Rep. Sarah Lightner today voted to provide more money for state and community response to coronavirus, including resources to boost testing and help health care providers keep up with demand.
Lightner joined the Michigan House in approving an additional $125 million for coronavirus response. The measure brings the total state funding approved in the past week to $150 million — including $50 million for immediate needs such as virus monitoring and testing, $50 million for hospitals and other care providers to expand response capacity, and $50 million to keep in reserve for when necessary.
The measure also will make it easier to use federal assistance related to coronavirus.
“This is a challenging time – but I know our community will do everything in its power to lessen the spread of this virus,” said Lightner, of Springport. “Stay informed and continue to take all the necessary steps to combat COVID-19. Everyone is in this together, and we have to have each other’s backs.”
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Prevention steps include:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.