Michigan Gov. Whitmer provides stay-at-home extension details during COVID-19 press conference
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided details about an extended stay-at-home order during a coronavirus (COVID-19) press conference Thursday afternoon.
- Watch the press conference here.
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Whitmer had said earlier this week that she was considering extending the order. Her office confirmed Wednesday that the governor has decided to extend it as the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
“I know it’s taken a toll and I know it’s hard, but we also know that we are still on the upward swing” of the virus spread, Whitmer told WOOD-TV. “It’s really important that we continue to double down on mitigation and protecting folks by staying home.”
On Tuesday, Michigan lawmakers voted to extend the state’s emergency declaration through the end of the month.
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