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Unemployment Agency Waives Overpayments

May 06, 2022

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is waiving $431 million in overpayments of federal pandemic unemployment benefits paid to 55,000 Michigan residents. These overpayments were made by no fault of those who received the benefits. “No Michigander who did the right thing when applying for benefits should be required to pay anything back resulting from errors at […]

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Final COVID Task Force Report Released

Mar 11, 2022

The Michigan Coronavirus Racial Disparities Taskforce released recommendations for collaborative policy, programming, and systemic change to protect communities of color from the spread of COVID-19. The report, which provided a progress report on the taskforce’s short- and long-term goals, found that actions taken by the State in 2020 and 2021 helped reduce health-based racial disparities. […]

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State Issues Updated Mask Guidance

Feb 18, 2022

The Public Health Advisory urging masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, including schools, has been withdrawn. The update occurred in response to the decline of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Michigan. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has stated the COVID-19 cycle can be broken down into three key phases: […]

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Department Issues Nursing Home Epidemic Order

Jan 21, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services issued an epidemic order to aid nursing home residents in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Under the order, nursing homes must offer on-site vaccines to residents who are not up to date as of January 20, 2022, within 30 days of the effective date of the order. However, the […]

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Updated COVID-19 School Guidance Released

Jan 14, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services released their updated K-12 school quarantine and isolation guidance to reflect recent updates from the CDC. Changes included language on isolation and quarantine guidance, which allows students, teachers, and staff to return to school sooner. Students, teachers, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and/or display symptoms should […]

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Governor Signs Key Legislative Initiatives

Dec 23, 2021

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed key pieces of legislation appropriating billions of dollars in federal funding. The first was a bipartisan supplemental, which provides: $150 million for COVID school testing $140 million for rental assistance $36.3 million to help communities tackle lead, fund water distribution, inspections, blood testing, and more $14.1 million for a […]

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State Sets COVID-19 Booster Goal

Dec 23, 2021

Given the rapid increase of COVID-19 metrics due to the new Omicron variant, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state’s goal of administering 1 million more booster shots by January 31, 2022. Additionally, the state is working to administer boosters to 95% of eligible nursing home residents. As of December 21, Michigan’s positivity rate was 16.2%, which […]

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House Passes COVID-19 Funding

Dec 17, 2021

This week, the House passed legislation appropriating just over $1 billion in federal COVID relief dollars. The bill, introduced by Representative Julie Calley (R-Portland), is aimed at expanding early treatment capacity, ease worker shortages, and keeping schools open for in-person learning. Specifics within the bill include: $668 million for COVID testing; of which $150 million […]

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