Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will have a news conference at 11 a.m., where she is expected to extend the stay-at-home order as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of the governor's office)

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LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will revise and extend Michigan’s stay-at-home order as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, her office confirmed Friday morning ahead of an 11 a.m. press conference.

MIRS subscription news service in Lansing and Fox 2 in Detroit report the extension will last through May 15 and is expected to allow large retailers to reopen paint and gardening sections that had been ordered closed, provided they take extra precautions to slow the spread of the virus. The reports suggest Whitmer may also relax rules for outdoor activities like motorboating and golf. 

The pending announcement comes as business groups and Republican lawmakers lobby the governor to begin reopening the economy. The GOP-led Legislature will meet Friday to form a new oversight committee to review Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic, and the Senate will vote to repeal a law giving Whitmer emergency powers, which she has promised to veto. 

Michigan reported 1,325 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its highest single-day jump since April 14 as more aggressive testing efforts ramp up.  To date, the state has confirmed 35,291 cases and 2,977 related deaths.

Whitmer first issued a stay-at-home order March 23 and extended it on April 9. 

Whitmer argues she derives her emergency authority for the lockdown order from two separate laws: The Emergency Management Act of 1976, which requires a legislative extension every 28 days, and The Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which does not require any legislative approval.

The GOP-led Legislature previously extended her emergency authority through April 30, but legislators contend she cannot continue to act unilaterally beyond that point without their blessing. The Senate is poised to vote for repeal of the 1945 law Friday, setting up a possible House vote next week.

The House and Senate will meet to form a “special oversight committee” on the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, announced Thursday.

“Michigan needs to handle this pandemic seriously yet properly. It’s what the people deserve, and we will see that it happens,” Chatfield wrote on Twitter.

Whitmer said Wednesday she was likely to extend her stay-home order and said there will be “some form of a stay-at-home order in effect for a long time here.”

“When we do start to re-engage, it will have to be very thoughtful and precise, mitigating risk to all and mitigating the risk of a second wave,” the governor said. “But we will start to re-engage.”


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Dennis Reading
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:15am

I fully support this restriction by the Governor for the safety and support of the citizens of Michigan. I lost my wife to the virus on March 31st in an Assisted Living facility that was already closed to family and visitors March 11th. If we jump the gun opening everything to the public before effective safety measures are in place, shame on us. I've already lost the love of my life, don't make it unsafe for the rest of my family and close friends. I authorize posting of my comments in a generic form without personal information being included that would cause me further pain during my period of mourning. I am a senior veteran who has lived in Michigan all my life.

Beverly Keenan
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:45am

Bless you for your concern for others.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 1:54pm

Mr. Reading, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your service to our country in the service and now by advocating for a measured rollout of the economy. I'm so worried about our family members working in healthcare, for their safety and ours at home. Please everyone use common sense and take all the recommended precautions seriously.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:29pm

I take it your bills are all paid?

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:16pm

"In an assisted living facility"
Tell me, Dennis - What health conditions did your wife have? Was she at risk of dying from the flu, too?
Your wife's death is a family tragedy, not a national tragedy, and neither you nor any bureaucrat have the right to trample on the liberty of the 99% of this country not at risk from this virus in order to prolong the lives of ill people a little longer.
If you are at risk, go into quarantine. Everyone else should be out living their lives like normal.
Sorry for your loss. I know this post sounds insensitive but you're old enough to know that the truth hurts.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:23am

The increase in cases appear to come from two counties Detroit City, and Macomb on April 22, the day after the state reviewed all past deaths and added them to the daily total. Death increases per day went from 77 to 232. Cases were up in Detroit City by a factor of 2.4 x's and Macomb by 2.8 x's on April 22. Side note: Of 23 states that publish long term care deaths 27% are due to V19, over 10,000 deaths. Michigan doe not report public information.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 1:56pm

You have to look at week averages, not by the day, because reports are not necessarily in real time.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:33am

There are two types of people in this situation; one type takes a warning and makes a choice for the good of their family, themselves, and society...the other type makes a choice for others. The governor does not believe you can or will make a good choice and tries to control, intimidate and threaten. This is not about safety, it's about TRUST. She does not trust you to make good decisions. Both the US and Michigan's Constitution are in place to protect the people FROM the government not to control the people. The liberal wants to be told what to do and what to think and keep everyone else in line because they believe and trust only themselves.

Bad Government
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 1:45pm

Let me guess, you think people shouldn't need a license to drive. LOL

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 9:28pm

I agree with Mark. The government does not trust you. They believe it's their right to take complete control over you and by doing so limiting your rights. I think so many people nowadays are so ignorant to that fact, they are willing to just jump the gun and listen to anyone that tells them what to do. I'm definitely not one of them.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:39am

The point of "flattening the curve" was to prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. Mission accomplished, now it's time to start unwinding the restrictions in a reasonable manner. Construction, limited manufacturing, outdoor activities, let's go!

