Dingell Update: December 11, 2020
Washington, December 11, 2020
Here is an update for December 11.
Thought of the Day: “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran
On Thursday, Michigan reported 5,937 new cases of COVID-19 and 182 new deaths, bringing the Michigan’s total case count to 412,137 and deaths to 10,395. Michigan’s daily case average is 6,258 and daily deaths has risen to 123. Nearly 4,000 Michiganders were hospitalized with the virus as of yesterday, and over 107,000 nationwide. These numbers should be a stark reminder for all of us the kind of devastating impact this virus is having in Michigan and across the country.
Cases remain high, though Michigan health officials have expressed “cautious optimism” in some recent positive trends in reports. We need to keep listening to the experts and following the guidelines. Wearing a mask, keeping your physical distance, and washing your hands regularly, have been proven time and time again to be the most effective methods to slow the spread. We’ve all got to do this so we can crush this virus, get people back to work, and work on the economy.
Yesterday, the FDA Vaccine Advisory Panel, a group of experts that makes recommendations to the FDA, voted to recommend the agency grant emergency use authorization to Pfizer for their vaccine. The FDA must now formally approve emergency use, but that is expected to come quickly. Governor Whitmer plans to prioritize vaccinating vulnerable populations, like frontline workers and nursing home residents, first. Until you have been fully vaccinated, following COVID guidelines is the best way to slow the spread.
Jobless claims have spiked again in the US. Last week, another 853,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment. A new COVID relief package is not optional, we have got to do it. I’m continuing to push all sides to get this done. A number of different paths forward have been proposed, including options with strong bipartisan support, but they are being blocked in the Senate by Leader McConnell. Americans are demanding relief, and we must deliver!
As Congressional leadership continue negotiations on COVID relief, the House continued its work for Americans.
Some of what we passed this week includes:
Stay safe, Michigan! And, as always, wear a mask, keep your physical distance, and wash those hands!
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.
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