Whitmer Honors 200,000+ American Lives Lost During Pandemic

Whitmer Honors 200,000+ American Lives Lost During Pandemic



September 22, 2020

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Governor Whitmer Honors 200,000+ American Lives Lost During Pandemic, Reiterates Calls on President Trump to Develop a National Strategy

As of today, the coronavirus has infected 117,910 and killed 6,680 people in Michigan.    


LANSING, Mich. – After the United States passed 200,000 COVID-19 related deaths today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives and their families:


“As we remember and honor all of those we have lost to this virus, we must not forget that each life was a person who had a story: plans, dreams, and more life to live. We owe it to our families, our neighbors, all of the brave frontline workers, and to our fellow Michiganders to continue taking this virus seriously and prevent more devastation in our communities. My heart is with the families of those whose lives were tragically cut short by COVID-19.


“Over the past six months, Michigan has worked hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. And Michigan is not alone. During this time, the whole country has been grappling with this emergency. At this moment, all 50 states and the federal government are in some sort of declared emergency. We have made tremendous progress as a state and as a nation, but we must stay the course. As we continue to face to the biggest health emergency of our lifetime, we may never know the number of lives that have been saved, but we do know that in doing our part by wearing a mask, remaining six feet apart, and staying home and stay safe, we have saved many lives.


“As we honor each of the more than 200,000 American lives lost to this virus, I hope it serves as a reminder to each and every one of us to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives. I know this loss weighs heavily, but Michiganders are tough. We will get through this together.”

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Learn more at Oct. 6 virtual career fair

Fast facts:

September 22, 2020 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a virtual career fair 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, to help fill a number of seasonal and permanent positions.

MDOT has partnered with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to give prospective candidates a chance to engage with MDOT staff, ask questions, and learn about current and future career opportunities through chat and video conversations.

The department is currently in need of more than 100 limited-term, winter maintenance workers in all regions of the state. The minimum requirement for these positions is a valid Michigan Class B CDL. All other training will be provided. This is a great entry point into the department and could lead to future full-time opportunities.

Other available positions include electricians, internships (including veterans, engineering, and Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program positions), transportation engineers, transportation maintenance workers (seasonal and full-time), transportation planners, transportation technicians, and other skilled trades and professional positions.

Interested candidates are encouraged to look over current positions as new ones are being posted each day at www.Michigan.gov/MDOTJobs. The virtual career fair is open to all experience levels. Hiring requirements are based upon the individual position.

For more information, contact MDOT Workforce Programs and Recruitment Unit Manager James Fults at MDOT-Recruitment@Michigan.gov.


Top Advisors Discuss Michigan’s COVID-19 Response

Top Advisors Discuss Michigan’s COVID-19 Response


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September 22, 2020

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov


VIDEO: Governor Whitmer Sits Down with Top Advisors to Discuss Michigan’s COVID-19 Response Over the Past Six Months


LANSING, Mich. — In a new video, Governor Whitmer sat down with Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and her Chief Legal Counsel Mark Totten to discuss Michigan’s ongoing response to COVID-19 over the past six months. Both Totten and Dr. Khaldun have worked in tandem with the governor and many others to ensure Michigan’s swift response to the virus and to save lives. Since Michigan’s first case of COVID-19 in March, they have each worked around the clock to implement executive orders, directives and policies that protect the health and safety of Michigan families, frontline workers, educators, and small businesses.


“Michigan was hard hit by COVID-19 early in the pandemic, but because we took quick action and Michiganders did their part to slow the spread of the virus, we are in a much better position than many other states,” said Governor Whitmer. “No one wants to end this state of emergency more than I do, but we are not out of the woods yet. Michigan is not alone in this fight. At this moment, all 50 states and the federal government have some form of declared emergency. Progress is promising – we’re nearing a vaccine, with dozens being tested in humans already, including 9 in large-scale clinical trials. Michigan is making plans to distribute the vaccine, which could be as early as this fall. Michiganders are tough. We have gotten through these last six months together and we will work together and continue to show up and do the hard work we have to do to get out of this pandemic.”


“I know many Michiganders have done their part to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and as a result Michigan is in a much better place than we were early on in the pandemic. But we cannot let our guard down yet,” said Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “We continue to learn more about this virus every day, and must all continue to do our part by wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and washing our hands frequently. This virus spares no age group and can cause long term health consequences and death. Flu season is fast approaching and a spike in flu-related illnesses would be devastating to our health care system, economy, and overall COVID-19 response. As a parent and as a doctor I encourage all Michiganders to go and get vaccinated to protect themselves and their neighbors from the flu. I am proud to continue to work around the clock alongside Governor Whitmer, Mark Totten and the dedicated team at MDHHS to fight this virus.”


