Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Return to Learn Bills

Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Return to Learn Bills

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2020

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov

 

Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Return to Learn Bills

 

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed the bipartisan “Return to Learn” bills she and legislative leaders agreed upon on Friday of last week. The bill package outlines new, more flexible instructional requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. It also provides significant financial stability to districts by primarily using last year’s pupil count to determine this year’s funding levels.

 

“Over the past week, we have taken crucial steps to help Michigan schools and families navigate the new school year. Alongside this bipartisan agreement, I announced nearly $65 million in federal funding to help give students, parents, educators, and support staff the resources they need to provide the best and most safe education possible,” said Governor Whitmer. “These bills will help schools implement their comprehensive safety plans going into the 2020-21 school year. I am proud of this bipartisan package and will continue working with everyone who wants to ensure our schools are safe during COVID-19. These are great steps, but we will need a comprehensive bipartisan plan and funding from the federal government. It is time the Republicans in Congress to do their part to protect families and students across the country.”

 

Under the legislation, schools are provided flexibility around number of school days, instructional hours, student count and attendance. Additionally, the legislation outlines the new COVID-19 learning plan which is intended to provide school districts with the maximum flexibility to adapt their programs to properly and safely respond to the pandemic. Districts must submit their plans, which should include educational goals and a description of how instruction will be delivered.

 

Under each plan, schools are required to describe how instruction will be delivered, giving school districts the ability to provide instruction in-person at school or a different location, online, digitally, or any other remote means of learning. Districts are also required to describe how instruction for core academic areas provided under the learning plan will expose each student to standards comparable to in-person instruction and a description of how student progress will be graded or reported.

 

Furthermore, districts must describe how they will ensure students with disabilities will be provided with equitable access to instruction accommodation as well as describe how students will be provided with equitable access to technology and internet if instruction is virtual.

 

The legislation ensures that students are engaged in learning by requiring consistent two-way interactions between students and teachers. As districts develop their plans they are required to work with their local health departments and employees to develop district wide guidelines and key metrics from local data. COVID-19 learning plans must be submitted to its ISD or authorizing body by October 1, 2020.

 

House Bills 5911, 5912, and 5913 were tie-barred and sponsored by Representative Gregory Markkanen, Representative Andrea Schroeder, and Representative Annette Glenn.

 

MDOT Closing Livernois Rd under I-75 This Weekend

MDOT Closing Livernois Rd under I-75 This Weekend

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

 

CONTACT: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications, MorosiR@Michigan.gov

 

MDOT closing Livernois Road under I-75 this weekend

for bridge demolition in Oakland County

 

Fast facts:

– Starting Friday morning, crews will be demolishing the southbound I-75 bridge over Livernois Road.

– Livernois Road will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.

 

March 25, 2020 — Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contracting crews will be closing both directions of Livernois Road under I-75 for bridge demolition starting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 27. The closure is needed for demolishing the southbound I-75 bridge over Livernois Road. Currently, both directions of I-75 have two lanes open with all traffic using the northbound side of the freeway, separated by a temporary concrete barrier. This configuration will allow for the southbound lanes and bridges to be reconstructed this year. This weekend’s closure will not impact traffic on I-75.

 

The posted detour for northbound and southbound Livernois Road includes Big Beaver, Crooks and Maple roads. Both directions of Livernois Road will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, March 30. Upon reopening, Livernois Road will have one lane open in each direction under I-75.

 

Follow I-75 modernization progress on the web at www.Modernize75.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Modernize75 or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Modernize75.  

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Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions

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March 20, 2020
Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Restrictions on Non-Essential Medical and Dental Procedures


LANSING, Mich. — 
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 21, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Executive Order 2020-17 states that hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, and dental facilities, and all state-operated outpatient facilities, must implement a plan to temporarily postpone all non-essential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

“My number one priority remains to flatten the curve and protect the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Whitmer. “Our health care workers are on the front lines every day protecting Michiganders during these extraordinary and difficult times. By postponing all non-essential medical and dental procedures, we expect to reduce the strain on the health care system and protect people. My administration will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the disease and ensure our children, families, and businesses have the support they need during these challenging times.”

“By putting this order into place, we will be able to reduce the strain on our healthcare community,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “Healthcare professionals are working around the clock to help protect and treat Michiganders, and by temporarily postponing non-essential procedures, this will free up staff and critical resources that will be needed to address the ongoing public health emergency that we are facing.”

A facility covered by this order that performs medical procedures must postpone, at a minimum, joint replacement, bariatric surgery, and cosmetic surgery, except for emergency or trauma-related surgery where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety, and welfare of the patient.

These facilities should exclude from postponement advanced cardiovascular disease (including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias) that would prolong life; oncological testing, treatment, and related procedures; pregnancy-related visits and procedures; labor and delivery; organ transplantation; and procedures related to dialysis.

Additionally, these facilities must exclude from postponement emergency or trauma-related procedures where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety, and welfare of the patient.

Facilities covered by this order that perform dental procedures must postpone, at a minimum, any cosmetic or aesthetic procedures, like veneers, teeth bleaching or cosmetic bonding; all routine hygiene appointments; any orthodontic procedures that do not relieve pain or infection, restore oral function, or are not trauma-related; initiation of any crowns, bridges, or dentures that do not relieve pain or infection, restore oral function, or are not trauma-related; any periodontal plastic surgery; extraction of asymptomatic non-carious teeth; and recall visits for periodontally healthy patients.

