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From my Kitchen Table: March 18 Coronavirus Kitchen Table Update

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Washington, March 18, 2020 | comments

Dear Friend:

Today my office and I continued to reach out to small business owners, school leaders, church officials, public health officials, and community leaders to check in with them during the coronavirus crisis. 

I know folks are concerned, and I am too. I remain in constant contact with my colleagues in the Congress and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus as we continue to work on solutions to provide relief to workers, small business owners, and families. 

This morning, I participated in a couple of local TV interviews to help spread the word about our efforts to respond to this crisis and the resources available to help folks (you can watch the interviews here and here). Later, I spoke with the Michigan Bankers Association and had a productive discussion about ways to adjust regulations and provide loan relief to small business owners who are struggling during this crisis. Expect action on this.

In Kalamazoo I went to the Incident Command Center at Bronson Methodist Hospital and participated in a phone call with their team about what they are seeing and hearing on the ground and how they were responding to this crisis. I also stopped by a couple of food distribution centers and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission to see how the crisis was impacting those in need and what we could do to help.

As always, if you are in need of assistance, please feel free to contact my office and we will do our best to help: upton.house.gov/contact.

Stay safe and God bless,

Fred Upton
Member of Congress


ICYMI: New Website

As I mentioned yesterday, my office launched a new website that features critical federal, state, and local resources for those who are in need. It also includes a list of FAQs, details on federal actions, and phone numbers for critical resources. We will continue to update these resources.

Please click here to visit the new website.

As always, if you are in need of assistance, please feel free to contact our office and we will do our best to help: https://upton.house.gov/contact/.

Keep Checking in with each other
We need to be sure to check in with folks. Call, FaceTime, or text neighbors, seniors, and loved ones who are assuredly going to feel a little more isolated than they are used to. Volunteer to grab groceries for those vulnerable populations who should be staying home. Make sure senior citizens are doing okay.

Here are resources from the CDC and the National Alliance for Mental Illness that can help manage stress and anxiety.

Find meals for children during school closure

An online map has been developed for families to find locations where meals are being provided during this period of school closure.

 The map will be updated twice each day during the closure period. Click here to see the map.


Sign-up for free text message alerts on the coronavirus
The state of Michigan is offering a free texting service to residents to receive coronavirus updates. Click here to sign-up. 

The state also launched a new helpline that you can call if you have questions for public health professionals about the coronavirus, testing, and more. Call 1-888-535-6136

Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment 
Yesterday the Treasury Secretary announced that taxpayers can delay paying their income taxes for up to 90 days. You can still get your tax return filed and receive your refund before that, though. Read more from CNBC here.

The Red Cross needs blood donations
The Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood donations after thousands of blood drives across the country have been canceled. You can still donate blood safely during the coronavirus crisis. Learn more here from the Red Cross.
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