LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved spending up to $25 million to combat the new coronavirus, and some K-12 schools began announcing temporary closures to train staff in case districts end face-to-face instruction and move to online learning.
The supplemental budget bill, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will sign once the House concurs with a change, will allocate $10 million to state agencies for preparedness and response to COVID-19. The funding may cover monitoring, lab testing, contact tracing, and infection control.READ MORE: Official In Michigan County Gives Up Post In COVID Aid Flap
An additional $15 million will be set aside in a new coronavirus response fund and can be appropriated later.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: Monday Is Deadline To Opt Out Of Advance Monthly Payments
At least three school districts in Oakland County in suburban Detroit — Rochester, West Bloomfield, and Birmingham – have closed or have said they will close to prepare teachers to potential transition to virtual teaching.MORE NEWS: White House, Canada State Support For New Detroit River Span
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