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Former FBI agent says people should do more to stop spread of COVID-19

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:44:13-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer placed specific guidelines and restrictions in her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order several weeks ago.

So, are we doing enough?

Is everyone doing their part to keep our neighbors and communities safe?

7 Action News Reporter Andrea Isom spoke with a former FBI Agent about that and more.

“People are paying with their lives. We've got to follow these rules and come together as a team”, says Ned Timmons, owner and operator of LSS Security & Consulting in Oakland County.

Timmons is also a former FBI Agent.

The love of serving and protecting people will always be in his blood. The coronavirus pandemic and saving lives brings that out him in full force.

Timmons is concerned that there are still people not following Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order.

To metro Detroiters and Michiganders, his message is simple but stern.

“We gotta do this because we’re the ones that are gonna die," Timmons said.

There are people still not appropriately social distancing and gathering in groups.

“Totally disregarding everything," he said with frustration. "I don’t think they can except how real this is and what we have to do to get this under control. This thing is real. We’re running out of hospital space, we’re running out of beds. Our nurses are sick. Our police officers are sick. Pretty soon we’re not going to have the first responders; they can’t handle the masses."

The men and women in blue are working like mad to keep us safe.

So, if you are spotted committing a driving infraction and get pulled over, the officer will ask what you’re doing out on the road.

This is something they always do. If you are not abiding by the governor’s order, you can face a misdemeanor, fine or jail time.

Though it should not have to take being issued a ticket for people to comply. Everyone should be doing what is right to help each other survive.

If you want to a reminder of the details of Gov. Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, visit Michigan.Gov

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