ICYMI: Here’s Gov. Whitmer’s Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Monday providing updates on the state's response to COVID-19. Here's what you need to know.

ICYMI: Here’s Gov. Whitmer’s Update On The State’s Response To COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference Wednesday providing updates on the state’s response to COVID-19.

Whitmer said COVID-19 is a novel virus that is highly contagious and deadly. She also said coronavirus symptoms show up late, there’s no cure or vaccine.

Here are the updates from Wednesday’s press conference: 

  • Whitmer is taking a 10 percent pay cut as has asked her executive team to take a five percent pay cut during this time.
  • The state has secured enough personal protective equipment to last hospitals over a week.
  • Michigan is no longer in the Top 5 states when it come to positive cases.
    • As of Wednesday the state confirmed 33,966 positive cases and 2,813 deaths.

  • Michigan is increasing testing capacity.
    • New sites are opening this week in the state. For more information visit here.
  • Michigan’s stay at home order is set to expire May 1.
    • Whitmer said it is likely there will be a short-term extension of the stay-at-home order.

Here’s Whitmer’s updates from Monday, April 20:

  • Michigan has partnered with Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid to open eight new drive-thru test sites across the state.
  • Small businesses are helping to manufacture PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • The governor sent a letter to FEMA requesting cost-sharing requirements so emergency work may be waived for the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The state has launched a project that encourages food processors and suppliers to donate food items to food bank council.

The Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities will:

  • Increase transparency in reporting data regarding the racial and ethnic impact of COVID-19
  • Remove barriers to accessing physical and mental health care
  • Reduce the impact of medical bias in testing and treatment
  • Mitigate environmental and infrastructure factors contributing to increased exposure during pandemics resulting in mortality
  • Develop and improve systems for supporting long-term economic recovery and physical mental health care following a pandemic

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