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WATCH: Governor Whitmer updates state's response to COVID-19

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 16:40:08-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will hold an update on the state's response to COVID-19.

4:21 p.m.

Speaking about the COVID-19 numbers in Michigan, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said "A plateau doesn not mean we are out of the woods."

4:18 p.m.

Addressing the protests in Lansing, Whitmer said "This kind of activity can put people at risk, and, sadly, may prolong" the situation

4:15 p.m.

Governor Whitmer says one of the lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic is that some city's opened too soon, leading to a second wave that lasted even longer than the first.

4:06 p.m.

Whitmer says that between donations, purchase and shipments from the national stockpile, the state has gone from a days worth to a few days worth of PPEs. However, she says their goal is to have a few weeks work. Over 3.5 million pieces of PPE have been donated by individuals and businesses.

4:03 p.m.

"The vast majority of the people in this state are doing the right thing and it's pushing the curve down."

4:02 p.m.

Governor Whitmer says the people of the state have made tremendous sacrificies and "it's paying off. However, "it's important we double down on our efforts today."

There are now 1,921 deaths and 28,059 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Michigan, according to new numbers released by the state on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, several groups drove to Lansing to protest Whitmer's extended stay-at-home order.

Protesters say Gov. Whitmer has gone too far with her executive orders.

On Monday, Whitmer responded to criticism.

“I support people’s right to demonstrate and use their voice. I hope that as people are looking at social media they are dispelling and taking on the dissemination of demonstrably inaccurate information," she said.

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