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
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
The deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is November 21, 2020. U.S. citizens and U.S. resident aliens will receive an EIP of $1,200 or $2,400 if they filed married filing jointly and if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:
- $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns
- $112,500 for head of household filers and
- $75,000 for all other eligible individuals
Taxpayers will receive a 5% reduction in their payment for the amount their AGI is above these amounts.
Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P), who do not file a tax return, will receive a $1,200 payment automatically.
These benefit recipients should refer to the Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Department of Veteran Affairs benefit recipients FAQs for additional information.
For eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018, they receive the payments automatically.
For people who have little or no income and didn’t file a tax return or don’t receive any of the federal benefits listed above, they are also eligible for an EIP. They need to register with the Non-Filer tool on IRS.gov as soon as possible so they can receive a payment.
- Economic Impact Payments FAQ
- Social Security Recipients
- Guide for Social Security and SSI Recipients
- Tool for Non-Filers
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
Current law dictates that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) close at the end of August 8, 2020. As such, SBA is no longer accepting PPP applications from participating lenders.
PPP loans will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 60% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll).
- Assistance for Small Businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form
- Loan Forgiveness Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- MI Safe Start Plan
- Safe Start Restrictions by Categoy and Region
- 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.