Looking back at 110 stories that define Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 in Michigan this year
In promulgating Executive Order 2020-69 and Executive Order 2020-70, the Governor has done just that by placing restrictions on certain activities to limit social interactions. “Good news, sports fans: We are now ready to gradually and safely allow professional sports to resume in Michigan,” Whitmer said. July 14: State of emergency extendedWhitmer extended the Michigan state of emergency until Aug. 11 as COVID-19 cases rose across the state. The five-year lending, investment and philanthropic plan aimed to help improve financial opportunities for Michigan businesses, consumers and communities. Dec. 29: Relief bill, unemployment extensionWhitmer signed a $106 million relief bill and also extended COVID-19 unemployment benefits through March 2021.
Heres everything that has reopened across entire state of Michigan as of today
Gretchen Whitmer first issued the stay-at-home order, much of the state has reopened as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) slows. Useful tools :Heres a look at everything thats reopened across the entire state so far. Thats still the rule for indoor gatherings, but when she lifted the stay-at-home order, Whitmer expanded the size of groups that can gather outside to 100. Coming soonHair, nail and massage businesses across the state of Michigan will be allowed to reopen on June 15. For weeks, Northern Michigan was in phase four of the plan while the rest of the state was in phase three.
Michigan salon owner reacts to remaining shut down despite Gov. Whitmer lifting stay-at-home order
Gretchen Whitmer lifted the state’s stay-at-home order and cleared the way for many businesses to resume operations, but hair and nail salons are not reopening. READ: Michigan salon owners ‘disrespected’ by Whitmer telling people to ‘Google how to do a haircut’It’s an emotional time for small business owners such as Julie Cotton, of Salon Enigma in Farmington Hills. Michigan stay-at-home order timeline: 70 days, 4 extensions, ever-changing restrictionsShe said she’s had emotional conversations with her 10-year-old daughter about why she isn’t working. Cotton wants Whitmer to hear her and see what she’s willing to do to make sure her business can run without spreading the coronavirus. Cotton said she’s willing to go to war against the virus to keep it at bay and keep her business alive.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses keeping hair, nail salons closed
Gretchen Whitmer announced a dramatic loosening of statewide coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on Monday, but some popular businesses will remain closed. MORE FROM ROD MELONI: Broad takeaways from Whitmer lifting state’s stay-at-home orderThe stay-at-home order, which was originally announced in March, has been lifted. Monday’s changes could mean a lot of money staying in Michigan instead of going to other states. Michiganders near the border have started going to Indiana and Ohio for services such as nail and hair salons. Gyms, exercise studios, fitness centers, spas, hair salons and movie theaters are among the businesses that will remain closed.
Broad takeaways from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifting state’s stay-at-home order
Gretchen Whitmer has lifted the state’s stay-at-home order, effective immediately, but social distancing and safety standards in public aren’t going away. Related stories:Whitmer said the state has reached the fourth phase of her reopening plan, the “Improving” phase. Office work that can’t be done remotely, outdoor fitness classes, in-home services and groups of up to 100 people outside are allowed immediately. “Today, I signed an executive order moving the entire state of Michigan to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan, and we’ve also rescinded the Safer At Home order,” Whitmer said. Whitmer said she’s happy with this step, but she warns the coronavirus is still a threat.
How COVID-19 could affect your childrens social, emotional skills
DETROIT The closing of schools and daycares has had a dramatic effect on our childrens every day lives. While older kids may still be interacting with friends on social media, most preschoolers are limited to the playmates in their own home. She doesnt know how to react with other children.While parents can teach colors and numbers at home, there are some lessons that are much harder to teach -- social and emotional skills. Dr. Neal Horen, Ph.D. said early childhood is a critical time for building social and emotional skills and thats harder to do when the children are alone. But with many parents trying to juggle working at home and childcare, some may be struggling to meet the needs of younger children without the support of preschool.
Are COVID-19 positive children less likely to infect others?
DETROIT As experts consider the factors related to reopening schools, daycare and camps, it is important to understand how the virus spreads in children. A newly published study suggests there may be a reason for optimism when it comes to children. Even though there is concern about cases of the recently identified Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, children have accounted for less than 2 percent of documented COVID-19 cases and are less affected in terms of severity. The new report suggests children may also be less likely to spread the virus. Using careful contact tracing -- researchers in Switzerland studied the way in which COVID-19 spread to and from 39 children under the age of 16 who were diagnosed with coronavirus.
