State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, this week voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan providing an additional $125 million to help Saginaw County and communities across Michigan respond to coronavirus.
The measure brings the total state funding approved to $150 million, including the $25 million approved by the Legislature last week. The plan will provide $50 million for immediate needs such as virus monitoring and testing, $50 million for critical health care providers to expand capacity for coronavirus response, and $50 million to keep in reserve for future use.
The measure also will make it easier to use federal assistance related to COVID-19.
“In the midst of one of the largest public health emergencies to ever sweep our state and local communities, it’s critical to ensure our health care facilities and professionals have all the resources they need at their disposal,” Wakeman said. “I’m not going to sugar coat it – Michigan is up against a major challenge. We will get through it, but it’s going to take everyone working together and doing their part to help mitigate the spread of this virus.”
Wakeman said the best way to prevent illness is through preventative steps which include:
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
• Frequently clean handles, doorknobs, keyboards and other commonly used items in your home or workspace with a quality disinfectant wipe or spray.
• 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.