Over 2,500 people attend Ruth Johnson’s COVID-19 tele-town hall

LANSING, Mich. — More than 2,500 area residents took part in a COVID-19 tele-town hall meeting with Sen. Ruth Johnson last week.

Dr. Mary Marshall of Grand Blanc and Stephanie Glidden from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity were Johnson’s special guests for the event.

“This is a confusing and stressful time for many Michigan families, and this tele-town hall meeting was held to help answer people’s questions about the virus and its impact on our state and their lives,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “We were able to answer many questions about the virus, the governor’s stay-at-home order, and expanded unemployment benefits.

“I want to thank everyone who participated and also thank Dr. Marshall and Stephanie for helping answer questions and address concerns from local families.”

During the event, residents asked questions about the emergency situation, including questions about the supply of personal protection equipment for health care workers, the governor’s stay-at-home order and its gardening and home improvement restrictions, how the virus is spread, if people who have had COVID-19 need a screening to return to work, MSU students getting only partial refunds for room and board, people having trouble applying for unemployment, the state’s unemployment qualifications, and the overall game plan to get people back to work.

“I encourage anyone who could not participate to call the COVID-19 hotline or contact my office if they have any questions,” Johnson said.

People may contact Johnson’s office at 517-373-1636 or via email at [email protected].

Residents can call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. More information on the virus is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

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