Yesterday (7/7) Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and four other states announced they are suing the U.S. Department of Education for attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools. The lawsuit names Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as a defendant. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, “Today’s announcement is about stopping the Trump administration’s latest effort to steal from working families to give it to the very privileged.” Please click here to read more.
Small businesses in Michigan with fewer than 50 employees will soon get to apply for a share of $100 million in grants. The Michigan Strategic Fund board voted yesterday (7/7) to dedicate a portion of the state’s funding from the CARES Act. President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Mark Burton says, “The funding is so critical to our state’s economic well-being. We see that there’s a need out there.” President of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Brian Calley says, “The move comes at a really important time. The financial suffering among the smallest of businesses is really severe.” Please click here to read more.
Michigan residents under 40 years old are now making up over half of all the new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lynn Suftin says, “We saw it — tables being pulled together, people standing in line not social distancing or wearing masks. Young people are doing what young people do: eating and drinking and losing inhibitions.” It marks a dramatic shift to who’s testing positive now as the fastest growing segment are people between 20-29. Please click here to read more.
Over 38,000 residents filings are still being held up due to ID issues and over 200,000 people are being held up due to non-monetary issues. Since mid-March the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has seen over 2.4 million claimants for benefits, paid out $15 billion, and more than 97% of those who’ve filed have received at least one payment. Many are asking why UIA offices have remained closed.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its advice for safely resuming youth sports amid the pandemic. The include avoiding physical contact like fist bumps and hugs, and focusing on individual skills and limiting full contact between players to only gamedays. The CDC recommends that staff, coaches, and parents wear face coverings and that players should have their own equipment. Each sport will present its own unique set of challenges however. Please click here to read more.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke with CNN yesterday (7/7) morning and said the state could “dial back” reopening if the number of COVID-19 cases continues its rising trend. Whitmer said, “If they keep moving up, we’re going to dial back if we have to. That’s the last thing any of us wants.” Governor Whitmer recently ordered indoor service at bars to close. While most of the state remains in phase-4 of the MI Safe Start Plan, norther regions of Michigan are in phase-5. Whitmer said she will not be bullied into moving before it’s safe. Please click here to read more.
Yesterday (7/7) Michigan passed the sobering mark of over 6,000 deaths from COVID-19. The state reported 454 new cases, and 30 additional deaths. There are about 1,100 more active cases this week than last week, with a total of 7,100. It should be noted however that 20 out of the 30 additional deaths were identified during a records review, therefore there were only 10 new deaths over the last 24 hours. Total number of Michigan residents who’ve had COVID-19 is now at 66,627 with a total of 6,005 deaths.
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