“When we first declared a state of emergency for Michigan it became clear that we would have to exercise extraordinary powers given to the governor by the legislature to protect the health and safety of millions of Michiganders from this once-in-a-lifetime, deadly threat,” said Chief Legal Counsel Mark Totten. “These orders, informed by the best science and data, have been the backbone of Michigan’s response to COVID-19 and have led to some of the lowest COVID-19 levels in the nation. Without these powers and the flexibility they give the governor to act, there is no question that thousands of more lives would have been lost.”


A study released by Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team showed that the aggressive actions Governor Whitmer took have significantly lowered the number of cases and deaths that would have occurred had the governor not acted.


Right now, Michigan is ranked as the number 12 recovery according to CNN’s “back-to-normal” index. The index measures each states economic activity as compared to its pre-pandemic level. Currently, Michigan’s economy is operating at 82% of where it was in March.


To view the governor’s executive orders click here. To follow all COVID-19 updates from the state of Michigan visit www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus.


Enjoy fall colors DNR-style

Enjoy fall colors DNR-style

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Fall color tour – DNR Style!

Predictions are in – peak fall colors are right around the corner. We’re ready to help you enjoy the season with our new story map full of ideas to plan your very own fall color tour!

As the colors peak in your area, head out to fish for salmon or take a heart-pumping color tour on an ORV trail. Perhaps an evening spent on a leisurely hike watching migrating sandhill cranes is more your speed.

Whatever your pace, we’ve got ideas for magical experiences during this spectacular season.

Bring your camera, your favorite adventuring buddy and your sense of wonder. Michigan is the place to be to experience all the colors of fall. We’ll see you outside.

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Main Street Oakland County Looks To The Future

Main Street Oakland County Looks To The Future

Main Street Oakland County Looks To The Future And Offers Downtowns A Path To Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Pontiac, Michigan – Main Street Oakland County is partnering with Main Street America to offer a free strategic recovery plan workshop for downtowns and historic commercial corridors that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The virtual workshop, entitled “Main Street Forward: Planning for Recovery,” is October 6 from 9:30-11 a.m. and features Matt Wagner Ph.D., vice president of revitalization programs for the National Main Street Center in Chicago.

“We know that our small businesses and downtowns have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic, and this workshop will offer strategic and informed recovery plans,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Main Street Oakland County is working closely with Main Street America to offer one of the few workshops of its kind in the country that is taking an in-depth look on recovery planning with its downtowns and offering a pathway to revitalization.”

The session is geared for planners, Main Street Oakland County board members, city council members, local economic development officials, local downtown organization staff, local Main Street committee members and city managers. Registration is free and available at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hP1z7kacQpebBrIydjSSuQ. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

“Downtowns and urban commercial districts across the United States won’t simply recover from a global pandemic as a result of government proclamations to reopen,” the workshop description states. “Nor will only ‘reopen marketing’ bring customers back downtown. A return to brick-n-mortar shopping, getting a haircut, participating in a fitness class, eating in a restaurant or attending a special event will all greatly depend upon having an informed and strategic recovery plan. Your recovery work plan will position your organization with a road map, a leadership position in the recovery and an opportunity to secure implementation resources through advocacy.”

Wagner is responsible for driving Main Street America’s field service initiatives including the development and delivery of technical services for Main Street America and Urban Main programs, directing the new research agenda, as well as professional development programming through the Main Street America Institute.

Prior to his work at the National Main Street Center, Wagner had a dual role of director, Global Community Affairs, and president of Johnson Redevelopment Corporation at SC Johnson, a $10 billion global consumer products company.

Questions about the workshop can be sent to Main Street Oakland County coordinator John Bry at bryj@oakgov.com.

In 2019, public and private investment in Main Street Oakland County totaled more than $50.2 million and resulted in 450 net new jobs; 60 net new businesses; and contributions of more than 28,460 volunteer hours. To date, more than $837 million in public and private investments have been made to Main Street downtowns, establishing 1,163 new businesses and generating 8,000 jobs.

Oakland County is the first and still only county in the United States to operate a full-service, county-wide Main Street program.

Main Street Oakland County designated communities are: Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Franklin, Groveland Township, Hazel Park, Highland Township, Holly, Holly Township, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Leonard, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Royal Oak, South Lyon and Wixom.