Dingell Update: October 30, 2020
Washington, October 30, 2020
Here is an update for October 30th.
Thought of the day: “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”- Albert Schweitzer
Michigan reported its highest COVID-19 cases in a single day yesterday. On Thursday, Michigan reported 3,675 new cases and 41 new deaths, bringing the state’s total case count to 171,220 and deaths to 7,298. Hospitals throughout Michigan are reporting steady increases in patients, including increases in need for critical care and ventilators. As we approach winter, COVID-19 cases are only expected to continue increasing. If we want to avoid another economic shutdown with a new “stay at home order,” it’s so important everyone mask up, socially distance, and continue avoiding large crowds. We must control the virus to return to a sense of normal.
In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Michigan has approved a new emergency order aimed at reducing crowd sizes in restaurants and other gathering places. The new order prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people indoors, unless the seating is fixed. Restaurants and bars must limit table to no more than 6 people per table. Dine-in restaurants will also be required to keep records of the names and phone numbers of customers to aid contact tracing efforts.
On the vaccine front, Thursday, pharmaceutical company Moderna said it is preparing to globally launch its COVID-19 vaccine after receiving $1.1 billion in funds from governments. Experts say we need to achieve 70% immunity in order to crush the virus. Therefore, we must ensure there is nothing preventing access to the vaccine and guarantee every American can get it for free.
Tomorrow is Halloween! Although Halloween is not canceled this year, it should look much different. This year, families should celebrate at home or virtually. If you are going out, use face masks, social distancing and sanitize your hands frequently. If you’re handing out candy, consider putting a bowl out on your front porch to limit direct contact with trick-or-treaters. If you are feeling sick, please stay home!
Only 4 days until the election! Be sure to make a plan and get out and vote. Do your civic duty and have your voice heard on November 3rd. For more information on voting in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/vote.
Big game this weekend between Michigan and Michigan State! Tune in and cheer on our U-M Wolverines. GO BLUE!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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