Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including some updates and news from your state government.
Michigan Redistricting Commission Approves New District Lines
Last week, Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission voted to approve new state House, state Senate and congressional district maps to go into effect for this year’s elections. The new 74th House District will cover Delhi Township and south Lansing. The communities of Mason, Stockbridge, Leslie, Williamston and Onondaga will join part of Meridian Township to form the new 73rd House District. Maps can be viewed here.
Schools Across Michigan Will Hire 500+ Mental and Physical Health Professionals; Grant Funding Still Available
Schools across the state are currently recruiting and hiring more than 500 school psychologists, social workers, counselors and nurses. Through March 1, school districts can apply for grant funds to support these new positions. So far, 200 school districts have applied for these grants. Funding for this program comes from the $240 million that Democrats put in the fiscal year 2022 budget to increase the numbers of school-based professionals supporting students’ mental and physical health. Districts can learn more and apply at www.Michigan.gov/MDE.
COVID-19 Daily Cases Up 65%
Michigan is currently reporting more than 12,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, which is a 65% increase from last week. You can help prevent spreading the virus by indoor masking, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick and getting your COVID vaccine and booster.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all vaccinated people 12 and older receive a COVID-19 booster shot six months after receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Everyone ages 5 and older in Michigan is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to the health department, Sparrow Health Systems, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Meijer and other pharmacies offer the vaccine and the booster.