WATCH – Gov. Whitmer updates COVID-19 in Michigan, MI Safe Start plan


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a briefing on the state’s response to coronavirus on May 11, 2020, while Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, and state Chief Operating Officer Trisha Foster look on. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor)

Lansing, MI (WLNS) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun are updating the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. They are joined by Maureen Frances, a local realtor and Rachel Lutz a small business owner to talk about the MI Safe Start plan.  

On Wednesday the Unemployment Insurance Agency provided an update on unemployment claims related to COVID-19 in Michigan.

Since March 15 at the onset of the crisis, 1,717,555 claimants have applied for state and federal benefits, with $5.62 billion in benefits paid to 1,374,751 of workers.

Roughly 92% of eligible claimants have received benefits or have been approved to receive benefits.


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