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Published 3/11/2020
7:31pm

State Business Licensing Department Issues Tips on Protecting Against COVID

State Tested Cases Now Presumed Positive In Michigan, Awaiting CDC Confirmation

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The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is providing the following information as it relates to the state’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) preparedness and response. Please feel free to share this communication with your colleagues and contacts:

As you know, a global outbreak of a respiratory disease named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) started in China in late 2019. The virus has been detected in more than 90 countries, including the U.S.  Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced two presumed positive tested cases on Tuesday evening, March 10.

The State of Michigan has been working with federal and local partners to monitor the situation, develop and expand laboratory testing, educate and raise awareness, and prepare for COVID-19 in Michigan.

• On February 3, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center (CHECC) to support state and local response.

• On February 28, Governor Whitmer activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to coordinate state government resources.

• On March 3, Governor Whitmer announced the creation of four task forces to combat the spread of coronavirus and assess the impact it may have on Michiganders’ day-to-day lives.

Today, the overall threat to the general public and in the U.S. remains low, but we are approaching this emerging threat to public health with an abundance of caution. As our partner, we want you to have appropriate information on what individuals can do to protect themselves.

Use good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

• Stay home if you are sick, and advise others to do the same.

• Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).

It’s not too late to get your flu shot! While the influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19 infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.

Review travel advisories before planning travel.

Always review travel advisories from the federal government when planning personal and business travel. Review CDC.gov/Travel for destinations with risk of community spread of COVID-19

Take action to prepare your organization.

Community spread of COVID-19 in Michigan could impact routines and daily operations. Employers should consider creating or updating their infectious disease outbreak response plan including:

• Identify work-related exposure and health risks to employees.

• Review human resources policies to make sure policies and practices are consistent with public health recommendations.

• Explore policies and practices for flexible worksites or hours to increase physical distance between employees.

• Identify essential business functions to maintain operations if interruptions to supply chains or increased absenteeism occur.

The CDC has provided guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities including businesses, community- and faith-based organizations, and childcare organizations and schools.

Share accurate information.

Always share accurate information about a virus and how it spreads. It is important to remember that stigma and discrimination occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality.

COVID-19 does not target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial background. Suspected discrimination can be reported to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

LARA’s scheduled meetings and hearings will proceed as scheduled. Check our website regularly for updates in the event that board meetings, work group meetings, or case hearings are changed or rescheduled based on new developments.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information frequently visit, Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus .
 
Sincerely,

Linda Clegg, Interim Director
Corporations, Securities, and Commercial Licensing Bureau

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3/8/2020 Update

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants former Vice President Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee for president. Whitmer said Thursday she is endorsing Biden and that she plans to vote for him in Tuesday's primary.   

The former head of the United Auto Workers Union has been charged with embezzlement. Gary Jones is accused of taking one-million dollars from the union and may plead guilty to the charges.   

A family is happy to have their dog, Max, back after a tugboat crew rescued him from Muskegon lake Monday night. The dog had been missing since Sunday when captain Dave Wellington spotted the pup floating on a piece of ice.

Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming canceled all classes Thursday due to a threat made against the school. School officials say they received a threat of violence Wednesday. 

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has announced the start of a new bus service between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The D2A2 bus line will begin operation on March 16th.

Saginaw County may be closer to settling on a location for its $11.4 million animal shelter. The project has been held up while county officials select a place to build it. The county has a purchase agreement on property in Kochville Township.

Saturday, March 28, Olivet College will host the third annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. The walk will be held in the Olivet College Square. There is no cost to participate, but registration is encouraged.

Despite bankruptcy, Goodrich Quality Theaters says it will be able to keep its doors open. The theater chain headquartered in Grand Rapids filed for chapter 11. They run one theater in northern Michigan, in Cadillac.