COVID-19

MICHIGAN LAUNCHES COVID-19 VOLUNTEER WEBSITE

Medical professionals, everyday residents asked to save lives

LANSING, MICH. As Michigan’s healthcare system faces tremendous strains due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives.

Today Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS launched a new volunteer website, www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from businesses using their technology to manufacture personal protective equipment,” said Gov. Whitmer. “To bend the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must all work together as Michiganders. Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together.”

This website will serve as a single clearinghouse for Michiganders to join the fight against COVID-19. The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.

Residents with a background in public health, healthcare fields, or community organizing may assist with contact tracing. Contact tracing involves speaking with COVID-19-positive patients to determine the people they interacted with and locations they visited in the days prior to becoming infected.

“The time is now to save lives,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives. Michiganders in good health who want to serve seniors who are alone – safely, from a distance – please volunteer. You can save lives, too. If you’re ready to use your cell phone to trace infections to their source, please volunteer. You can save lives, too. Visit www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19.”

Easy-to-use-buttons on the website allow users to link to volunteer opportunities in their community, donate or give blood. The Michigan Community Service Commission within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is a partner in the new website as the state’s expert at using service as a strategy to address Michigan’s most pressing issues and empowering volunteers to strengthen communities.

The American Red Cross is also partnering with the state on the new site. As the demand for blood remains high during the pandemic, Whitmer and the Red Cross encourage eligible, healthy Michigan donors to go to RedCrossBlood.org and schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead. The Red Cross has implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures at blood drives.

Information around COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

President Trump Approves Governor Whitmer’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration 

Declaration Includes Support for Crisis Counseling, Emergency Protective Measures 

Governor Announces Delivery of 112,800 N95 masks from Strategic National Stockpile 

 

LANSING, Mich. -- Last night, President Trump approved Governor Whitmer’s request for a Major Disaster declaration in Michigan. The declaration means that Michigan is now eligible for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programming to provide relief for Michiganders impacted by the COVID-19 virus and measures to slow the spread of the virus. While Michigan made a broad request for aid in every Individual Assistance and Public Assistance program from the Individual Assistance category, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program and funding for Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category was also approved. 

 

“This is a good start, and it will help us protect Michiganders and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer. “I’m hopeful that the president will review my request for individual assistance programs that would provide meals to families who need them and rental assistance and temporary housing for families. I look forward to the federal government’s continued partnership as we work to fight this virus.” 

 

The Crisis Counseling Program is a direct-support program to provide services for those whose mental health has been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. The federal government also granted the governor’s request for emergency protective measures, including funding for transporting and pre-positioning equipment, Emergency Operation Center (EOC)-related costs, medical supplies and personal protective equipment, medical care and transport, and childcare. The governor’s request for Hazard Mitigation assistance to help provide relief during planning for recovery in the long-term is currently under review. 

 

While the relief package approved by congress on Friday will provide relief in some of the requested areas of individual assistance, including Unemployment Insurance Assistance and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programming (D-SNAP) under the Stafford Act, FEMA can also provide aid in these areas where they do not overlap with existing programs. Michigan requested assistance for both Disaster Unemployment Assistance and D-SNAP that have not yet been approved.   

 

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president requesting a major disaster declaration. The programs the governor requested to assist Michiganders during this time include, but are not limited to, the following categories of individual assistance: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Crisis Counseling, Disaster Case Management, Individuals and Households Program, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, and Voluntary Agency Coordination. If approved, these programs would provide direct assistance to Michiganders through state, tribal, and local partnerships with FEMA other agencies. Disasters hit the most vulnerable first, and the programs were requested to provide relief to the homeless, those looking for legal assistance, the loved ones of individuals lost to COVID-19, those without access to water, and more 

 

The governor also requested critical public assistance programs like Debris Removal, Emergency Protective Measures, Roads and Bridges, Water Control Facilities, Buildings and Equipment, Utilities, and Parks, Recreation, and Other Facilities. The strain on Michigan’s infrastructure during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has been great, and assistance is required to continue providing a safe and healthy Michigan for all. 

 

Michigan Receives 112,800 N95 Masks from Strategic National Stockpile 

Also today, Gov. Whitmer announced on Twitter that the State of Michigan received a shipment of 112,800 N95 masks from the strategic national stockpile this morning, with an additional shipment of 8,000 masks on the way. 

