Michigan National Guard to staff Food Banks

Michigan National Guard to staff Food Banks

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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.”

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Governor Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Scope of Practice Laws

Governor Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Scope of Practice Laws

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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.

Love INC of North Oakland County Seeking Donations to Support Local Families

Love INC of North Oakland County Seeking Donations to Support Local Families

Covid Donations

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.

Patricia Duke

King of Kings Lutheran Church Opens Up Facebook Group

King of Kings Lutheran Church Opens Up Facebook Group

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/

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding

Michigan Small Business Relief Program Funding

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MichiganBusiness.org

March 27, 2020

Michigan Small Business Relief Program

  • Up to $20 million in grants and loans now available to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 outbreak
  • Grants and loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow
  • Program now accepting applications, with key information available at michiganbusiness.org/covid19

Michigan’s small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus can now apply for grants and loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program. The program will provide up to $20 million in grants and loans to provide economic assistance to Michigan’s small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and in turn help support workers and their families facing economic uncertainty during the outbreak. Information on how to apply, as well as eligibility criteria, is available at www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

“Small businesses across our state are facing unprecedented challenges as we take every step possible to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “With this funding, we can provide real assistance to support our businesses, communities, entrepreneurs and workers around the state impacted by the tough, but necessary actions we are taking to mitigate the spread of this virus.”

The grants and loans under the Michigan Small Business Relief Program will support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and the continued support of their workforce and may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business.

Key information to know about the application process includes:

  • There is one application, regardless of whether a business is applying for a grant or a loan. A business may receive a grant or a loan, but not both.
  • Businesses who do not receive grants may still be considered for loans.
  • The grants will be administrated by 15 regional economic development organizations throughout the state, which combined cover all 83 counties in Michigan.
  • All applications or recommendations for Michigan Small Business Relief Program loans will be referred from the partner EDOs to the MEDC for evaluation and disbursement.
  • Businesses should go to https://www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19/ to apply.

The Michigan Small Business Relief Program grants, authorized by the Michigan Strategic Fund on March 19, will be administered by 15 local and nonprofit economic development organizations (EDOs) around Michigan, covering all 83 counties in the state. These EDOs are responsible for reviewing applications of small businesses in their region and entering into agreements with eligible small businesses. Each EDO will establish a review committee that may include representatives from local workforce agencies, local SBDC representatives, business and nonprofit leaders, among others.

The full list of EDOs administering Michigan Small Business Relief grants and the counties they will serve is available here.

Local and nonprofit EDOs across Michigan applied for the grant funds and were selected based on capacity to administer the program and ensure coverage to small businesses in all 83 counties in Michigan.

The $10 million in loans through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program will be referred to the MEDC from the local EDO partners where it will be reviewed by a loan review committee including the Chief Business Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development Projects. All loans made through the Michigan Small Business Relief Program will be approved through Michigan Strategic Fund delegated authority.

The MEDC anticipates that at least 1,100 businesses across the state will benefit from this program.

MSBRP is latest tool available to Michigan’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19

In addition to the Michigan Small Business Relief Program, michiganbusiness.org/covid19 also features other resources for businesses across Michigan to assist them in recovering from economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 virus. This includes U.S. Small Business Administration emergency loans, the Pure Michigan Business Connect virtual procurement and donation platform, support services offered through the SBDC and more. The MEDC has also developed a FAQ for Michigan businesses and communities at michiganbusiness.org/covid19-faq.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.