CMDHD COVID 19 Update – April 13, 2020

Please see below for important updates and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay Home, Stay Safe Order Extension

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order extending the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through April 30th. Just like the previous order, the extension continues to limit gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. In addition to extending the previous order, it also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow the spread of coronavirus, and save lives. You can read the full executive order at Whitmer – Executive Order 2020-42.

With the ever evolving changes and modifications surrounding coronavirus and what the executive orders require, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has created an extremely detailed “frequently asked questions” page. They have separated out common questions into categories that can be searched easily, such as: symptoms & testing, businesses & organizations, employees, employers, executive orders, outdoor recreation, food & agriculture, and many more. Check out MDHHS – Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions for the full list!

Updates & Reminders

  • Michigan is the first state to provide food to families affected by school closings caused by COVID-19. Families with children who receive free, reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for a new program providing Food Benefits for students, ages 5-18.
  • The state is also looking to create more public awareness of meal programs for seniors. Seniors who need extra support at this time can participate in Senior Meals and Check-In Programs.
  • April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Resources for sexual assault survivors are still available during the COVID-19 outbreak. Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline continues to operate and provide 24/7, free, confidential and anonymous support to survivors of sexual assault, their family, and friends. Click here for more information.
  • Wayne State School of Social Work, College of Nursing and additional WSU departments have developed a hotline service for first responders and front-line health care providers. It was created to offer frontline workers support and debriefing to help through these very demanding and unprecedented times. These support services are free, confidential and anonymous. You can call the line 1-88-910-1636 Monday to Saturday from 5am to 9pm. You can find additional information at their website: WSU – Crisis Hotline.

For more information on these topics and others please visit our Facebook Page Central Michigan District Health Department – Home or our website at www.cmdhd.org.

Thank you for your interest in local public health and have a healthy day!!

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Central Michigan District Health Department Main Office
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Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
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