 

“This is great news for our front line health care workers,” said Gov. Whitmer. “We’ll keep working hard along with FEMA and the White House to get more of the personal protective equipment we need to keep Michiganders safe.” 

LANSING -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office issued the following statement today from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order:

"Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor's executive order, K-12 school food services are considered critical infrastructure and should continue. The governor deeply appreciates the vital work that our frontline school employees are doing every day to ensure that our kids have the food they need while the order is in effect."

 

March 23, 2020 

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.” 

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work. 

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page. 

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT). 

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:  

  • If you think you have symptoms of 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   

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.   

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.  

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/. 

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19. 

To view executive order 2020-21, click the link below:   

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

Allen Park Public Schools COVID-19 School Closings FAQs


When and for how long will schools be closed?

Allen Park Public Schools already agreed-upon calendar has Spring Break scheduled from April 6-10, 2020. As of March 16, 2020, schools will open on April 13, 2020. If this changes, we will notify the community via email, social media and our website.



Will APPS still be having the scheduled spring break during the week of April 6 - April 10, 2020?

Allen Park Public Schools already agreed-upon calendar has Spring Break scheduled from April 6-10, 2020. As of March 16, 2020, schools will open on April 13, 2020. If this changes, we will notify the community via email, social media and our website. At this time, we have not received any guidance from the Michigan Department of Education as it relates to the number of days or hours of instruction the State will require schools to reschedule, and the options made available to schools to do so. We anticipate receiving additional guidance from MDE in the coming days, and hope to answer this question as soon as possible.

 

Will I be able to pick up my child’s belongings from school? 

If students still have personal belongings/band instruments that need to be picked up, please refer to the following schedule:

APMS, APHS, APCS -- Thursday, March 19 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Elementary Families needing essential items -- please email your building principal to schedule an appointment on Thursday, March 19 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

There will be no access to buildings after March 19, 2020.

 

Will the buildings be open before April 13?

No. At this time, buildings are not scheduled to be opened or accessible by the general public. The district is taking this time to deep clean and prepare our buildings for use when schools return to regular session. Please check with your building administrator if you have a special request. 

 

Will athletic games and practices continue?

No. At this time, all scheduled games and practices are cancelled. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19. All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports. Updates will continue to be posted as necessary to the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus

 


Will my club or organization that is scheduled to use a school building be allowed to access the building?

 No. At this time, our buildings are not scheduled to be opened or accessible by the general public. The district is taking this time to deep clean and prepare our buildings for use when schools return to regular session.

 

My child is having trouble coping with this pandemic.

 The following resources from the National Association of School Psychologists and the World Health Organization is helpful for parents and caregivers in talking to and supporting children through this time:

  

Will my child need to complete homework or other school required assignments?

 APPS teachers and administrators are providing students and families with resources to support continuation of meaningful learning during school closures, however, we are not suggesting that this replaces instruction. We encourage students to continue their learning through these and other resources, which are not being assigned as homework or otherwise required for grading or assessment. Please look on this page of our website for updates and district communication. 

 

How can I contact my child’s teacher?

During the school closure, teachers will be providing supplemental instruction through Google Classroom. If you have any questions, or need assistance related to the instructional needs of your child, please contact your teacher or building administrator via e-mail.  Since no one is in the offices at the buildings, voicemail messages will not be received. Please use email to communicate any questions or needs. All staff email addresses can be found on the Contact Us tab of the District website.

 

Will M-STEP and SAT testing be suspended?

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability (OEAA) has reported that they are partnering with assessment vendors to provide more flexibility in all our state assessments (M-STEP, MI-Access, SAT, PSAT, WorkKeys, and WIDA) that would allow for their successful completion. School closure due to the public health emergency has created significant concerns about test preparation, test administration, and potential student results. MDE leadership has conveyed these concerns to the U.S. Department of Education and will advocate for maximum flexibility as it relates to state testing. We will continue to monitor and provide you with updated information as it becomes available.

 

How will the school closure affect my third grader and the Third Grade Reading Law?

At this time, we have not received any guidance from the Michigan Department of Education as it relates to the impact on the Third Grade Reading law. We will continue to monitor and provide you with updated information as it becomes available. We encourage families to continue to reference the district Read by Grade Three resources until further information is available.

 

What about families who do not have internet access?

If you need assistance with a wifi connection Comcast is helping out (click link)! A survey has been sent to our community to support technology needs:   Please complete by Wednesday, March 18 by 3pm so we can ensure students have what they need to access their Google Classroom. The survey can be accessed HERE.

