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The safe, effective vaccine is our protection against the virus, will help us end the pandemic and get us back to the things we love.

We’re able to vaccinate more and more Michiganders as the vaccine supply coming into the state increases. We are expanding access to create equitable and efficient distribution of the vaccine, and we have a new goal. Let’s get 100,000 shots in Michigander’s arms every day. We can meet this goal if we encourage our friends and family to sign-up for an appointment.

All residents are encouraged to sign up for the vaccine:

  • Check the website of your local health department or hospital to find out their process or for registration forms (map of local health departments);
  • Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like MeijerRiteAidKrogerCVSWalmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents);
  • To register for the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids go to West Michigan Vaccine Clinic (spectrumhealth.org).
  • To register for the Regional Community Vaccination Site at Ford Field in Detroit go to https://clinic.meijer.com/register/CL2021 or text EndCOVID to 75049.
  • Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4/5/21 – VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 4,522,415 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 94,249 being administered on April 1. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Weekly snapshot of the progress Michigan is making to vaccinate 70% of eligible Michiganders from Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard and the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker:  
  • On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new community vaccine site at United Wholesale Mortgage Sports Complex Vaccine Site in Pontiac which has the capacity to administer up to 3,000 shots per day and will help get our nation back to normal. 

In Michigan, the vaccine process is getting faster and smoother every day, and this community vaccination site in Oakland County will help us reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders 16 and up more quickly,” said Governor Whitmer. “Everyone should get the safe, effective vaccine once you are eligible because it is the most effective way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and help get our state back to normal. By ramping up our vaccine distribution, we can beat COVID-19 together and enjoy the summer celebrations that we all crave.”  

ICYMI 

 

  • MDHHS announced 8,413cases of COVID-19 from April 3. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 692,206

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are urging Michiganders to get tested for COVID-19 upon returning from Spring Break in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In efforts to make testing easier for travelers, the state is offering 37 pop-up sites located throughout Michigan as part of the special testing program.     

“Brighter days are ahead with vaccinations being available to all Michiganders as of April 5, however, there are still critical efforts we must take to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “COVID-19 remains a threat to our families and communities, and we encourage Michiganders to get tested for COVID-19 and are making it easier through these additional testing pop-up sites throughout the state. As always, every Michigander has a personal responsibility to do?their part by wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining social distancing?to help us slow the spread of this virus.”  

“Michiganders should get tested one to three days before travel,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Do not travel if you test positive. Check travel restrictions before leaving, especially information about the spread of new variants of COVID-19 where you intend on visiting.” 

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4/2/21 – Pop-up Testing Sites Offered for Post-Spring Break COVID Testing

4/2/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new community vaccine site at United Wholesale Mortgage Sports Complex Vaccine Site in Pontiac which has the capacity to administer up to 3,000 shots per day and will help get our nation back to normal. 

In Michigan, the vaccine process is getting faster and smoother every day, and this community vaccination site in Oakland County will help us reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders 16 and up more quickly,” said Governor Whitmer. “Everyone should get the safe, effective vaccine once you are eligible because it is the most effective way to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19 and help get our state back to normalBy ramping up our vaccine distribution, we can beat COVID-19 together and enjoy the summer celebrations that we all crave.”  

To date, Michigan has administered 4,401,510 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is working to administer 100,000 shots per day, partnering with organizations like United Wholesale Mortgage Sports Complex to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine. 

4/2/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 4,401,510 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 82,148 being administered on March 31. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

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  • As warmer weather returns and our nation’s agricultural communities gear up for summer events, the leaders of the agricultural departments in six Midwestern states released a video message Thursday encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when they are eligible.

The group of leaders joined together to share their appreciation for essential agricultural and food workers, who have never stopped working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They shared that the three vaccines available to Americans (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) are safe and effective. They also emphasized the importance of continued mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while vaccination continues. 

  • The National Governors Association (NGA) will collaborate with Michigan and five other states on strategies for equitably meeting the social-emotional needs of students and families during and beyond COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all Michiganders, especially our young people. As we continue to reopen school buildings and vaccinate more people every day, we need a comprehensive recovery plan to support students’ academic and social emotional needs,” said Gov. Whitmer. “This partnership with the National Governors Association will strengthen our efforts to support each and every young person in a comprehensive recovery.” 

Michigan’s project is centered on informing and implementing recommendations from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s cross-agency, cross-sector Student Recovery Advisory Council. The Council is identifying strategies for Michigan to ensure students have the tools and resources they need to get back on track.  

  • MDHHS announced 6,036 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 678,295.     

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/31/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer raised Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination goal from 50,000 to 100,000 shots per day. The new goal is based on the state’s successful efforts to expand equitable and efficient vaccine administration by partnering with private and public organizations in communities across the state, and is made possible by continuous week-over-week increases in the number of vaccines allocated to the state of Michigan.

For 38 days, the state has met or exceeded its original goal of administering 50,000 vaccinations per day. To date, Michigan has administered 4,207,102 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. 

In next week’s shipment, the Biden Administration will increase the state’s direct allocation by 66,020 doses for a total of 620,040 vaccines, a weekly record high for Michigan. This allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In addition to the state’s direct allocation, the governor also applauds the millions of additional doses being sent to federally partnered retail pharmacies across the country, including numerous locations in Michigan. 

3/29/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist today issued the following statements after Michigan surpassed four million doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine:  

This weekend, Michigan surpassed 4 million doses administered of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines,” said Governor Whitmer. Our rollout continues to pick up steam and we will not rest until we reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and up. Michigan continues to make significant strides – administering four million vaccines in less than four months – as we work to ensure every Michigander has access to the vaccine. In line with President Biden’s goals, all Michiganders 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine starting April 5We will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever and celebrate Independence Day together with friends and family. We will become the state that beat this damn virus. 

To date, Michigan has administered 4,126,550 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. For 34 days the state has passed its goal of administrating 50,000 shots per day. 

“We continue to meet or exceed our goals as more and more Michiganders become eligible to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,” said. Lt. Governor Gilchrist“With every vaccine administered, we get one step closer to eliminating this deadly virus once and for all. I’m asking every Michigander to make a plan to get the vaccine when it is your turn. We can all be part of the solution that saves lives and helps us get back to normal. Soon we will be able to see and hug our friends, families, and loved ones, but for now we must continue taking smart precautions like wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands. 

Both Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist will get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible under the next phase of vaccine administration guidelines. 

3/29/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • As of March 18, the state of Michigan has administered 3,919,796 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 73,370 administered on March 25.Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Weekly snapshot of the progress Michigan is making to vaccinate 70% of eligible Michiganders from Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard and the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker:  

 On Friday, Governor Whitmer toured vaccine facilities in Battle Creek and Benton Harbor to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably.  

Just one year ago, we were all grappling with a novel virus, but now we have three safe, effective vaccines that can protect us and our families, and help us get back to normal,” said Governor Whitmer. “Sites like the YMCA in Battle Creek and the health department in Benton Harbor will help us reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders who are 16 years or older more quickly. I encourage all Michiganders to get the vaccine once it becomes available to you. Let’s beat COVID-19 together.” 

 

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3/24/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE

• The state of Michigan has administered 3,652,762 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines with 40,775 administered on March 22nd. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

ICYMI
• MDHHS announced 3,579 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 633,191.

3/23/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 3,594,579 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 52,466 being administered on March 20th & March 21st.Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

 To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Today, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist visited Ford Field alongside members of Congress to observe the partnerships and logistics supporting Michigan’s first federal community vaccination site, which is expected to administer an additional 6,000 vaccines per day for eight weeks beginning on March 24.    

“We continue to keep our foot on the gas to ensure that every Michigander who wants a vaccine can get one as quickly as possible,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “The Ford Field community vaccine site is an opportunity to be a national leader in vaccine distribution by building upon the work that we’ve done to ensure equitable access to this safe and effective vaccine — and we thank our local, federal, hospital, and private sector partners for making it happen. We know the vaccine is the most effective way to get back to normal, so that we can all hug our families, get together again, and create economic opportunity going forward. It’s on all of us to stand tall by getting the vaccine when it is our turn.” 

  • Recognizing that Michigan residents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the State of Michigan is hosting the next in a series of community town halls. The March event will focus on older adults, as they are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. This virtual discussion will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 25. This builds upon the previous town halls with faith-based leaders and communities of color, about the safety, efficacy and importance of the COVID-19 vaccines for safely reopening Michigan. In the coming months, Michigan will host additional town halls in partnership with public health and community leaders. Events are live streamed at Facebook.com/MichiganHHS. 

“Even as the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands, it’s important that older adults understand the safety and efficacy of the authorized vaccines, so that they can get scheduled as soon as possible if they haven’t already received the vaccine,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, PhD, senior deputy director of the Aging and Adult Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Michigan’s older residents have a higher risk of severe illness and death associated with COVID, so increasing their immunity will help protect our communities overall.” 

 

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 4,801 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday & Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 629,612.     

 MEDIA COVERAGE 

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3/22/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • As of March 18, the state of Michigan has administered 3,412,372 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Weekly snapshot of the progress Michigan is making to vaccinate 70% of eligible Michiganders from Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard and the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker:  
  • On Friday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order, allowing up to 20% capacity in outdoor stadiums and arenas that establish infection control plans. The update also increases testing for youth ages 13-19 to ensure athletes can safely participate in sports. The changes are designed to balance day-to-day activities while controlling the spread of COVID-19 and saving Michiganders’ lives.?Although progress has been made, it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as we take steps to get back to normal. The changes to the Order go into effect Monday, March 22, and remain in effect?through?Monday, April 19.   

