Governor Whitmer COVID Update 4/20/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 4/20/2020                      



  • Yesterday, Governor Whitmer addressed Michiganders across the state about the collective response to COVID-19. She was joined by  Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and Chief Medical Executive Dr. JoneighKhaldun to talk about some things the state has done since Friday. The governor knows that this is a difficult time for the state and announced that she will take a 10% pay cutMichigan has received over 150,000 donations from business and organizations across the state to help with the efforts to fight COVID-19.  

The governor shared data showing that the number of patients who are in the hospital with suspected confirmed COVID-19 as declined from our high point 10 days ago. She warned of a cautious optimism and also shared that while cases are slowing in certain counties they are increasing in others as the virus spreads. She stressed that Michiganders must continue to stay home and stay safe to protect our family, friends and neighbors from the virus 


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color throughout our state. The governor signed Executive Order 2020-55 to create the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.  

“COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on Michigan’s communities of color and I am confident this task force will help us identify the factors driving this disparity and to identify actions we can take to create a more equitable Michigan for everyone,” Gov. Whitmer said. “Each of the task force members will provide a unique perspective and play a vital part in identifying these barriers and ensuring all Michiganders have equal access to critical resource when they need them most.”  


“We know that generations of racial disparities and inequality has a detrimental impact on the lives of people across the state,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “The coronavirus pandemic has shown this inequity to be particularly damaging, especially in the Black community, where the health of our friends and family has been disproportionately impacted. That’s why we are taking immediate action to assemble some of the greatest minds to tackle this racial injustice now and in the future.” 

While African Americans represent 13.6% of Michigan’s population, they represent a staggering 40% of the deaths from COVID-19. The task force will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor and study the causes of racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19 and recommend actions to immediately address such disparities and the historical and systemic inequities that underlie them. 


  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 576 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 32,000.



  • As evidence mounts that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking an emotional toll on Michiganders, help is on the way in the form of two federal grants awarded to MDHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA). 

One grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The other was awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with SAMHSA, with funds distributed through the Michigan State Police. Together, the two grants provide nearly $2.5 million to better address mental health needs during the COVID-19 disaster.  


  • Additionally, MDHHS reminded Michiganders that they have free access to resources through Headspace to help them stay mentally healthy during this difficult time. 


  • The Michigan National Guard announcedyesterday that they are offering support at the South Michigan Food Bank in Battle Creek. Approximately five Airmen from the 110th Wing, Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, started serving at this site beginning April 17. The South Michigan Food Bank in Battle Creek will be the sixth food distribution site supported by the Michigan National Guard across the state.  Since March 30, Michigan National Guard members have been serving at food bank locations in Comstock Park, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, and Flint. 






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