 

Will school lunches be available for those who rely on them?

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has received a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allows providers of school meals to serve meals without having to keep children together and on-site. This waiver allows districts to explore creative options for feeding children who depend on these meals even if the school building is closed.  Breakfast and lunch meals, served under the program called Unanticipated School Closure SFSP, are available to all children at no cost. Allen Park Public Schools is offering breakfast and lunch M-F between 9-11 am at the back (athletic) entrance of the high school (door 13). If you have not already done so, please complete the survey HERE so we can adequately plan to have meals available.

  

How can parents help?

  • Take advantage of the resources provided, and consider having your child(ren) spend time with these learning opportunities each day. Students thrive on structure, so carving out time for learning will help them maintain some sense of normalcy in an otherwise uncertain time.

  • Ensure that all family members follow the guidelines provided by the Governor and MDHHH to slow the spread of COVID-19. The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 continues to be:

    • 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.

    • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.

    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

    • Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and hand sanitizer.

    • Disinfect common area surfaces and objects, especially phones and items that may touch your face.

    • Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.

 

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

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Governor Whitmer Statement on Instructional Time During School Closure

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement regarding instructional time during school closure.

"Earlier today the Michigan Department of Education issued a memo regarding Instructional Time During School Closure. I know it caused a lot of confusion and panic among schools, teachers, students, and families. I wanted to provide some clarification from the perspective of the Governor’s Office.

"The memo does not mean that school work done during the mandatory school closure won’t 'count' toward grades, credits, or graduation. Each district should determine what services and supports they are able to provide during this unprecedented crisis. Many are focusing on meeting basic needs and are working around the clock to provide breakfast and lunch for hungry students. Other districts have the ability to provide more learning support as a result of one-to-one technology initiatives. I am in awe of the work that school employees are doing to support their kids and I applaud their efforts.

"As you know, the situation has changed rapidly over the course of the past ten days. We do not know what the future will hold, but we are absolutely committed to ensuring the needs of our students, parents, and families are met as we navigate these uncharted waters. I will be working in the coming days to ensure our seniors graduate and that no child is held back as a result of our ability to provide face-to-face instruction during the COVID-19 school closure.

"To teachers, administrators, and support staff – I thank you for stepping up and helping your students and families.

To students and especially parents, hang in there. We will get through this."

The Detroit Field Office would like to thank everyone for all they are doing to stay safe and work through this difficult time.  Like a few days ago, I thought it might be best to send out an email that includes and updates the information, resources, and links relating to COVID-19.  This is a rapidly changing list and it is by no means inclusive.  All sites are in the public domain, so feel free to forward to anyone else who may benefit from the information.  If you have any information you would like to add please let me know.

 

Links that are newly added that were not included in the previous email are noted as: NEW

Links and information that has been updated since the previous email are noted as: UPDATED

 

Important COVID-19 Websites:

 

HUD Resources/Links:

 

Childcare and School Websites:

 

Other Government Websites:

 

Business Closures/Help:

 

Non-Profit Assistance:

 

NEW: Free Educational Online Shopping Resources:

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Enhancing Operational Capacity and Efficiency in Hospitals 

  

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-13, to temporarily lift regulatory requirements on hospitals and care facilities and help ensure an adequate number of health care providers available to patients during the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Under the executive order, effective immediately and until Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59pm, The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) may take steps to ensure more people receive care. 

 

Executive Order 2020-13 grants LARA and DHHS authority to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online during the COVID-19 emergency. The order also empowers LARA to ensure an adequate supply of care providers during the emergency by granting the department additional flexibility in its decisions about licensing, registration, and workflow requirements. 

 

“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen before, and we must do everything we can to ensure care for the most people,” said Governor Whitmer. “This executive order will help expand capacity so more people can access the care they need while we work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. I will continue to work quickly with our partners in state government and with hospitals and care facilities to protect Michigan families.” 

 

“Governor Whitmer is working around the clock with state government officials and our partners in the health care industry to ensure access to care for Michiganders,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “This executive order will help us meet that goal and help people across the state access the care they need. It’s a critical step at a time when we need all hands on deck to address this crisis.” 

 

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: 

  • 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  

 

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.  

 

To view executive order 2020-13, click the link below:  

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This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please check the CDC COVID-19 website periodically for updated interim guidance.