“The pandemic has been hard on all of us, but by staying focused on acting quickly, following the science, and listening to experts, we can save lives and help our economy recover faster,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Today’s action is an important step towards normalcy, but there’s still more work to do. As always, mask up, maintain social distancing and wash your hands. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus so we can end this pandemic together. By April 5, all Michiganders will be eligible for the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the virus, and I urge all Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as it’s available to you.”

“More than 3.2 million doses of the safe and effective COVID vaccines have been administered in Michigan, and we are well on our way to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and up,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “While we are still very much fighting this pandemic and seeing concerning trends in new cases and hospitalizations, we are making these incremental steps that align with CDC guidance. We are again at a pivotal moment in our fight against COVID-19.  Michiganders must continue doing what works to slow the spread of the disease by wearing a mask, washing their hands, avoiding crowds and making a plan to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can.”? 

ICYMI 

  •  MDHHS announced 2,660cases of COVID-19 from March 20. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 624,811.      

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

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3/19/21 – Today,?the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order, allowing up to 20% capacity in outdoor stadiums and arenas that establish infection control plans. The update also increases testing for youth ages 13-19 to ensure athletes can safely participate in sports. The changes are designed to balance day-to-day activities while controlling the spread of COVID-19 and saving Michiganders’ lives.?Although progress has been made, it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as we take steps to get back to normal. The changes to the Order go into effect Monday, March 22, and remain in effect?through?Monday, April 19.

Gatherings at outdoor stadiums and arenas are increased to 20% of the venue’s capacity if the site:

  • Establishes an infection control plan that complies with the protocols included in MDHHS’s document entitled Enhanced Outdoor Stadium and Arena Guidance.
  • Posts the mitigation plan publicly.
  • Sends infection control plans to the local health department and MDHHS at least seven days before scheduled events.
  • Administers a testing program as specified in MDHHS’s Guidance for Athletics for all players.

MDHHS had been closely monitoring three metrics for stabilization or declines over the past several weeks.  Michigan’s metrics have been increasing for the past few weeks. The presence of more infectious variants, such as the B 1.1.7 variant, threatens our progress in control of the epidemic and MDHHS will be monitoring data closely. In recent days:

  • Positivity rate: has increased for four weeks to 6.2%. This metric is up 177% from the mid-February low but remains below the December high of 19.4%.
  • Statewide case rate: This metric has increase over the past four weeks to 172.9?cases per million. The rate is up 77% from the low in mid-February but remains below peak of 737.8 cases per million on Saturday, Nov 14.
  • Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 is now at 4.9%. This metric peaked at?19.6% on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and is now up 25% from an end of February low.

The Order also increases weekly testing for youth athletes ages 13-19 to safely participate in sports. More information on the program is available on the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus website.

And, to ensure consistency with recently issued CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals may now participate in residential gatherings with other fully vaccinated individuals without wearing a mask.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at?Michigan.gov/Coronavirus?and?CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit?Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

March 22?Gatherings Order Infographic? 

Dining Seating Guide

Enhanced Outdoor Stadium and Arena Guidance

Key Metrics Infographic

 

3/19/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Friday, March 19 at 9:15 AM   

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3/19/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE

• The state of Michigan has administered 3,310,162 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 70,648 administered on March 17. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.

• On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Ford Field vaccination site will serve southeast Michiganders beginning on March 24.
“This Ford Field site will administer 6,000 shots a day starting March 24 and will continue for eight weeks,” Governor Whitmer said.

https://twitter.com/fordfield/status/1371589571226566657

ICYMI

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that more than 55,900 individuals who work in entertainment, recreational and indoor food-service venues will begin receiving grant payments of $793. Applications were processed through the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation (MRLAEF). The grants are part of the Employee Assistance Grants program, which was created through a $45 million bipartisan budget appropriation signed by Governor Whitmer in late 2020. Individuals whose employment was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic were eligible to apply for the grants in January.

“As we continue to address the effects of COVID-19, our top priority is providing financial relief to Michigan families and small businesses, so that we can grow our economy and get back to normal,” Governor Whitmer said. “This special grant program puts dollars in the pockets of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors — as well as the gym and fitness sectors. These Michiganders have made great sacrifices and continue to make great sacrifices as we fight COVID-19.”

• MDHHS announced 2,629 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 618,421.

MEDIA COVERAGE 

3/16/21 – In the first of several planned COVID-19 veteran vaccination clinics around Michigan, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will vaccinate veterans and their spouses and caregivers on March 22 in Marquette. All vaccine recipients must be 50 or older. 

The vaccination clinics are a partnership between the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and the Michigan National Guard, which both fall under the state DMVA.  

The March 22 vaccination clinic will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Northern Michigan University’s Northern Center. The second vaccine will be given April 19 at the same location. 

Vaccines will be available free of charge for those who register in advance for a time slot by calling 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) and choosing option 6. Registration is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Registrants should bring a picture ID to the clinic. Veterans are also encouraged to bring their DD-214 proof of service, as representatives will be on hand to help them sign up for VA health care and other benefits. 

The MVAA is currently working on scheduling veteran vaccination clinics at other locations around the state.   

3/16/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update –

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 3,084,284total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines with 44,560 being administered on March 13th & 14th. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Governor Gilchrist shared a video on Twitter this Monday morning updating Michiganders on the state of vaccine distribution, including the new community vaccination site at Ford Field in Detroit. Starting March 22ndMichiganders aged 50 and older and 16 and older with preexisting health conditions or disabilities will be eligible for the vaccine.  

https://twitter.com/LtGovGilchrist/status/1371458961619173377

  • MDHHS announced 3,143cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 610,580. 

 https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

 HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • As Michigan ramps up vaccine distribution, more employers and workers are preparing to return to in-person office work in some form. To support this process, the State has established the new Return-to-Office Workgroup consisting of business, labor, and public health experts to provide Gov. Whitmer with concise recommendations that will be used to inform MDHHS orders and MIOSHA rules as well as standards and best practices for employers to use in planning their own phased reopening. 

“Our priority remains the health and safety of Michigan workers and workplaces. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with employers to provide strategies for safer in-person work and this group is an extension of that collaboration,” said Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan. “Congregation in any setting creates risk, employers have implemented innovative approaches to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and bringing this new group together will provide a mechanism to capture key insights to align policies with best practices and health guidance.”

  • Approximately 810,000 Michigan children whose access to school meals has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to receive food assistance benefits. 

“Michigan has been a national leader in making sure families can put food on the table during COVID and this pandemic-EBT will continue to ensure that no child in our state goes hungry during the pandemic,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Students are steadily returning to in-person learning because of the progress we’ve made combatting COVID-19, but kids who don’t go to school five days a week have a harder time accessing the free and reduced-price meals available to them at school. Pandemic-EBT closes this gap, giving our children another option for accessing nutritious food.”

Students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are eligible if they qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school and in-person learning is not available at their school or is not available on a full-time basis. Pandemic-EBT will provide another way for students who do not have in-person classes to access food – along with Michigan Department of Education (MDE) programs that provide meals to students at mobile and stationary locations.    

  • The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today unveiled a new $282 million rental assistance program to help tenants facing pandemic-related hardships avoid eviction while also ensuring landlords can recoup owed rent. Another $340 million is available to be appropriated by the state legislature, bringing the program to $622 million. 

The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program replaces the popular Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) that MSHDA launched in July 2020 and helped about 16,000 households across the state avoid eviction and get current on rent.

“For so many Michiganders, the fear of losing their home during the pandemic has been very real,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “That’s why I took steps to mitigate evictions with a moratorium and the Eviction Diversion Program last year. I was proud to sign this legislation bringing more federal funds into MSHDA to help individuals and families by alleviating the burden of rent and utility payments.”  

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/15/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,921,636 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Weekly snapshot of the progress Michigan is making to vaccinate 70% of eligible Michiganders from Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard and the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker:  
  • Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination eligibility would expand to those ages 16+ with high-risk conditions starting March 22, and all Michiganders ages 16+ would be eligible starting April 5.

https://twitter.com/GovWhitmer/status/1370453237460049920 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday that an eight-week mass vaccination site with the capacity to administer 6,000 doses each day will open on March 24 at Ford Field in Detroit to serve residents in the broader southeast Michigan region. The Biden Administration in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) selected southeast Michigan for this major new community vaccination site.   

The site, which was selected according to the CDC’s priority tool to help those hardest hit and most vulnerable, will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the State of Michigan with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System, and the Lions.   

“The safe and effective vaccine is the best way to protect Michiganders and their families, and it is essential to getting our country back to normal, so that we can all hug our loved ones, get back to work, and send our kids to school safely,” said Governor Whitmer. “I want to thank President Biden and FEMA for the opportunity to build one of the nation’s first community vaccination sites to service the entire Southeast Michigan region. Over one million Michiganders of all races have already been safely vaccinated, and this site will help us to reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders who are 16 years or older more quickly. Ramping up vaccine distribution will also help our economy recover faster and help save our small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Let’s get to work, and let’s get it done.”   

“After a year of tremendous challenges and heartache, the new vaccine site at Ford Field will be a beacon of hope in a community that was hit hard by the devastating impacts of this deadly virus,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “When we saw this virus targeting Black and Brown communities, Michigan got to work setting up one of the nation’s first task forces to help reduce the staggering, disproportionate rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths in communities of color. As we continue to expand our state’s vaccine program, we must build upon the work that we’ve done in this space to ensure equitable access to this safe and effective vaccine. We can honor the legacies of the those we’ve lost to this virus by ensuring that we all get the vaccine when it is our turn.” 

 ICYMI 

 

  • MDHHS announced 1,659 cases of COVID-19 from March 13. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 607,437.    

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/12/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that an eight-week mass vaccination site with the capacity to administer 6,000 doses each day will open on March 24 at Ford Field in Detroit to serve residents in the broader southeast Michigan region. The Biden Administration in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) selected southeast Michigan for this major new community vaccination site. 

