Governor Whitmer Daily COVID-19 Update 4/12/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 8:30 PM on 4/12/2020                        


“The State of Michigan is working with our healthcare partners to step up COVID-19 testing,” Whitmer said. “Better access to testing and quicker results are critical to our public health officials who are fighting coronavirus and to our residents who have symptoms of COVID-19 and need answers, treatment and peace of mind. More testing will save lives.” 

The new drive-thru capacity will include two large-scale sites in Detroit and Flint. The sites will aim to serve at least 750 and 250 people per day, respectively. Additional site details are in progress and will be announced soon. New drive-thru sites will also operate in Atlanta (between Gaylord and Alpena), Bad Axe, Battle Creek, Bay City, Benton Harbor, Jackson, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City. The partnership will significantly expand drive-thru test sites currently operating in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Saginaw.  


  • Over the weekend Michigan received a donation of 500,000 KN95 masks, 100,000 gloves and 50,000 shoe covers from State Farm, Walmart and Sales Force. The governor is working every day to secure enough personal protective equipment for our frontline health care workers fighting COVID-19. 


  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 1,487 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 24,638.


  • Both in Michigan and across the country states have experiencedthe most amount of unemployment claims filed in the history of the United States. Governor Whitmer is committed to making sure Michiganders have access to the benefits they are entitled to. Listen below to hear her give an update on the UIA. 


  • The Michigan National Guard has played an integral role fighting COVID-19 on the ground. Take a look at the video below to see how their members are stepping up to help Michiganders across the state. 



  • Last week, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) produced four major guidance documents for local school districts, created in collaboration with other state agencies, Michigan educators, stakeholders, and major education organizations in the state. Click below to view each document: 


  • MDARD highlighted the work of Michigan Technological University for their work piloting a Mobile Sanitizing Station alongside the Michigan National 





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