COVID-19 News Updates

COVID-19 Updates: National & Local

Michigan.Gov Coronavirus Website

To stay up to date on all Michigan COVID-19 announcements, regulations, news, and updates the above website is the best resource for reliable information. Below are some of the most recent press releases from Governor Gretchen Whitmer. A full list can be found here.

June 3 – Governor Whitmer Appoints Educators, Parents, Students to COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council

June 2 – Governor Whitmer, Department of Insurance and Financial Services Announce Order Requiring Auto Insurance Refunds Due to COVID-19

June 1 – Governor Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Moves Michigan to Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan

“LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan

The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations.” KEEP READING HERE.

May 28 – Secretary of State Branch Offices to Reopen June 1 by Appointment Only; Updated renewal mailers will provide additional information on easiest means of conducting transactions

May 27 – Consumer Alert: UIA Warns of Imposter Unemployment Claims; Criminals attempting to illegally obtain benefits using stolen and falsified data

May 23 – Michigan Announces Change in Reporting of COVID-19 Testing Data

May 21 – Governor Whitmer Reopens Auto Dealerships and Retail Businesses by Appointment, Authorizes Nonessential Medical, Dental and Veterinary Procedures

May 19 – Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Permitting Early Refills for up to 90-days’ Supply of Pharmaceuticals, Relaxing Regulatory Limitations on Pharmacy Operation

May 15 – MIOSHA Workplace Guidelines, New Hotline to Protect Michigan Workers; Employers Must take necessary precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19

May 14 – Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Evictions

May 13 – MEDC Expands Two Community Development Programs, Launches New Website to Support Small Business and Downtown COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

May 12 – State Supports $1.5 Million Fund to Help Small Businesses Recover, Pivot in Response to COVID-19

Information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Michigan Small Business Relief Grant

Wayne County, the Detroit Economic Development Corporation (DEGC), the City of Detroit, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), present this grant opportunity. Small businesses in Wayne County can apply for this program by heading to the DEGC website.

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Reopens Manufacturing as Part of her MI Safe Start Plan

“Michigan’s Big 3 Auto Manufacturers Can Return to Work on May 11th

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. The governor’s order will allow manufacturing workers, including those at Michigan’s Big 3 auto companies, to resume work on Monday, May 11 as part of her MI Safe Start Plan.” LEARN MORE HERE.

Statewide Emergency Alert Issued for Stay Home, Stay Safe Order
March 23, 2020 –  “To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must 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.” LEARN MORE HERE.

Consumers Energy to Suspend Shutoffs for Seniors, Low Income Customers in Wake of COVID-19​
March 16, 2020 –  “Consumers Energy is committed to the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and communities. The COVID-19 virus has created unprecedented circumstances around the world, and we have a responsibility to help slow the spread of this illness.

Recognizing that many of our customers are in a position where they are unable to work, we are suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers beginning March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020.  These timeframes could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus.”

DTE Suspends Shutoffs / Extends Senior Program in Response to COVID-19
March 14, 2020 – “DTE Energy’s number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and customers. We make every effort, every day, to ensure we deliver energy to our more than 3 million customers. We have well established processes that provide financial assistance to hundreds of thousands of customers who, at times, need help to ensure their energy delivery is uninterrupted.

In the face of this global coronavirus pandemic, we are on high alert to help those customers whose lives are being disrupted. As a result, we are suspending shutoffs for non-payment for those customers who are low income eligible, effective immediately through April 5, 2020. This timing could be extended depending on the impact that the virus has on our communities. Those customers enrolled in our Senior Winter Protection Program have had their end dates automatically extended through May 3, 2020 without additional actions required on their part.”

Wayne County Health Department
The Wayne County Health Department website has provided information for the public in regard to COVID-19. Please click here to view their latest news articles.