The site, which was selected according to the CDC’s priority tool to help those hardest hit and most vulnerable, will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the State of Michigan with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford FieldMeijer, Henry Ford Health System, and the Lions. 

  

Michigan’s regular statewide vaccine allotment. First doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered at the site for the first three weeks of operation. Those vaccinated within that timeframe will be guaranteed a second dose during fourth, fifth and sixth weeks of operation. The brand of vaccine to be supplied during the final two weeks of the of the mass vaccination site has not yet been determined.  

 

The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center. Any Michigan resident who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) vaccine prioritization guidance will be able to register for an appointment. The site is not yet taking reservations, but specific instructions on how to book an appointment will be announced in the coming days. The most recent?vaccine prioritization guidance? can be found on Michigan’s COVID-19 website. 

 

MDHHS follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommendations are based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the federal advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States.   

 

Free parking will be available at the vaccination site. For those who indicate, during the registration process, they need assistance obtaining transportation to and from the vaccination site, the state is working to provide free of charge ride share options.       

 

3/12/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,835,638 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 58,722 being administered on March 10. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  •  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Protect Michigan     Commission have awarded 35,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 22 pilot projects in an effort to help   enhance the state’s vaccine equity strategy. 

The goal of the pilot program is to help remove barriers to vaccine access for Michiganders 60 and older who live in communities with high Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and high COVID-19 mortality rates. If providers have additional capacity in their project, they may expand vaccination to include people age 50-59 with disabilities or comorbid conditions.  

“We want to make sure all Michiganders have access to the safe and effective vaccines as we work toward our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh KhaldunChief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health with MDHHS. “I want to thank everyone who submitted an application to support these efforts and to help increase vaccinations for those most at risk of negative COVID-19 outcomes. I look forward to more outreach to vulnerable communities as vaccine supplies increase. Your ability to get a vaccine should not be impacted by whether you are in a rural or urban part of the state, are lower income, are living with a disability, are not fluent in English, or don’t have access to a car, a computer or the Internet.” 

ICYMI

  • MDHHS announced 2,091 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 603,375.       

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/11/21 – From the Protect Michigan Commission:

One year ago, our world changed forever. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist yesterday released a video to honor those we have lost and all of us still making sacrifices today.

Yesterday marked one year since COVID-19 was first reported in our state. But we’re in the second half of our fight against the virus, and we’re all on the same team. We’re united against this virus. We have three safe and effective vaccines against this virus. We are determined to ensure that every Michigander who wants the vaccine can get the vaccine.

And as the Governor said, ‘As vaccinations ramp up nationwide, we can see the light at the end of this tunnel.’

We’ve come so far. Let’s keep our hope alive and finish this fight to defeat COVID once and for all.

3/10/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,689,248 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines with 32,287 being administered on March 8th. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Protect Michigan Commission have awarded 35,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 22 pilot projects in an effort to help enhance the state’s vaccine equity strategy. 

The goal of the pilot program is to help remove barriers to vaccine access for Michiganders 60 and older who live in communities with high Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and high COVID-19 mortality rates. If providers have additional capacity in their project, they may expand vaccination to include people age 50-59 with disabilities or comorbid conditions. 

“We want to make sure all Michiganders have access to the safe and effective vaccines as we work toward our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health with MDHHS. “I want to thank everyone who submitted an application to support these efforts and to help increase vaccinations for those most at risk of negative COVID-19 outcomes. I look forward to more outreach to vulnerable communities as vaccine supplies increase. Your ability to get a vaccine should not be impacted by whether you are in a rural or urban part of the state, are lower income, are living with a disability, are not fluent in English, or don’t have access to a car, a computer or the Internet.” 

ICYMI 

  • Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, March 10 to honor the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in Michigan and mourn those who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Michiganders are also being asked to turn on the lights outside of their homes on Wednesday, March 10, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in remembrance of the Michiganders we have lost. 

“One year ago, our world changed forever as we confronted the greatest challenge of our generation,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “By lowering the flags to honor the one-year anniversary of the virus’s confirmed presence in Michigan, we remember the nearly 16,000 sons and daughters, moms and dads, and neighbors and friends who passed away from COVID-19 in Michigan. As we honor their legacies, let us also take a moment to grieve together, and know that we are not alone in our mourning.  

One year after our first confirmed case, we now have three safe and effective vaccines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. I encourage all Michiganders to continue to practice social distancing and proper hygiene and get vaccinated once they are eligible because this is the most effective way to protect you, your family, and others from COVID-19. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get through this pandemic together.” 

  • Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that supports the COVID-19 recovery plan she sent to the legislature in January. It includes key provisions of the governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, including a $2.25/hour wage increase for direct care workers, $283 million in federal emergency rental assistance to help ensure people can stay in their homes, up to $110 million in federal funding for vaccine administration, and up to $555 million in federal funding for testing and tracing.  

“I think it’s great news that we’ve been able to get some of the federal funding available to us appropriated, including passing two of my key proposals to provide a wage increase for direct care workers and increased funding to help expand vaccinations for Michiganders who are 50 years old or older,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “However, the reality is that there is more work to be done and there are still billions of dollars in federal funding that we need to get out the door to help businesses and families across the state. The bills I received were not negotiated with me or my administration, and I continue to call on the legislature to ensure that we work together to ensure we maximize every penny that is available. There were problems in the bills that I had to veto, and I expect the legislature to step up to fix the bill to allocate all of the money so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.” 

  • MDHHS announced 954 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 598,968. 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

3/9/21 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, March 10 to honor the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus in Michigan and mourn those who have lost their lives to COVID-19Michiganders are also being asked to turn on the lights outside of their homes on Wednesday, March 10, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in remembrance of the Michiganders we have lost. 

Flags should remain lowered through Saturday, March 20 in accordance with the previous announcement for former Attorney General Frank J. Kelley. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Sunday, March 21. 

3/9/21 – Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that supports the COVID-19 recovery plan she sent to the legislature in January. It includes key provisions of the governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, including a $2.25/hour wage increase for direct care workers, $283 million in federal emergency rental assistance to help ensure people can stay in their homes, up to $110 million in federal funding for vaccine administration, and up to $555 million in federal funding for testing and tracing.

State Budget Director David Massaron also sent a letter to the appropriations chairs in the House and Senate, asking again for a joint meeting no later than Friday, March 12 where formal negotiations can occur, with the goal of getting the remaining more than $2 billion in federal funding appropriated. In the letter, Director Massaron shares his desire to provide meaningful help to businesses impacted by the pandemic.  Letter from Director Massaron.pdf

As part of the MI COVID Recovery Plan, Governor Whitmer proposed $665 million to expand the state’s vaccine and testing programs, and $2.1 billion for schools. Unfortunately, the legislature inserted boilerplate that aims to block expenditure of these funds unless the governor signs separate legislation undercutting Michigan’s pandemic response. The governor has called on the legislature to return to the table to fully appropriate the more than $2 billion in unused federal funds. 

Governor Whitmer proposed fully allocating $622 million for rent and utility assistance, but the legislature only provided $283 million – withholding $339 million that was meant to keep families safely in their homes and provide direct aid to landlords. The COVID Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) program replaces the popular Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) MSHDA launched in July 2020, which helped approximately 16,000 households across the state avoid eviction and get current on owed rent. MSHDA will administer CERA through its statewide network of Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARAs), which will be responsible for working directly with tenants and landlords so that the rental arrearages are paid and housing stability is preserved. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/CERA. 

Governor Whitmer also proposed fully allocating $2.7 billion to help residents feed their families, but the legislature only provided $600 million – withholding $2.1 billion in food assistance through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Michiganders can apply for food assistance by going online to www.michigan.gov/MIBridges. 

HB 4047 and HB 4048 Signing Letter.pdf   HB 4049 Veto Letter.pdf    

3/8/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist are marking the one-year anniversary of the first cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed in Michigan by asking all Michiganders to turn on the lights outside of their homes on Wednesday, March 10th, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in remembrance of the Michiganders we have lost.  

3/5/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update –

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,427,156 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 1,526 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 593,279.    

 MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/4/21 – Gov. Whitmer Daily COVID Update –

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,351,125 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 40,066 being administered on March 2ndEvery COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • President Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. will have enough vaccines for “every adult in America” by the end of May. In a brief speech at the White House, he attributed this acceleration to the new FDA-approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as the administration’s deal with Merck & Co to help manufacture vaccines quickly. This represents a positive update from previous estimates, which put thmilestone of procuring enough vaccines for every American adult at late July.  
  • To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan,  Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today announced the state is expanding vaccination eligibility beginning Monday, March 8. This change follows the announcement by President Joe Biden that ramped-up production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May. 

MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. Beginning Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will again expand to include all Michiganders 50 and older. To date, more than 40% of Michiganders age 65 and older have been vaccinated. 

  • MDHHS announced 1,536 cases of COVID-19 from Wednesday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 591,753.  

 MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

3/2/21 – Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated two of its epidemic orders, allowing for increased capacity limits at various venues, larger residential and nonresidential gatherings and expanded visitation opportunities at residential care facilities. Changes are designed to balance reopening while controlling the spread of COVID-19 and save Michiganders’ lives. Although progress has been made in reduction of hospitalizations, it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as we reopen. View Release

3/2/21 – Today, March 2nd, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus at 2:00 p.m.

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3/2/21 – Gov Whitmer Daily COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 2,269,495 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 4,786being administered on March 1st. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

ICYMI 

  • Michigan is expected to receive its largest shipment of more than 400,000 vaccines this week, and the CDC has now approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for U.S. distribution and use.  Governor Garlin Gilchrist explain this update on Michigan’s vaccine progress Monday morning. 
  • Gretchen Whitmer and State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced today the expansion of the MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants to include a new grant program for Great Start Readiness Program (GRSP), Head Start, adult education and young adult (ages 18-26) special education classroom teachers.   

