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From my Kitchen Table: March 24 Coronavirus Kitchen Table Update

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Washington, March 24, 2020 | comments

Dear Friend:

Over the past 24 hours, I have continued to have several conversations and received a number of updates that I would like to share with you. As always, if you have additional questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact my office at upton.house.gov/contact.

Yesterday evening, the Problem Solvers Caucus that I am part of held a conference call. This group - which is made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats in Congress - is committed to working together, putting partisan games aside, and getting a deal done that helps workers and families. One thing we continue to talk about is the need to keep lines of credit open to help businesses and their workers. 

Over the weekend, Whirlpool announced they were sending hand sanitizer, gloves, and soap to Spectrum Health Lakeland as the hospital system gears up for expected patients. They are also getting ready to send masks and more gloves to health systems here in southwest Michigan this week. We need to get more personal protective equipment to our heath care workers who are on the front lines, that's for certain. 

I continue to have follow up calls with local business leaders who are asking about the Governor's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" order, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. I support this because we must flatten the curve. Yesterday, I asked the Governor to set up a “ war room” with authority to grant exemptions for cause, and now folks are able to contact the state for additional clarification. Remember, you can still go to the grocery store, get carry out, and go outside for walks and hikes as long as you remain six feet away from others.

Later today, I will join a call with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as we continue to discuss solutions to help workers, businesses, and families. Michiganders want to know once we get a deal how quickly they'll get relief, and I'll work to get those answers this evening.

In addition, I spoke with a number of individuals who are part of higher ed institutions. With students leaving the dorms and dining halls early, colleges and universities will need additional assistance as well during this challenging time.

I also spoke with a number of my colleagues from Michigan and around the nation. We are all working hard to get relief to those who need it as soon as possible.

Thank you for signing up to receive these daily "Kitchen Table" updates. News is moving fast, and we are trying to get as much information out to as many people as possible to make sure everyone is kept well-informed. Be sure to also see the list of resources that we include at the bottom of these emails.

As we get this email to you, I am on two conference calls beginning to lay out the foundation of a bipartisan agreement. It appears that it will be ready for a vote tomorrow in the Senate and almost immediately in the House. Respective Republican and Democrat leaders are hoping it could pass by a voice vote and thus not require all House Members to return to D.C.

 

Stay safe, and God bless,

Fred Upton
Member of Congress


RESOURCES TO HELP SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN

State Resources on Employment Issues

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) sponsored website, careeronestop.org, connects users to state resources on employment issues, especially as they relate to COVID-19.  In addition, the DOL recently announced up to $100 Million In National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak.

Information for Families and Households

Household members, family members, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath). Also see:

Tips for Parents While School’s Out

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 guidance for schools and childcare programs now includes Tips for Parents While School’s OutYou can also visit the U.S. Department of Education's website on the coronavirus for helpful information.

 
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