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Dingell Update: October 16, 2020

Here is an update for October 16th.
Thought of the day: “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” -Richard M. Nixon

Seven months into the pandemic, and yesterday Michigan reported 2,030 COVID cases – the most ever reported in a single day. And we are nearing 7,000 deaths. This virus isn’t going away, in fact, it’s getting worse and spreading more as people spend more time indoors. Hospitals, including in neighboring Wisconsin and Indiana, are running low on nurses and beds and once again forced to set up overflow facilities. For the health and safety of our neighbors, friends, and community, it’s on all of us to wear masks, stay home, keep physical distance, and wash our hands.

There are many free COVID testing sites around the state, to find a location near you click here.

Talks continue on an economic stimulus package, but again the President sent conflicting messages as he often does about where he is on this and what he wants throughout the day. Yesterday, Governor Whitmer took leadership once again and called on President Trump and Congressional Leadership to pass a bipartisan relief bill that provides much-needed support to states and continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitmer, along with Wisconsin Governor Evers and Minnesota Governor Walz, stressed the importance of funding for testing, PPE, and contact tracing. We can’t wait any longer.

Today, I’m pressing Facebook on private groups and the spread of hateful rhetoric and violence. According to the FBI affidavit, domestic terrorists plotting harm and violence against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer used Facebook as a platform to communicate and recruit, including sharing videos and photos in Facebook discussions, and posting in private Facebook groups. I’m asking Facebook to respond to questions about actions they are taking to curb the spread of disinformation and how Facebook’s terms of service and community guidelines apply to private or hidden groups. Read my letter to Facebook by clicking here.
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,, 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)., or 888-535-6136.

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