“The MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants are just a small token of our gratitude to educators for going above and beyond during the pandemic,” Governor Whitmer said. “When COVID-19 hit, teachers worked around the clock to quickly transform from in-person teaching to remote instruction to ensure that their students could continue learning. It is simply the right thing to do to expand these grants to include all specific program teachers across the state.”   

  • MDHHS announced 1,569 cases of COVID-19 from Sunday and Monday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 589,150. 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

3/1/21 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks today announced the expansion of the MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants to include a new grant program for Great Start Readiness Program (GRSP), Head Start, adult education and young adult (ages 18-26) special education classroom teachers. 

The GRSP, Head Start, Adult Education and Young Adult Special Education Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program enables these specific program teachers to receive up to $500 for extra hours worked and costs incurred during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.  

A state budget appropriation signed by Governor Whitmer at the end of 2020 provides $2.5 million to make specific program teachers eligible to receive a MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grant, who were not eligible under previous programs.  

Full-time and part-time GRSP, Head Start, adult education and young adult special education teachers in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school classrooms during the 2019-2020 school year prior to moving to remote learning are eligible.  

To receive up to $500, specific program teachers must have performed at least of 75% of their standard instruction workload in brick-and-mortar classrooms to moving to remote instruction on April 2, 2020.  

The state Treasury Department is working with the Michigan Department of Education, school entities and other education partners to implement MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants. Eligible specific program teachers should consult the school entity where they worked during the 2019-2020 school year to ensure they receive a grant.  

Grant funding checks for the GRSP, Head Start, Adult Education and Young Adult Special Education Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program are anticipated to be sent directly from the state Treasury Department to teachers in June.  

Under the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Programs – the first two grant programs under the MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants umbrella – more than 138,000 K-12 teachers and support staff payments were sent MI Classroom Heroes Grants checks. More than $51 million is being distributed to eligible K-12 public school teachers and support staff and nonpublic school teachers.  

For more information about MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants, go to www.Michigan.gov/MIClassroomHeroes 

2/2/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the United States Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 Vaccine:

“This scientific breakthrough is terrific news for our families, frontline workers, and small businesses who are eager to get vaccinated and continue our steady return to normalcy. We now have a total of three safe, effective vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

“As supply continues increasing because of the efforts of the Biden administration, I am confident that we can reach our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up at a rate of 50,000 shots per day, a metric we have been meeting in recent weeks. Our vaccine rollout will continue to focus on our most vulnerable, promote equity, and prioritize our essential workers and older at-risk Michiganders. The addition of this one-and-done vaccine will help us get shots in arms quicker.

Michigan has administered more than two million vaccines, moving the state closer to Governor Whitmer’s goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is working to administer 50,000 shots per day through Governor Whitmer’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, partnering with private organizations and nontraditional venues to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.

2/24/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus and ramp up vaccinations efforts. They were joined by Craig Carmoney, superintendent of the year and Superintendent of Meridian Public Schools in Midland County who was recently appointed to Governor Whitmer’s Student Recovery Advisory Council. The governor talked about the importance of in-person learning and how the state is committed to keeping Michigan safely moving forward 

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor used during today’s press conference, click: 2.24.2021 COVID PPT.pdf

2/24/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Wednesday, February 24th at 1:30 PM.  

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2/24/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,942,759total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 23,117 being administered on February 22. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  •  As of February 23rd, the state of Michiganis in the top 10 in the country for total vaccine adm In a video posted on Twitter, Lt. Governor Gilchrist said that the the MI COVID Recovery Plan “would help us expand our vaccine program and ensure that more and more Michiganders could get vaccinated. It would also provide hundreds of millions of dollars to help our children get back in the classroom safely.”  

https://twitter.com/LtGovGilchrist/status/1364207441848774665 

ICYMI 

  • Yesterday, GovernorWhitmer, in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Biden, has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff immediately through Friday, February 26 to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.    

“As we lower the flags to honor and remember the 500,000 American lives, my heart is with the families of loved ones who passed away from this vicious virus,” Whitmer said. “Our nation grieves as we continue the fight to eradicate COVID-19. The quickest way out of the pandemic is through equitable distribution of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. That’s why we are encouraging every Michigander to make a plan to get vaccinated when a vaccine becomes available. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we will get through this pandemic together.” 

  • Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist IIissued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide an exclusive two-week window for small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to apply for forgivable loans guaranteed by the federal government, helping minority-owned businesses who were previously unable to secure a loan under the previous administration’s rollout.   

“I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for stepping up to help small businesses in the heart of communities across the state of Michigan. While more than 100,000 PPP loans have helped provide relief to Michigan businesses already, we know that many of our state’s smallest businesses did not have access to this program, particularly businesses owned and run by Black entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurs of color. Oftentimes, these businesses have anchored neighborhoods for generations, and there remains a significant need for additional resources to support these local entrepreneurs and innovators. President Biden continues to follow through on his promise to prioritize equity through his administration’s work to better serve and uplift communities of color.” 

  • MDHHS announced 1,316cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 582,719. 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT  

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Protect Michigan Commission have announced details for a new program to help enhance the state’s vaccine equity strategy. Michigan providers that are federally enrolled to administer COVID-19 vaccines are encouraged to apply by Monday, March 1 if they can help remove barriers for those ages 60 and up who are most vulnerable to the effects of the virus.  

“We want to make sure all Michiganders have access to the safe and effective vaccines as we work toward our goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We are working hard to eliminate any barriers to vaccine access. Your ability to get a vaccine should not be impacted by whether you are in a rural or urban part of the state, are lower income, or don’t have access to a car, a computer, the Internet or don’t speak English. This is what equity means.”  

  • The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be exploring federal flexibility announced by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) Monday evening on state assessment and accountability requirements, MDE announced. 

“I appreciate that, during the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the need for a number of flexibilities, including school identification, accountability, and participation rate,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. 

USED announced that, on an individual basis, it will consider flexibility for states on administering assessments based on the specific circumstances across or within the state, and that it will work with states to address their individual needs and conditions while ensuring the maximum available data to inform the targeting of resources and supports. 

 

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2/23/21 – Virtual town hall about COVID-19 vaccine in communities of color

Recognizing that Michigan residents have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, the State of Michigan is hosting the next in a series of community town halls, live-streamed at Facebook.com/MichiganHHS. The next event is this Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. and will address questions within communities of color.

Moderated by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, speakers include:

  • Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • N. Charles Anderson, Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
  • Reverend Wendell Anthony, Detroit NAACP
  • Dr. Lynn Smitherman, MD, Wayne Pediatrics
  • Eva A. Garza Dewaelsche, SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc.
  • Dr. Zafer I. Obeid, M.D., Arab American & Chaldean Council
  • Dr. Terry Samuels, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

The goal of the town hall series is to address the safety and efficacy of the vaccine by answering questions within vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately impacted, including communities of color.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, persons of color have faced devastating and disproportionate harm, both nationally and here in Michigan. The cumulative COVID-19 case rate in Black and African American populations has been over 40% higher than the rate in white populations. In addition, the cumulative COVID-19 death rate in Black and African American populations has been over three times the rate in white populations.

According to research, 66% of Michiganders are likely or very likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine and 34% would like to get it as soon as possible. However, there are disparities when it comes to who is likely to get the vaccine with 47% of white Michiganders very likely to get the vaccine versus 25% of Black Michiganders.

Ahead of the discussion, attendees are encouraged to submit their questions for the town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine. Any questions that cannot be answered during the town halls due to time constraints, will be reviewed and added to the State of Michigan COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions. In the following months, Michigan will also host additional town halls in partnership with public health and community leaders.

2/19/21 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,740,608 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 37,137 being administered on February 17. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II had the opportunity to visit a vaccine site in Southfield. He was accompanied by his grandma who received her first does of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both the lieutenant governor and the governor have urged everyone to make a plan for how they will get vaccinated once eligible 

https://twitter.com/LtGovGilchrist/status/1361841457594847235  

 

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 888 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 578,091.    

 

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2/18/21 – Getting Michiganders, in every single community across the state, the most accurate up-to-date information about the approved COVID-19 vaccine is top priority for the Protect Michigan Commission.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation and myths circulating online and by word of mouth that may be causing vaccine hesitation. It’s important that we all work together to keep our families and friends safe and healthy by knowing the facts.

Please know that side effects are mild and in fact, a really good sign that your body is working to build immunity to COVID-19. Further, because the vaccines do not contain the COVID-19 virus, you cannot get sick from the vaccine itself.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some mild side effects. Side effects are a normal sign that your body is building protection. For more information on the vaccine and potential side effects visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.

2/17/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus and ramp up vaccinations throughout the state. During the press conference, the governor announced the new report released by the Michigan Poverty Task Force that outlines bold new initiatives, expanded state policies and a significant financial investment.  

The governor continued to urge bipartisanship to pass her MI COVID Recovery plan and her FY2022 budget recommendation so the state can ramp-up vaccination efforts and come out of the pandemic and economic downturn stronger than ever before. 

She was joined by Kim Trent Deputy Director of Prosperity for Michigan Labor and Economic Opportunity Department or LEO, Mike Larson, President of the Michigan Association of United Ways, and Dr. Dr. Farhan Bhatti.  

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor used during today’s press conference, click here: 2.17.2021 COVID PPT.pdf  

2/17/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus today, Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 PM.

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2/17/21 – COVID Updates from Gov. Whitmer:

Town Hall with Minority Communities – Feb. 25, 4-5 pm – SPREAD THE WORD!

The State of Michigan is hosting a series of virtual town halls about the COVID-19 vaccine through Facebook Live on the MDHHS Facebook page. Residents will have the opportunity to hear about the safety, efficacy, and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for safely opening Michigan.