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 1:59pm

That's where we are going. Best to you and your family. Everyone take precautions and we'll get through this, better prepared for future pandemics. COVID19 is still here. Like you said, we just worked to flatten the curve. We need to keep it flat until we have a vaccine.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 3:12pm

Don't hold your breath for a vaccine. Long term immunity typically doesn't exist for corona viruses and seasonal mutations, as with flu, mean yearly vaccines are 50% effective at best. Such is the reality.

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:08pm

Please don't hold your breath for a vaccine!!! HIV has been around for 40 some YEARS and there is NO cure or vaccine! Nor is there a vaccine for the common cold virus that's been around since the beginning of time! And don't forget that a person who gets an annual flu "vaccine" won't PREVENT a person from actually contracting the flu!!!!!!

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:45am

I support the stay at home order %1000.
If it extends, I support it.
Life is valuable , please support our Governor and don't let personal wants over ride the welfare of your community , your family and yourself.
Stay healthy!

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:31pm

Easy for you to say when you don't have the threat of losing your business and home over it.

All for attention
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 9:53am

The Governor doesn't care how long this goes on because it's all a national talk show publicity tour to her now. The more face time she get's on TV, the better.

Besides, her room and board are paid for, she has a personal chef and stylist at her beck and call, a private chauffeur and security squad who will keep the peasants away from her and her millionaire neighbors.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:04pm

Um, her hair was a little messy so not so sure about the personal stylist. Do I sense a bit of jealousy? I mean, you can always run for governor if you think you can do a better job. I'm happy with how she is handling this. When people complain, they never seem to realize how things can or could have been worse. Just be grateful that you and your loved ones are still alive... to be able to complain. [insert sad emoji]

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:31am


Rest my case
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:21pm

I know cases in Michigan have gone down dramatically as a result of Gov Whitmer. Numbers don't lie.

Bobby Joe
Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:03am

Your case is stupid. The temporary numbers can go up or down and that doesn't mean a frikken thing. Long term, the virus will continue to spread- for months and perhaps years. The shut down is only delaying the inevitable- that people will come into contact with others who have the virus- and it is doing huge economic damage, killing people (suicide up, drug abuse up, cancer screenings down, preventive medicine down, etc), and is preventing herd immunity. You rested your case when the numbers were high and you rested your case when the numbers were low- your case is that you are a partisan sheep- we've got it, thanks, stop posting.

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 4:54pm

Yes people do. Numbers can also be manipulated. Focus on what numbers are being reported and what numbers are not being reported. How many hospital beds are open and continue to be open? Now look at all the doctors (yes, doctors), nurses and medical staff that are being let go all over the state. Let's see in a few months if the number of heart attacks, strokes, etc. goes up, mortgage closings, business closings, etc... All I suspect will be a byproduct of this shutdown.

Alex Chance
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:36am

I fully oppose this illegal restriction on my freedoms and liberties. I haven't lost a single family member to this virus (which is outside of government's control), but pretty much everyone in my family has lost their jobs because of policies enacted by a single person- Governor Whitmer. Governer Whitmer is personally and solely responsible for the loss of my father's retirement, my sister's house, my brother's kids losing their college savings, and my uncle delaying his cancer treatments.

These are not bipartisan laws enacted by the legislature. These are laws forced on Michigan citizens by an partisan executive, relying on a law passed in 1945 designed to put down riots.

There is no evidence that long-term shelter-in-place policies will lead to fewer deaths. There is so so so much evidence that long-term shelter-in-place policies will lead to more deaths- increased unemployment leads to increases in suicide, drug overdoes, and domestic abuse. People are delaying cancer treatments and postponing preventive medicine because of Governor Whitmer's orders, which means that those deaths will also be responsible to her and her only.

She has had lots of opportunities to share the blame. The Legislature has frequently tried to talk with her and coordinate with her. But she has repeatedly refused. She was elected on a promise to be bi-partisan and because she said she could reach across the aisle to get things done- there has been no evidence of that in her time in office. Her own party rejected her approach to 'fixing the roads' and she showed no willingness to work with anyone else on this issue. She wants to be in control of everything- and now she is.

Governor Whitmer is to blame for the destruction that has fallen on my family and others. Shame on anyone who tries to deflect it onto a virus- a virus did not unilaterally exceed its authority to implement these policies that ban people from exercising their god-given rights. Shame on anyone who tries to make this issue political or partisan- this is about putting blame on the person who deserves the blame- and that person is the Governor Whitmer.

