(FOX 2) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces a community plan in partnership with Huntington Bancshares that will provide $ 5 billion in support of small business, social equity, economic inclusion and affordable housing.
The partnership was announced at Governor Whitmer’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Many were hoping and waiting for an announcement on the reopening of gyms, cinemas and other social enterprises, but earlier on Wednesday FOX 2 political analyst Tim Skubick learned that the governor should not be speaking about it during this meeting. press conference.
Whitmer also announced 20 new neighborhood COVID-19 testing facilities that will be free and distributed statewide. The tests will be free and hosted by the community college, churches and other facilities.
Over the next few months, the bank will announce specific initiatives to support small businesses, consumers and communities. The plan will evolve as Huntington continues to listen and take action to meet the changing needs of Michigan communities.
“This is great news for Michigan small business owners who have faced unprecedented challenges as we weathered the COVID-19 pandemic over the past six months,” Governor Whitmer said. “These are Michiganders who have spent their lives building their businesses and need our help more than ever. I am proud to work with Huntington Bank as they continue to support our small business owners and build strong communities in our state, and I am committed to continuing to work on behalf of small business owners as we struggle. against COVID- 19. ”
Meanwhile, daily cases in Michigan have leveled off and death and hospitalization rates remain low.
At the latest press conference, Dr Khaldun said the 7-day average for testing in Michigan is 28,000 tests per day, which means more than 2% of Michigan’s population is tested weekly, which is the goal.
She said the overall positive percentage in Michigan currently stands at 3.3%. The goal is to obtain a positive percentage of less than 3%, which would indicate that there is no community spread.