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Today, we mourn the tragic and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others whose names we will never know. We are outraged and we are devastated. Our hearts go out to their families and friends, and to any member of our community who fears for their safety, and the safety of their loved ones each and every day. 

Their deaths are a direct reflection of the racism and violence that exists in our society and has, once again, brought to light the systemic racism that perversely exists in our own communities. It is time for change. We understand that real change is difficult – it cannot be done alone, nor can it be done without a daily commitment to doing the work. 2-1-1 has long worked to lift up solutions that strive to create racial equity, but the fact is we can do more. We know that our words are not enough – that they must be marked by action.  

We are committed to doing the work internally. To listening, learning, facing discomfort and having real conversations amongst our staff as we commit to being an anti-racist organization. We commit to creating space and engaging in collective conversation and work with community partners across the state to demand change and advocate for dismantling systemic racism.  

We commit to being better than we were yesterday and doing better tomorrow.

What Is the Census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States.

What Will the Census Ask?

The Census asks for less personal information than most social media profiles. Items like name, gender, age, birthday, race/ethnicity, relationship to head-of-household, owner or renter and phone number are asked. The Census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status.

Who Gets Counted?

Census forms are filled out by household. Everyone living at the address matters and everyone needs to be counted, including children.

How Do I Fill it Out?

It’s easier than ever for 2020. You can respond online using the unique Census ID that will be mailed to you. If you don’t have internet access, you can respond by phone or mail.

How is Census Information Used?

Being counted helps communities create jobs, provide housing, fund K-12 education, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads, hospitals and libraries.

Census data determines how many seats your state gets in Congress. Also, state and local officials use census data to draw boundaries for state and local legislative districts and school districts.

Language Assistance:

  • Online form: 12 non-English languages
  • Paper form: English and Spanish
  • Telecommunications help for the deaf
  • Language guides (video and print): 59 non-English languages, also American Sign Language, Braille and large print

Census 2020 Schedule:

  • March 2020 – Census invitations mailed to households
  • October 31, 2020 - Self Response Deadline
  • April 3, 2021 – Census Bureau delivers count to President
  • July 2021 – States receive official count

Census Takers: Census takers are hired by the Census Bureau to knock on doors and collect responses to the census for households that have not yet responded.  In person visits will happen between August-October.  If you responded to the census already, a census taker will not come to your home.  For more information about census takers, including how to identify them, click here.

 

For more information about the Census in Michigan visit: https://mivoicecounts.org/

Call 811 before any digging projects.

MPSC urges Michiganders to stay safe, make free call to 811 before starting any digging project LANSING, Mich. –

MISS DIG 811, Michigan’s nonprofit statewide underground utility safety notification system, is asking anyone doing big or small projects that involve digging to place calls to 811 or fill out a request online at www.call811.com up to two weeks in advance to make use of the 14-day window allotted under state law.

Anyone excavating is required by law to contact MISS DIG 811 no later than 72 hours in advance so that utilities can be marked by trained workers with spray paint or colored flags.

“If you know you’re going to dig in two weeks, don’t wait until 72 hours beforehand to contact MISS DIG 811,” said Bruce Campbell, CEO of MISS DIG System, Inc. “You can contact us two weeks in advance, which allows facility owners and their locators to be better prepared for increased volume in calls for locating underground utilities.”

Underground utility lines in Michigan are damaged during digging activities every year, causing service disruptions and putting lives and property at risk.

“No matter the size of the project, digging should only be done after a call to 811,” said MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg. “We strongly encourage Michiganders to help us do everything we can do to reduce the chances of people being injured or vital services being interrupted because someone struck underground utility lines.”

For more information go to www.call811.com or see the MPSC’s consumer tip on safe digging.

For information about the MPSC, visit www.Michigan.gov/MPSC, sign up for one of its listservs, or follow the Commission on Twitter.

