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@MyKitchenTable - June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

@MyKitchenTable: Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Friend:

It was an extraordinary week, and one we won’t soon forget. We saw the glaring challenges ahead of us. I was heartened by discussions with residents, local officials, and policy makers at all levels. They know the time for change is now. We all are coming from different places but have one shared goal, as discussed in this video from the press conference earlier this week with Kalamazoo leaders. Dialogue must continue. Action will come. As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

On the public health front, on Monday, many parts of our state will begin to reopen, including: bars and restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining at 50% capacity, day camps for children, outdoor public swimming pools, and libraries and museums. Here in southwest Michigan, we have so many extraordinary small businesses and restaurants that will be back up and running. I hope you get a chance to safely enjoy the reopening of these places and support them as we look to get back on our feet. Click HERE to see more about what’s reopening and when.

The Governor also signed an Executive Order today allowing much of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula to reopen salons, movie theaters, and gyms on June 10, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.She also said personal services including hair, massages, and nail salons will reopen statewide on June 15. You can read more HERE and HERE.

A few COVID-19 news and notes:

  • Data, which you can see HERE, shows COVID-19 is on the decline in Kalamazoo County. The seven-day average, including data for Thursday, June 4, is 2.57 new cases a day. This is a decrease from the last seven-day period ending May 28 when the average was 4.7 new cases. Michigan’s daily average for new coronavirus cases also dropped to its lowest point in ten weeks, which you can see HERE. This is encouraging news as we see a downward trend, but what is unseen next to all of these numbers of victims to date is the heartache of all impacted families. There is tragically too many new empty seats at the table.
  • AstraZeneca says it has secured capacity to produce 2 billion doses of a potentialcoronavirus vaccinebeing developed in partnership with researchers atOxford University. The new production figure includes 400 million doses that will be provided to low and middle-income countries before the end of this year, which you can see HERE.
  • The President signed our bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act today to grant some additional flexibility for our small businesses and their employees, which you can read more about in an article in Forbes HERE. I have already heard from a number of small business folks today ecstatic about the enactment of the PPP Flexibility Act as their 8 week deadline was literally Monday. “Huge” was the term one Kalamazoo entrepreneur used.

ImageToday’s constituent photo comes from Benton Harbor, where a mother sent a selfie of her and her daughter continuing to practice social distancing during the pandemic. The pandemic is certainly something we’ll never forget, and it’s allowed all of us to spend quality time at home with our families. TY for sharing. If you’d like to submit a photo for us to use, please click HERE.

Stay safe this weekend and God bless,

Fred Upton

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