Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-51 yesterday evening (4/15) which expands the capacity of child care services for first responders, health care workers, and essential workers until May 13. All disaster relief child case centers must also do a health evaluation of anyone who enters the facility, every time they enter. Read this article to see who qualifies.
Cars were backed up over a mile leading towards the capital building last night (4/15). The reason; thousands of people gathered in protest of Governor Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order, which they consider to be so strict that it’s impeding on their 1st and 4th amendment rights. Frustration seems to be building as we all continue to fight COVID-19.
The University of Michigan has posted a new website to help answer questions about federal stimulus checks. The website offers a step-by-step process to help you make sure the IRS has your proper information. Stimulus checks by mail could take up to 5 months, so visit this website today to get informed and get in line.
Some of you, especially those working on your yards, may have noticed that Toronto-based company GFL had announced they will discontinue picking up yard waste this week. This decision however was reversed by GFL Environmental. They expect to be running behind for a few days, however they plan on catching up by the end of the week. GFL services dozens of communities in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb County.
Oakland County, in partnership with Honor Community Health, is offering drive-through coronavirus testing in Pontiac starting Thursday (4/16). Testing hours are from 9am-5pm, and officials believe testing capacity will reach about 250 tests per day by next week. Oakland County has identified Pontiac as an area with the fewest residents tested.
Pine Lake Country Club, out of West Bloomfield, has donated 400 dinners to health care workers at Henry Ford Hospital. The culinary team and Pine Lake’s executive chef, Eric Avila, prepared enough meals to cover all the housekeepers, doctors, administrative staff, and nurses of Henry Ford Hospital’s entire night shift.
There’s an upbeat video beginning to circulate on YouTube thanking health care workers at the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield. You can click on the YouTube link here to view it. Civic Center TV & 89.3 Lakes FM would like to thank all our health care heroes out there!
Here are the updated COVID-19 numbers in Oakland county, broken down by zip code. This is the latest update as of early Wednesday (4/15) evening. If you’re curious about how the coronavirus has impacted people in your immediate area then please visit this site.
Over 22,000 Michigan citizens have been infected by the coronavirus, and over 1,600 people have died from it. In Oakland County alone, there’s been over 5,000 reported cases and nearly 350 deaths. That is why Oakland County officials have issued a new health order requiring all essential workers to wear face masks on the job. All essential businesses within Oakland County are to comply with this new health order by April 27.
On Monday, April 12 Governor Whitmer signed an executive order that temporarily extends to expiration of commercial vehicle registrations, state ID cards, and valid driver’s licenses that would have normally expired during the state’s emergency declaration through April 30. The temporary extension will go all the way to June 30.
Gathering the most accurate data around the COVID-19 outbreak has been an important issue from the start. And it’s starting to look like a disproportionate amount of African Americans are being hit by the virus. This raises many important questions, and that’s why Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman and State Representative Tyrone Carter are pushing for the ethnicity of people suffering from COVID-19 be reported. Pontiac is currently suffering with about 43 infected residents per 10,000. Official state numbers seem to be indicating that over one-third of all infections in Michigan are hitting black residents, and only 14% of the state’s population is African American.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is buying back liquor from restaurants and bars during the state’s emergency declaration. The executive order allowing this was signed by Governor Whitmer on Monday, April 12. Whitmer was quoted as saying, “Michigan’s 8,500 on-premises liquor licensees continue to make unprecedented sacrifices to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our state. This buy-back program will help our bars and restaurants critical to Michigan’s economy weather the storm through this challenging time in our history.”
On Thursday, April 16 Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow will be holding a town hall. You can visit here to post any questions. The town hall goes live at 7pm.
Desi and Victoria Johnson want the West Bloomfield community to stay fit during the pandemic. They are offering free fitness classes for the month of April. Their entire business model has gone virtual, so you can stay connected and stay in shape. Victoria Johnson is also a respiratory therapist, so it’s no exaggeration to say this couple is staying busy. You can check out Desi’s website here, and you can find more information about their free classes on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
Starting now, Michigan.gov has opened up applications for unemployment benefits for self-employed, contractors and gig workers. If you’re a 1099-independent contractor you can apply for federal benefits at Michigan.gov/UIA. Eligible self-employed workers, gig workers, low-wage workers, and 1099-independent contractors will begin to federal funds as early as April 20th.
Michigan is now the first state in the country to be approved for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program. The Pandemic EBT program’s goal is to provide additional funds to families in need of assistance. Its aim, to keep school-aged children fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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