Michigan’s COVID-19 Hotline Now Offers Free, Confidential Emotional Support Counseling

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Michigan’s COVID-19 Hotline Now Offers Free, Confidential Emotional Support Counseling

LANSING, MICH. Confidential emotional support counseling is now available 24/7 at no cost to Michiganders who call the state’s COVID-19 hotline. The service is part of a federally funded grant program implemented by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) in partnership with the Michigan State Police.  

Callers to the COVID-19 hotline will hear a recording that begins by saying to press “8” if they would like to speak with a Michigan Stay Well counselor. The counselors, though not licensed professionals, have received specialized training from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center on how to provide emotional support to residents of federally declared disaster areas. A major disaster was declared in Michigan on Friday, March 27, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

BHDDA hopes that adding Stay Well counseling services to the hotline will provide callers with relief from the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Emerging or lingering anxiety, distress, irritability and loss of hope are important feelings to recognize in ourselves and others, and it can help to talk to someone,” said Dr. Debra Pinals, psychiatrist and MDHHS medical director for behavioral health. “If it’s helpful, the counselors can also provide callers with referrals to local mental health agencies and substance use disorder support services.” 

“Because of COVID-19, many of us are grappling with strong emotions, including anxiety, depression and fear,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “We want Michiganders to know it is okay to have these feelings – and okay to ask for help. You don’t have to carry this burden alone.” 

Michigan Stay Well counselors are available any time, day or night, by dialing the COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 and pressing 8 when prompted. Language translation is available for non-English speakers.  

State employee volunteers also continue to answer general COVID-19 questions on the hotline. The current hours for general questions are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To access a variety of emotional support resources in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, visit Michigan.gov/StayWell. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.   

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Media Contact: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112 or SutfinL1@Michigan.gov

Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces

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Governor Whitmer Extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Order, Directs Michiganders to Wear Homemade Masks in Enclosed Public Spaces 

Governor’s Executive Order Lifts Restrictions on Activities like Lawn Care, Golfing, Boating 

 LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work. 

 “Data shows that most Michiganders are doing their part by staying home and staying safe. That’s good, but we must keep it up. Social distancing is our best weapon to defeat this enemy,” said Governor Whitmer. “With new COVID-19 cases leveling off, however, we are lifting some of the restrictions put in place in the previous order. I want to be crystal clear: the overarching message today is still the same. We must all do our part by staying home and staying safe as much as possible.” 

 “The numbers we’ve seen in the past week have shown a plateau in positive cases, but Michiganders must continue doing their part to fight this virus and protect their families,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “The governor has taken a number of critical steps to protect Michigan families, and this order today will allow that work to continue. We will keep monitoring the data closely and work with our partners across state government to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” 

The order will require people to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also require employers to provide at least cloth face coverings to their employees. People won’t have to wear face coverings when they’re taking a walk in the neighborhood, but when they go to the grocery store, they should be wearing one. Under the order, however, no one will be subject to criminal penalty for going without a mask. 

 The new executive order will also allow some workers who perform very previously suspended activities to go back on the job. Landscapers, lawn-service companies, and nurseries can return to work, subject to strict social distancing. Retailers to that do not sell necessary supplies may reopen for curbside pick-up and for delivery. Big box stores can reopen “closed areas,” like garden centers. And bike repair and maintenance can come back online. 

 At the same time, the order will ease up on some restrictions on members of the public. It will, for example, allow motorized boating and golf (but no golf carts), consistent with sound social distancing. It will also permit individuals to travel between their residences, though such travel during the epidemic is strongly discouraged. And it will clarify that state parks remain open, as they have been throughout the emergency. 

The governor’s actions today are in close alignment with other Midwest states. On April 16, Governor Whitmer announced that she and Governors Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), JB Pritzker (IL), Eric Holcomb (IN), and Andy Beshear (KY) will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region. The governor is committed to continuing to work closely with other governors to protect families and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

 

To view Executive Order 2020-59, Click the link below: