Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a State of Disaster due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday (April 1) upgrading Michigan’s State of Emergency, which was declared on March 10, to a disaster declaration.
The declaration “recognizes the expanded scope of economic, educational, and civic dislocation caused by the COVID-19, and equips the administration to address fully the devastation caused by virus,” according to a release.
“Since Michigan announced our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 three weeks ago, we have taken some of the most aggressive measures in the country to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect Michigan families,” Gov. Whitmer stated. “During this time, it’s crucial that Michiganders continue to stay home and keep their distance from others. We will get through this together.”
She also wrote a letter to the Legislature requesting to keep Michigan’s State of Emergency resolutions in place for at least 70 days, which would take it to June 9.
“The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan is still climbing, and we must continue to do everything we can to slow the spread,” MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said in a statement.
Khaldun added, “The governor has taken a number of critical steps to protect Michigan families, and this order today will allow that work to continue. I will keep working closely with the governor and our partners across state government to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”