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Dingell Update: September 10,2020

Washington, September 10, 2020
Here is an update for September 10th. 
 
Thought of the day: "Maybe when social distancing is a thing of the past, we'll hug a little harder, hold on a little longer, and remember that nothing matters more than the time we spend with the people we love." — Lori Deschene
 
Yesterday, Michigan reported 783 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths related to the virus. This brings the states total death count to 6,552 and total state wide cases to 108,595. Deaths and hospitalizations related to the virus have dropped in recent months, but we still have hundreds of new cases a day. As we head into the fall, scientists believe the virus will remain a threat — temperatures will drop, gatherings will move indoors, and schools will reopen. How we act now determines how serious the virus is in the fall.
 
Governor Whitmer signed legislation that would provide funding for an extra $300 a week in enhanced Federal unemployment benefits. If you remember, last month the President signed an executive order on this. For thousands of unemployed Michiganders the signing of this legislation is good news, but does not offer a long-term solution to those in need. What Michiganders need is long-term assistance through the entire extent of this pandemic. That’s only possible if the President & the Senate work with House Democrats on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package.
 
Gyms in Michigan have reopened. The reopening comes following an executive order from Governor Whitmer. Under the new order, gyms are required to have a 25% capacity and face masks will be required inside gyms at all times. It’s important that all gyms follow these requirements and put the safety of Michiganders first. We all know it’s been a long 6 months for gym owners, but we cannot forget to be safe. 
 
Earlier this week, it was reported that one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine trials led by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca was put on hold due to an adverse reaction from a participant in the United Kingdom. Just yesterday, we learned that the participant experienced neurological symptoms consistent with a rare but serious spinal inflammatory disorder called transverse myelitis. We must make sure all vaccine trials remain safe.  We will provide an update when we learn more on what this means for the future COVID-19 vaccine trials.

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

Arabic language resources مصادر اللغة العربية
• عزل COVID-19 والحجر الصحي
• صحيفة وقائع COVID-19
• COVID-19 ما تحتاج إلى معرفته عن
• اغسل يديك
 
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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