State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MI COVID Story 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.
“I’ve heard from countless residents who are unemployed, losing their businesses, unable to access routine health care and more,” Whiteford said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for those people to have their voices heard by the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. I urge everyone with a story to participate.”
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. The bipartisan committee features both House and Senate legislators. 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.