CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

for Local Municipal Leaders

Resources For Communities

Cities and villages are on the front lines of responding to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their community. Local elected leaders have the primary responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of their residents. Michigan local governments have longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies and community members rely on them to provide them with timely, accurate information about their local preparedness and response.

The Michigan Municipal League is committed to providing local leaders with the necessary tools and resources to ensure communities are well equipped to navigate the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Questions on the Coronavirus?

The League can help!

Due to the volume of questions Governor Whitmer’s administration is receiving from our members and many others, the state’s resources being stretched to the max, and furloughing of employees, the state is no longer able to answer to each individual question from League members. The administration has committed to continue having an open line of communication with the League on critical issues. If you have a question, the League will do its best to provide an answer for you by utilizing both internal and external resources. This service is for Michigan Municipal League members only. If you have a generic question regarding League services, or a non-COVID-19 related question, please send it to info@mml.org.

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Latest News

The League wants to make sure Michigan communities have access to the most up-to-date resources for a potential public health outbreak. Listed below you will find the most recent links to state, federal, and other resources on the coronavirus.

Gov. Whitmer extends job protections to people sickened by COVID-19 August 7, 2020

Gov. Whitmer extends State of Emergency through Sept 4

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers Who Handle FOIA Requests – April 5, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Protecting Workers Who Stay Home, Stay Safe When They or Their Close Contacts Are Sick – April 3, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Emergency Declaration and Declaring State of Disaster – April 1, 2020

Michigan Municipal League Thanks Governor Whitmer for FOIA Deadline Executive Order – April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments and School District
The Department of Treasury’s COVID-19 Updates for Local Governments and School Districts webpage is now live.  This webpage will provide communities with the most up-to-date guidance issued by the Department including numbered letters, communications, and resources regarding COVID-19 information.  We will continue to update this webpage with information and resources as they become available.

Unemployment Benefits Increased and Expanded – March 30, 2020

Whitmer Signs Executive Order Prioritizing Absentee Voting in May 5 ElectionsInside 208 blog, March 30, 2020

Whitmer Executive Order Requires Water Reconnections Statewide, Establishes Fund to Help Communities ComplyInside 208 blog, March 29, 2020

Michigan Issues Stay-at-Home Order Amid Coronavirus: Here’s What it MeansMarch 23, 2020

Coronavirus Executive Order 2020-21 – FAQsMarch 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Authorizing Remote Participation in Public Meetings and Hearings and Temporary Relief from Monthly Meeting Requirements for School BoardsMarch 18, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Closing Bars, Theaters, Casinos, and Other Public Spaces; Limiting Restaurants to Delivery and Carry-Out Orders – March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer Orders Temporary Prohibition on Large Assemblages and Events Over 50 People – March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer Expands Unemployment Benefits for Michigan Workers – March 16, 2020

Resource Links

Michigan Coronavirus Resources and Information

Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19)

Department of Health & Human Services
What our state government is doing to address the virus, Fact Sheets explaining the virus and how it is spread and treated (English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic), and FAQs

News Articles on Michigan Municipalities
News articles on COVID-19 impact on Michigan municipalities

Resource Links

Michigan Coronavirus Resources and Information

Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19)

Department of Health & Human Services
What our state government is doing to address the virus, Fact Sheets explaining the virus and how it is spread and treated (English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic), and FAQs

2020 Census
The US Census Bureau has extended the census data collection through October 31 and field operations are now scheduled to resume June 1. Read more.

HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheets

CPD Program Formula Allocations and CARES Act Supplemental Funding for FY 2020

Guidance on New Federal Employer Mandates

Employer Mandates in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 30, 2020)

Poster – Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

White House Press Releases

Corona Guidelines for America– March 16, 2020

Census News

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19

In February 2020, President Trump formed a Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence and comprised of subject-matter experts, to organize a whole-of-government response. The Administration and Coronavirus Task Force have and will continue to work with State-Local-Tribal officials and private sector and non-profit partners in preparing for and responding to the coronavirus. It is important to note that at this time, the risk of infection for Americans remains low, and all agencies are working aggressively to monitor this continuously evolving situation and to keep our partners and the public informed.

ICMA

Coronavirus Resources: Plan and Prepare Now Before It Hits Your Community

  • Considerations for Local Governments
  • Chains of Command for Public Health Emergencies
  • Key Resources for Local Governments

National League of Cities

Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders

Managing Through the Coronavirus: What Local Leaders Need to Know
As more cases of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, are identified in the U.S., local leaders must answer the question about their own role in responding to the outbreak. The good news is that municipalities have  longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies such as this and now is the time to show leadership. Includes three things to prioritize with your local response.

Sustainable Strategies DC 

COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Resources Available to Local Governments

World Health Organization (WHO)
Information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including online training and videos.

