For the fourth time, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the stay-at-home order, now expiring June 12.
Although parts of Northern Michigan are no longer under the order, most Michiganders are required to stay home for a while longer. During a press briefing Thursday morning, Whitmer announced that gatherings of no more than 10 people are allowed, contingent on everyone practicing social distancing. Retailers and car dealership showrooms can open by appointment only as of Tuesday, May 26 and nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures may resume Friday, May 29.
In a statement issued Friday afternoon, the governor said that while the state has more personal protective equipment (PPE), “we can’t run the risk of running low again.”
“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” Whitmer stated. “If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home. If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed.”
Also issued Friday, Executive Order 2020-99 extends the state of emergency and state of disaster declarations related to the coronavirus pandemic for Michigan through June 19.
According to data put forth by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were 403 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide and 29 deaths from the virus on Thursday. As of May 15, the most recent numbers put forth, a total of 28,234 people have recovered.
In Kent County there have been a total of 3,231 cases and 65 deaths from the virus.