Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay-at-home order through June 12

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan's stay-at-home order until June 12, one day after she relaxed restrictions on a host of businesses.

June 1 update: Gov. Whitmer to allow bars, restaurants, retailers to reopen June 8

One day after loosening social and business restrictions, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday afternoon extended the state’s  stay-at-home order to curb the coronavirus pandemic through June 12.

She also extended the state of emergency that enables the executive orders, including the stay-at-home order, through June 19, citing a recent Court of Claims ruling that determined she has the power to do so without the Legislature’s approval. 

Both orders, which she first made in March, were set to expire next Thursday. 

“While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet,” Whitmer said in a statement. 

“If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home.”

The coronavirus has sickened nearly 54,000 residents and killed more than 5,100 since March.And while the pandemic is slowing in much of Michigan, prompting Whitmer this week to ease restrictions, the virus is still picking up steam in parts of the state.

In a statement, Whitmer said the extension is necessary because COVID-19 cases were doubling every 10 days in some western and mid-Michigan counties.

She did not cite specifics, but cases Oceana, Newaygo and Gratiot counties have doubled in the past 10 days but still have fewer than 100 cases. Kent County, which is home to Grand Rapids, added 815 cases in the past 10 days (more than Detroit) to 3,231.

The order is likely to be unpopular among Republicans, who lost a lawsuit this week over Whitmer’s emergency orders. Spokespeople for Republican leaders in the Michigan House and Senate did not immediately return a request for comment Friday evening.

Michigan Republican Party chair Laura Cox criticized the timing of extension, which came about 5 p.m. before Memorial Day weekend.

“Not only is Gretchen Whitmer going around the state Legislature, but now she is sneaking around the people of Michigan by announcing an extension to her stay at home order after regular business hours on a holiday weekend,” Cox said. 

“The only thing she is trying to keep safe is her political career.”

Whitmer’s new order comes one day after she eased rules to allow groups of less than 10 people to gather starting immediately; allow non-essential doctor, dentist and veterinary services available on May 29; and to open retail stores and auto showrooms statewide with limited capacity on May 26.

Her latest extension keeps those rules in place. But other orders, including those requiring water service be restored to those who have had it shut off and expanding unemployment eligibility, will also be extended through June 19.  

Earlier this week, Whitmer lifted many restrictions on 32 counties in northern Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula that are home to about 8 percent of the state population and far less affected by the coronavirus.

In those counties, in-person service for restaurants and bars began Friday with some restrictions, while offices are allowed to open.

For the rest of the state, restrictions on most workplaces remain in place. Only essential workers in key industries such as sanitation, agriculture, healthcare, law enforcement, financial services and others are allowed to go to work in person, and only as necessary. Construction, manufacturing, landscaping and real estate industries are also exempted but required to follow social distancing guidelines. 

Outdoor recreation is allowed, including fishing, hiking, boating, golfing, jogging and pet walking. Movie theaters, gyms, hair and nail salons, concert venues and other non-essential services will remain closed statewide, as will in-person dining and bar-going in the southern and central regions of Michigan. 

“If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed.  While we finally have more protective equipment like masks, we can’t run the risk of running low again,” Whitmer said in a statement Friday. 

“We owe it to the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis – our first responders, health care workers, and critical workers putting their lives on the line every day – to do what we can ourselves to stop the spread of the virus.” 

It’s not clear when non-essential businesses will be allowed to re-open. 

Whitmer has said a number of factors will influence her decisions, including the amount of testing available; hospital capacity and preparedness; rate of new cases and deaths; and the risk factor of certain industries based on how much face-to-face interaction there is between people.

Unlike governors in other states such as New York, however, Whitmer has resisted laying out numerical metrics for all of those factors. 

Whitmer has also said that if cases spike after more professional and social activity is allowed, she may reinstate some restrictions. 

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Anonymous
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 7:29pm

Michigan might be burning after Memorial Day.

Renee
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:38pm

Totally agree!

