State Rep. Julie Calley today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Calley, a member of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, said MICovidStory.com is an accessible resource concerned residents can use to share their stories with the committee. Michigan has now lost more than 5,000 people to COVID-19, and executive orders and directives from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the crisis have upended the lives and livelihoods of countless more.
“The coronavirus has affected residents throughout Michigan in many different ways,” said Calley, of Portland. “I’ve heard from thousands of residents, including people who lost their jobs and are struggling to navigate the unemployment system, business owners who are worried about having to close their doors for good, and seniors who are in pain and unable to move forward with hip and knee replacements. Everyone has a unique story, and we want to hear it.”
The website will allow stories to be categorized by subject. People can choose whether their experience applies to essential and non-essential business directives from the governor’s administration, difficulties securing needed unemployment benefits, interactions with state agencies, health care treatment, and more.
The site will work in conjunction with the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, a bipartisan panel of legislators from both the House and Senate. The committee will provide key legislative oversight by evaluating decision-making and preparedness both within the administration and state departments, while also providing a needed platform for people who have personally encountered issues with the governor’s unilateral decisions.