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Gov. Whitmer gives update on state's response to coronavirus

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Posted at 8:49 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 08:31:53-04

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

RELATED: Gov. Whitmer announces 'MI Safe Start' plan to re-open Michigan

"In the coming weeks we will continue re-engaging sectors of our economy and putting more Michigander's back to work," Whitmer said at the start of the briefing.

She was joined by MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and officials with DTE Energy and Henry Ford Health System.

As of Sunday, there are 3,315 deaths from the coronavirus in the state and 37,778 cases confirmed.

This is Whitmer's first briefing since she announced a stay-at-home order extension last Friday. Read the entire executive order here.

4 p.m.

Gov. Whitmer discussed her most recent executive orders announced since Friday which include protections for consumers and employees as well as an extensions for expired personal protection orders (PPO) during the pandemic.

The focus of Monday's briefing was laying out the state's reopening plan.

"None of us wants to see a second wave and we can't risk that from happening," Whitmer said. "If we're not smart, and we just take away social distancing, we could risk thousands of people getting sick and our health care system going into crisis again. We don't want that to happen."

4:10 p.m.

Gov. Whitmer announced Monday the "My Safe Start Plan" for reengaging Michigan amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that re-engagement needs to be "incremental and cautious."

As part of the plan, Whitmer says that residential and commercial construction businesses will first reopen, then a number of commercial sectors.

Along with this reopening, businesses will have to adopt new safety practices. Those practices will include carefully monitoring employees' health, practicing social distancing and providing PPE (personal protection equipment) to workers.

Employers are also barred from retaliating against workers who choose to stay home due to health concerns.

4:20 p.m.

Officials with DTE Energy and Henry Ford Health discussed data they are evaluating in regards to reopening Michigan, which studies the impact of the virus in eight regions of the state.

They also discussed how workplaces are evaluated for reopening, saying that they separated the study into nine different workplace types with characteristics that separate based on whether it's indoor or outdoor, and the number of employees for example.

Each of the types of workplaces have been assigned a risk score, which can be lowered by implementing best practices.

4:44 p.m.

Some businesses were allowed to reopen on Friday, Whitmer said. As far as a timeline for the next round of businesses – those residential and commercial construction businesses – will likely be able to open in the next two weeks, the governor said. They'll also look at reopening additional outdoor enterprises and industrial businesses, she added.

4:41 p.m.

Whitmer says she plans to extend the state of emergency for another 28 days, which will extend her emergency powers.

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