Whitmer expects short-term extension to stay-at-home order

Posted at 3:39 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 22:35:09-04

(WXYZ) — During Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that she expects there will be a short-term extension to the current stay-at-home order in place.

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The extension is an effort to mitigate a risk of a second wave of COVID-19, which has killed nearly 3,000 people in Michigan.

The current order is set to expire on May 1.

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Whitmer discussed plans to reopen the state, adding that things won't happen overnight and the short-term extension of the stay-at-home order will be needed in some form. She added during the press conference that state and health officials will look at the process of re-engaging sectors of the economy in waves.

Through the phases of reopening, the governor said that people who are vulnerable to the virus will have to have some form of the stay home order in effect for a while.

"We are seeing a trend where our numbers look good," Whitmer said. "(But) we still need robust testing."

More information on the short-term extension plan will be announced Friday, the governor said.

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