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@MyKitchenTable - June 18, 2020

@MyKitchenTable: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dear Friend:

1 John 4:20. “If a man says, “I love God,” and hateth his neighbor, he is a liar."

Today the Supreme Court issued a ruling that upholds the DACA program. The court’s decision provides much-needed certainty for those living in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Over the years I’ve gotten to know many Dreamers living in Southwest Michigan, some of whom came here when they were just 8 years old and know no other country than the United States. You can read my full statement HERE.

HHS issued a fact sheet on Operation Warp Speed. This initiative aims to deliver 300M doses of a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021 as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. You can see more HERE.

The CDC published a report on characteristics associated with hospitalization among patients with COVID-19 in Atlanta in March and April.  Data for 220 hospitalized and 331 non-hospitalized for 6 metropolitan hospitals and clinics found that older age, black race, diabetes, lack of insurance, male gender, smoking, and obesity were independently associated with hospitalization, which you can see HERE.  This was the subject of my Health subcommittee hearing yesterday and hopefully is part of the equation we would like to see incorporated in “Cures 2.0,” which would include more diversity in clinical trials.

According to NIH Director Francis Collins in a blog, folks who contract COVID-19 have only a mild illness or sometimes no symptoms at all.  But some develop respiratory failure that requires oxygen support or a ventilator to help. You can read why HERE.

Yes, Michigan’s grocery store face mask requirement has been extended until July 15 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s EO, and you can see that MLIVE story HERE.   You can see Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths per day in this chart shown HERE confirming that we have flattened and now lowered the “curve."
The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) held a zoom call with top executives of the hotel and entertainment industry including Loews and Hyatt.  As of May 31, only 38% of hotel staff are back on the job, and they do not expect anything close to back to normal for many months....especially from international travel. Testing, therapeutics, and a vaccine remain a top priority to get back on track.

ImageToday’s picture reflects an amazing story.  I met this massage therapist who is blind last year as he helped out with the Steelheader’s triathlon athletes when they finished their race at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor.  He recently did a 4-5 mile walk along M-140 with his white cane to reduce racism as he could not participate in the larger walk in St. Joe and Benton Harbor with 1,000 of us and keep social distancing.  Congrats, my friend, for your spirit and actions!


God Bless,

Fred Upton

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