Gov. Whitmer extends state of emergency declaration through Oct. 1

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 18:45:41-04

LANSING (WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday the extension of the state's emergency declaration through Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

The current declaration was set to expire on Aug. 11.

“Last week, Michigan surpassed 100,000 cases and families continue to lose loved ones to COVID-19. With over 6,500 deaths, the virus continues to threaten the lives of Michiganders every day. COVID-19 is a novel virus with many unknowns, but we do know that it is widespread, it is easily transmitted, and its effects can be fatal. We must continue to take this seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and all Michiganders from COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “By extending the state of emergency, we can continue the crucial work needed to save lives. Since March, I have been committed to using every tool at my disposal to protect families, frontline workers, and our economy from the threat of COVID-19. I urge Michiganders to do their part by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and staying safe and smart.”

In August, Michigan surpassed 100,000 positive COVID-19 cases. The extension allows the state to continue to mobilize resources to help amid the ongoing pandemic.

With a recent uptick in early August COVID cases in every Michigan region, the governor finds the extension necessary for the overall safety of Michigan's residents.

Read the full emergency declaration here.

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