LANSING, Mich. (Mar. 19, 2020) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the availability of emergency relief funding for small businesses this morning, as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit small businesses and hourly workers particularly hard.
We’ve spent the week asking around for regional resources and up-to-date information on COVID-19/Coronavirus prevention and quarantine resources in Michigan. Initially, there weren’t any. Press contacts in local research centers said they were busy getting a grip on the situation themselves, didn’t have time to be interviewed, or simply didn’t have any information yet available, and the Centers for Disease Control had very limited published information available online. Testing seems to be the biggest bottleneck on getting a handle on how far COVID-19 has spread in the United States, as early COVID-19 tests were faulty, and the promise from the Trump administration to distribute 1 million tests, or loosening restrictions from the CDC on who could perform testing or how many people should be tested, fell under scrutiny as they missed an early window for preventing and monitoring spread of the novel respiratory virus.