Oakland County Rolls Out New Tools To keep Residents Informed

Oakland County has unveiled a heatmap of where Coronavirus is in the county. MORE:

Posted by FOX 2 Detroit on Monday, March 30, 2020

Oakland County unveils a heatmap of the COVID-19 cases by zipcode at the press conference today, Monday, March 30th, 2020. Using this heatmap, you can find exact areas and numbers of confirmed cases. Oakland County is the second hardest hit county in the state of Michigan. You can track the using this map here.

Oakland County Plans To Create $3 Million Stabilization Fund For Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

Oakland County Executive David Coulter and Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward joined together today to announce plans to create a $3 million small business stabilization fund to provide immediate help for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Restaurants Providing Meals of Homeless shelters in Pontiac

Two local restaurants launching county-funded meal delivery for “HOPE” and “Lighthouse” shelters this weekend. With the escalating pandemic and need for social distancing it quickly became clear it wasn’t ideal for those in the shelter or volunteers to be co-mingling. The shelters reached out the Oakland County Executive to discuss funds part of the stimulus package. The county also plans to connect with smaller shelters and others that need food assistance in the coming week.

Highest Concentration of Oakland County Coronavirus Cases in Four Communities

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits.The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.

Michigan increases COVID-19 spending by $150 million

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she is considering using her executive powers during an emergency to order the early release of low-risk and/or vulnerable state prisoners. Whitmer also signed supplemental spending bills to increase spending on the COVID-19 crisis by $150 million, while using her line-item veto powers to delete proposed items not related to fighting the pandemic.

Detroit Auto Show Canceled

Due to the COVID-19, the 2020 North American International Auto Show in Detroit has been canceled this year because the Federal Emergency Management Agency chose the TCF Center to become a field hospital for COVID-19 cases for at least six months. The cancellation is another blow to the region’s hospitality industry that usually brings in 800,000 paying customers. For now, the space is needed as a field hospital in the state’s largest growing region for COVID-19 cases.

Detroit and Chicago Areas are Emerging Coronavirus Hot Spots

The White House on Thursday identified the Chicago and Detroit areas as two potential hot spots for coronavirus cases as the disease spreads in pockets of the U.S. President Trump earlier Thursday outlined in a letter to governors a plan to classify each county in the U.S. as either high-risk, medium-risk or low-risk in a bid to loosen restrictions in certain areas that have hampered economic activity.

GM Cuts Paychecks of Salaried Workforce and Executives

General Motors Co.’s decision to cut its salaried workforce’s pay by 20% with the promise of payback and interest demonstrates the dramatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but that its implications are expected to be only temporary. There are over 40,000 salaried employees in the United States. The company is pushing the move for up to six months, a spokesman said Thursday, as the Detroit automaker extends plant shutdowns indefinitely in North America. But GM would repay its employees the reductions with interest later this year or early 2021.

Northern Michigan to Downstate Residents: Stay Home During Coronavirus!

If you have a cabin or property up north, the Yoopers and Northerners are asking for you to stay home in the south. There is a concern with smaller hospitals being overwhelmed in northern communities. Northern Michiganders polity would like to keep your city-germs at home.

Golf Courses are Listed as Non-Essential

Despite being an outdoor activity, the state of Michigan has ruled golf courses in Michigan a non-essential activity. Although golfing can be considered an independent sport, it may be safer to keep the courses closed. The many golf courses across the state are on stand-by and waiting for any changes or updates regarding the sport.

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