Gov. Whitmer provides update on state's response to COVID-19, announces new epidemic order

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jan 13, 2021

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided an update on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

She was be joined by Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon and Michigan's Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster.

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During the press conference, the state announced a new epidemic order which keeps indoor dining closed until at least Feb. 1, but does allow indoor group fitness classes and indoor non-contact sports to resume.

Whitmer also said she is hopeful indoor dining will resume on Feb. 1 with some restrictions like capacity limits and a curfew.

The state also talked about vaccine distribution and more.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will grant Whitmer's request to release millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine currently being held back by the Trump administration.

On Monday, Michigan entered a new phase of vaccine distribution, and began offering vaccine to Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and pre K-12 educators, support staff, and childcare providers.

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