Michigan to see $6.3M in CDC funding


    As part of last month’s federal stimulus, Michigan will receive $6.3 million in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding to support COVID-19 response efforts.

    “As the coronavirus continues to pose unprecedented public health challenges across Michigan, ensuring our state has sufficient resources to respond to this pandemic is a top priority,” said U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp). “This funding will support a range of activities critical to coronavirus response efforts in Michigan, including purchasing vital medical equipment and helping hospitals meet staffing needs. I will continue working closely with the Administration, Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer and leaders across Michigan to ensure we have the resources and tools to combat this crisis.”

    U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters at the NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth

    The funding from the CDC is a part of an existing cooperative agreement between states and local jurisdictions that currently have the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases and areas with accelerating coronavirus cases.

    The resources will help fund a wide range of activities such as lab equipment, supplies, staffing, shipping, infection control, surge staffing, monitoring of individuals and data management. The funding also will supplement an existing pact to state jurisdictions through the Emerging Infections Program (EIP) in order to enhance surveillance capabilities. This will include assessing and investigating the burden and severity of COVID-19, evaluating and determine risk factors and outcomes and planning and implementing prevention strategies.

    “Michigan is now a hotspot for COVID-19 and every community in the state is impacted. The lack of testing supplies and equipment, scarcity of personal protection equipment for our medical providers and shortage of hospital personnel are stressing our health care system like never before. This funding will provide more support to our state at this incredibly urgent time,” said U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing).

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.