Gov. Whitmer to give update on state's response to COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 4:29 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 05:22:44-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to give an update Monday regarding the state's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


Whitmer will be joined by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan has reached 1,035, according to new numbers released by the state on Sunday. That's up 248 from days before.

Of those numbers, the city of Detroit has 325 cases while Oakland County is at 277 cases.

Whitmer has previously said that she is not ready to order a lockdown; she said she does not want to make a big decision like a state-wide lockdown without all the facts – and she can’t get the facts without more testing.

On Thursday, the state announced it was getting test results from commercial and clinical labs who recently began providing COVID-19 testing.

The state health department is currently getting reports from commercial labs LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, as well as several clinical labs including Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, the Beaumont Hospital Network, Henry Ford Health System and the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL).

The breakdown by age is below.

0-19 – 2%
20-29 – 9%
30-39 – 15%
40-49 – 20%
50-59 – 20%
60-69 – 19%
70-79 – 10%
80+ – 6%

Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-20 on Saturday which orders all non-essential personal care services must temporarily close.

Those services include hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa, tattoo, body art and piercing services, and similar services that require individuals to be within 6 feet of each other.

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