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As the federal government leads the national response to COVID-19, state and local health departments stand on the front lines. State or public health emergency declarations have been issued in each state and territory, including the District of Columbia.  

Enacted Laws

Featured Updates

  • April 2: Schools Closed for School Year
    The Governor officially ends the 2019-2020 public school year.  Requires school districts to devise an individual plan per district, including charter schools, that includes out of classroom instruction that must be fully implemented by April 28th.  Allows all seniors that were on track to graduation to officially graduate.  The order also cancels all standardized testing for the remainder of the school year.  Order can be lifted at the call of the Governor if conditions allow. Read more on EO 2020-35.
  • April 1: A State of Emergency Declared for the State of Michigan
    The Governor officially declares a state of disaster and state of emergency.  Was accompanied by a letter to the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader requesting the legislature to extend the declared state of emergency and disaster by 70 days from the date of the resolution. Read more on EO 2020-33.
  • March 25: U.S. Department of Defense Establishes Task Force to Meet U.S. Medical Equipment Needs
    The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others. Read more.
  • March 25: Summary Of Bipartisan Agreement On “CARES” Act
    The bill provides new small business loans with loan forgiveness provisions, a cash payment to certain individuals, expansions to the UI system including an extra $600 weekly benefit, and a $500 billion loan and credit facility among many other provisions. A summary can be found here.
  • March 24: U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family And Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
    With help from the U.S. Department of Labor, your employees will soon have the option to take paid sick leave when necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic – and your business will be reimbursed. Continue reading. 
  • March 23: “Stay At Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives”
    Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Continue Reading.

Updates and Recommendations

National Governors Association

The latest updates on national guard activations, restricted travel, and other state-specific resources and actions. Read more.

U.S. Department of Defense

The Defense Department has established a joint task force to deal with daily requests the department is receiving for medical and personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, and others. Read more.


Canada-U.S. Border

March 27: Update on Border, Information Hotline 

Last week, Canada and the United States agreed on additional travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border, with the shared objective of slowing the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring trade continues and essential workers can cross. For further details on the agreement, please refer to the Prime Minister’s statement.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) now has an information hotline to respond to additional questions. The CBSA line can be reached at 1-800-461-9999.

Canada and the U.S. have a long-standing commitment to securing our shared border. Canadian law enforcement agencies use the latest and most advanced technology, including ground sensors, cameras, radar, and license plate readers to monitor the border and keep both Canada and the U.S. safe. For more on the border visit the Connect2Canada site. For further information on the Government of Canada’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the website.

 

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