Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

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Serving the people of the 36th Senate District is important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email [email protected] Also, please check out my Facebook page. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move Michigan forward.

Updated COVID-19 figures
On Thursday, state health officials reported 1,204 new cases of COVID-19 and 172 additional deaths, which bring the state’s total number of positive cases to 29,263 and total number of deaths to 2,093. In the 36th Senate District, there have been 117 cases and 4 deaths. This information and more is available at

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‘Safe Behavior for Safe Workplaces’ website
Michigan families and job providers have been asked to make tremendous sacrifices in our state’s battle against the coronavirus, and I want to thank you for your outstanding efforts to help keep people safe during this health emergency.

While the fight against this virus continues, we should be taking smart steps to allow businesses to reopen if they can implement strict health and safety measures that protects their workers and customers. Unfortunately, Gov. Whitmer’s expanded and extended stay-at-home executive order failed to consider ways for people to safely and responsibly return to work, especially in low-risk jobs or regions.

To begin the process of people safely and responsibly returning to work, the Senate has created a bipartisan “Safe Behavior for Safe Workplaces” work group.

Three Republicans and three Democrats are developing recommendations to be presented to Gov. Whitmer as to how Michigan can safely and systematically open for business — and they need your input. Please share your thoughts and suggestions at

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Support local health care by filling out the census
News about COVID-19 and our efforts to fight it is rapidly changing. One thing that doesn’t change is the fact that census data is used to provide access to the critical medical care we need. Based on census data, billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated to the states to support numerous programs including medical care.

As Michiganders, we take care of our families and neighbors. One way we can do this is to complete the 2020 Census so that Michigan’s families will have access to robust preventative, sick and emergency care. You can fill out the 2020 Census online today at or by phone by calling 1-844-330-2020. Phone lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

COVID-19 news
Below is a release from the governor an executive order establishing procedures in long-term care facilities to protect the health and safety of both their employees and residents and a release from the State Emergency Operations Center of Michigan on state and local health officials reaching out to Michiganders who have tested positive as well as to the contacts of those individuals.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order to Protect Residents and Employees in Michigan’s Long-Term Care Facilities

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Executive Order 2020-50, to establish procedures in long-term care facilities to protect the health and safety of both their employees and residents.

At Michigan’s long-term care facilities, residents and employees live and work in confined spaces, and the lack of personal protective equipment makes it difficult to engage in the precautionary measures recommended by the CDC. Due to the nature of the care provided in these facilities and the vulnerable status of their residents, multiple positive test results of COVID-19 threaten the safety of the entire facility. The governor’s executive order is aimed at protecting both residents and staff in those facilities from the spread of COVID-19. READ MORE

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MDHHS, local health departments contacting COVID-19 positive cases and their contacts

How to know if the calls being received are legitimate

LANSING, MICH. – During the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, local health departments and staff from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are reaching out to Michiganders who have tested positive as well as to the contacts of those individuals. These public health staff are calling to check on health status, provide information about COVID-19 and actions people should be taking, help locate needed services and track the spread of the infection in the community.

“We recognize many people do not like to answer the phone if they don’t recognize the number, but during this time this call could be someone offering you important information regarding your health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We ask Michiganders to please answer these calls and return voicemails from the local health departments or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”

Calls may be from area codes where residents typically do not receive calls from, including the 517 area code. To keep each person’s information private and to provide residents with information they need, it is important for health department staff to speak directly with impacted Michiganders. READ MORE


Senate District 36 Map

The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

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Senator Jim Stamas
100 N. Capitol Ave., Room S-324.
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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