LANSING, Mich. – Both Michigan’s State of Emergency and stay-at-home order were originally slated to end Thursday.
Extending the emergency declaration is not an extension of the stay-at-home order, though, as these are two separate actions.
Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in late February, weeks before coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported in Michigan.
This declaration allowed the state to prepare for the virus.
Whitmer, the state director of emergency management and homeland security and other agencies then began directing all state resources to an emergency operations center in Lansing.
An extension of the emergency declaration does not mean the stay-at-home order will automatically last through May. Whitmer will still need to sign a new Executive Order if she chooses to extend that order beyond May 15.