Pediatricians warn of higher drowning risk for children during coronavirus pandemic
DETROIT Pediatricians are warning parents about a higher risk of drowning for children while theyre stuck at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Tuesday, the nations pediatricians are sounding the alarm, warning that the pandemic could increase the risk of children drowning at home. Hoffman said about 70% of drownings for younger children happen when they arent supposed to be in pools. What that means is if kids cant learn to swim, we need to rely on other layers of protection to keep them safe around water. If theres water around, children will likely find it, Hoffman said.
Heres everything thats reopening this week across entire state of Michigan
Gretchen Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order late last week, but there are still segments of the state that will reopen this week. Her stay-at-home order and state of emergency -- both previously set to expire May 28 -- were extended around 5:30 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Michigan is now under a stay-at-home order until June 12, and a state of emergency until June 19. Retail businesses that reopen can have up to 10 customers inside at any time, Whitmer said. Recently reopenedLast week, Whitmer allowed Michigan residents to gather in groups of up to 10 people.
36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions
DETROIT – The 36th District Court in Detroit is extending its period of limited operations previously announced on March 13 to coincide with the extension of Michigan Gov. On Friday, Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19. Both executive orders were previously set to expire after May 28. The court’s moratorium on evictions will also be extended through June 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan. RELATED: 36th District Court in Detroit extends moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19
Michiganders react to extension of stay-at-home order
FERNDALE, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigans stay-at-home order until June 12 and the state of emergency until June 19. READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer extends stay-at-home order until June 12, state of emergency until June 19This comes one day after Whitmer eased some restrictions, including allowing groups of ten people or fewer to gather. MORE: Michigan residents now allowed to gather in groups of 10Despite declaring that weve flattened the curve -- Whitmer said the extension is about avoiding a second wave of coronavirus.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer partially reopens businesses, lifts medical restrictions statewide
Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that she is partially reopening businesses and lifting medical restrictions across the entire state. Retail, auto businessesWhitmer said retail businesses can reopen, as well as auto dealerships by appointment, on Tuesday. Retail businesses that reopen can have up to 10 customers inside at any time, Whitmer said. “With today’s announcement, physicians and health care providers in Michigan are ready to resume taking care of patients,” said Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. We encourage the citizens of Michigan to tend to their health and protect each other by following public health guidance to prevent spread of this virus."
Court rules Michigan Gov. Whitmer can continue state of emergency without legislative approval
Gretchen Whitmer has the authority to keep the state under a state of emergency without legislative approval. Republican legislators sued Whitmer after she extended the state of emergency and stay-at-home orders without their approval. They took her to court, arguing she shouldn’t be able to bypass legislators and extend her executive orders. In the end, the court sided with Whitmer, saying challenges to her authority to issue executive orders are meritless. While the governor’s action of redeclaring the same emergency violated the provisions of the EMA, plaintiffs’ challenges to the EPGA and the governor’s authority to issue executive orders thereunder are meritless.
Michigan residents now allowed to gather in groups of 10
Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday residents are allowed to gather in groups of as many as 10 people. State officials are also partially reopening businesses and lifting medical restrictions across Michigan. “With today’s announcement, physicians and health care providers in Michigan are ready to resume taking care of patients,” said Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, president of the Michigan State Medical Society. We encourage the citizens of Michigan to tend to their health and protect each other by following public health guidance to prevent spread of this virus." The governor also signed a separate order, Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer considers major change to COVID-19 nursing home policy
Gretchen Whitmers contested executive order concerning nursing homes and the coronavirus (COVID-19) expires Wednesday night, and she signaled that shes considering a major change to the current policy. Officials said there was a mad scramble inside Michigans nursing homes and the regional hubs where the COVID-19 positive patients went. There have been no mandates from the state that the nursing homes must take COVID-19 positive patients.Instead, the state gave homes $5,000 per patient. The oversight committee is anxious to see what Whitmer does with the new nursing home order. Members are still looking for solid numbers on how many Michiganders died in nursing homes.
With bottle and can returns on hold, Michigan recyclers worry about massive backlog
But industry leaders say not to worry, they will be good for those dimes when collection reopens. Being able to handle all the consumers bringing those containers back they have to have a way to handle that,” Nevins said. Michigan is the only state of the ten so called 10-cent-states not collecting bottles and cans right now and it is having a national effect. Because Michigan has one of the highest deposit rates in the country, much of the state’s recycled containers are used elsewhere across the country. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 51,915 as of Monday, including 4,915 deaths, state officials report.
Gov. Whitmer clears some businesses in Northern Michigan to reopen Friday
Gretchen Whitmer is allowing some businesses in the northern part of the state and the Upper Peninsula to reopen Friday. Related links:“The whole state is watching to make sure we get this right,” Whitmer said. “Our big fear, of course, is that Memorial Day weekend -- we know lots of people love to go north,” Whitmer said. “The last thing we would want to do in the midst of a global pandemic is to cut health care, to cut public safety or to cut education,” Whitmer said. He has clashed many times with Whitmer over her handling of the coronavirus in Michigan.
