4/8/2020 Seniors may be able to receive meal delivery, thanks to federal dollars received by the state to help provide meals to older adults (age 60 and over). Seniors who need extra support at this time can now sign up for assistance, including meal delivery, delivery of non-perishable food items, and daily wellness-check calls, through the state’s coronavirus website.
04/03/2020 – Small business owners – starting Friday, April 3, you can enroll in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Payment Protection Program (PPP), which authorizes up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. The program is first-come, first-served. By April 3, a Michigan-specific website dedicated to the program will be live to provide information on the program, a checklist and documents needed to apply, instructions on how to connect with a bank and/or finding a lender, and a budget tool to track and ensure the loan is forgiven. A sample PPP loan application has been released by the U.S. Treasury Department.
- Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses, sole proprietorship’s and nonprofits can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing Small Business Association (SBA) lenders.
- Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
3/16/2020 Household Hazardous Waste is closed until April 5th
- The best way to protect yourself and your family, and to stop the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold and COVID-19 include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- People should be diligent about preventing flu since there have been thousands of influenza-like illnesses reported throughout the county. Individuals within the United States are still at a higher risk of getting the flu than COVID-19. If you have not received your flu shot, it is highly encouraged you do so now.
Right now, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public in the United States.
Additional information and resources:
- MDHHS’s Frequently Asked Questions
- Community Mitigation Guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/preparing-individuals-communities.html
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to plan, prepare and respond https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to plan and respond https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html
- CDC in Action: Preparing Communities for Potential Spread https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/preparing-communities.html
- CDC Protects and Prepares Communities
- What you need to know about COVID-19
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19