MLC April 2021 UPDATES
The Michigan Legislative Consultants (MLC) is sharing the latest updates with our members informed on what’s happening at the State Capitol in our MLC April 2021 Updates.
This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Monday, April 12 – Statewide Economic Impact
- Weekly Cases: 45,198
- Total Cases: 747,697
- Weekly Deaths: 273
- Total Deaths: 16,512
- Weekly Cases: 10,355
- Total Cases: 879,480
- Weekly Deaths: 184
- Total Deaths: 18,827
- Weekly Cases: 8,198
- Total Cases: 699,823
- Weekly Deaths: 78
- Total Deaths: 12,746
- Weekly Cases: 23,469
- Total Cases: 1,282,205
- Weekly Deaths: 139
- Total Deaths: 21,523
- Weekly Cases: 5,526
- Total Cases: 585,710
- Weekly Deaths: 40
- Total Deaths: 6,680
Federal Update From our Partners at Foley & Lardner
- Last week, President Biden nominated the head of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Doug Parker, to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This is especially timely as the administration is deciding whether or not to create a set of temporary and enforceable COVID-19-related workplace safety regulations.
- This Thursday, the Senate Finance committee will consider the nomination of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Brooks-LaSure helped craft and implement the ACA when she worked on the Ways and Means Committee and served at HHS and CMS under the Obama administration.
Governor Asking for Additional Vaccines
At her last press conference, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged the Biden Administration to utilize a national surge strategy and send additional vaccines to areas of the country experiencing surges. Over the weekend, Governor Whitmer, along with Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, appeared on national news outlets pushing for the need in Michigan. As of today, the administration has stated that while they will send additional supplies to help with vaccination efforts, they will not send additional doses of vaccines to the state. They are planning to continue their equity strategy in the distribution of vaccines throughout the country.
- Unlike prior surges, Governor Whitmer isn’t using mandates but instead urging residents to take precautions on their own. Click here to read more.
- According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, Michigan needs to shut down the state due to the rising cases. Click here to read more.
- Experts are fearing that the surge in key metrics that are occurring in Michigan is a sign of what is to come for the rest of the nation. Click here to read more.
- The rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in the state continues to climb at alarming rates. Click here to read more.
- The increase of variants nationwide is causing difficulties in the surveillance of cases and outbreaks. Click here to read more.
- Kids and young adults are the driving forces behind the last surge in cases. Click here to read more.
- A look at where in the country cases are rising and where they are declining. Click here to read more.
This information is sourced from the Michigan Legislative Consultants’ COVID-19 Special Update email newsletter sent on Monday, April 5, 2021.
Monday, April 5 – Statewide Economic Impact
- Weekly Cases: 41,728
- Total Cases: 702,499
- Weekly Deaths: 205
- Total Deaths: 16,239
- Weekly Cases: 9,702
- Total Cases: 869,125
- Weekly Deaths: 117
- Total Deaths: 18,643
- Weekly Cases: 6,892
- Total Cases: 691,625
- Weekly Deaths: 46
- Total Deaths: 12,668
- Weekly Cases: 19,147
- Total Cases: 1,258,736
- Weekly Deaths: 128
- Total Deaths: 21,384
- Weekly Cases: 4,140
- Total Cases: 580,184
- Weekly Deaths: 39
- Total Deaths: 6,640
Federal Update From our Partners at Foley & Lardner
- This morning, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a proposal to prohibit mortgage servicers from initiating foreclosures until January 1, 2022. CFPB proposed that servicers be allowed to offer borrowers affected by the pandemic streamlined loan options. These temporary modifications would help an estimated 1.7 million borrowers. Read more about the proposed temporary changes here and a summary of the 2021 Mortgage Servicing COVID-19 Proposed Rule here.
- In an interview today, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that the federal government – and specifically the Biden administration – will not mandate vaccine passports for travel or business entry and that any such mandates would instead come from the private sector, if at all. Several states are moving to ban the use of such passports; more left-leaning states, such as New York, have launched or will be launching voluntary apps that allow people to upload proof of a vaccination or COVID test results.
State Adds Pop-Up Testing Sites
Through the next two weeks, 37 pop-up testing sites are being offered throughout the state to make it easier for residents who travel over spring break to get tested for COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services is especially encouraging those who travel out of state to get tested to avoid fueling outbreaks within their household or community. The Department advises those who travel to get tested three to five days after their trip and to stay home and self-quarantine during that time period. If a person doesn’t get a test, they are advised to self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
For test site locations, please visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirustest.
- While Michigan is experiencing some of the highest rates of increases to case numbers and hospitalizations, Governor Whitmer isn’t planning on new or additional restrictions at this time. Click here to read more.
- Despite the ongoing pandemic and restrictions in place, some restaurants are taking the risk and opening new establishments. Click here to read more.
- Attorney General Dana Nessel is commending the over 40,000 food establishments throughout the state that have abided by state law and adapted to changes during the pandemic. Click here to read more.
- Will the next school year bring a return to normal for students? Click here to read more.
- Driven by stimulus payments and good job numbers the United States may become the global leader in economic recovery. Click here to read more.
- We hear the term mRNA thrown around about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but what does that term, and technology, actually mean? Click here to read more.
Additionally, the following website is a source for updated information from the administration.
While these are very uncertain times, know the MLC Team, along with POAM, is available to answer your questions regarding this MLC April 2021 Updates. Additionally, we will provide regular updates as more information becomes available.