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Whitmer asks Pence to discourage protests over concerns of COVID-19 spreading to rural areas

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Posted at 3:27 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 08:46:14-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told Vice President Mike Pence she was concerned COVID-19 was spreading to rural parts of Michigan after the protest in Lansing.

On a call with governors this afternoon, ABC reports that Whitmer told the VP she was not only worried about the safety of those protesting, but also the health and safety of the communities where the protesters lived.

"We have seen from initial protests here is that we've got COVID-19 spreading in rural parts of our state, from which people traveled. And so, our ability to move on to the next phase and keep re-engaging our economy. I'm just concerned about it," Whitmer said. "We're going to keep watching those numbers and doing the tests."

Whitmer also asked Pence to reinforce that people should take this seriously.

"If discouraging protests is something you could consider doing, I'd really be grateful," she added.

Pence didn't address the concerns over the protest, but later added that the Trump administration will "continue to emphasize to people the safe and responsible practices while we'll move toward re-opening."

Pence added that the administration is grateful for the progress being made in Detroit.

On April 20, Whitmer asked Pence for help on the national level to reiterate the importance of staying home.

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