Steve
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 7:57pm

Seriously

Ann
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 8:29pm

Whitmer is a hysterical panicked fool. 27/50ths of 1% ( .0054%) have caught the illness and 5/100ths of 1% (.00051%) have died. Nationally 24/50ths (.0048%) have caught it and less than 3/100ths (.000291%) have died. (Data from John Hopkins tracker)

(HInt: End the lockdown and make them lose weight --- leading complication causing death - fat is not good)

You have a nearly 28 times greater chance of being killed or injured in an accident with a vehicle (car, ATV, bike, snowmobile, truck, train or bu) than catching the virus or dying from it

Even medical centers in the Detroit metropolitan areas and Ann Arbor have been sending the extra staff brought in HOME -- have been doing so for well over 3 weeks now

The mortality rate of the 1968-69 flu was 40% HIGHER and the world did not shut down. Worldwide 337,521 have died from the virus --- every year 1,500,000 die from TB (increasingly drug resistant) and the world does not shut down or even notice the deaths

UK NHS projects 5000 people will die because their cancer treatment has been delayed for 7 weeks as it has gone "too late to treat" - about 700 per week. The UK is 6 times the size of MI & MI shutdown earlier so by now Whitmer has sentenced 1000+ people to die from cancer and is aiming to kill another 230 - total 1230 by June 12. And then there are the heart attack and strokes who are too afraid to go to the ER --- ERs report 40-60% FEWER of those patients coming in than normal.

Whitmer is an idiot who wants to terrify the population so they rely upon the government and bankrupt them so they are dependent upon the state

Terry Fitzgerald
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:06am

Assuming your figures are correct, and I believe they are, your reply is spot-on. There is growing statistical and anecdotal evidence that lock-downs are not only unnecessary but harmful.

Revere
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 1:16am

This evidence has been here since before the lockdowns were attempted. This is why they have been blatantly ignored, as they should have been. Stretchin' Gretchen and her stasi posse are going to be run out of town on a rail after this is over.

Chris
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:01pm

Well stated, Ann. I agree wholeheartedly. I am so ready for this to be over. No Easter, no birthday for me, no Mother's Day, no Memorial Day, and the ways things are going now, probably no Father's Day or 4th of July. This entire country was brought to its knees without firing a single shot.

Kate
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 6:32pm

What don't you understand about exponential spread? Diseases like covid spread exponentially, so the numbers are small until they aren't. And then it's too late.
Today, Michigan has over 54,000 cases and over 5200 deaths. That's almost a 10% death rate (9.6%). The number of deaths in the 1968 flu pandemic in the US was 100,000. That's where we are right now with no end in sight. Just for kicks and giggles, the number of deaths in the US during the 1918 pandemic was 675,000.
Get your facts straight before you rant. I'm standing with Whitmer and staying home.

Anne
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 2:31pm

Thank you for your response...What would the number of deaths in Michigan be if we had NOT done the stay at home and restrictions?

Hank Quayle
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:05am

Great question Anne. According to the JP Morgan study on the data, the number of deaths in Michigan would be less than if we had done the stay at home restrictions. And this doesn't account for the thousands that will die from the lock downs. Here are some sobering numbers-

The number of mammograms has dropped by 87% since February. Colonoscopies have declined by 90% while pap smears decreased by 83%, according to the study. Testing for prostate cancer is down by 60%, and CT scans for lung cancer was 39% lower.

Emergency stroke evaluations are down 40 percent. Of the 650,000 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy in the United States, an estimated half are missing their treatments. Of the 150,000 new cancer cases typically discovered each month in the U.S., most – as elsewhere in the world – are not being diagnosed, and two-thirds to three-fourths of routine cancer screenings are not happening because of shutdown policies and fear among the population. Nearly 85 percent fewer living-donor transplants are occurring now, compared to the same period last year. In addition, more than half of childhood vaccinations are not being performed, setting up the potential of a massive future health disaster.

The lock downs, which continue in Michigan and which the Governor continues to fight to keep in place, are killing thousands. And they might have saved none (and led to more dying) according to the latest studies.