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_103214-549767–,00.html

Help with signing up for Vaccine Appointments

Michigan Vaccine Strategy

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/1.29.21_Michigan_Vaccine_Strategy_FINAL_714811_7.pdf

Goals:

  • 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up are vaccinated as soon as possible
  • 90% of dosages received are administered within 7 days of arrival
  • 95% of people get their second dose of vaccine within the expected time frame
  • There is no disparity in vaccination rates across racial and ethnic groups or by social vulnerability index
  • No Michigander should have to drive more than 20 minutes to reach a vaccination site

2/12/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,391,159 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 41,163 being administered on February 9. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.   

ICYMI 

  • Governor Whitmer released her third executive budget recommendation yesterday centered on equitably?growing the state’s economy by?expanding?skills training?and childcare for families, providing a further down payment on rebuilding the state’s crumbling bridges and water infrastructure, and helping small businesses recover from the pandemic. State Budget Director David Massaron outlined the recommendations this morning to a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 

“To build Michigan’s economy back better, we must stay laser-focused on getting Michigan back to work and getting our kids back in school safely,” said Gov. Whitmer. “The budget plan I released today along with the MI COVID Recovery plan I announced last month makes the investments we need to jumpstart our economy and build a better Michigan for everyone. I am committed to working across the aisle with the legislature to ensure that we don’t waste a dime of the federal aid we have received thus far, so we can help Michigan families and small businesses get back on their feet. Let’s get to work and let’s get it done.” 

  • MDHHS announced 1,284 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 572,179.  

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits during February as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced yesterday. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact virtually every aspect of our lives, the last thing Michigan families should have to worry about is being able to afford their groceries each week,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Michiganders deserve to have peace of mind in knowing resources are available to help them during this time, which is why I’m grateful we can continue providing this vital support for families throughout the state.”  

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2/10/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,339,129total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 28,243 being administered on February 8. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer and Major General Paul Rogers visited the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion to observe its ongoing vaccination efforts for area residents. Joining them for the site visit was  Col. Karen Sims, the Medical Detachment Officer in Charge, along with state Representative Julie Brixie (D-East Lansing).  

“It’s an honor to witness firsthand the heroic work of our frontline health care workers and the men and women of our Michigan National Guard, who are working non-stop to administer the safe and effective vaccine to Michiganders across the state,” said Governor Whitmer. “Every shot in the arm brings us one step closer to ending this pandemic, and I encourage all Michiganders to make a plan for how they will get vaccinated when it’s their turn. It’s on all of us to continue social distancing, washing our hands and masking up so we can beat this virus once and for all.”   

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)shared how the COVID-19 vaccine works on our cells and how it helps defeat the virus.  

 https://twitter.com/MichiganHHS/status/1359128686029647878 

 

ICYMI 

  • Governor Whitmer gave a briefing yesterday about the state’s response and handling of COVID-19. The governor was joined by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical executive of the MDHHS and Kevin Polston, superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools and chair of the Student Advisory Council. The governor reaffirmed her commitment to keeping Michigan safely moving forward by getting students back to in-person learning by March 1st or sooner. 
  • A recent study by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found that the governors’ Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, has made significant and sustainable progress towards its goal of reducing health-based racial disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The study also recommended that the lessons learned from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities “can be applied in states and territories across the nation to address this longstanding and difficult challenge.”   

“Our administration took swift action to address the pre-existing racial inequities in health that were dangerously exacerbated by the pandemic, and we are proud of the progress we’ve made towards eliminating COVID 19’s disproportionate impact,” said Governor Whitmer. “I want to thank the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities for their excellent guidance that has led to Michigan becoming an example to the rest of the country in how to fairly fight this pandemic and support vulnerable communities. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the pandemic and eliminate the virus as quickly as possible so we can return to a strong economy and get back to normal daily activities. I ask that Michiganders continue to follow public health guidance  by wearing face masks, socially distancing, and washing your hands as we continue to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.” 

“We are incredibly proud of the progress the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities has made in reducing the staggering, disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on Black folks,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “While we have come a long way, we are still living in the midst of this pandemic and in the wake of decades of racial injustices that have led to these health disparities. Our administration remains committed to reducing racial disparities of all kinds among our state’s vulnerable populations and continuing to fight this virus.” 

  • MDHHS announced 563 cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 569,980.

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • Two-thirds of Michigan school employees are either vaccinated or in the process of being vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an online survey of MEA members.

“Our members see the vaccine as a critical component to reopening classrooms across the state, along with continued mitigation measures like masks, social distancing and sanitization,” said MEA President Paula Herbart. “They are following the science and are embracing the vaccines’ potential for protecting their health and safety, as well as that of their students. While thousands of educators are still waiting to be scheduled for vaccination because of the short supply of the vaccine, these results show a great deal of progress.” 

  • The MiSTEM Council released their Annual Report, highlighting goals for 2021 to create a vibrant STEM ecosystem that ultimately leads to more engaged students and a stronger Michigan workforce. COVID-19 online STEM education resources are also available to help navigate educating in the time of COVID-19. With these actions, MiSTEM continues to realize its vision for Michigan as a home to innovators who create more inclusive and prosperous businesses and communities. 

“The MiSTEM Network has successfully built diverse partnerships across the state and made tremendous progress toward expanding STEM opportunities,” said Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Acting Director Susan Corbin. “When more students have access to STEM curriculum, they gain the skills needed for high-demand, high-skilled careers of the future.”  

https://twitter.com/MichiganLEO/status/1359154815452995592  

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2/9/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus. They were joined by Kevin Polston, superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools and chair of the Student Advisory Council to talk about the governor’s commitment to keep Michigan safely moving forward by getting kids back to school by March 1st 

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor and Dr. Khaldun used during today’s press conference, click the link:  2.9.2021 COVID PPT.pdf

2/9/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Major General Paul Rogers visited the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion to observe its ongoing vaccination efforts for area residents. Joining them for the site visit were Lt. Col. Karen Sims, the Medical Detachment Officer in Charge, along with state Representative Julie Brixie (D-East Lansing).

As of today, Michigan has administered 1,292,572 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is working to administer 50,000 shots per day through the Governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, partnering with private and academic organizations like at MSU Pavilion to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.

2/9/21 – A recent study by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices found that Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, which is led by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, has made significant and sustainable progress towards its goal of reducing health-based racial disparities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The study also recommended that the lessons learned from the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities “can be applied in states and territories across the nation to address this longstanding and difficult challenge.”  

Last year in April, Gov. Whitmer created the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. Although African Americans represent 13.6% of Michigan’s population, during the early stages of the pandemic they represented a startling 40% of all COVID-19 deaths. Gov. Whitmer created the task force to serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and recommend actions to address these racial disparities and the contributing historic and societal inequalities.  

2/9/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus today, February 9th at 1:30 PM.

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2/8/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) have announced that the state has secured agreements from nearly all of the state’s health insurers to extend their commitments to waive all out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and treatments. These agreements cover more than 92% of the commercial health insurance market in Michigan.

As an extension of previous agreements, consumers with individual and group health plans listed below will not be charged cost-sharing, including copays, deductibles, and coinsurance, for medically appropriate COVID-19-related medical treatment, such as primary care visits, diagnostic testing, emergency room visits, ambulance services, and approved medications and vaccines.

The insurers who have agreed to waive cost-sharing are:
• Aetna (expires February 28, 2021)
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network (expires March 31, 2021)
• HAP, Alliance Health (expires March 31, 2021)
• McLaren Health Plan (expires March 31, 2021)
• Meridian Health Plan (expires April 21)
• Molina Healthcare Michigan (expires March 31, 2021)
• Oscar (expires March 31, 2021)
• Physicians Health Plan (PHP) (expires June 30, 2021)
• Priority Health, Priority Health Insurance Co. (expires March 31, 2021)

Federal law requires health insurers to provide no-cost coverage for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, though not necessarily for COVID-19 treatment, during the federal public health emergency, which is currently set to expire on April 21, 2021. Consumers with Medicaid or Medicare may also receive a no-cost COVID-19 test, vaccination, and related services provided by a health care provider.

Consumers with coverage from an insurer not named in the state agreement, such as Humana, Paramount, or United should contact their insurance company to find out about their coverage before incurring costs.

DIFS can help consumers with health insurance questions and complaints and can provide information about the upcoming Health Insurance Marketplace Special Enrollment Period that will be open from Feb. 15 through May 15. Contact DIFS Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 877-999-6442 or Michigan.gov/HealthInsurance.

2/8/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,186,630total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 44,044 being administered on February 4. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • Joneigh Khaldun visited the drive thru vaccine clinic in Ingham County last week to see firsthand the partnership between the national guard, the local public health departments, and urgent care.  

 https://twitter.com/MDHHS_CME/status/135773074125429145  

 

ICYMI 

  • Over the weekend, Newsweek reported that Michigan’s work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has worked. This comes after theDetroit Free Press reported that the actions of Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to fight COVID-19 have been successful. In their review, they found that Michigan’s actions have driven down COVID-19 cases and saved lives.  

Newsweek: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Strict COVID Orders Effective in Driving Down Cases: Analysis 

https://www.newsweek.com/michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmers-strict-covid-orders-effective-driving-down-cases-analysis-1567389 

BY: EMILY CZACHOR  

As Michigan continues to lift restrictions on businesses and group activities statewide in response to decreasing coronavirus cases, a recent analysis of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s mitigation orders indicated they were successful in reducing the virus’ spread.  

Last week’s Free Press report indicated that Michigan saw fewer COVID-19 cases per capita than adjacent states—including Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana—at the height of the winter’s outbreak resurgence, and connected this pattern to Whitmer’s mitigation mandates.  

 

  • MDHHS announced 1,018 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 567,648.

  

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • MDHHS announced that approximately 810,000 Michigan children whose access to nutritious school meals has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will receive $741.6 million in assistance benefits that their families can use to pay for food at stores or online.

