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  1. Mayor Schor Restricts Discretionary Spending and Hiring Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Executive Directives to Address Costs as City Revenues Face Uncertainty. Press Release
  2. Capital Area Recycling & Trash Temporary Changes in Response to COVID-19

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Lansing will be making temporary changes to the Capital Area Recycling & Trash (CART) and yard waste collection services. Press Release
  3. Cities of Lansing and East Lansing Provide Additional Support to Homeless for Regional Needs

    The City of Lansing and the City of East Lansing announce that they will provide funding to Holy Cross, Advent House Ministries, Haven House and other local charities to support regional work with the homeless population during the COVID-19 crisis. Press Release
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Mayor Andy Schor's COVID-19 Daily Update Email

Committee and Council Meetings Canceled

Due to the Emergency Order issued by Mayor Schor on March 16, 2020, the City Council Offices will be CLOSED to the public FROM MARCH 17, 2020 through APRIL 5, 2020.


Mayor Andy Schor joins bipartisan mayors from across the country in signing the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s letter to congress asking for the $250 billion in emergency supplemental assistance to be provided directly to America’s cities to help address both the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress is considering at $1 trillion request and it’s imperative that cities are included.

Visit the U.S. Conference of Mayors Website to learn more.

How Can I Help?

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Small Business Assistance

You can visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website for an overview of the SBA’s response to the coronavirus, along with a list of resources. To apply for an EIDL loan, visit the SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance website. We understand that the SBA website has crashed several times this week, due to high demand. I have been in touch with the SBA Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region and they have assured me that they are working to improve the website’s capacity at this critical time.

Separately, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) call center stands ready to support businesses looking for assistance through other available state programs. For more information, visit MEDC’s website or call (888) 522-0103. The Michigan Small Business Development Center can also provide resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. For additional information, please visit the Michigan Small Business Development Center's Website.   

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Need A Job?

Michigan companies need to fill thousands of critical, immediate vacancies to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and agribusiness industries. The State’s employment search engine - Pure Michigan Talent Connect - provides job seekers and employers with an online portal at to post, search and connect to these job openings.

Thousands of new jobs are being posted to each day. Employers looking to hire during the COVID-19 pandemic should use the COVID-19 On-Demand Hiring Intake Form to ensure their postings appear in the search results.

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What Is Novel Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What are the Symptoms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID 19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

How Does the Virus Spread?

The Virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest), however some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.

Who is At High Risk?

Older adults and people who have underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Steps to Prevent Illness

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick by putting distance between yourself and other people. 

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