Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Update for 5/31/20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 5/31/2020                      


  • As Michiganders protested the historic inequities black Americans are facingacross the country, Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II released the following statement:  

“As Americans, this is one of the most challenging periods in our lifetimes. People in communities of color across the nation and right here in Michigan are feeling a sense of exhaustion and desperation. Communities are hurting, having felt that calls for equity, justice, safety, and opportunity have gone unheard for too long. We stand in solidarity with those who are seeking equitable justice for everyone in our state. We can’t live in a society and a country where our rights and our dignity are not equal for all. The First Amendment right to protest has never been more important, and in this moment when we are still battling a killer virus, it is crucial that those who choose to demonstrate do so peacefully, and in a way that follows social distancing guidelines to protect public health. Our administration is working closely with local elected officials, public safety, and faith, and youth leaders to encourage communities across the state to designate areas for peaceful demonstrations where people can make their voices heard. There will no doubt be more tough days ahead, but we must pull together and treat our fellow Michiganders with dignity, compassion, and humanity.”   

  • The governor and lieutenant governor also released the video below to let people across the state know that they hear them and that we will all get through this together. 

  • On Friday, at the press conference the governor called upon leaders and those with a platform to speak up and create change for a more equitable society. 

  • The governor created the new Michigan Workforce Development Board which will be an essential part of this effort as they work to ensure Michiganders can acquire the skills and credentials they need to secure and advance in jobs with family-sustaining wages, as well as give Michigan’s job providers the access they need to skilled workers so they can continue to succeed in a global economy. 

Here in Michigan, the birthplace of the middle class, we must all work together to ensure paths to opportunity for everyone. This board will be vital in continuing our efforts to grow both our workforce and our economy,” said Governor Whitmer. “This group of leaders will be instrumental in bringing together efforts and partners from key industries to expand our workforce, economy and educational attainment efforts. 

Governor Whitmer also expanded the requirements for the federal workshare requirements and encouraged employers across the state to take part if their business is struggling. COVID-19 has taken a tough toll on Michigan small businesses and the governor and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio are working hard to ensure both employees and employers are able to make it through this difficult time. 

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-109 and 2020-108 on Friday, which extend existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies, and maintain restrictions regarding entry to care facilities designed to protect vulnerable populations, while allowing the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to gradually open visitation as circumstances permit. 

“We’ve made great strides in flattening the COVID-19 curve in Michigan, thanks to the dedicated men and women on the front lines of this pandemic. These executive orders will help us continue to protect Michiganders from the spread of this virus by protecting our most vulnerable residents and employees and customers at grocery stores and pharmacies,” Governor Whitmer said. “I encourage all Michiganders to wear a face mask when they are out in public to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can safely reopen our economy.” 

  • Friday, FEMA approved Governor Whitmer’s request to add Gladwin County to the federal emergency declaration, which will provide additional resources to respond to the extreme flooding. This initial approval is limited to certain direct assistance from federal agencies to deal with immediate challenges, but could be expanded as the state and FEMA completes the damage assessment. 

After these floods devastated livelihoods of families across Gladwin county, I am glad the federal government has stepped up to help those impacted,” Governor Whitmer said. “I look forward to continuing to work with FEMA and the federal government to help Michigan families rebuild after this natural disaster.” 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 513 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 57,397.


  • In an effort to help safely reengage the economy and allow Michiganders to track potential COVID-19 symptoms, the MDHHS and LEO have collaborated with the University of Michigan School of Public Health and College of Engineering to create the MI Symptoms Web Application
    Designed primarily for employers and employees, the online tool is also available to all Michigan residents. Users enter information daily to help identify symptoms that might be caused by the virus and to make decisions about when to seek appropriate medical care. Local and state public health will also use the collective data to help identify the potential for new outbreaks of the disease.  
    “MI Symptoms will help Michiganders identify symptoms of the virus early, allowing them to take the appropriate actions for their health and the health of those around them,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “This will also help state and local public health workers connect these individuals to important resources like testing locations and support services. I encourage people to sign up on the app to stop the spread of the virus.” 


  • To conclude #MentalHealthMonth, MDHHS shared some self-care resources to help Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic 



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