Boo Hoo
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:06pm

Cry me a river. You're pain is not unique, Doofus. We are all making sacrifices. Suck it up.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:20pm

"Alex Chance"? When I googled it, there was a porn star. Is that you? If so, it's hard to believe you lost any money with the stay at home order. Streaming services like Netflix got 16 million new subscriptions. Is Whitmer singularly responsible for the stock market crash or Trump or global factors? Is Whitmer responsible for your family's career choices that apparently provide nothing essential? You say you want bipartisan solutions, but solely blame Whitmer for all your problems despite her following Trump's guidelines along with fellow Midwestern governors from both parties. You speak nonsense the kind that is repeated over and over again by right wing conspiracy theorists and treasury robbers. Someone needs a nap. If you go now, you can get up to watch the daily Trump show, otherwise no dessert for you after dinner.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:43pm

The original stated purpose from our Governor and others of the stay at home order was to "lower the curve" so that our hospitals and equipment resources were not overwhelmed and we were put in a drastic triage regiment of picking and choosing who got care and who didn't. This situation unarguably did not happen. We are not even close to this and in fact the opposite has occurred with huge layoffs of these workers while facilities sit empty. We were told our best hope is that the virus would inevitably work its way through our population building up "herd immunity" until eventually fading out or a vaccine was developed. Yes it was accepted that there would be fatalities as there inevitably are with every ailment. While the passing of a loved one is a tragedy to their family but it is very difficult and even harmful to base public policy of individual case even numbers of them verses on a societal basis.

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 2:32pm

Well I stand corrected!

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:29pm

The Republicans are behind these protests. Usually when this kind of outlandish idiocy is displaying itself, there is the comforting thought that, if things were really serious, it would all stop. People would sober up. Instead, a large part of the US has hit the bottle even harder. And the president, his party and their media allies keep supplying the drinks.

Want vs Need
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 4:00am

We ALL "want" to return to some kind of normal. We ALL have bills to pay. The majority of us ARE sweating bullets, in a panic, trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Guess what? I can't pay my bills if I am dead. Even worse, I can't care for my family. I can't hold my children, if I am dead.

Personally, my most terrifying thought of all, is the thought of losing one of my children to Covid 19 as a result of our community's impatience. All because people don't want to be inconvenienced.

We ALL KNOW the facts. We ALL KNOW what will happen if we speed down Anxious Street, rather than, take it nice and slow down Smart Avenue. If we disregard the current situation, return to work, return our children to daycare/camps/school, etc. If we do this, than we're saying, "Life does NOT matter". Money matters is what matters. Objects matter more than people. Modern day conveniences matter more than our families and friends.
Some of us have Covid 19. Terrified. Completely alone, just NEEDING our children...our families. Would give anything to see our children. NEED to be with our children. Have recieved news of foreclosure from our hospital bed.

There may be some of us so fortunate...that we're able to walk away from this pandemic with only having suffered the inconvenience of not being able to dine out. Others will have suffered the unimaginable... with no possibility of recovery.

I believe most everyone has felt the wrath of this virus in some way or another. We ALL "want" to begin healing. We want to get out of the house. We want our paycheck. We want to pay our bills. We don't want to keep falling further as further behind. We want the bill collectors to stop calling. We want our children to have a normal childhood. We want to cheer them on from the sidelines at the soccer game, as we mingle with their friends parents, share a few laughs, while sipping our complimentary, gourmet coffee from Horrocks, in Michigan's chilly spring morning air. We want to go to church. We want to go shopping. Meet friends for margaritas at Los Tres Amigos. Go to a movie. Etc. BUT... What we "want" is NOT at all what we "need".
I have been a Michigander for 43 years. I have been laid off since March 20th.
My husband is laid off. We have 6 children. 4 living at home and completely dependant upon us. 3 elementary students with special needs/I.E.Ps. We have a mortgage. Ee pay ALL utilities. We have multiple car payments. Medical conditions requiring regular medical care. We have medical bills. We have found ourselves in need of our school's assistance with food. We have had to file for government assistance for the first time in 9 years. We have mental conditions that only worsen when immobile or locked up. Please believe me when I say that I "want" this lockdown to end. However, I KNOW lockdown is what WE ALL "NEED". I know, you all know we "need" to stay at home.

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 9:55am

More than 4,000 people have died in Michigan from Coronavirus in the past two months. That's at least double the number of people that die from the flu over a full year.

The people who plan to ignore this order, to not wear masks, to protest in public – these people only care about themselves. Don't be fooled by their cries of civil liberty and freedom: they are selfish, whiny children who would rather watch you die than be personally inconvenienced.

Tom Whitehead
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 4:47pm

The construction industry, due to the specifics, cannot be transferred to a remote mode of operation. I absolutely support housing construction. Housing is in short supply. I question other construction. I live where there is a lot of construction going on, and I’m not seeing physical distancing among construction workers. Will construction workers end up being a pool of transmission? I’m concerned. But what should a builder do in such a situation? I can only advise you to study online for it will all end and everyone will return to their usual work