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Gov. Whitmer’s Request to Extend Use of Michigan National Guard to Combat COVID-19 Approved

Michigan Business Network
June 3, 2020 3:00 PM

Approved by President Trump   

Michigan to Continue Utilizing National Guard to Combat COVID-19 as Part of Reopening State’s Economy

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan National Guard will continue its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic after President Donald Trump extended federal deployment known as Title 32 authority until Aug. 21. The extension comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president on May 27 urging him to extend Title 32 authority.

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Governor Whitmer Calls on the White House to Help States with Testing, Budget Shortfalls

Michigan Business Network
June 3, 2020 8:00 AM

in Testimony to Congress Gov. Whitmer  highlights Michigan’s aggressive action against COVID-19 in remote testimony 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, in testimony delivered remotely before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Governor Whitmer called on the federal government to help states like Michigan ensure and promote widespread testing for COVID-19. The governor also highlighted the aggressive action Michigan has taken in the fight against COVID-19, including the state’s efforts to secure personal protective equipment for frontline workers, expand testing capacity and eligibility, and address health disparities in communities of color.

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We Stand in Solidarity on the Current Situation of Injustice

Michigan Business Network
June 3, 2020 6:00 AM

Joint Statement by Three Ethnic Commission Chairs 

We, the Chairs of three ethnic commissions of Michigan – Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, and Hispanic Latino Commission, join with the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II in expressing empathy and concerns for people in communities of color across the nation and right here in Michigan who are feeling a sense of exhaustion and desperation. We stand in solidarity with our communities seeking equitable justice for everyone in our state. We cannot live in a society and a country where our rights and our dignity are not equal for all.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order To Protect Migrant Agricultural Workers

Michigan Business Network
June 2, 2020 12:00 PM

- Workers Living in Congregate Housing   

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday signed Executive Order 2020-111, which provides additional requirements and procedures to keep agricultural workers and the food supply safe from the effects of COVID-19. 

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International Trade: June Newsletter

Michigan Business Network
June 2, 2020 6:00 AM

USMCA is set for implementation
July 1, 2020 – Are you ready?

Van Andel Global Trade Center is offering two virtual trainings to cover general USMCA requirements as well as automotive specific topics to prepare companies for the July 1 implementation.

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Peters Joins Effort to Direct Nation’s Top Health Agencies to Publicly Share Information on Testing Supply Inventory

Michigan Business Network
June 1, 2020 5:00 PM

DETROIT, MI U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped introduce legislation directing federal agencies to compile and publicly share real-time information about testing supply inventory and shortages. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals, health care systems, nursing homes and first responders have struggled to obtain tests and other critical supplies needed to adequately protect public health and contain the spread of the Coronavirus. The COVID-19 Testing Inventory Act would instruct the federal agencies leading the nation’s Coronavirus response efforts to publish key information on the nation’s testing capabilities, including the supply of diagnostic tests available nationally and distribution of tests by location.

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

Michigan Business Network
June 1, 2020 4:00 PM

Retailers, restaurants will be permitted to open with capacity limits, social distancing  

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.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Orders Extending Protections for Consumers, Grocery Store Employees

Michigan Business Network
June 1, 2020 12:00 PM

 and Vulnerable Residents   

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-109 and 2020-108, which extend existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies, and maintain restrictions regarding entry to care facilities designed to protect vulnerable populations, while allowing the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to gradually open visitation as circumstances permit.

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Opportunity to Sign up for the MI Symptoms Web Application

Michigan Business Network
June 1, 2020 11:00 AM

MI Symptoms Web Application

In an effort to help reopening businesses safely reengage in the economy, the MI Symptoms Web Application is a cost-free way for employers to comply with Executive Order 2020-97 and implement a COVID-19 symptoms screening questionnaire for employees.

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Michigan College Access Network awards eight additional COVID-19 response grants

Michigan Business Network
June 1, 2020 10:00 AM

Eight grants totaling $34,487 awarded to
support postsecondary attainment efforts across Michigan 

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has awarded $34,487 in its second round of COVID-19 Response Grants to eight organizations in Michigan. These grants help Michigan high schools, Local College Access Networks, community-based nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions support emergent postsecondary projects and programs in their communities.

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