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Whitmer Appoints Elizabeth Hertel As New MDHHS Director After Robert Gordon ResignsMichigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon announced his resignation in a social media post Friday. Shortly after hiss resignation, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Senior Chief Deputy Director for Administration Elizabeth Hertel Gordon's replacement. 
Michigan Reports 2,157 New COVID-19 Cases, 17 Deaths FridayThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,157 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 17 deaths Friday.
Barstool Sports Portnoy Uses Online Sports Betting To Help Michigan Small Businesses During PandemicDavid Portnoy, Barstool founder in Detroit promoting new online sports betting in Michigan and Barstool Sportsbook in Greektown Casino, while helping small Michigan businesses struggling during pandemic.
Washtenaw County Health Department Identifies 2 More COVID-19 Variant Cases Linked To Earlier CaseIndividuals who were infected are associated with University of Michigan, which is working with health officials to limit the spread.
Here's Everything To Know About Michigan's New Indoor Dining Guidelines Here's everything to know about the new order which will last for three weeks until Sunday, Feb. 21.
Missed Gov. Whitmer's Press Conference? Here's Her Update On The State's Response To COVID-19Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Friday morning providing updates on the state's response to COVID-19. Here's everything you need to know.

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Food Assistance Recipients Will See Additional Benefits By End Of January(CBS DETROIT) - The more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment by the end of January that raises their monthly amount by 15 percent to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits is for six months, ending in June. “No Michigander should worry about how they’ll put food on the table for themselves and their family, especially during a pandemic,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our state, and we must continue providing crucial support to families that need it most. “I want to thank Sen. (Debbie) Stabenow for her leadership in securing this important increase and for her tireless efforts to expand access to food assistance, which has brought relief to so many Michiganders in need throughout this pandemic.” Michigan food assistance recipients will see the 15 percent increase added to their Bridge Cards by the end of January that are in addition to benefits they received earlier in the month. Food assistance increases by $102 per month for a household of four, which will now receive $782 per month. In subsequent months, the 15 percent increase will be added to Bridge Cards from Jan. 20-30. “Helping families put food on the table is our job,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “We’re glad we can provide more food assistance to Michiganders who are in need as a result of COVID-19.” Whitmer and MDHHS also are announcing continuation in January of an initiative that provides additional food assistance to 350,000 Michigan families as a response to the pandemic. Through the initiative, anyone receiving food assistance who doesn’t already qualify for the maximum monthly benefits will see their payment raised to the maximum monthly amount for their household size. Eligible clients will see these additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by Jan. 30, with payments beginning for some households on Jan. 20. Anyone who receives both this payment and the 15 percent increase will receive them on the same day.
GM Cares Build Distribution Tents For Volunteers Working In The ColdCBS DETROIT) – An organization known for assisting others is getting some much needed help. When it comes to giving back to the community the volunteers are the unsung heroes. GM Cares is stepping in to keep those helping hands warm as they work to distribute food and care packages to families. GM Cares saw that volunteers from the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency were braving the cold weather, so the team went to the drawing board to create distribution shelters. The tents are designed to protect volunteers from the elements while they assist families in the pandemic. The new tents are making its debut tomorrow at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church in Dearborn Heights in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families can stop by and pick up fresh meat and produce, dry goods as well as personal care items. Organizers say the distribution tents will help volunteers continue to serve the community more comfortably. “Cold weather definitely did dwindle the volunteers a little bit at the beginning because it’s pretty cold. We get there pretty early to get ready for packaging. So, from packaging all the way to distributing, all the way to cleaning up, it’s a long time out there. Especially when it’s really cold or it’s snowing. Last week it snowed on us so, not having that shelter has been a little difficult so we’re excited that gm decided to jump in because they saw where we needed support,” said Brittany King, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency lead organizer. For more information on relief services call 313-388-9700.
Michigan Bowling Alleys Sue State, Seek Compensation For COVID-19 Closures(CBS DETROIT) – A group of Michigan bowling alleys and roller rinks are suing the state over revenue lost during the pandemic. "To put businesses in the position where they can't meet their obligations, they can't pay employees, they can't pay their taxes, and then say 'well I guess we own your property because you didn't pay your property taxes.' That is just so unjust,” said Attorney David Kallman. The lawsuit does not challenge the legality of the state's orders or list how much money the businesses are seeking in damages. Michigan's bowling alleys say they closed for eight months last year and a second pandemic order forced them to close for three weeks.
Michigan Reports 2,165 New COVID-19 Cases, 148 Deaths ThursdayMICHIGAN (CBS DETROIT) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 2,165 coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 148 deaths Thursday. The deaths announced Thursday includes 128 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 544,311 and 14,053 deaths as of Jan. 21, 2021.