Here’s what Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is reopening in the state this week, and where
Gretchen Whitmer is reopening parts of Michigan to certain businesses later this week. As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) declines in the state, Whitmer will allow certain businesses in some parts of Michigan to reopen on Friday, she said. UPDATE -- May 18, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 51,915; Death toll now at 4,915Which businesses are included? READ: Republicans say Whitmer starting to reopen Michigan is ‘better late than never’Servers will have to wear face coverings at all times, Whitmer said. READ: Protesters rally against Michigan stay-at-home order: ‘She’s treating us like we’re small children’Despite the lawsuits and protests, Whitmer has continued to take a cautious approach to reopening Michigan.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen parts of state this week, including restaurants, bars
Gretchen Whitmer will reopen parts of the state this week, including bars, restaurants and retail businesses, as coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers continue to drop, she announced at Monday’s briefing. UPDATE -- May 18, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 51,915; Death toll now at 4,915Businesses could start reopening as soon as Friday. MORE: Why Northern Michigan was chosen for next phase of Whitmer’s reopening planHer current state of emergency and stay-at-home order are both in effect until May 28. READ: Protesters rally against Michigan stay-at-home order: ‘She’s treating us like we’re small children’Despite the lawsuits and protests, Whitmer has continued to take a cautious approach to reopening Michigan. Now is a time for unity.”Whitmer announced last week that gatherings of up to 10 people could possibly be allowed by May 28, when the current stay-at-home order expires.
Heres every Michigan county where bars, restaurants, retail will reopen this week
Gretchen Whitmer is reopening bars, restaurants and retail in 32 counties in the state later this week. Bars and restaurants will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. Her current state of emergency and stay-at-home order are both in effect until May 28. READ: Protesters rally against Michigan stay-at-home order: Shes treating us like were small childrenDespite the lawsuits and protests, Whitmer has continued to take a cautious approach to reopening Michigan. Now is a time for unity.Whitmer announced last week that gatherings of up to 10 people could possibly be allowed by May 28, when the current stay-at-home order expires.
Everything you need to know about Gov. Whitmer reopening businesses in parts of Michigan
My team and I will continue to work around the clock to protect the people of Michigan.Which parts of Michigan are affected? Only office workers whose jobs cannot be done remotely can return to work, Whitmer said. More on safety protocolsAll businesses that reopen have to adopt specific safety measures outlined in Whitmers executive order. Because we continue to fight this virus, nobody in Michigan should feel unsafe when they go back to work, Whitmer said. Businesses need to make these plans ready and available for their workers so they can review them and have confidence in their workplace safety, Whitmer said.
Republicans say Gov. Whitmer starting to reopen Michigan is better late than never
Whitmer rightfully concluded that the people of our state are smart enough to be trusted and she regionally reopened Michigan. For several weeks, Senate Republicans have been fighting for a common sense, regional approach to managing the impact of COVID-19 in Michigan," Shirkey said. This will help prevent a second surge in cases in our state.Only office workers whose jobs cannot be done remotely can return to work, Whitmer said. More on safety protocolsAll businesses that reopen have to adopt specific safety measures outlined in Whitmers executive order. Because we continue to fight this virus, nobody in Michigan should feel unsafe when they go back to work, Whitmer said.
Why Northern Michigan was chosen for next phase of Gov. Gretchen Whitmers reopening plan
Whitmer reopening businesses in parts of MichiganDr. Joneigh Khaldun, the Chief Deputy for Health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the states chief medical executive, spoke about how the locations were chosen for the next step in Whitmers reopening plan. There are two very specific regions of Michigan reopening, and they include areas that havent been hit as hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Because we continue to fight this virus, nobody in Michigan should feel unsafe when they go back to work, Whitmer said. READ: Protesters rally against Michigan stay-at-home order: Shes treating us like were small childrenDespite the lawsuits and protests, Whitmer has continued to take a cautious approach to reopening Michigan. But during Fridays briefing, she said Michigan isnt yet ready to enter the fourth stage of her six-step reopening plan.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer says strong COVID-19 actions have paid off, but will take economic toll
Gretchen Whitmer wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post saying she believes strong actions against the coronavirus (COVID-19) have paid off, though the crisis will take an economic toll on the state. Gretchen Whitmer, AG Dana NesselSince the first positive cases of COVID-19, Michigan has been aggressive to slow the spread of the virus, Whitmer wrote. Going too fast could squander all that we have sacrificed these past two months and risk lives and another shutdown," Whitmer wrote. "This would put our economy, health and medical system at risk.The health crisis is what has created the economic crisis, so Michigan much control the first issue before addressing the latter, Whitmer said. Right now, we need our federal partners to provide sufficient and flexible aid to mitigate the economic crisis that every state is going through," Whitmer wrote.
