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“Over the past two weeks, COVID-19 has changed the lives of people across Canton, Belleville, and Van Buren Township. It’s important that we have easy access to important updates and information, know how we can get tested, receive unemployment benefits if we’ve been laid off, receive food assistance if we’re struggling to put food on table, and know where to ask questions. I created this webpage to gather all of that information, including links to relevant websites, in one place for the people of the 21st State House District. Together, we will get through this!” - Ethan

Getting tested for COVID-19

  • Call your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms. 

  • Call the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8am-5pm with any questions. 

Michigan Unemployment Benefits 

  • If you’ve been laid off because of this outbreak or otherwise qualify under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to expand unemployment benefits or the federal pandemic unemployment assistance, you can apply for assistance to help you through this time.

  • During the COVID-19 outbreak, eligibility has been expanded to  people who can’t work due to unanticipated family care emergencies like childcare due to school closures and those caring for a sick loved one; workers who are sick, quarantined, or have compromised immune systems that don’t receive paid leave or are laid off; and people who become exposed to COVID-19 from being on the front lines of this outbreak in the public health community. Eligibility has also been expanded to those typically unable to collect UI benefits such as self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low wage workers. 

  • If you are having trouble receiving your benefits or need help, you can contact our current state lawmakers: 

  - Unemployment Assistance Form for Canton (State Sen. Dayna        Polehanki): 

- Unemployment Assistance Form for Belleville and Van Buren Twp (State Sen. Erika Geiss): 

- Office Phone Number of Rep. Kristy Pagan: 517-373-2575 

Updates and Resources from the federal government and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • To learn more about federal direct cash payments, updating your bank information to receive direct deposit, or tax filing, visit 

  • To receive the latest information and resources about COVID-19 from the CDC, visit

Updates and Resources from the State of Michigan 

  • To read Governor Whitmer’s most recent Executive Orders, visit,9753,7-406-98178_98455-521682--,00.html

  • State of Michigan COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136 (available 8am-5pm daily) 

Updates and Resources from Wayne County 

  • Wayne County Health Organization Hotline: 2-1-1 or 734-287-7870

Updates from School Districts 

  • Van Buren Public Schools is posting updates on COVID-19 here: 

  • Plymouth-Canton Community School is posting updates on COVID-19 here:

  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools is posting updates on COVID-19 here:

Updates from Local Governments

  • Canton Township is posting updates on COVID-19 here:


  • Canton COVID Resoruce Center Hotline: 734-394-5440. This line is intended for seniors, homebound residents and people with disabilities to request assistance. 

  • The Canton Township Treasurer’s office is working with residents struggling to pay water bills by waiving penalties for March and April bills until May 29th and suspending any water shut offs for the Spring. For information on how to pay your bill since Township Hall is closed, visit

  • Van Buren Township is posting updates on COVID-19 here:

  • The City of Belleville is posting updates on COVID-19 here:


Emergency Food Assistance 

  • Muslim Community of Western Suburbs is providing Canton seniors with grocery shopping services.             Call 734-325-4134 between 10am-1pm to place and order that will be delivered to your house.

    • For more information, visit


  • Van Buren Public Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch to all kids ages 0 to 18. 

    • You can pick up food between 10am-1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Families can pick up food for 2 days on Tuesday and 3 days on Thursday.

    • Pick up is at Belleville High School (501 W. Columbia, Belleville) at the parent pick-up entrance.

  • Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch to all kids under 18 and students ages 18 to 26 with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

    • Meals can be picked up every Wednesday from 11am-1pm.

    • Pickup locations are Salem High School (46181 Joy Rd, Canton), Starkweather Academy (39750 Joy Rd, Plymouth), Discovery Middle School (45083 Hanford Rd, Canton), Liberty Middle School (46250 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton), West Middle School (44401 Ann Arbor Trl, Plymouth), and Eriksson Elementary (1275 Haggerty Rd). 

    • For questions, you can email 

  • Wayne-Westland Community Schools is providing free breakfast and lunch to all kids under 18 and students up to 26 in the adult transition program.

    • For more information, visit


  • Belleville Food Closet distributes food to those in need at Belleville First United Methodist (417 Charles St, Belleville) 

  • Open Door Food Pantry (4301 S. Lilley Rd, Canton) distributes food to those in need from 4:30-7pm ​

    • To register for food assistance, call 734-397-1777 Ext. 201


Information from local health providers


To help others during this time

  • The American Red Cross is currently facing shortages of blood donors. If you're healthy and able, consider ​scheduling an appointment to donate at 

Where to direct questions and receive regular email updates about COVID-19 

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