Dingell Update: September 25, 2020
Washington, September 25, 2020
Here is an update for September 25th.
Thought of the day: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Michigan has now reached 6,700 deaths from COVID and nears 120,000 cases. Across the state, Michigan has 127 outbreaks (two or more cases with a link by place and time of shared exposure outside of a household). Watching closely serious outbreaks in Europe and the rest of the country, we have to brace for the fall and take safety measures seriously: wear masks, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and take symptoms seriously.
Johnson & Johnson has begun the final stage for it’s COVID-19 vaccine. Ensuring the safety and efficacy of a vaccine is critical. It’s deeply concerning when Trump claimed the Administration could overrule the FDA and it’s vaccine guidelines. The development, testing, and distribution of a possible vaccine must be based on science, guided by science, and led with science – not politics or political pressure. This is a serious matter, the health and safety of Americans depends on a safe vaccine. This week, Dr. Fauci explained that even an effective vaccine won’t replace the need for public health measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands. These are smart measures we must make now and not relent.
Today, I’ll be part of the official ceremony as the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg arrives at the Capitol before she lies in State. It’s an honor, especially to recognize the life’s work of a woman who did so much and worked so hard to advance justice and equality. Justice Ginsburg faced pretty much every form of discrimination possible, but instead of letting it get her down – she worked harder. RBG was a SHERO, a rock star, and the one-of-a-kind person we need more of.
There are a number of free COVID testing sites across Michigan’s 12th Congressional District:
Saturday, September 26 from 9 am to 1 pm
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Register at: bit.ly/WCHDfreetests
Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27 from 10 am to 3 pm
13333 Telegraph Road
No pre-registration is needed to receive testing.
Every Tuesday, 11 am to 3 pm (weather permitting)
ACCESS Community Health and Research Center
6450 Maple Street
Please call 313-216-2200 to confirm they are testing
You may pre-register by texting “MI Cares” to 48355
Other services include:
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
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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