Michigan - COVID-19 Covered

Michigan

Total Cases: 98,213 (August 12)
Tests Administered: 2,146,554 (August 11)
Fatalities: 6,533 (August 12)
Testing:
  • A free COVID-19 testing site will open at Mott Community College in Flint. (June 11)

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s order to close all non-essential businesses, the following sectors have been deemed essential: health care and public health, law enforcement, public safety, first responders, food and agriculture, energy, waste and wastewater, transportation and logistics, public works, communications and IT (including news media), community-based government operations, critical manufacturing, hazardous materials and chemicals, financial services, defense. (March 23)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Whitmer extended protections for those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, and nursing homes. (August 10) 
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced COVID-19 testing will now be required for all Michigan farm and food processing employees. (August 7) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-166 to reinstate protections for Michigan workers. (August 7) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-138 and Executive Order 2020-137, respectively increasing access to healthcare telehealth options and protect migrant agricultural workers who live in congregate housing. (June 29) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order which sets guidelines for the safe return of professional sports, without a live audience. Details can be found here. (Link 
  • Michigan’s Association of Beauty Professionals released “Recommendations for a Safe Reopening” for personal care services. (Link 
  • Michigan’s Restaurant and Lodging Association released a “Roadmap to Reopening, “guidance document designed to help Michigan restaurants prepare to reopen their dining rooms amid new federal and state regulations, and with new expectations of safety by the general public.” (Link 
  • Michigan OSHA launched a new online COVID-19 Workplace Safety site that provides guidance and a toolkit of resources to keep workplaces safe as sectors of the state’s economy reopen. (June 10 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order to ensure protections for Michigan workers by requiring all businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines. (May 18 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will continue to provide food assistance benefits to 350,000 Michigan families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (August 7) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 690, appropriating nearly $880 million in federal funding to aid in various COVID-19 response actions throughout the state. (July 1) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, codifying previous executive orders extending the expiration of driver’s licenses, state ID cards, and vehicle registrations due to COVID-19 delays. (July 1) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order extending the state’s ban on evictions until July 15 and announced the Eviction Diversion Program, which will provide $50 million in rental aid. (June 26) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Directive to create the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability, which will “provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director.” (May 4 
  • Governor Whitmer announced a $130 million investment to “make childcare more affordable and accessible for Michigan families during the COVID-19 pandemic.” (April 29 
  • Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance & Financial Services announced the creation of the MiMortgage Relief Partnership to partner with over 200 financial institutions to ensure that no one experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 will lose their home.” (April 23 
  • Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors, and low-wage workers affected by COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. (April 10) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces $7.25 million in grants for local small businesses. (July 9) 
  • The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board approved small businesses to apply for grants under the states portion of federal funding from the CARES Act, as well as a separate $15 million allocation to fund COVID-19 safety measures in the agriculture industry. (July 7) 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order extending existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies. (June 17 
  • Governor Whitmer announced that more than $3.3 million in financial relief will go to 657 bar and restaurant owners across the state. (May 4 
  • Governor Whitmer announced an expansion of the state’s Workshare Program, allowing employers to “reduce employee hours to receive weekly unemployment insurance (UI) benefits as well as the additional $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) weekly benefit.” (April 29 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order initiating a spirits buy-back program to offer financial relief to bars and restaurants with on-premises liquor licenses during the continuing COVID-19 crisis. (April 13 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order limiting indoor social gatherings to 10 people. It also ordered bars across the state to close for indoor service. (July 29) 
  • Governor Whitmer strengthened an executive order on masks, now requiring all Michiganders to wear masks in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces. (July 17) 
  • Governor Whitmer issued an executive order extending grocery store hours for vulnerable populations. (July 13) 
  • Governor Whitmer announced most bars in the state’s Lower Peninsula will be prohibited from serving alcohol indoors due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. (July 2) 
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has signed two epidemic orders providing for expanded visitations at group facilities, such as nursing homes, while also requiring precautions that protect public health, such as requiring face mask. (July 1) 
  • Grand Rapids region has been moved back to a higher phase of risk amidst new COVID-19 cases in recent reopening. (June 30) 
  • Personal care businesses across Michigan can now reopen. (June 15 
  • Governor Whitmer signed an executive order, lifting restrictions on overnight residential, travel, and troop camps beginning June 15. (June 12 
  • Governor Whitmer’s Safer at Home order expired, allowing several businesses to open including: restaurants and retail businesses with restrictions; day camps and poolsOutdoor fitness classes, athletic practices, training sessions and games are allowed; In-home services, such as house cleaning; any office workers whose jobs can’t be done remotely may return to the office. (June 8 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer released Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap with guidance for reopening public schools with COVID-19 precautions. (June 30) 
  • Republicans in Michigan’s Legislature proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic and said districts should “have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.” (June 24 
  • Governor Whitmer announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan(June 17 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Michigan universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • University of Michigan announced plans for reopening its campus for the fall semester. Students will be able to choose in-person, online, or hybrid classes. (July 21) 
  • Michigan State University is requiring faculty, staff and visitors to wear masks on campus otherwise they will be penalized. (June 26) 

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