Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 8:30 PM on 3/23/2020
- Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”
- Politico: Five more governors announce new restrictions to curb coronavirus
BY: CAITLIN OPRYSKO
March 23, 2020
Five more governors on Monday moved to place restrictions on their states’ residents in an effort to blunt the spread of coronavirus.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, took the most dramatic action, ordering residents to stay home except for essential outings and ordering non-essential businesses to tell employees not to report to work, effective at midnight Tuesday.
Whitmer’s order, which will remain in place for at least the next three weeks, comes as the governor noted the state went from having zero reported cases of the virus to more than 1,000 in under two weeks, though such an increase was somewhat expected as testing kits became more widely accessible.
- The Department of Health and Human Services announced 293 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing Michigan’s total to 1,328.
- Governor Whitmer continues to encourage the following practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.
HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT
- Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced yesterday that absent voter ballot applications will be mailed by her office to all voters in the May 5 election to help ensure both public health and democratic rights are protected.
“Our country has a long history of carrying out elections in times of crisis, and we are fortunate to have the tools to uphold that history today,” said Benson. “Voting by mail protects public health, is highly accessible, and was clearly mandated by Michiganders when they overwhelmingly voted in 2018 to amend our state constitution and afford everyone this right.”
- Yesterday, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced she has assigned a team of special agents to assist her attorneys in gathering information related to the high number of price-gouging complaints the Attorney General’s office has been receiving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest tally of price-gouging complaints received by the Attorney General’s office is 1,417, which includes 585 written complaints received as of 7 a.m. today and 832 complaints received by phone as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is prepared to help connect heath providers with the supplies they may needto help with the COVID-19 response and mitigation effort.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Michigan Department of Transportation will be cancelling the spring Adopt-A-Highway pickups previously scheduled for April 18-26 and May 9-17 around the state.
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- NBC News: Massachusetts, Michigan governors issue stay-at-home guidance
- Chicago Tribune: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issues stay-at-home order over coronavirus threat
- Detroit Free Press: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issues ‘stay at home’ order for Michigan, effective at midnight
- MLIVE: All Michigan residents, most businesses ordered to stay home to slow spread of coronavirus
- Detroit Free Press: These essential Michigan businesses can remain open during ‘Stay Home’ order
- Bridge Michigan: Stay at home, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says as coronavirus cases soar
- MLIVE: Michigan Gov. Whitmer urges residents not to panic during three-week ‘stay home’ order