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Dingell Update: July 27

Washington, July 27, 2020
Here is an update for July 27th. 
 
Thought of the day: "You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light … Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” — John Lewis

Yesterday, Michigan reported 1,041 new COVID-19 cases. This brought Michigan's total to 78,019 cases. The reason for the large number of cases reported yesterday is because there was a delay in processing laboratory result referrals from Friday evening through Saturday morning, according to the Health Department. Sunday's report also includes cases that would have been included in Saturday's report but were not processed in time. This tells us two things: cases are still continuing in the wrong direction and testing is taking too long.
 
Tonight 6:00pm, you can join me and education leaders for a discussion on COVID-19 and school safety. Teachers, school staff, children, and families are all concerned about what the school year will look like in the fall. It’s important we have an open discussion on what school in the fall should look like and what steps everyone can take to ensure everyone feels safe. Click on the image below to RSVP.
The cliff continues to approach for too many this week, and the Senate continues to play games on the next COVID-19 relief package. The Senate and the White House want to briefly pause negotiations with Democrats and pass a much narrower bill that prioritizes an extension a $600 federal unemployment benefit this week. This is something Democrats have said we are not interested in and let me explain why. There are many more things needed, like rent and mortgage relief, stimulus checks, direct aid to local governments and schools, food supply, testing and tracing programs, and so on. Funding for all of this was included in the House passed Heroes Act. What we need is the President and Leader McConnell to join Democrats in the House to support the work we did and help the American people.
 
Today, the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccine trial began with 30,000 people. The trial is being conducted by the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical company Moderna. These trials are incredibly important and help us learn important information about the potential vaccine: if it works, if it is safe, and what side effects there may be. We will provide you an update when we learn more on the trial. 
 
So today we leave you with a shorter update and hope you can enjoy the Tiger’s game tonight for what will no doubt be the strangest opening day at Comerica Park. Go Tigers!

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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