Governor Whitmer COVID Update 9-14-20

Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 10:00 PM on 9/14/2020                      


  • Yesterday, MDHHS announced their new “Spread Hope, Not COVID” public education campaign which urges all Michiganders to unite to contain the spread of COVID-19 so the state’s economy, schools and communities can safely reopen – and stay open. The “Spread Hope, Not COVID” campaign already includes about 50 of Michigan’s leading health care, business, education, community, manufacturing, tourism, senior citizen, labor, faith-based, and public safety organizations whose members touch the lives of millions of citizens. The campaign calls on all Michiganders to join together to “Spread Hope, Not COVID” by taking actions that will significantly reduce the spread of the virus including wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands, practicing physical distancing, and more. 

“This virus has devastated families across the state and had an unprecedented impact on our economy. We are not out of the woods yet, and we must all continue to step up and do our part to fight COVID-19,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today. “Our ‘Spread Hope, Not COVID’ message is for all Michiganders to do everything in their power to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our families, frontline workers, educators, and small businesses.” 

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 1,088 cases of COVID-19 from the past two days. Thisbrings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 112,612 


  • Two additional Neighborhood Testing Siteswere announced yesterday by MDHHS. The testing site in Detroit opened yesterday and the Muskegon site will open on Tuesday, bringing the total number of community sites offering COVID-19 testing to 19. MDHHS is working with trusted community partners including churches, community colleges and nonprofit organizations to launch the sites. 

“More than 1,500 Michiganders have been tested at one of the Neighborhood Testing Sites since they opened at the end of August, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy or health and MDHHS. “We have worked to make these sites as accessible as possible to the communities most in need and encourage residents to take advantage of testing available right in their community.” 

  • Also, Secretary of State offices are now offering special appointments every business day 4-7pm for people whose driver’s licenses or state IDs expired between Jan. 1 and Oct 31. Due to the pandemic, the legislature extended the expiration of Secretary of State credentials through Sept. 30. However, after that deadline, late fees will again be charged for late renewals and police will no longer be asked to use discretion when enforcing expirations. More information is available here and appointments can be made at 
  • MDHHS also announced plans to conduct aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas of Michigan to prevent spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). 

In order to prevent the loss of life and protect public health, MDHHS has determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. When there are high rates of animal infections, humans are just as at risk. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. People can be infected with EEE from one bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection. More than 25 percent of the nation’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan. 



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