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Safely Reopening Schools | Vaccine Info

February 20, 2021
e-Newsletter Archive

Safely Reopening Schools

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Since last summer, I have been advocating for safely reopening schools. Incorporating the appropriate health precautions while welcoming students back is a top priority. Each school district is unique and the approach to re-opening is not one-size-fits-all. The longer we delay getting students back in the classroom more regularly so they can get the attention they deserve, the longer we continue to set back a generation of students. Our children don’t belong to a special interest group or political party. They’re just kids. As parents and policymakers, it is up to us to advocate for their best interests. We must put politics aside, put our children first, and reopen America’s classrooms. Check out my op-ed in the Lansing State Journal by clicking here.

Removing Barriers for Broadband

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For rural areas in Michigan, the lack of access to reliable high-speed broadband has only become more apparent during the pandemic. This week, I joined my Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues to introduce a solutions-oriented roadmap to increasing broadband infrastructure in the communities that need it most. Included in this broader legislative package is H.R. 1084, legislation I authored to remove barriers for broadband buildout.

Visiting Saline Lectronics

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This week I stopped by Saline Lectronics, Inc. to see their work manufacturing a device used to monitor and track boxes with shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so many businesses here in Michigan have either retooled to help produce critical supplies like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), or have helped fight the virus including with vaccine development, production, and vaccine shipping logistics.

Developing a 21st Century Workforce

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In a Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing this week, we discussed the importance of developing a skilled workforce to accelerate a continued broadband buildout. I highlighted a Manchester constituent's story on driving to the parking lots of local businesses so her children could complete school assignments. We also discussed how Monroe County Community College is leading the way in developing a 21st century workforce through their innovative programs. To watch my questioning on these topics, please click here.

Vaccine Scheduling Information

Currently, the state of Michigan has received over 2.3 million vaccine doses and is distributing them through local health departments and hospital systems. If you have questions regarding distribution and scheduling in your county, please visit the following websites for more information:

Branch/Hillsdale Counties
Branch-Hillsdale Community Health Agency
ProMedica

Eaton County
Eaton Health Department
Sparrow

Jackson County
Jackson Health Department
Henry Ford

Lenawee County
Lenawee Health Department
ProMedica

Monroe County
Monroe Health Department
ProMedica

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Health Department
Michigan Medicine
St. Joe's

You can find additional information about COVID-19 vaccines and relief, including the recent renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program, on my website as well. As always, I remain committed to serving you and helping move our country forward.

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