Here are the 6 stages in Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fully reopen the state
Gretchen Whitmer has revealed the six stages of her plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and fully reopen the state. The governor received criticism from Republican lawmakers in the state House and Senate after extending the state of emergency without their approval. One of their criticisms was that Whitmer wasn’t being transparent with her plans to pull the state out of this pandemic. Now Whitmer has revealed the six phases of her “MI Safe Start Plan,” designed to reengage the state’s economy. Whitmer said she worked with leaders in health care, business, labor and education to create the plan.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopens manufacturing, including Big 3 automakers
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced she has reopened manufacturing, including the Big Three automakers -- Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler -- at the beginning of next week. Manufacturing workers can return to the job Monday (May 11), Whitmer said. Stay-at-home order extendedEven though manufacturing plants are set to reopen soon, Whitmer extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order an additional two weeks. READ: Here are the 6 stages in Michigan Gov.
How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosing restrictions of coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown
How Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is loosing restrictions of coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdownPublished: May 1, 2020, 5:18 pmMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has started to loosen the reigns of her coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown ever so slightly, as certain businesses begin to reopen.
Lessons Metro Detroit Parents Have Learned from the Pandemic
Here are some pandemic lessons for parents, from parents. Many parents are juggling working from home while managing their kids e-learning, their steady call for snacks and demands for more attention. We reached out to a few moms to hear what theyve learned and how their parenting will be changed long after the pandemic is over. In the past weeks Ive learned: If schoolwork isnt done right after breakfast, it wont be done. That grace has also come with the realization that I dont want to go back to how things were before the pandemic.metroparent.com
Gov. Whitmer addresses extending Michigan state of emergency
Gretchen Whitmer addressed her extension of the state of emergency, which will keep many businesses closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). NEW: Whitmer says decisions will not be political: ‘I’m not here to play games’Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday night that extends the state of emergency through May 28. Previous stories:State of emergencyWhitmer’s state of emergency extension closes theaters, bars, casinos and more as the coronavirus continues to spread in the state. The Republican-led Michigan House approved Senate bills limiting Whitmer’s emergency powers and gave House Speaker Lee Chatfield the ability to take legal action against the governor. Protesters wanted to get onto the House floor, but Michigan State Police troopers and House sergeants-at-arms blocked the doors.
Back in business: Landscaping businesses, golf, boat marinas reopen in Michigan
DETROIT – From hitting the green on the golf course, to riding the waves on the river. Saturday, people are doing it all since Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her stay at home ban last month. Updated April 25: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 37,203; Death toll now at 3,274Friday, Governor Whitmer extended the ban until May 15, but she’s now allowing golf course, marinas and landscaping businesses to open with strict social distancing. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is not allowing golf carts on the courses. More information on coronavirus (COVID-19):
What businesses are essential in the new stay-at-home order?
Gretchen Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order allowed landscapers to go back on the job. Update April 24 -- Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 36,641; Death toll now at 3,085As businesses start to reopen, many have to adjust to meet a high demand. “We’re a month behind,” said Randy Matice, with Matice Landscaping in Franklin. “Where they are using shared tools, extra sanitation must be taken.”The response to the new stay-at-home order has been positive with many residents optimistic it’s a step toward Michigan returning to normal. “What we’re trying trying to do is make sure our customers feel safe and get their flowers the same way we have for 90 years,” said Kevin Robson.
What businesses are essential in the new stay-at-home order?
What businesses are essential in the new stay-at-home order? Published: April 24, 2020, 6:02 pmIt was music to the ears of countless homeowners when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended stay-at-home order allowed landscapers to go back on the job.
Here’s what was reopened in Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s revised stay-at-home order
Gretchen Whitmer issued a revised stay-at-home order Friday, reopening several businesses in the process. Revised order detailsThis new order is in effect immediately and lasts through May 15, according to state officials. Whitmer’s revisions signal a change of course after she stood by her strict order despite protests claiming government overreach. UPDATE -- April 23, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 35,291; Death toll now at 2,977The measure immediately replaces one that was scheduled to expire next week. Whitmer defended the previous order, which she issued April 9 and was stricter than one that took effect March 24.
Michigan governor looking at next week to roll out plan for reopening state
Michigan governor looking at next week to roll out plan for reopening statePublished: April 22, 2020, 5:23 pmMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been promising more details about the state reopening after the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown, and she’s looking to roll out those details next week.