LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify in front of a virtual congressional committee on Tuesday, June 2.
Whitmer, along with the governors of Arkansas and Colorado, will appear in front of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee to speak about Michigan’s response to COVID-19 and reopening the state’s economy.
In a press conference Friday, May 29, Whitmer said she’s created a workforce development board via executive order. The governor called the development board an "essential part" of reaching her goal of 60 percent of Michiganders attaining post-secondary education by 2030.
"Here in Michigan, the birthplace of the middle class, we must all work together to ensure paths to opportunity for everyone. This board will be vital in continuing our efforts to grow both our workforce and our economy," Whitmer said. "This group of leaders will be instrumental in bringing together efforts and partners from key industries to expand our workforce, economy and educational attainment efforts."
In addition, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has created a new personal protective equipment procurement platform that matches up PPE supplies with Michigan businesses needing face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and other items to reopen.
So far, 1,800 PPE suppliers have signed up for the Pure Michigan Business Connect platform, which can be found at michiganbusiness.org/ppe.
"Here in Michigan we’ve taken aggressive action against COVID-19," Whitmer said. "Our actions are working. There’s no question there’s more work to do and we must keep doing our part, but we have an opportunity to show Michigan is a leader. Every Michigander should be proud of what we’ve accomplished."
As of Friday afternoon, Michigan has reported 56,621 COVID-19 cases and 5,406 deaths. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive, said Michigan has been hovering at around a 13 percent positive test rate for the novel coronavirus but in the past seven days, the state average was at 4 percent. Khaldun said this is an encouraging sign other parts of the state may be able reopen more in the near future.
Ottawa County has reported 762 COVID-19 cases and 33 deaths, while Allegan County has reported 216 cases and six COVID-19 deaths.
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