Navigate the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 03/13
Whitmer declares public health emergency, closes public schools. After two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a public health emergency and encouraged all residents to take precautions to avoid spreading infection. More on this declaration here. Later in the week, the Governor also announced that all K-12 schools in the state will close through April 5.
Activist successfully called for moratorium on water shutoffs. After widespread calls from water justice activists, Gov. Whitmer and Detroit officials announced a moratorium on water shutoffs, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for residents to wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of disease.
Republican lawmakers renew push for Medicaid work requirements. Despite the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus, House Republicans voted to approve a resolution that would appropriate funds to challenge a decision that struck down Medicaid work requirements. Get the full story here.
New evidence of long-term health impacts on Flint residents. In an interview this week, Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha discussed the growing evidence of long-term health impacts lead poisoning will have on Flint children. See what she had to say here.
How sick leave policy impacts pandemic. An op-ed written by Danielle Atkinson of Mothering Justice this week highlighted the lack of paid sick leave in Michigan after Republican lawmakers gutted a sick leave ballot initiative during the 2018 lame duck session, and discussed how dangerous not providing sick days is in a public health crisis like the one caused by COVID-19. Read her full take here.
Tweet of the Week
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich reflected on the Flint Water Crisis in this week’s Tweet of the Week.