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Expanded Work Share Program Helps Employers Bring Back Workers from Unemployment and Restart Their Operations 

  • May 26, 2020

(May 26, 2020 5:25 PM) As Michigan businesses begin to reopen, employers are urged to utilize the State’s Work Share program which helps employers experiencing economic pain due to COVID-19 retain their workforce and bring back employees from lay-off as they restart their businesses. “As we begin the safe reengagement of our economy, our job providers can use Work Share to save money and help more people return to work faster,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The program can give business owners the resources needed to retain or bring back employees as their customer and business capacity ramps back up. As we continue to phase in sectors of our economy, we must continue to do our part on behalf of the heroes on the front lines of this crisis, including our medical workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are putting their lives on the lines for us every day. We will get through this together.” Work Share allows employers to bring employees back from unemployment with reduced hours while employees collect partial unemployment benefits to make up for the lost wages. Job providers can also utilize the flexible program to retain their skilled workforce and avoid layoffs when revenues…

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Local Business Owners Launch National Burger Chain During Pandemic

  • May 26, 2020

Doll n’ Burgers new restaurant on East Chicago Blvd. in Tecumseh.  JTV Photo. (May 26, 2020 5:12 PM) A group of entrepreneurs this week launched Doll n’ Burgers, a new restaurant that is planned as the flagship of a national burger chain.    The first Doll n’ Burgers restaurant opened in Tecumseh on Saturday, May 23 with a Charity Preview event drawing more than 500 customers. “We're Insane enough to launch a high-end national burger chain in the middle of a pandemic. Awesome enough to pull it off! Why? Because our food. Our service. Our people. Everything about Doll n’ Burgers is ridiculously good,” said Co-founder Ken Heers. The new restaurant, opening officially today to the public, is a Michigan-born restaurant that serves fresh ingredients: regionally raised, fresh beef, topped with locally sourced vegetables and served on a homemade American milk bun.  The made-to-order burgers are served with a side of house-cut fries. The relatively small menu includes the Doll n’ Burger, Doll n’ Burger Deluxe, and the Doll n’ Burger Bacon Deluxe.  A Detroit-style Coney, Traverse City Salad, sides, shakes, and malts round out the offerings. Doll n’ Burgers has a kids menu and a black bean patty or…

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Governor Whitmer’s 5-26-20 Press Briefing and PowerPoint

  • May 26, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-104, which expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any Michigander.   The governor also announced a new, online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work. Michiganders can find the dashboard at MIstartmap.info. The governor was joined by MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Dr. Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Beverly Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Better Health of Michigan, a subsidiary of CVS Health.  To view video of the governor's press conference, click here.  To view the PowerPoint presentation the governor and Dr. Martin used, click the link below:  PPT 5.26.20 .pdf

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Michigan Reports 223 Coronavirus Cases Today, State Total Now 55,104

  • May 26, 2020

(May 26, 2020 3:23 PM) Michigan reported 223 coronavirus (COVID-19) positive test cases today, with the state reported total now at 55,104. The State of Michigan is reporting 26 COVID-19-related deaths today, bringing the state total to 5,266. State Cumulative Total of Recovered COVID-19 Cases (as of 5/22/2020): 33,168.  This information is updated daily at 3 p.m., with COVID-19 results included as of 10 a.m. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Jurisdiction updated 5/26/2020 County Confirmed Cases Reported Deaths Alcona 11 1 Allegan 212 6 Alpena 95 9 Antrim 12   Arenac 33 1 Baraga 1   Barry 61 2 Bay 287 19 Benzie 4   Berrien 596 47 Branch 103 2 Calhoun 349 21 Cass 78 2 Charlevoix 15 1 Cheboygan 21 1 Chippewa 2   Clare 17 2 Clinton 138 10 Crawford 58 5 Delta 17 2 Detroit City 10818 1326 Dickinson 5 2 Eaton 178 6 Emmet 21 2 Genesee 1964 245 Gladwin 18 1 Gogebic 5 1 Grand Traverse 23 5 Gratiot 71 6 Hillsdale 170 24 Houghton 3   Huron 42 1 Ingham 705 25 Ionia 144 3 Iosco 84 9 Isabella 74 7 Jackson 438 26 Kalamazoo 802 51 Kalkaska 19 2 Kent 3420 72 Lake 5…

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