“The last thing that families should have to worry about during a pandemic is feeding their children,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I am happy that Michigan families will be able to count on this additional support to help them access nutritious meals during the ongoing pandemic. That’s why it’s so important that the legislature passes the COVID recovery plan I put forward that provides an additional $2.1 billion in food assistance as well as the much-needed support for vaccine distribution, small businesses, and getting our kids back in the classroom safely.” 

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2/5/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 1,127,787total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 44,138 being administered on February 3. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment. 

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

 

ICYMI 

  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer was joined by  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel to announced that MDHHS updated its current epidemic order to allow contact sports to resume on Monday, Feb. 8, provided masks are worn during practices and competition. If masks cannot be worn, participants must be regularly tested for COVID-19 consistent with guidelines issued by MDHHS. Safety protocols like wearing masks and testing will help keep kids, coaches and families safe and allow our schools to remain open for in-person instruction.  

“We continue to make progress in reducing cases and hospitalizations, helping protect our families and frontline workers and saving lives. Now, starting February 8, contact sports can resume with safety measures in place,” said Gov.?Gretchen Whitmer.?“Michigan continues to be a national leader in fighting this virus,?and we?must?continue?using a fact-based approach so we can return to a strong economy and normal day-to-day activities.?One of the most important things Michiganders can?do?is?to?make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine?when?it’s available to you.?And as always, mask up and maintain six feet of social distancing.?We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus so we can?end?this?pandemic?together.”? ? 

  • The governor also signed Executive Order 2021-02,?to create the Student Recovery Advisory Council of Michigan yesterday.?As Michigan continues to work around the clock to eliminate COVID-19, the Student Recovery Council will provide guidance and recommendations to ensure Michigan students have the tools and resources they need to get back on track.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Michigan hard, and our students, families, teachers, and school staff have all felt the strain. Still, our educators have worked tirelessly to teach our children during this pandemic under the most stressful conditions, and for that our state is forever indebted to them for their service,” said Governor Whitmer. “It is important to remember that schools also provide other services that students need to succeed including reliable access to the internet, nutritious meals, and mental health supports. COVID-19 has exacerbated inequities in our education system, and we know more work is needed to address the significant impact this pandemic has had on our children. This Council will be integral to ensuring our students and educators are equipped with everything they need to thrive.” 

  • MDHHS announced 1,358cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 565,251. 

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2/4/21 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its current epidemic order to allow contact sports to resume as of Monday, Feb. 8, provided masks are worn during practices and competition. If masks cannot be worn, participants must be regularly tested for COVID-19 consistent with guidelines issued by MDHHS. Safety protocols like wearing masks and testing will help keep kids, coaches and families safe and allow our schools to remain open for in-person instruction. The order remains in effect through Monday, March 29.

To view the PowerPoint presentation that the governor, Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel used during today’s press conference, click the link: 2.04.2021 PPT.pdf

2/3/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined members of the Pfizer team for a tour of its global manufacturing campus in Kalamazoo, where it shipped the first doses of its safe, effective and approved COVID-19 vaccine in late December. During the visit, the Governor also learned more about Pfizer’s ongoing efforts to administer its COVID-19 vaccine program and she underscored the administration’s effort to distribute the vaccine quickly, efficiently and equitably to residents across the state.

Since December, the state of Michigan has administered 1,028,286 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with the number of vaccines administered surpassing the number of recorded cases in the state. In an effort to eliminate COVID-19, the state has developed a comprehensive vaccination strategy centered around vaccinating at least 70 percent of Michiganders age 16 and older as soon as possible. The state plans to administer 50,000 vaccinations per day when there is an adequate supply of vaccine available to do

2/2/21 – Today, the Biden Administration announced additional steps to increase the vaccine supply to states to 10.5 million doses nationwide and provide reimbursement to states for actions to combat COVID-19. The administration has also granted 100 percent retroactive coverage until August 2020 for state National Guard efforts related to COVID-19 response activities. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been vocal in calling for additional support from the federal government to provide additional support for the Michigan National Guard to continue assisting response efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Michigan National Guard members have helped distribute nearly 28 million pounds of food at food banks, delivered tests and protective equipment across the state, and conducted more than 215,000 tests for COVID-19.
2/1/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan has administered over one million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, making us 7th in the country in vaccine distribution. The governor called on the Michigan Legislature once again to pass the MI COVID Relief Plan she announced last week. The governor’s plan will appropriate $90 million in federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring the state closer to the governor’s goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day.

In December, Congress appropriated $90 million in additional resources for vaccine distribution in Michigan through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The governor’s plan will use this federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring us closer to our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. This funding will help provide financial support to local health departments for vaccine administration costs, including staff augmentation, as well as provide equipment and supplies. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan.

2/1/21 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 909,038 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 38,954 being administered January 28. Every COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Michigan has either been administered or is scheduled to be administered via appointment.

To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit www.michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     

  • On Friday, the Protect Michigan Commission hosted its first meeting and unveiled Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy. The commission, created by Governor Whitmer is comprised of a diverse group of leaders from across the state. They are charged with helping raise awareness about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.  

“The work of the bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission will help Michigan reach its goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day and help ensure all Michiganders have a plan to get their vaccine once it is their turn,” said Governor Whitmer. “The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is our way forward out of this pandemic and will allow us to return to a sense of normalcy and a strong Michigan economy.” 

“As we work to ensure that every Michigander who wants a vaccine will get one, the Protect Michigan Commission will play a vital role in reaching out to Michiganders in every part of our state,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “The best thing we can do right now is to work together to ensure that Michiganders, especially those with questions and those hardest hit during the pandemic, have a plan to get vaccinated. Our clearest path to healthy communities, a growing economy, and day-to-day activities free from fear is through the COVID-19 vaccine.” 

The strategy outlines how the commission will move the state towards completing the governor’s goal of getting 70% of Michiganders age 16 and older vaccinated as quickly as possible Below are the guiding principles outlined under the plan: 

  • All Michiganders have equitable access to vaccines.   
  • Vaccine planning and distribution is inclusive and actively engages state and local government, public and private partners; and draws upon the experience and expertise of leaders from historically marginalized populations.   
  • Communications are transparent, accurate, and frequent public communications to build public trust.   
  • Data is used to promote equity, track progress and guide decision making.  
  • Resource stewardship, efficiency, and continuous quality improvement drive strategic implementation.  

 

ICYMI 

  • Research from the University of Michigan hashown that the measures taken by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS) to save lives over the holiday’s worked. The “Pause to Save Lives” Epidemic Order has likely prevented more than 100,000 Cases of COVID-19 and as a result, saved 2,800 lives.  

 https://twitter.com/GovWhitmer/status/1354893318262575110 

  •  MDHHS announced 1,358 cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 559,241.

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

  • The state of Michigan is announced on Friday that they are expanding on the new MI COVID-19 Safer Dining ProgramThe program, directed by the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), will help make restaurants operate more safely – for their workforce, diners, and local communities – and help diners identify restaurants committed to safer operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants are encouraged to have their HVAC system inspected to ensure effective ventilation. Proper and efficient HVAC systems or other ventilation changes, along with compliance with MDHHS and MIOSHA orders and guidance, can lower the probability of transmission in indoor settings. 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

1/29/21 – The Protect Michigan Commission, comprised of a diverse group of leaders from across the state charged with helping raise awareness about the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, hosted its first meeting today and unveiled Michigan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy. SEIU 517M Executive Director Jeremy Tripp is a member of the Commission.

During today’s meeting, the commission unveiled the state’s strategy to get 70% of Michiganders age 16 and older vaccinated as quickly as possible. The strategy is being guided by the following guiding principles:
• All Michiganders have equitable access to vaccines.
• Vaccine planning and distribution is inclusive and actively engages state and local government, public and private partners; and draws upon the experience and expertise of leaders from historically marginalized populations.
• Communications are transparent, accurate, and frequent public communications to build public trust.
• Data is used to promote equity, track progress and guide decision making.
• Resource stewardship, efficiency, and continuous quality improvement drive strategic implementation.

The Protect Michigan Commission will work to protect the health and safety of Michigan residents by educating communities about the effectiveness of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus.

To achieve this, the bi-partisan commission will develop an outreach strategy to identify and work with communities around the state where there is hesitancy to the vaccine. The commission will complete its work and submit a report to Governor Whitmer by Dec. 31, 2021.

Last month, Congress appropriated $90 million in additional resources for vaccine distribution in Michigan through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Governor Whitmer’s MI COVID Recovery plan will use this federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring us closer to our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. This funding will help provide financial support to local health departments for vaccine administration costs, including staff augmentation, as well as provide equipment and supplies. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan.

1/26/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after President Biden announced his plan to purchase an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that every American who wants a vaccine can receive one. 

“From his first day in office, President Biden has made it clear that his administration will have a clear national strategy to defeat COVID-19 once and for all,” said Governor Whitmer. “We know that the vaccine is the most effective way to get back to our normal day-to-day activities, which is why it is so good to see the Biden Administration doing everything in their power to get these vaccines to states as quickly as possible. In Michigan, we have a plan to vaccinate 50,000 Michiganders per day, and this additional supply will go a long way to help us reach that goal. I know the administration will continue to take every necessary step to ramp up production of supplies for vaccines, testing, and personal protective equipment. We can accomplish a lot when we have partners in the White House who will work with us, not against us, to get our arms around COVID-19 and build our economy back better than before.” 

 

1/25/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, and MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus Monday, January 25th at 1:30 PM.

