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Coronavirus update: May 23, 2020

Washington, May 23, 2020
Here is an update for May 23rd.
 
Thought of the day: “Nothing can be done except little by little.” — Charles Baudelaire

Governor Whitmer extended Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12. The data is shows we are making progress and that Stay Home and Stay Safe has been working. Right now, I’m most concerned about a second wave. Protecting our neighbors and loved ones includes staying safer at home. Everyone knows how important it is to get back to work and get the economy driving again. Governor Whitmer is working responsibly to slowly loosen restrictions on construction, manufacturing, landscaping, retail and more. It’s going to be a long process, but health and safety are our number one priority.

Today marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend. A weekend usually marked with traditions, honor, and the start of the summer recreation season. Its important we all still remain connected but that we all stay safe. Now is the time to find new traditions and explore new ways.

The National Park Service and a number of national parks are offering virtual experiences to commemorate Memorial Day. I can’t think of a better way to reflect upon those who provided the ultimate sacrifice in honor of their country by seeing the greatest natural spaces our great country has to offer. John loved the outdoors, and the time he spent as a Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park was the best summer of his life. Click here for a schedule of Memorial Day events from our national parks, and click here for more recreation activities from the National Park Service this weekend.

I’m consistently inspired by young people and their perseverance and dedication. The cast of the Spring musical at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor released one of the songs they were supposed to perform this year - the musical had to be cancelled because of COVID, but they were able to practice this one before the shutdown and since they’ve been home. They were going to be performing Les Miserables this Spring. Click here to watch their beautiful performance of One Day More.

Team Dingell is here seven days a week and wants to listen and help. It isn’t as smooth as we want on some issues, but we will never stop fighting for you. Call our office at 313-278-2936 or contact us through Facebook or our webpage.
 
New information becomes available every day. 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. Remember, stay home, stay safe, save lives.

Coronavirus information

File for unemployment

Small Businesses can apply for low-interest disaster loans

Navigating Social Security Benefits
 
School Based Food Service Interactive Map
 
Food Banks and Kitchens in Michigan's 12th Congressional District
 
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, or 888-535-6136.
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