Whitmer signs executive order ensuring continued flow of emergency medical supplies into Michigan


In this March 24, 2020 file photo, stacks of medical supplies are housed at the Jacob Javits Center that will become a temporary hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-40, which waives International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) credentialing requirements and ensures emergency medical supplies, sanitary supplies and key personnel can continue to flow into Michigan during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Right now, it’s more important than ever to ensure there are no disruptions in the flow of critical equipment and health care personnel coming into our state to help treat patients and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Whitmer said. “This Executive Order will help ensure urgently needed resources are delivered as efficiently as possible during this crisis.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a steep and immediate demand for certain essential supplies, equipment and personnel, and has made it harder for state agencies and departments to conduct business as usual — including credentialing motor carriers.

Motor carriers delivering the following products will not face fines or penalties if their license or decals lapse:

  • Medical supplies or equipment related to the testing, diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19
  • Sanitary supplies including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants
  • Food
  • Equipment, supplies or people needed to establish or manage temporary housing, quarantine or isolation facilities
  • People designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
  • People necessary to provide other medical or emergency services

This Executive Order is effective immediately and continues through May 5, 2020.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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