Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. There are many types of human coronaviruses, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Please use the following resources for more information about federal, state, and local efforts to address the situation, including economic assistance that may be available to you:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Department of State
- Economic Impact Payments / Stimulus Checks
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Local Health Departments
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Department of State
My staff and I continue to assist constituents stranded abroad. If you’re from the Third District of Michigan and need help, you can call my office at (616) 451-8383. The Department of State recommends enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the nearest embassy can contact you: https://step.state.gov. In case of emergency: Call (888) 407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1 (202) 501-4444 (overseas); or contact the nearest embassy: go.usa.gov/xduQM.
The Department of State is taking decisive action to inform and safeguard U.S. citizens overseas, protect the homeland, advance the Administration’s commitment to building global health security capacity for this and future outbreaks, and reduce the impact for U.S. companies and supply chains overseas.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Department of the Treasury
Economic Impact Payments / Stimulus Checks
Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return.
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.
- Economic Impact Payments FAQ
- Social Security Recipients
- Guide for Social Security and SSI Recipients
- Tool for Non-Filers
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
- Assistance for Small Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The federal government continues to take aggressive and proactive steps to address the COVID-19 threat as the health and safety of the American people remain a top priority.
Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and other federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and four tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19.
On June 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer enacted Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan, reopening certain businesses across the state with social distancing requirements and capacity limits.
- MI Safe Start Plan
- Testing Sites
- Donating Medical Supplies: Email COVID19donations@michigan.gov or call (517) 335-4295
- Information Hotline: (888) 535-6136 (daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
- Michigan Personal Protective Equipment Procurement Needs
- Unemployment Insurance 101
- Expanded Eligibility under the CARES Act
- Apply for Unemployment Benefits
- Helpful tips for applying online:
- Website load times will be slow. Click a link once, and if necessary, wait for the response without clicking again.
- Apply online during non-peak hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The 24-hour website operates faster when fewer people are on the site.
- Helpful tips for applying online:
Local Health Departments
Find statistics and other important health information from your local health department.