Gov. Whitmer to Announce "Stay at Home' Order at Monday Address

Published: Mar. 22, 2020 at 10:53 PM EDT
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On Monday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will provide an update regarding the state’s response efforts to COVID-19.

The Associated Press said a government official told them Governor Whitmer will announce a 'stay-at-home order' Monday morning, and that it will go into effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Michigan is now at 1,035, with nine deaths across the state.

In her last address, Gov. Whitmer shut down barbershops, salons, and non-essential personal care services. But Monday's address could have even further measures.

The latest action put into effect by governors across the country have been stay-at-home orders. In the midwest, Ohio governor Mike DeWine, issued a stay at home order yesterday that will last for at least two weeks. Meanwhile, Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker issued a similar order the day before.

In the past few days, Gov. Whitmer had said she didn't want to shut down Michigan, and would prefer if stronger action came from the federal government, and not on a state-by-state basis.

"I'm glad that the nation's governors are being proactive and aggressive and sharing our thoughts with one another and really trying to make sure we're empowering one another to serve our people," Gov. Whitmer said during Full Court Press on WILX on Sunday. "But at the end of the day, a comprehensive national strategy is ultimately better than a patchwork of solutions at the state level."

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