Stay Safe and Stay Informed!
As regional leaders we have a duty and a responsibility to assist and care for our communities and neighbors. In an effort to spread the awareness of the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, we have gathered the top resources relevant to local units of government and development-related organizations. These pages will be regularly updated with the latest news as it relates to local government, community, and economic development.
- https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-health-watch/coronavirus-tracker-what-michigan-needs-know-now – Governor issues “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, banning nonessential business and travel.
- https://www.mlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/sign-up-for-free-text-messages-about-the-most-important-updates-on-coronavirus-in-michigan.html – MLive is offering free text message sign up for important updates on corona virus. Click to sign up, or text (517) 200-3045
From our Partners:
- https://www.update906.com – A new website developed to share key business resources for businesses impacted by COVD-19. This collaborative effort which was developed by InvestUP in partnership with economic development partners from across the Upper Peninsula is intended to be a trusted and dedicated resource with the most up-to-date and relevant information available. Update906 is also home to a comprehensive list of funding sources for local businesses.
- https://marquette.org/covid-19/ – Lake Superior Community Partnership has maintained a regularly updated list of resources for business assistance and economic development.
- https://www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19/ – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) resource page.
- https://cfofmc.org/ – The Community Foundation of Marquette County has set up a fund to assist with vulnerable nonprofits.
- MBank has put together a document that outlines the benefits of all the available grant and loan programs for Michigan Small Businesses. Please download it here.
Resources for Local Governments and Organizations:
- https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus – The State of Michigan‘s general portal for information on COVID-19.
- https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98541—,00.html?fbclid=IwAR0ADzHgccQtLPU7D0GzdINJfewvjevOco5DLx7tIip_mNPXlIL2BXt1gY8 – Multilingual access to the State of Michigan‘s information portal.
- https://www.michigantownships.org/coronavirus.asp – The Michigan Township’s Association (MTA) resource page.
- http://www.mml.org/resources/information/Coronavirus_Resources.htm – The Michigan Municipal League’s (MML) resource page.
- https://www.nado.org/rdo-covid-19-resource-center/ – The National Association of Development Organizations resources including economic resilience resources, informational and training webinars, and advocacy resources.
howwecanhelp/resourcecenter/ covid19resources – National Main Street Program – Small business and community supports for those impacted by COVID 19.
- https://icma.org/coronavirus-crisis-response-resources-your-community – International City Managers Association – Guidelines and up-to-date news for City leaders.
- https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/23/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-public-assistance-simplified-application – FEMA is simplifying the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly.
County Government and Health Department Pages:
- Alger – https://www.lmasdhd.org/
- Delta – https://deltacountymi.org/covid-19-information/
- Dickinson – http://www.dickinsoncountymi.gov/
- Dickinson-Iron Health Department – http://www.didhd.org/coronavirus.php
- Marquette – https://www.co.marquette.mi.us/departments/health_department/covid19_information_and_resources.php?fbclid=IwAR06CdaDv026iKAtxo_R5lFY5Mo0AUiU0BTbtsmIAWSznFmX5u1Y-nemBos#.XnSn83IpCUl
- Menominee – https://www.menomineecounty.com/alerts/?i=f75f340bc8a7
- Schoolcraft – https://www.lmasdhd.org/
Resources for Businesses:
- https://www.michamber.com/coronavirus-toolkit – A toolkit from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce intended to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of COVID.
- https://www.sbam.org/Resources/COVID-19-Resources – The Small Business Association of Michigan’s (SBAM) resource page.
- https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/ – Small Business Development Centers resources for COVID 19. SBDC will also be hosting webinars about cash flow supports and liquidity, e-commerce, and human resources needs over the next two weeks. These webinars are available in the training section of their website.
Guidelines and Resources for Individuals:
- https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/well/what-if-i-have-coronavirus.html – From the New York Times, what to do if you or a loved one has or is suspected to have coronavirus.
- As of March 23, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered a Stay Home Stay Safe order. The details can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626–,00.html
- https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/ – An interactive map of the Michigan Department of Education’s Food Service area for free meals for students.
The CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services both emphasize that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practice good health habits:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily
News and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, in Michigan and across the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on what is currently known, COVID-19 is spread from person to person, similar to the common cold or influenza. The severity of illness or how many people in Michigan or in the U.S. will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time. The CDC website states that for the general American public—such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposures to COVID-19—the immediate health risk is considered low.