If a dental facility chooses to remain open, its plan must exclude from postponement emergency or trauma-related procedures where postponement would significantly impact the health, safety, and welfare of the patient.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

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

To view Executive Order 2020-17, click the link below:

This press release will be translated and made available in Arabic and Spanish at www.michigan.gov/whitmer.

County Offers Text Updates For Residents On COVID-19

County Offers Text Updates For Residents On COVID-19

County Offers Text Updates For Residents On COVID-19

Pontiac, Michigan – Oakland County residents interested in receiving the latest updates on the coronavirus can receive them by text, County Executive David Coulter said today.

Interested residents should text OAKGOV to 28748 for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Oakland County Health Division, other county agencies and suggest resources available for those affected by the virus.

“For those of us who rely on our phones this is an easy way to receive updates,” Coulter said. “We want our residents to stay current with important information as it becomes available. This gives them another tool to help keep them and their family safe during this public health emergency.”

The texts will be sent as important updates become available and is one of several tools the county has to keep residents informed.

The Health Division’s Nurse on Call (NOC) telephone service, 1-800-848-5533, offers information regarding communicable diseases including the coronavirus, pregnancy and child health, nutrition, and referrals to health-related resources in the county. Calls are answered by Health Division public health nurses. Inquiries are also taken at noc@oakgov.com.

NOC Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The county offers a second hotline, 1-248-858-1000, that can put residents in touch with non-health services. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gov. Whitmer Requests Federal Funding for Use of Michigan National Guard

Gov. Whitmer Requests Federal Funding for Use of Michigan National Guard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2020

 

Gov. Whitmer Requests Federal Funding for Use of Michigan National Guard in Letter to the Trump Administration

National Guard may be used to help Michigan families and businesses access food, supplies

 

LANSING, Mich. — Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer wrote a letter to President Trump requesting federal funding for the use of Michigan’s National Guard to be dedicated to COVID-19 response and support. Under the Governor’s command and control, the Michigan National Guard would be used to aid in the distribution of resources like food and supplies to families who have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

 

The Governor urged President Trump to authorize the use of National Guard members under Title 32, United States Code, specifically 502(f). This would allow the immediate and enduring use of the Michigan National Guard for operational support, under the Governor’s command and control, with federal funding for pay, benefits, and equipment. The Title 32 authorization would ensure more streamlined and operationally effective and responsive operations during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

“Despite the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, Michiganders have risen to meet the challenge by helping their friends, families, and neighbors in taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread,” said Governor Whitmer in her letter. “My administration has also taken necessary actions to protect families, workers, and businesses against the spread of COVID-19. While I am confident in the unconquerable spirit of our citizens and their ability to persevere, COVID-19 is unlike anything we have encountered in our lifetime and we need the help of the federal government.”

 

On Wednesday, March 18th, Governor Whitmer called on a group of 11 Michigan Army National Guardsmen and women to assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields. Once packaged, MDHHS will deliver the supplies to various local public health departments. The governor’s request to the president would allow more resources for guardsmen and women to help Michiganders across the state.

 

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

 

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

 

To view the full letter to President Trump, clock the link below:

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Senator Gary Peters Coronavirus Update

Senator Gary Peters Coronavirus Update

U.S. Senator Gary Peters
Friend –

As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – and your U.S. Senator – it’s my top priority to ensure all Michiganders are safe and equipped with the resources needed to combat the Coronavirus.

The bottom line is this: Michiganders should not be forced to worry about whether they can put food on the table or pay their bills. Some of the stories I’ve heard – from workers, small business owners, and families are absolutely heartbreaking.

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Click here to watch my video update.

The Senate this week passed bipartisan legislation that is an important first step towards supporting Michigan families. Some of the action this bill takes includes:

  • Support for Families & Workers: We must ensure that those forced to not work are taken care of. This bill expands paid emergency, sick and family leave, as well as unemployment insurance, while expanding Medicaid benefits to state programs like Michigan’s.
  • Free Testing for Coronavirus: No one should avoid being tested because of the costs. This bill ensures that everyone – with or without insurance – has access to the test at no cost.
  • Food Security: This bill takes important efforts to strengthen SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and more. 22 million children rely on free or reduced-price school meals, and we need to ensure they have food at the table.

But let’s be clear: this bill was only a first step. Our work — and this crisis — is far from over. We must take additional action. I will keep focusing on efforts that will provide resources to Michiganders and boost our economy, including small businesses.

If you have any questions or need additional resources on Coronavirus, visit my website at peters.senate.gov/coronavirus for guidance on how you can prepare and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. You can also call the State of Michigan’s Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136.

If you have any additional questions – please contact my office. We remain committed to serving you and doing everything possible to assist Michiganders.

Americans have always united in times of uncertainty to overcome countless hardships over the years. Today we are facing significant challenges — and we must all do our part to deal with this crisis. In the end, I am confident we will emerge stronger as a nation.

Thanks for reading,

Gary Peters
United States Senator for Michigan

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