Committee website will allow Jackson County voices to be heard during COVID-19 pandemic

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State Rep. Julie Alexander today announced a new website that will allow Jackson community residents to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The website, which can be accessed at www.micovidstory.com, is an accessible resource for concerned residents across the state and to share their story.

“I’ve heard from thousands of people in the Jackson community about how they have been affected by this pandemic,” Alexander, of Hanover, said. “People have reached out with fears for their livelihoods – about losing their jobs, or their businesses closing. Many have been unsuccessful in receiving a check from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). In addition, the governor’s numerous executive orders over the past couple of months have been not only confusing, but determinantal to our hard-working families throughout Michigan. I encourage residents to continue reaching out to my office with your concerns – this website adds an additional resource to ensure your voices are heard.”

Rep. Alexander said as we move forward, the health of residents continues to be a top priority, as well as the economy and mental health of families.

“The question has never been ‘Which one matters, our health or the economy?”’ Alexander said. “Because both do. I’m also concerned for the mental health of many of our friends and family members, with issues affecting them such as being isolated and temporarily out of work. These stories matter, too, and the Legislature wants to hear them. Your voice matters.”

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.

Michigan has lost many lives to COVID-19, Alexander said, and executive orders and directives from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in response to the crisis have hurt the lives and livelihoods of countless more.

Rep. Alexander and her staff can be contacted by emailing JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov or by calling 517-373-1795.