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Posted on: September 29, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: State focuses on opioid problems heightened by pandemic

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Opioids Task Force announced $80M in federal funding to respond to the ongoing opioids crisis. This and more in the Wayne County Report for September 29, 2020.

The funds will support prevention, treatment and harm reduction services, with a focus on evidence-based practices that save lives. The funding includes $36.4 million from the new State Opioid Response II grant and $43.1 million from an extension of the current State Opioid Response I grant. 

The crisis has become even more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls to emergency medical services for opioid overdose were 22 percent higher from April to July 2020 than during the same period in 2019. 

According to the countywide health data for September 28, 2020, Taylor had two new COVID-19 cases (for a total of 1,035 this year) and no new deaths (78).

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