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Whitmer: Please turn on lights to remember pandemic victims

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Posted at 10:59 PM, Mar 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-08 22:59:10-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michiganders to turn on the lights outside their homes for an hour to remember thousands of people who have died from COVID-19.

The remembrance will occur from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, one year after Michigan first confirmed coronavirus cases. Michigan has seen more than 16,600 confirmed or probable deaths tied to the disease and over 658,000 infections — spurred by surges last spring and in the fall and winter.

Whitmer says turning on porch lights will "remember those we've lost and remind ourselves that even in times of darkness, we're in this together."

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