WATCH: Gov. Whitmer updates state's coronavirus response

Posted at 11:54 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 17:37:51-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has provided another update to the state's coronavirus response on Monday afternoon.


Whitmer was joined by MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Whitmer announced the creation of an Office of Accountability to provide oversight of all spending to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director.

“Protecting the people of Michigan and lowering the chance of a second wave has demanded flexibility and decisiveness, and has also required funds from the state treasury, philanthropic sources, and the federal government,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michiganders have the right to expect that state government will be responsible stewards of their resources, especially in a time of crisis. I will continue to work around the clock to ensure these resources are spent wisely, in compliance with the law, and in a transparent and accountable manner.”

Whitmer also addressed tomorrow's election, saying she has expanded absentee balloting and required all voting districts to keep one polling place open for those who must vote in person.

The press conference is the first since she announced some industries would resume on May 7. It also comes one day before the May elections, taking place on Tuesday.

As of Sunday, there are 4,049 deaths from coronavirus in the state and 43,754 cases.

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