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COVID-19 Resources and Links

Friday, January 21, 2022

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The MMRMA team regularly monitors news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and other public health authorities.

Below is the latest information about the pandemic and current guidance relating to workplaces and other venues. These ongoing updates and resources are for the benefit of our members, their employees, and the citizens of Michigan. Please bookmark this page for easy access and contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

We remain focused, as ever, on diligent, timely service to our members. Thank you for your continued support and membership in MMRMA. As always, we wish you well.

Federal and State Resources:

CDC Coronavirus Site
Michigan Coronavirus Site
MDHHS Coronavirus Site and Orders
MDHHS Frequently Asked Questions
Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard
MIOSHA Website

Onsite Vaccinations in Nursing Homes

On January 20, 2022, MDHHS issued an order requiring nursing homes in Michigan to offer COVID-19 vaccines doses on their premises. According to the press release:

Under the order, nursing homes must offer on-site doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents who are not up to date as of Jan. 20, 2022, within 30 days of the effective date of the order.

Nothing in the order requires nursing home residents to get vaccinated. Nursing homes are encouraged to provide informational materials about COVID-19 vaccines so that residents can make informed choices. Materials can be located on MDHHS’ Long-Term Care COVID-19 Plan website.

Read the full MDHHS order here.

State Guidelines for Correctional Employees

On January 13, 2022, MDHHS updated its emergency order and guidance relating to state and local correctional facilities. According to the guidance fact sheet:

Due to concerns about increased transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, this guidance will address enhanced protection for Michigan local and state correctional employees. This guidance includes isolation & quarantine recommendations for when contingency staffing strategies are necessary in a particular facility.

Go here to read more:

Emergency Order – Prison Requirements
Updated Guidelines

Employer Vaccine Mandates

On January 13, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s stay of the national Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating COVID-19 vaccination for employers with 100 or more employees. The Court’s action halts the mandate and OSHA may not enforce its provisions, pending the outcome of ongoing litigation in lower courts.

In another case, the Supreme Court allowed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate, which applies in most health care settings that receive federal funding, to continue. This means CMS can enforce its mandate in all states, including Michigan, pending the outcome of lower court proceedings. Information on the CMS rule can be found on this infographic.

See OSHA’s webpage for updated information about the current status of the ETS.

Public Meeting Rules Changed on January 1

Restrictions on remote participation in public meetings subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) went into effect on January 1, 2022. Public Act 254 of 2020 allowed more permissive rules that were set to expire at the end of 2021.

At this time, members of a public body can only participate and vote in remote meetings subject to OMA if they must be physically absent due to active military duty. See Public Act 267 of 1976 for for the current applicable law governing such public meetings.