Dingell update: July 30, 2020
Washington, July 30, 2020
Here is an update for July 30th.
Thought of the day: “Walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.” — John Lewis
Our nation has hit 150,000 deaths related to COVID-19. Nationally, we reported over 63,000 cases. Michigan reported 996 new cases — this is an uptick in cases. Unemployment has also increased, with 1,434,000 Americans last week filing initial claims for unemployment. If you or anyone you know needs to file for unemployment, please visit here.
Today is the funeral of John Lewis and I will be in Atlanta to say my final goodbye. Yesterday, we gathered on the Capitol Steps as he left the Capitol for the final leg of his journey on earth. I leave you with this farewell essay John Lewis asked the New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral. Goodbye, my dear friend.
Michigan health officials have announced they are working on a plan to use text messaging for contact tracing. We will provide an update when we learn more — what number you will receive the text from, etc. Once the program is launched, and you receive a text from the Michigan Health Department, please respond. Contact tracing is incredibly helpful in tracking and learning more about the virus.
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.
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.