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING: Facebook.com/GovGretchenWhitmer 

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1/25/21 – COVID Update from Governor Whitmer

1/22/21 – Following last week’s announcement about the plan to reopen indoor dining, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released its next epidemic order today, which continues the department’s fact-based approach to reopening activities, and goes into effect on Monday, Feb. 1. The order will allow for indoor dining at restaurants with certain requirements; concessions at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums; personal services requiring mask removal; and non-residential gatherings of up to 10 people from two households. The new order will last three weeks, until Sunday, Feb. 21.  To view Dr. Khaldun’s PowerPoint presentation from today, click the link: 1.22.2021 PPT.pdf

1/22/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Friday, January 22 at 9:30 AM.

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:  

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1/21/21 – Today, the governors and lieutenant governors from Michigan Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin joined together to encourage everyone to make a plan for how they can get the safe and effective vaccine once they become eligible.

Over the past ten months people from across the region have stepped up to fight COVID-19. States across the region are working around the clock to ramp up vaccine distribution efforts and end the pandemic once and for all. Together, the governors urged individuals to make a plan for themselves and their families on how they can get vaccinated as soon as possible. People are encouraged to visit their state health departments website for more information.

Participants include:

Michigan: Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II
Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted
Indiana: Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch
Illinois: Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton
Kentucky: Governor Andy Beshear, Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman
Wisconsin: Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes
Minnesota: Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit www.michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

1/21/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 552,713 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 27,002 being administered on January 19. To view the total distribution of vaccines and more vaccine information, visit michigan.gov/covidvaccineto view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.     
  • Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will hold their first town hall to talk with Michigan residents about making an informed decision on how to get vaccinated. To join click visit facebook.com/michiganhhs

https://twitter.com/MichiganHHS/status/1351953465711484930  

ICYMI 

  • MDHHS announced 2,031 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 542,146.

 

1/20/21 – Governor Whitmer COVID Update:

VACCINE UPDATE  

  • The state of Michigan has administered 512,906 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, with 21,638 being administered on January 18. To view the total distribution of vaccines andmore vaccine information, visit michigan.gov/covidvaccine to view the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.   
  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer announced the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan to grow Michigan’s economy and help end the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s plan includes a strong focus on vaccine distribution, economic recovery, schools, and more. 

The governor’s plan will use this federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring us closer to our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. This funding will help provide financial support to local health departments for vaccine administration costs, including staff augmentation, as well as provide equipment and supplies. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan.  

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is sharing a few of the thousands of doses of hope that have been administered to Michiganders across the state. To find out if you are eligible or for further vaccine information visit michigan.gov/covidvaccine

 https://twitter.com/MichiganHHS/status/1351548562673442820  

ICYMI 

MDHHS announced 1,738 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 540,115.

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

“We know there have been outbreaks of COVID-19 on college campuses across the country, and it has an impact on disease spread beyond the campus community,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, “Colleges have stepped up throughout this pandemic to slow disease spread through testing and quarantine protocols. With the arrival of the new variant in Michigan and risk of virus spread both on- and off-campus, it is best practice to implement robust testing protocols in these settings. Colleges and universities have an important role to play in ending this pandemic.” 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

1/19/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan to grow Michigan’s economy and help end the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s plan includes a strong focus on vaccine distribution, economic recovery, schools, and more. See below for more details on the governor’s plan:

— PUBLIC HEALTH —
VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: Michigan is ready to ramp up vaccination distribution, which will help us get back to normal as quickly as possible. Last month, Congress appropriated $90 million in additional resources for vaccine distribution in Michigan through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. The governor’s plan will use this federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring us closer to our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. This funding will help provide financial support to local health departments for vaccine administration costs, including staff augmentation, as well as provide equipment and supplies. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan.

— JOBS AND ECONOMY —
SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS: As part of the governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, the governor’s plan provides $225 million for three new programs from the MEDC:
• The Michigan Mainstreet Initiative will help stabilize our small business community by securing grants for restaurants and other place-based businesses to keep our Main Streets vibrant and our communities resilient.
• The Michigan Microenterprise Support Initiative will help us put small businesses with less than nine employees on the path to recovery by creating greater access to much needed support.
• And the Business Accelerator and Resiliency Initiative will provide grants to high-tech startups that can help our communities thrive.

GOOD JOBS FOR MICHIGAN: Governor Whitmer called on the Michigan Legislature to pass Good Jobs for Michigan to help Michigan retain and grow our businesses and create jobs. The Good Jobs for Michigan Program provides Michigan businesses with a crucial tool to create jobs and thrive in our state. Pfizer was the first business to utilize Good Jobs for Michigan, and did so to build their sterile drug manufacturing plant and create 450 good-paying jobs in Portage – the same Portage plant that the first doses of the safe and effective COVID vaccine shipped from at the end of last year. It’s time for the legislature to pass this bill and send it to the governor’s desk.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: The governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan includes a call on the Michigan Legislature to permanently extend unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks. This would bring Michigan in line with 40 other states and provide hard-hit Michigan workers with the financial security and peace of mind they need and deserve.

FOOD ASSISTANCE: As of fiscal year 2019, one in eight Michigan residents received food assistance. Governor Whitmer’s Michigan COVID Recovery Plan will provide more support for families through food assistance so more Michiganders can afford to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

RENTAL ASSISTANCE: The federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2201, will provide the State of Michigan with funding to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s plan will allocate this federal funding to help more Michiganders stay in their homes.

OFFICE OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT: The governor will create an Office of Rural Development tasked with coordinating work across state government to address issues facing rural communities—including broadband, talent, infrastructure, and more. The MI COVID Relief Plan will also include grants to provide infrastructure and capacity support in rural communities and support for land-based industries.

PROPERTY TAX ASSISTANCE: The governor’s plan includes funding to waive penalties and interest for certain property owners who did not pay their summer 2020 property taxes on time as a result of economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic .

TALENT: The governor’s plan will provide targeted employment and training services through the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to connect unemployed and underemployed Michigan residents with training and resources necessary for gainful employment. The program will prioritize residents from underserved or economically distressed communities to provide them with the skills needed for entry into registered apprenticeships in the energy sector to help drive Michigan’s energy transition.

RECONNECT/FUTURES FOR FRONTLINERS WRAPAROUD SUPPORTS: The governor’s plan includes a pilot providing wrap-around supports for up to 400 single parents who participate in the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs. Participants will receive on-campus childcare, intensive personalized advisement, educational supports including tutoring, career counseling and assistance in transitioning to a 4-year school.

— EDUCATION —
SCHOOLS: As part of the recent actions from the federal government, Michigan was allocated nearly $1.7 billion through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan will allocate this federal funding, along with an additional $300M in state dollars, to help schools meet the Governor’s goal of providing every student with an in-person learning opportunity by March 1, and to help address the learning loss that has occurred due to the pandemic. These one-time, flexible dollars will be distributed through a formula that recognizes the additional costs associated with supporting students in poverty and students with special education needs.

1/19/21 – Governor Whitmer to Hold Virtual Press Conference to Talk About Michigan’s Economy. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be joined by State Budget Director David Massaron and State Treasurer Rachel Eubanks to talk about Michigan’s economy and getting Michigan back on track by defeating COVID-19 on Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00 PM.

LIVE STREAM: The event will be livestreamed for public viewing on the governor’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTMbahTiYg0uyEkQVMZFByQ

1/14/21 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update

  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer was joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS Director Robert Gordon, and Michigan’s Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster to announced the updated epidemic order that will allow the re-opening of additional activities where Michiganders can remain masked and socially distanced, as this has been scientifically shown to slow the virus. This includes indoor group exercise and non-contact sports. The new order is effective Saturday, Jan. 16 and will last until Sunday, Jan. 31.    

Governor Whitmer also highlighted the work Michigan has done to provide relief to Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. She announced employee assistance grants that will put dollars in the pockets of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors — as well as the gym and fitness sectors, and she talked about the $58.5 million in additional COVID-19 support for small businesses that will likely be approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board today.  

  •  MDHHS announced 2,694 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 528,306.

MEDIA COVERAGE 

 

1/13/21 – New MDHHS Epidemic Order

1/13/21 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update:

After Governor Whitmer led a multistate effort last week asking the Trump Administration to release millions of doses of the covid-19 vaccine they are currently holding back, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they will grant their request. HHS also announced that they will follow Michigan’s lead, recommending that states open up vaccinations to Americans age 65 and up, a move that Governor Whitmer announced last week.

https://twitter.com/GovWhitmer/status/1349046518548987906

 

  • Yesterday, Lt. Governor Gilchrist joined fellow chair of the Protect Michigan Commission Blake Griffin to talk about vaccinations in Michigan. This week, the state moved into a new phase of vaccinations by making more people eligible to get a vaccine.

https://twitter.com/LtGovGilchrist/status/1349111660439605252

 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 1,994 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 525,612.

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT

  • The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is reminding businesses that they can use the free MI Symptoms app to help screen for COVID-19 symptoms and help stop the spread of the virus.

https://twitter.com/MichiganLEO/status/1349098448621068288

  • The Department of Insurance and Financial Services is doing their part to remind Michiganders to choose the right face mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

https://twitter.com/MIDIFS/status/1348993476634030080

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

1/13/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS Director Robert Gordon, and Michigan’s Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:00 PM.

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:  twitter.com/GovWhitmer     Facebook.com/GovGretchenWhitmer 

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1/12/21 – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they will grant Governor Whitmer and eight other governors’ request and release the millions of doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine currently being held back by the Trump Administration. HHS also announced that they will follow Michigan’s lead, recommending that states open up vaccinations to Americans age 65 and up, a move that Governor Whitmer announced last week.

Last week, Governors Gretchen Whitmer, Gavin Newsom (CA), Laura Kelly (KS), J.B. Pritzker (IL), Tim Walz (MN), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Tony Evers (WI), Jay Inslee (WA), and Kate Brown (OR) sent a letter to Secretary Azar and General Perna requesting that the federal government distribute the millions of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back by the Trump Administration. According to publicly reported information, the federal government currently has upwards of 50% of currently produced vaccines held back by the administration for reasons unknown. After the governors sent the letter, the incoming Biden administration announced that they will release all of the available vaccine doses that the Trump Administration is holding back.