Michigan Society of Association Executives
COVID-19 Resource Hub

University of North Carolina School of Government
 Preparing Local Government Workplaces for the New Coronavirus

Information

For information on COVID-19 as it relates to the African American community, please visit the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials website.

Executive Orders 176 and 180 – Amended MI Safe Start Orders (updated 9/15/20)

EO 2020-176

Safe Start

Allows for organized sports competitions to resume and gyms (9-9-20) and pools to reopen

Remote work. Except in Regions 6 and 8, any work capable of being performed remotely must be performed remotely. In Regions 6 and 8, any work capable of being performed remotely should be performed remotely.

Gatherings, events, and large venues.

(a) Except in Regions 6 and 8, social gatherings and organized events among persons not part of the same household are permitted provided that organizers and venues ensure that:

(1) Persons not part of the same household maintain 6 feet of distance,

(2) If a gathering or event is indoors, it does not exceed 10 people; and

(3) If a gathering or event is outdoors, it does not exceed 100 people.

Regions 6 & 8:

An outdoor social gathering/organized event among persons not part of the same household is permitted provided that the gathering or event does not exceed 250 people and complies with the social distancing requirement

EO 2020-180 

Amendment to Safe Start order

This order clarifies that, in order to participate in organized sports, athletes must either wear a facial covering or consistently maintain 6 ft of social distance.

EO 2020-154 Emerg order – OMA – re-issue

Webinars:

EO 2020-15 Remote Access Meetings
PowerPoint Answers on Relay/Captioning ServicesVideoPodcastQ&A Log

Deep-Dive Demo in Setting Up Remote-Access Meetings
PowerPointVideoPodcastQ&A

Avoiding Zoombombing – Inside208 blog

Sample Remote Access Meeting Notices:

Brighton

Buchanan 

Howell

Sterling Heights

Traverse City

Open Meetings Act (Act 267 of 1976)

Webinars

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments – Seventh Webinar- September 8, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube

Mich. Dept. of Treasury – COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments – Sixth Webinar – Aug. 12, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube – FEMA Fact SheetsFirst Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program (FRHPPP), Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program (PSPHPRP)Numbered Letter 2020-4 MEDC COVID-19 ResourcesMEDC Reopen Main Street

Monday Morning Live, with special guest from National League of Cities – August 10, 2020
YouTubePodcast

Identifying the Barriers to Equity: Understanding the Local Impacts of the Criminal Justice System – August 6, 2020
PowerPointYouTube – PodcastAdditional Resources

Connecting Residents to Michigan’s Eviction Diversion Program –
August 5, 2020
PowerPointYouTubePodcastQ&ANational Low Income Housing Coalition Fact Sheet

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining Community Engagement –
July 30, 2020
PowerPoint – YouTubePodcast

Monday Morning Live
– July 27, 2020
YouTubePodcast

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Town Hall – July 23, 2020
MSP- CESF PageYouTubePodcastQ&A

What’s Happening Inside MDOT’s Local Agency Program – July 22, 2020
YouTubePowerPoint – PodcastMDOT COVID-19 Construction Guidance – MDOT – COVID-19 Training Memo  – MDOT – COVID-19 Material Ticket Handling E-mail – MDOT – COVID-19 Field Operations Guidance 

Handling High Waters: Your Guide to Rising Lake Levels – July 14, 2020
YouTubePodcastPowerPoint

MML Monday Morning Live– July 13, 2020
YouTubePodcast

ServeMICity Office Hours for CARES Act Funding for Michigan Municipalities – July 13, 2020
YouTubePodcast

CARES Act Funding for Municipalities Explained –Michigan Treasury COVID-19 Webinar Series – July 9, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube

The Future of Public Safety Webinar Series: Re-imagining How We Invest- June 30, 2020
YouTubePodcastPowerPointYpsilanti City- Resolution Condeming Racism (2020-115A)MML Anti-Racism and Hate Resolutions PageTruth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Michigan Municipal League Monday Morning Live – June 29, 2020
YouTubePodcast

Navigating Michigan’s Work Share Program for Your Community – June 23, 2020
YouTubePodcast Q&A

Work Share Sample Documents:
Setting Up Your Account 
UIA Work Share Program Powerpoint
Work Share Directions
Work Share Excel Template
Work Share Tool Kit
UIA Work Share Program Powerpoint


Michigan Municipal League Monday Morning Live – June 22, 2020
YouTubePodcast

Stop Panicking and Start Acting: 5 steps to Save Your Small Businesses & Rebuild Your Local Economy- June 18, 2020
YouTubePodcastPowerPointSmall Businesses are at Risk of Closing report

Monday Morning Live – June 15, 2020
YouTubePodcastQ&A

Michigan Delegation Leads Efforts to Protect Main Street Businesses – June 10, 2020
YouTubePodcast – PowerPointQ&A

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments – Fourth Webinar – June 9, 2020
YouTubePodcastPowerPoint

