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Coronavirus update: March 23, 2020

Washington, March 23, 2020
Here’s an update for Monday, March 23.
 
Thought of the day: Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.
 
Below is a list of resources and information that can be helpful during this time. Please share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues.
 
Coronavirus information

File for unemployment

Small Businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans
 
School Based Food Service Interactive Map
 
Food Banks and Kitchens in Michigan's 12th Congressional District
 
The first responsibility all of us in Congress is address this public health crisis. Congress must work out a deal that will address this health crisis and help the hardworking men and women of this country. People are getting sick and hospitals are starting to run out of protective gear and masks. The economy needs stabilization too. The common good must come first and none of us in Congress can forget that. 
 
Today Governor Whitmer announced a stay at home order for Michigan. This is a tough decision but the right one. It’s important to remember not to panic, not to hoard, and to supply safe.

YOU CAN:
• Go to the grocery store or pick up take-out food. 
• Go to the pharmacy to pick up a needed prescription.
• Engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, biking. 
• Go to the hospital or secure any care necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve your health or the health of a loved one. 
• Fill your car with gas.
• Return to Michigan to a home or place of residence from outside the State. 
• Leave the State for a home or residence elsewhere. 
• Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian for needed medical care.

YOU MAY NOT:
• Leave the home to work unless your employer designates you as a critical infrastructure worker. 
• Participate in any public gatherings. 
• Visit someone in the hospital, nursing home, or other residential care facilities (with limited exceptions). 
• Go to the mall or to restaurants.

Wednesday at 5:00pm I’m hosting my third telephone town hall. I will remain available, even under these circumstances. We all need to understand what’s being done to help us get through this crisis. Sign up here.
 
Please everyone stay inside, it will save lives. Listen to scientists. It’s hard for me too, I love being out and talking to people. We have a personal responsibility to protect others more vulnerable in our community. So stay home, read that book you’ve been looking at, clean your home, and stay safe. We must do this together. 

Contact numbers for people looking for information are:
• Centers for Disease Control, cdc.gov/coronavirus, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
Michigan.gov/coronavirus, Call 2-1-1 or 734-287-7870 from within Michigan to connect with help of all kinds including food, housing, healthcare, and more.
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