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As a tool to help workers, families, and small business owners in southwest Michigan, please find below a list of links below to important resources. As the crisis develops, we will continue to add to this list.
Fred remains in constant contact with local public health professionals, medical experts, and small business leaders in order to be aware of the challenges they are facing during the coronavirus outbreak.
There are many issues coming up. Please feel free to contact our office and we will do our best to help: https://upton.house.gov/contact/
Fred's office will keep sharing regular updates on his social media channels - @RepFredUpton on Twitter and Facebook.com/RepFredUpton

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Top Five Federal, State, and Local Resources
  • The CDC provides important information on how to protect yourself, how the coronavirus spreads, what the symptoms are, and more: www.coronavirus.gov
  • The state of Michigan has launched a website with important resources, updates, and other information: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
  • The state of Michigan has launched a helpline: 1-888-535-6136.
    • The state of Michigan recently launched a new coronavirus hotline for coronavirus-related questions. The team of public health officials and experts can also direct residents and health care providers to the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments. The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136.
  • If you are facing financial, food security, or other challenges, MI 2-1-1 can help connect you with thousands of nonprofit and government resources: www.mi211.org
  • If you need to connect with Fred's office, please contact us at www.upton.house.gov/contact.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Coronavirus

Q: What is a novel coronavirus? 
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Q: Should I cancel or postpone my travel?
A: CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here. The State Department also provides travel-related recommendations.
Read more FAQ's at CDC.gov.

Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus
  • Washing your hands
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

Additional Resources
***This list will continue to be updated during this crisis**

For workers:
Food distribution sites (provided by United Way of SW MI)
Fact sheet for employees explaining expanded family and medical leave rights 
Michigan unemployment insurance

Find job opportunities at mitalent.org

For employers:
Michigan Small Business Relief Program
Donating supplies to help with the coronavirus crisis
About the Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness for small businesses
FAQs about provisions for small business in coronavirus stimulus package
Churches and the Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
Fact sheet for employers explaining employer paid leave requirements
U.S. Small Business Administration
Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency's Work Share Program
The Michigan Economic Development Center 
Michigan Small Business Development Center

For travelers:
Suspension of routine visa services
General COVID-19 Information for Travelers (DoS)
Passport operations in response to COVID-19
Guidance for Travelers Returning from High Risk Countries (CDC)
COVID-19 Country Specific Information

Other resources:
Reporting consumer complaints on price gouging 

Managing Stress and Anxiety (CDC)
National Alliance for Mental Illness
Veterans Crisis Line : 1-800-273-8255
Kalamazoo Metro 
St. Joseph County Human Services Commission
St. Joseph County Food Pantries
Allegan County Resources
Allegan County Food Resources
Berrien County Coronavirus updates
Avoid coronavirus scams 
What education professionals should know about the coronavirus stimulus bill

Federal Legislation

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:
This is third bill aimed at responding to the coronavirus crisis. The CARES Act includes:
  • Loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, health insurance and other employee expenses, mortgage, and utilities
  • Immediate cash assistance to individuals and families
  • Additional relief for hospitals and funding for essential supplies such as testing kits, ventilators, PPEs, reagent supply, and hospital conversion
  • Expanded unemployment benefits to include part-time, self-employed, contract, and gig economy workers
  • Extended unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks — at 100 percent levels
  • Employee retention tax credit to keep Americans in their jobs 
  • Low-or-zero interest loan program to businesses willing to keep their employees in their positions during the coronavirus crisis
  • Loan deferral and forbearance for individuals and businesses of all sizes, during the crisis (e.g. mortgages, lines of credits, student loans, and other qualifying loans), keeping those lines of credit open which are necessary to allow employers to get back on their feet

CARES Act Fact Sheets
What families and individuals should know about the coronavirus stimulus bill
Frequently Asked Questions about direct financial assistance
About the Paycheck Protection Program and Loan Forgiveness for small businesses
FAQs about provisions for small business in coronavirus stimulus package
Fact sheet for employers explaining employer paid leave requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: This coronavirus response package includes: 
  • Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test
  • Two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave
  • Support for food programs, including SNAP, student meals, seniors meals, and food banks
  • Enhanced unemployment insurance
  • Additional funding for Medicaid to help local and state health systems respond to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Increase access to telemedicine services for Medicare beneficiaries 

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Coronavirus Response Supplemental emergency funding: On Friday, March 6, the President signed an $8.3 billion funding package that Upton helped pass through the U.S. House. The funding will help expedite the development of a vaccine, purchase essential supplies for local and state health officials who are on the front lines, and provide further assistance for state and local health officials.
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