Economic Support through Government Operations
Oakland County recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 10, 2020. Oakland County was one of the earliest and hardest hit counties in the state. In the first surge of cases, the seven-day average reached a high of 296 cases per day on April 6. Unfortunately, the deaths of our residents were also highest during this time. The State and County entered a “Stay at Home” order at this time, and business interruption and job loss was at its highest point.
Working with the Board of Commissioners, the County Executive team leaned in and started to aggressively address both the health and economic impact of the pandemic. The Board of Commissioners appropriated funds immediately to address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), to provide food assistance, and to being to stabilize small businesses and community organizations.
The diagram above demonstrates the CARES Act Grant Programs administered in the past year. In addition, Oakland County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) acquired more than:
- 1.3 million N95/KN95 masks
- 1 million gowns/lab jackets
- 141,000-plus face shields
- 50,000 boxes of medical gloves
- 60,000 boxes of non-medical gloves
The county distributed the PPE to first responders, hospitals, long-term care facilities, local governments, other medical offices, schools, and more. Overall, the EOC responded to 8,000 requests for resources from the county, local government, and other entities.
Learn more about how Oakland County Aggressively Used Federal Funds In 2020 Pandemic Response