State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, last night voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan adding another $125 million to help the state of Michigan and local communities 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 when necessary. The measure also will make it easier to use federal assistance related to coronavirus.
“I know there is a lot of uncertainty right now because of this public health crisis,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I want Wexford, Mecosta, and Osceola county families to know we are in this together. The Legislature is taking every step possible to deliver proactive solutions and help our communities overcome this challenge. We will get through this together as long as we all do our part to slow the spread of the disease and keep our families, friends and neighbors healthy.”
Prevention steps that can help avoid being exposed to the virus include:
• Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. Using hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
• If you are sick, staying home, and avoiding contact with others.
• Staying at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.
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