Now that the Stay at Home Order is lifted, What do Municipalities Need to Know? – June 8, 2020
PodcastPowerPoint – YouTubeQ&A

Monday Morning Live – June 8, 2020
PodcastYouTubeQ & A

Liquor Licensing for Outdoor Services for Bars and Restaurants – June 4, 2020
Podcast – PowerPoint– YouTubeSample resolution: City of SouthfieldQ&A

ServeMICity: Technical Assistance Office Hours – June 2, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

Monday Morning Live – June 1, 2020
PodcastYouTube videoQ&A

Monday Morning Live – May 21, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

ServeMICity Launch- May 20, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

What has Changed with the Re-Opening of Northern Michigan?- May 20, 2020
PowerpointPodcast – YouTube videoQ&A

Michigan Dept. of Treasury COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments- Third Webinar – May 18, 2020
PowerPoint Podcast – YouTube video

Supporting Mental Health During the Coronavirus- May 14, 2020
PowerPoint  – PodcastYouTube video

Monday Morning Live, with special guest Irma Esparza Diggs from National League of Cities – May 11, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

Monday Morning Live: Thursday Edition – May 7, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

Michigan Dept. of Treasury COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments – May 4, 2020
PowerpointPodcastYouTube video

Re-opening Your Community: What’s the Best Strategy? – April 29, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube video
Additional Documents: Ferndale COVID-19 Staffing; Michigan Farmer Markets Responding to COVID; Mason COVID-19 Resources (Mason’s Employee Expectation Document); Mason Telecomuting Authorization Form; Mason- General Rules of Employment

Monday Morning Live – April 27, 2020
PodcastYouTube videoQ&A

Considerations for Municipal Enforcement of Executive Order 2020-42 – April 24, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube videoQ&A

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – What Public Employers Need to Know – April 23, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube video

COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments – April 20, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube video

Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials COVID-19 Discussion, with special guests Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Dr. A. Oveta Fuller – April 15, 2020
Dr. Fuller’s presentation: “Shelter in Place” Means “Don’t Do It! Don’t Go Out!” – Podcast – YouTube videoBiography of Dr. A. Oveta Fuller

From Dr. Fuller
Three links to fact-based items recommended for municipal leaders and anyone.

Sheriff’s Office – Washtenaw County Update – April 13, 2020

Coronavirus House Calls,”  Episodes 5-6, CBS-42 television, Birmingham, Alabama. “ April 11-12, 2020.   (30 min. Practical questions and answers)

Op-Ed on meaning of “Shelter in Place” or “Stay Home, Stay Safe” , Published April 3, 2020

Secure the Cities: Cybersecurity 101 for Michigan’s Municipalities – April 13, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube video

Monday Morning Live – April 13, 2020
PodcastYouTube video

New FOIA Executive Order/Flexibility During COVID-19 – April 10, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube videoCOVID-19 Response OptionsDecision Tree to Assist Public Bodies in Responding to FOIA Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Leading in a Crisis, with special guest Harvard Professor Stephen Goldsmith – April 9, 2020
PowerPointPodcastYouTube videoQ&A

Monday Morning Live – April 6, 2020
PodcastFacebook videoYouTube videoQ&A

Census 2020: Getting a Complete Count During COVID-19 – April 2, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideoChat LogToolkitQ&A

Update on Federal COVID-19 Response and Stimulus, with U.S. Senator Gary Peters – April 1, 2020
VideoPodcast

Monday Morning Live Webinar – March 30, 2020
VideoPodcast

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order & What it Means for Your Community – March 27, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideoChat LogQ&A

COVID-19 Crisis Communication: How to Make Your Messages Hit Home (National League of Cities) – March 27, 2020

Facebook for Community Communication – March 25, 2020
PowerPointPodcastVideo –  Chat LogAdditional resources provided by presenter Rachel Holland

Crisis Communications – March 24, 2020
PowerPointVideoPodcast

Deep-Dive Demo in Setting Up Remote-Access Meetings – March 23, 2020
PowerPointVideoPodcastChat logQ&A

Virtual Meetings Executive Order – March 20, 2020
PowerPoint presentationAnswers on Relay/Captioning ServicesVideoPodcastFull Chat LogQ&A LogAvoiding Zoombombing

Facebook Webinar: Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19 (CDC) – March 18
Video

Coronavirus Webinar – March 16, 2020
Concerned about how to respond to coronoavirus (COVID-19) if it spreads to your community? Tune in to this interactive conversation on the latest developments with Elizabeth Hertel, senior chief deputy director for administration for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Listen to podcast.

Best Practices

See samples from other municipalities regarding notices, emergency procedures, service announcements, and more. If you’d like to contribute to this listing, send your samples to kcekola@mml.org.

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Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We

Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease, are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. You can reduce stigma if you:

  • Rely on and share trusted sources of information
  • Speak up if you hear, see or read misinformation
  • Show support for impacted individuals and communities

More information on social stigma>