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/
DNR Reduces Amenities at State Parks, Recreation Areas and Trails
To help carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order and further protect public health and safety, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is closing many amenities offered in state parks and recreation areas, effective now through at least April 13.
State parks and recreation areas currently remain open to provide residents with local opportunities to get outdoors; however, extensive travel should be minimal – and reserved only for essential needs – and effective social distancing (of at least 6 feet between yourself and another person) is required so that unsafe conditions do not develop and state-managed lands can remain open.
“We are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff at state parks and recreation areas,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger. “No matter how people are choosing to get outdoors, it is critical that everyone follows the social distancing guidelines. If they don’t, we will be forced to close public access to all state-managed lands.”
Closures and reduction in services include:
- Many park amenities have been closed in order to minimize the chance of people gathering in groups and/or maximize the environment for effective social distancing. Current closures include, but are not limited to, concessions, playgrounds and play equipment, viewing platforms, fishing piers, GaGa ball bits, volleyball and basketball courts, designated dog areas, disc golf courses, radio-controlled flying fields, pump tracks, and picnic tables and shelters.
- All bathroom buildings and vault toilets will be closed in all state parks and recreation areas, including those at campgrounds, boating access sites, trailheads at state-designated trails, etc. People are encouraged to plan accordingly to avoid needing a restroom during a visit. Note: Over the next few days, vault toilets will be closing. Many locations, where available, will be transitioning to portable toilets that will be cleaned by local vendors.
- There will be minimal trash service available. Visitors are encouraged to bring trash bags, if needed, to carry trash home and minimize litter.
- No hand washing stations will be provided. Please carry hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes containing at least 60% alcohol, as well as trash bags to carry out used wipes.
- Additionally, grooming of snowmobile trails (the season closes March 31) and grooming, brushing, grading and clearing of all nonmotorized trails and ORV trails are suspended until at least the end of the order. When out on any trail, be aware of surroundings, including the potential for washouts or debris. To report anything that could be a risk to other trail users, call 517-331-0111.
- For the duration of this order, the DNR is unable to reimburse trail sponsors or grant sponsors for any trail-related work.
Follow the DNR’s COVID-19 response webpage for the latest closure information related to events, meetings and facilities, including campgrounds, harbors and other sites.
Executive order mandates social distancing; fines/penalties possible
To help uphold the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, individuals must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between themselves and other people. Anyone not following the social distancing requirement may face misdemeanor violation/arrest penalties, including up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500.
Social distancing practices are a top priority for any time spent outside an individual’s home or place of residence. They include:
- Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.
- Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and another person.
- Long-distance travel is discouraged unless it is essential.
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- When driving, keep windows slightly open to provide air flow.
- If the parking is full when attempting to visit a park, recreation area, boating access site or trailhead, leave and choose a different location.