Rep. Whiteford urges residents to share their COVID-19 pandemic stories

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…

Child immunization must continue to be a priority for parents in the COVID-19 era

Childhood immunizations have fallen sharply so far this year amid the COVID-19 state of emergency. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that from Jan. 1 through April 23, there was a 19 percent decrease in non-influenza vaccinations among children 0 to 8 years old, compared to the same period in 2018 and…

Rep. Whiteford: It’s time to restart Allegan County’s economy

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today said West Michigan is ready to reopen for business. Whiteford, a registered nurse, said the number of COVID-related deaths across Michigan are dwindling to the lowest reported numbers the state has seen in weeks. “The goal was to flatten the curve, and we have achieved that goal,” said Whiteford, chair…

Legislators: Governor’s reopening plan is based on guesswork

Governor Whitmer’s press conference Wednesday left some Republican lawmakers frustrated at the lack of a solid plan for opening the state. “When asked for her data formula to advance to the next stage of reopening, she couldn’t provide it,” said Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R—Grand Rapids Twp. “Her only answer was ‘it depends, it depends.’ It…

Broadband service grant awarded to Southwest Michigan following letter of support from Rep. Whiteford

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced Southwest Michigan Communications Inc. will receive $10.7 million in a loan/grant combination to deploy Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to Van Buren and Allegan counties. The initiative is part of the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs…

Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth unanimously approved by Michigan House

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must…

Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth advances to House floor

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era A plan introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth was approved Wednesday by the House Ways & Means Committee. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients…

Whiteford calls on DHHS for more COVID-19 transparency

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today sent a letter to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon requesting more detailed information pertaining to personal protection equipment in Michigan hospitals. Whiteford, a registered nurse, said it is imperative that the Legislature be given access to this data in order to make informed decisions that…

Whiteford urges governor to lift restrictions on certain industries in West Michigan

State Rep. Mary Whiteford is calling on Gov. Whitmer to lift some restrictions in areas largely unaffected by COVID-19, specifically those restrictions on businesses that can easily operate while maintaining safe distances between their employees. “As a registered nurse, I know how serious the COVID-19 situation is, and I am an advocate for staying home…