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities. Schools play an important role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, schools should take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within their school community. Schools should prepare to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students and staff should local health officials identify such a need.

Schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. School plans should be designed to complement other community mitigation strategies to protect high risk populations and the healthcare system, and minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination. Plans should build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for beforeduring, and after a possible outbreak.

 

 

How COVID-19  Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.

 

Public health and other experts will take calls from residents and answer questions regarding health. People can also be directed to local resources and services available through state government departments.
The hotline will be run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
1-888-535-6136.
Allen Park Public School Staff, Students, and Families Update,
 
Allen Park Public Schools will be closed for students and staff effective immediately, Friday, March 13, 2020. 
 
This is a result of Governor Whitmer’s order to close all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. 
 
Allen Park  Public Schools spring break will take place from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 12th. Students will return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.
 
Thank you,
Michael H Darga, Superintendent
Allen Park Public Schools
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gov. Whitmer made an announcement tonight that she is closing ALL K-12 Schools in the state of Michigan for 3 weeks - Monday, March 16 - April 5th.  
 
Based on this information, staff members will NOT be reporting to their buildings tomorrow , Friday, March 13th. I feel we need more direction from the Governor's office on what is expected during this extended break.  
 
Please keep in mind that this is an ever changing situation. Districts have a lot of questions, we will continue to work through our organizations and Wayne RESA.  
 
Please continue to monitor your email for updates. 
 
Thank you,
Mike D.
 

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People 

Order follows new CDC guidance on large events and mass gatherings 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-11, to prohibit all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00am.  

Executive Order 2020-11 changes the temporary restrictions imposed on events and assemblages by Executive Order 2020-5, to correspond with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWhen the new restrictions go into effect, Executive Order 2020-5 will be rescinded. This order does not change the scope of restrictions imposed by Executive Order 2020-5 as to the closure of elementary school buildings and secondary school buildings. 

The new restrictions on events and assemblages go into effect on March 17, 2020 at 9:00am, and will remain in place, like the school closure restrictions, until April 5, 2020 at 5:00pm.  

This order provides an exception from its prohibition on assemblages for health care facilities, workplaces not open to the public, the state legislature, mass transit, the purchase of groceries or consumer goods, and the performance of agricultural or construction work.  

“My number one priority remains to protect the most people we can from the spread of coronavirus,” said Governor Whitmer. “We are all better off when all of us are healthy, and that’s especially true for the most vulnerable. These aggressive actions are aimed at saving lives. 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. We are going to pull through this together, just as Michigan has done in the past.” 

“The purpose of the Executive Order, and taking actions like these, is to limit close contact between individuals because of the specific way the virus spreads through respiratory droplets,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “These are very difficult decisions, but I believe together we can work to make the necessary adjustments to contain the pandemic and support one another.” 

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. 

Beaumont’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 Hotline provides accurate information regarding COVID-19 symptoms, as well as virtual screening for individuals experiencing symptoms, officials said. Beaumont nurses will answer questions and assist patients with treating symptoms at home, following up with primary physicians and seeking treatment at an emergency center.

Beaumont urges patients with COVID-19 symptoms to call the hotline before being examined by a physician, officials said.

  • Beaumont Coronavirus/COVID-19 Hotline: 248-551-7000
  • Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday

The Detroit Medical Center established an after hours COVID-19 hotline for anyone with questions regarding the virus.

Wayne County’s Health Division is operating a hotline for information about COVID-19.

  • Wayne County Coronavirus Hotline: 734-287-7870
  • Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Oakland County also established a Help Hotline after declaring a state of emergency today. The hotline will address residents’ non-health needs, such as food or housing assistance, according to officials. Callers with specific needs will be appropriately redirected, officials said.

  • Oakland County Help Hotline: 248-858-1000
  • Open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

In response to the financial hardships that COVID-19 can pose on affected families in Southeastern Michigan, United Way has launched a Community Health Fund to assist partner organizations and their response efforts, officials said.

United Way also hosts a hotline to help people access necessary resources during times of crisis.

  • United Way Hotline: 2-1-1
  • Open 24 hours a day
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March 23, 2020

 

Whitmer Administration: School Food Service Considered Critical Infrastructure, Should Continue

 

LANSING -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office issued the following statement today from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order:

"Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor's executive order, K-12 school food services are considered critical infrastructure and should continue. The governor deeply appreciates the vital work that our frontline school employees are doing every day to ensure that our kids have the food they need while the order is in effect."