FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
Media Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov
Michigan National Guard to staff Food Banks in four Michigan communities during COVID-19 response
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard has received a request to aid Food Banks in four communities across the state, including Ann Arbor, Comstock Park, Flint, and Pontiac. Approximately 10 Michigan National Guard members will be serving at each site.
Support to the Food Banks is scheduled to begin March 30 and is expected to continue through mid-April.
“The aid that men and women of the Michigan National Guard will provide to Food Banks across Michigan is further proof that the Michigan National Guard is a true cornerstone of Michigan communities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer “I could not be more proud of their service, commitment, and determination, and they are making a difference in the state’s response to COVID-19.”
The food distribution sites requested Michigan National Guard personnel to assist with mobile food distribution, which serves between 300-600 Michigan families daily. Guard members will direct traffic for the drive-through distribution site and assist with packing bags of fruit and handing bags to cars. The guard members will perform their duties with personnel protective equipment to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including gloves and hand sanitizer.
Whitmer announced the Michigan National Guard’s involvement in the state-wide response to COVID-19 on March 18. Since then, guard members have provided logistics support to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, assembling and loading critical personal protective gear such as gowns and face shields. There are also members of the Michigan National Guard serving the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Their support includes temperature screening of all employees before they enter the homes, and ensuring screening protocols are being followed to protect resident veterans from the spread of COVID-19.
“The Michigan National Guard strives to be a provider of exceptional service,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard. “As the response to COVID-19 continues, we stand ready to serve our neighbors, family, and friends in the communities in which we live and work.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2020
Media Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Scope of Practice Laws, Allowing Qualified Physician Assistants, Nurses to Treat COVID-19 patients
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health-care facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to combat COVID-19.
The order also reinforces an existing law that protects hospitals and health-care workers from liability for taking necessary steps to protect Michiganders during an emergency.
“Michigan’s dedicated health care professionals continue putting their lives on the line every day during this unprecedented crisis, and we must do everything we can to empower them to do their jobs,” Gov. Whitmer said. “This executive order temporarily sets aside some existing rules to allow qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to treat COVID-19 patients and help slow the spread of this virus in every corner of our state.”
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
To view executive order 2020-30, click the link below:
This press release will be translated and made available in Arabic and Spanish at www.michigan.gov/whitmer.
Dear Love INC supporter,
Your community urgently needs your help.
Today we are faced with a crisis that is wide and fast moving. Many families have lost their incomes, access to food and support services. Families who live in your neighborhood.
At Love INC, we oversee a central clearinghouse that receives, screens, clarifies and analyzes needs as well as tries to gain an understanding of client challenges and histories. Over the past twelve months our Clearinghouse has taken over 4300 calls and met 3180 needs through over 2000 volunteer hours. Love INC has developed a working knowledge of community resources to help your neighbors in need with food, clothing, household items, and financial assistance. We expect these numbers to grow substantially over the next few months.
This week we have received calls from neighbors like Jenna , who is pregnant and has 2 small children. Like many of our neighbors, Jenna lives paycheck to paycheck. She is not working due to the many shutdowns from the COVID-19 virus. Without a paycheck she, is unsure of how she will pay her rent, feed her family and care for a newborn on the way. We are seeing an increase of calls like this every day. Love INC counts on your support to continue to meet the needs of your neighbors.
Your donations make a meaningful impact in your community. Without these donations, serving those in need would not be possible.
You can help now without leaving your home:
Donations made on our website: www.loveincofnoc.org click “Donate”
Donations can be mailed to:
Love INC of North Oakland County
P.O. Box 104
Lake Orion, MI. 48361
Thank you and God’s Blessings to you and your family during this unprecedented time.
King of Kings Lutheran Church in Lake Orion has opened up its church Facebook group to anyone who is looking to connect with a faith community online. You do not have to be a member of the church to join. Connect with the King of Kings Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kingofkingslakeorion/