LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s three-week COVID-19 order is still valid for four days, but will it be extended beyond the original expiration date? If so, when would I report it?
Local 4 Rod Meloni asked these questions Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday at the COVID-19 factsheet.
“I think at this stage, everyone needs to know that, of course, we look at the data every day and try to make our decisions with the best possible information,” Whitmer said.
He said officials expect an increase in cases due to increased travel and gathering around Thanksgiving. He called possible distribution events this month and next month.
“As we examine the data, we continue to look at the percentage of positive tests,” Whitmer said.
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Public officials are working with health systems to understand the severity of current trends in COVID-19. The number of hospitalizations in all of the state’s health care systems has increased from a month ago, Whitmer said.
“As I think we’ll get information under our belt for a few more days, we’ll be in a much stronger position to really assess if there are things that might be safer to do,” Whitmer said. “But if we have to extend the current break in certain areas – and that is unfortunately possible because of the sheer volume of COVID-19.”
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He said public officials are also trying to help businesses affected by the break. Gathering indoors with the presence of multiple households is dangerous in itself, Whitmer said, but he wants to do everything he can to get businesses through this break.
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