State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin 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.
“It’s heartbreaking to hear the challenges families, workers, patients and business owners have had to endure during this difficult time,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “This resource provides people with an outlet to be heard by the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. I urge everyone with a story to take a few short moments 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.
“Hearing stories from residents about the way our state’s response to the pandemic has affected their lives will help us better understand the problems people are facing so we can move forward with solutions,” said Bollin, of Brighton Township. “We all must work together to hold state government to a higher standard, so we can deliver better results for the people of our state.”
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.