On Monday, Michigan entered a new phase of vaccine distribution, and began offering vaccine to Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and pre K-12 educators, support staff, and childcare providers.

To learn more about Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.

1/11/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting permission to directly purchase up to 100,000 doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for the State of Michigan. Governor Whitmer also noted that since she and eight other governors sent a letter to the Trump Administration requesting that they distribute the millions of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back, she has not received a response.

Governor Whitmer has been working around the clock with leaders in state government and local health departments to cement Michigan’s status as a nationwide leader in vaccine distribution. On Wednesday, the CDC released new data that shows Michigan is in the top 15 states when it comes to vaccine distribution.

Last week, Governors Gretchen Whitmer, Gavin Newsom (CA), Laura Kelly (KS), J.B. Pritzker (IL), Tim Walz (MN), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Tony Evers (WI), Jay Inslee (WA), and Kate Brown (OR) sent a letter to Secretary Azar and General Perna requesting that the federal government distribute the millions of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back by the Trump Administration. According to publicly reported information, the federal government currently has upwards of 50% of currently produced vaccines held back by the administration for reasons unknown. After the governors sent the letter, the incoming Biden administration announced that they will release all of the available vaccine doses that the Trump Administration is holding back.

To view the full letter to Secretary Azar, click the link below: Letter, Gov. Whitmer to Sec. Azar (1.11.21).pdf

1/11/21 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Food Security Council is making several recommendations to ensure Michigan families have access to nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council, which is within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is making recommendations in the three areas of:
• Addressing food needs faced by Michigan residents. Included are recommendations to require the state to swiftly pursue existing federal food program services and seek flexibility; develop approaches for food distribution such as home delivery; and provide incentives for additional retailers to accept online payment from people who receive food assistance benefits.
• Collaborating with partners and improving the infrastructure for food and nutrition programs. Included are recommendations to continue partnerships with food banks, State Emergency Operations Center personnel, the Michigan National Guard and other organizations responsible for food and nutrition programs and services; develop a process for communities to create local emergency response plans with their county emergency managers; and develop data-sharing and technology procedures to identify food needs for clients and track the total food distribution across agencies.
• Ensuring an adequate food supply in Michigan. While ample food has existed in the supply chain during the pandemic, recommendations include developing a communications strategy to address “panic buying;” prioritizing food workers along the supply chain for personal protective equipment and workplace safety materials; and creating a statewide program that engages restaurants and their workers to distribute prepared meals to vulnerable populations.

Gov. Whitmer created the council in August and appointed Dr. Phil Knight of the Food Bank Council of Michigan to be its chair. She required an initial report with short-term findings and recommendations to be completed this month and a final report to be submitted within 18 months. The council consists of the directors of the state departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Labor and Economic Opportunity, and the superintendent of public instruction, or their designees, as well as 16 other appointees.

The council is part of the governor’s ongoing efforts to improve food security in Michigan. Previously, she gained approval of increased monthly food assistance benefits for approximately 350,000 families. In April, Michigan became the first state to gain federal approval for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program. The program, which reached nearly 968,000 students, provided nutritious food to children who were affected by school closings due to COVID-19.

In late May, MDHHS started an initiative that allows SNAP clients to buy their food online from participating retailers using their Electronic Benefits Transaction cards – known in Michigan as Bridge Cards. Amazon.com, Walmart.com and www.aldi.us participate in the online purchasing program.

MDHHS is working to implement parts of the Coronavirus Relief Act signed in December – including a 15 percent increase in food assistance payments. The department is also rolling out the Restaurant Meal Program. Restaurants can enroll now, and MDHHS will announce at a later date when eligible food assistant recipients can start redeeming their benefits at participating restaurants.

1/11/21 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update:

  • On Friday, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced new guidance to keep students, staff and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing the in-person instruction that is crucial to learning and development. The state’s goal is to have all Michigan school districts offer an in-person learning option for students no later than March 1, and earlier if possible.
  • MDHHS announced 2,706cases of COVID-19 from Saturday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 519,082. 

MEDIA COVERAGE 

1/8/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Friday, January 8th at 1:30 PM.

LIVE STREAM FOR PUBLIC VIEWING:  twitter.com/GovWhitmer   Facebook.com/GovGretchenWhitmer 

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1/7/21 – Today, Governors Gretchen Whitmer, Gavin Newsom (CA), Laura Kelly (KS), J.B. Pritzker (IL), Tim Walz (MN), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Tony Evers (WI), and Jay Inslee (WA) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Operation Warp Speed Chief Operating Officer General Gustave Perna requesting that the federal government distribute the millions of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses that are currently being held back by the Trump Administration. According to publicly reported information, the federal government currently has upwards of 50% of currently produced vaccines held back by the administration for reasons unknown.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, led by Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, has been working around the clock with health systems and local health departments across the state to distribute the vaccine to Michiganders. If the federal government releases the vaccines that are being held back, Governor Whitmer’s administration has developed a plan to get 50,000 vaccines in Michiganders’ arms each day. The state began distributing the vaccine to frontline health workers and skilled nursing home residents and staff in December. To date, the state has administered more than 150,000 doses of the vaccine.

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer’s administration announced that Michigan is entering a new phase of vaccine distribution. On January 11th, the state will begin offering vaccine to Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 educators, support staff, and childcare providers.

To learn more about Michigan’s COVID-19 distribution, please visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. Letter to the Federal Government 1.7.21.pdf

1/6/21 – To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, Jan. 11.

MDHHS is moving forward with vaccination of Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. To date, 80% of deaths have occurred among those age 65 and older. In addition to vaccinating Michiganders who are 75+ in Phase 1B (Phase 1B, Group A), MDHHS is accelerating to vaccinate individuals 65-74 years old (Phase 1C Group A). MDHHS is accelerating implementation of vaccination of individuals 65-74 years due to concern around disparity in life expectancy by race/ethnicity for this group (Phase 1C, Group A).

All counties may begin vaccinating residents over age 65 and seniors are urged to visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine to find local health departments and other local vaccine clinics near them that are ready to book appointments. Eligible essential workers, teachers and childcare workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations. Eligible individuals should not go to any of the clinics without an appointment.

It is important to note that there is limited vaccine available in the state, and so there will be limited appointments available. As more vaccine becomes available, the state will be able to move more quickly through the priority groups.

MDHHS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommendations are based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the federal advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States.

Phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home as well as residents in long term care facilities.
  • Phase 1B: Persons 75 years of age or older and frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure.
  • Phase 1C: Individuals 16 years of age or older at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 infection and some other essential workers whose position impacts life, safety and protection during the COVID-19 response.
  • Phase 2: Individuals 16 years of age or older.

These prioritizations may change as more information on vaccine effectiveness and additional vaccination products become available. MDHHS has provided additional prioritization guidance within these categories. It is important to note that vaccination in one phase may not be complete before vaccination in another phase begins. There may be vaccination of individuals in different phases that occur simultaneously. The timing of the start of vaccination in a phase is dependent on the supply of vaccine from the manufacturer, how vaccine is allocated from the federal level to Michigan and the capacity to administer the vaccine to populations. Decisions on moving to the next phase will be made at the state level.

More than 140,000 of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to health care workers with more than 8,000 of those doses going to nursing home residents and staff. This data is being tracked on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, which also includes information on the number of providers enrolled to provide the vaccine and vaccination coverage rates by age and race.

Even with COVID-19 vaccinations starting in Michigan and worldwide, Khaldun urges everyone to continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.

There will be no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs. The COVID-19 vaccine will require two doses, separated by three or four weeks depending on the manufacturer. Michiganders should receive both doses in order to have full protection from the virus. Individuals who receive the vaccine may experience mild side effects such as low-grade fever, sore arm and general discomfort, which indicate that the vaccine is working. There is a robust state and national process for tracking vaccines and reporting side effects.

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. As additional information and resources become available, it will be posted to this site.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus

1/6/21 – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding COVID-19 and the continued efforts to slow the spread of the virus on Wednesday, January 6th at 1:30 PM.

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1/4/21 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the State of Michigan recorded its 500,000th confirmed case of COVID-19:

“Since the first cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Michigan, the vast majority of Michiganders have done their part to protect themselves, their families, and our frontline workers and small business owners. Now, there is hope on the horizon. My administration, led by Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, has been working with local health officials and health care providers to begin distributing the safe and effective vaccine, starting with our most vulnerable populations like health care workers and skilled nursing home residents and staff. We must remember that it will take some time for the vaccine to be widely available to all Michiganders, and until then, we must continue to do our part to keep ourselves and our fellow Michiganders safe. That means masking up, practicing safe social distancing, and avoiding indoor gatherings where the virus can easily spread from person to person. ”

12/30/20 – Gov. Whitmer COVID Update

  • Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bipartisan relief bill that the Michigan legislature passed after she urged them to provide support for Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses. The relief bill includes $55 million to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $20,000 will be made available to small businesses across the state that need support this winter. The relief bill also includes $3.5 million for grants of up to $40,000 each for live music and entertainment venues, and includes $45 million in direct payments to workers who have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the virus.  

“I proposed this stimulus plan to the legislature in November because I know how much our families, frontline workers, and small businesses need relief. This bipartisan bill will provide families and businesses the support they need to stay afloat as we continue working to distribute the safe and effective vaccine and eliminate COVID-19 once and for all,” said Governor Whitmer. “There is still more work to do to eliminate this virus and grow our economy. All Michiganders have a personal responsibility to do their part and mask up, practice safe social distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings where the virus can easily spread from person to person. We will beat this virus together.”  

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 3,414 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 483,922.

 HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 

 The state of Michigan continues to remind Michiganders to mask up and do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect their families, neighbors, and frontline workers. 

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