State Rep. John Reilly today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MICovidStory.com is an accessible resource for concerned residents across the state. Michigan has now lost over 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 COVID-19 pandemic – and the actions our governor has taken in response to it – have greatly affected the physical, emotional and financial health of all Michigan families,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “The stories people share with us will help the Legislature establish best practices and sound methods for dealing with this crisis going forward, so the people of Michigan don’t face additional hardship.”
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.