COVID-19 has swept throughout the nation in the past month. Yesterday, there were 17,897 confirmed cases across the nation, with 223 dead. The state of Michigan has seen a very steep curve upward over the last four days with a reported 787 confirmed cases and five deaths as of 10 a.m. March 21.
On March 18 at 2 p.m., there were just 80 confirmed cases in Michigan. On March 19, it more than quadrupled, hitting 334. The ascent slowed the next day when there were 549 total. There were 2,618 tests issued and 549 confirmed cases by this time. That means about one in five being tested have COVID-19.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been rolling out new directives and executive orders to try to “flatten the curve” as she said in her March 20 press conference.
With New York, California, and now our neighbor, Illinois issuing shelter in place or stay-at-home mandates, many in Michigan fear the same fate. Whitmer mentioned that it is possible that we will follow suit, but there is no plan to do so as of yet.
“If and when we are in a position where we think that is an important move, I will absolutely communicate that to the public. We are not there yet,” Whitmer said on March 20 in a press conference.
It is worth mentioning that in these states, grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies are still open.
When asked in an interview if she thought the lack of COVID-19 tests was a problem, Whitmer said, “I think that’s one of the challenges governors across the country have been giving a voice to across the aisle.” She didn’t mention whether that situation was improving or not, but rather said the federal government was just not prepared with tests.
Find the latest updates on coronavirus case totals in Michigan here.