Tvet
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 6:27pm

You are wrong. CNN is your source and you haven't got a clue.

Patrick
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 9:12am

Your math is waaaay off. You posted a fraction of the whole, then claimed it was a percent. There's a big difference between 0.5 and 0.5%, which is 0.005.

5,100 deaths of 10 million people is 0.051%, not 0.00051%. Or about 1 of every 2000 people.
Confirmed cases, similar error. 0.54%, or 1 of every 200 people, not 1/20,000 people.

Yearly traffic deaths in michigan, about 1000. Or less than 1/5 of what Covid has killed in less than 3 months.

The 1968 *FLU* pandemic had a vaccine available in 4 months (because we had experience making influenza vaccines, and could do so quickly and easily). 4 months from start of covid would be...now. Where's the vaccine? Oh, that's right, it will take a lot longer since we don't have a long history of coronavirus vaccines. One reason this is being handled differently.

Again, in the 1968 flu pandemic, 100,000 americans died. We're over that number already with Covid, with no end in sight. Another reason why this is being handled differently.

Covid is about 10x as lethal as the 1968 flu, not the other way around. TB is much harder to transmit than Covid.

"government is tyranny" "make them lose weight" - how, exactly?

Lisa
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 9:03am

I agree with you, Ann. This Plandemic /Agenda 21 has been in the works for a while. They want to Depopulate the planet. It was accepted by 179 Nations to do this.
Yes! she's trying to move her political career. Control over the people.... well their plan got out of their control and now their trying to blame China when the USA is a bully. At the same time the Earth is trying to heal itself. IT'S ALL ABOUT MAKING THIS STATE A TYRANNY STATE. She's only following orders of the Elites agenda.

Wow
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 8:33pm

The real question is.... what are we, the people of Michigan going to do about this? Let's not waste time expecting the zombie followers of this deviant, unstable governor to understand what is really happening here. They can't. It requires the ability to consider the facts, understand history, and have an understanding what is actually going on in socialist countries as we speak. They've been lobotomized. Their brains have been scrambled rendering them stunted with the mental capacity of an 8 month old. Comment all you want about how wrong this is, and that she's trampling our freedom.... but it's in vain.

So, I won't waste any more of my time or yours.... let's organize and figure out what, as FREE PEOPLE we can do.... clearly it's up to us to solve this problem. Nobody else is going to.

Lost My Soup in...
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:28pm

I understand your point, and I realize that Michiganders should and do have a say in this manner. It is important to stay level-headed and take on the facts as they are in situations like these, regardless of what your political standpoints may be. However, what we need to understand here is that the only real thing that we CAN do is to keep working hard to maintain stability in our lives, and to follow orders as needed to prelude the safety of others.
On the contrary, I have to disagree that the course of this pandemic is up to our own discretion as organized individuals. You can make the argument that civil disobedience will alter the choices of our state government officials, but in doing so you also risk the lives of countless others hanging on the balance of this giant "see-saw" we've gotten ourselves into. On the one hand, keeping us in a strict stay-at-home order will allow us to battle this virus on our own terms, and can protect the lives of thousands before it starts another viral take-down of Michigan. On the other hand, thousands have become unemployed and are starving to death, or have encountered some other harmful disease that can not be treated as effectively under such secluded orders. Therefore, I think the BIGGEST question we should be asking ourselves is "What would you rather?" in terms of the different ways we will be affected as a whole state.
You cannot keep everyone happy in this situation, so by taking action as the free people of Michigan, you will only divide yourself from another group who would prefer the latter of the options given. That is why, I believe, Governor Whitmer has extended the stay-at-home order for a bit longer, and I think it has a lot to do with waiting to see how the options weigh. When things are a bit clearer, I'm sure we will find that businesses will begin to reopen again, but it all depends on our cooperation to stay open for new options, and to build up our lives the best we can despite the circumstances above us.

Thank you, have a good memorial weekend, and take care of your families!

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:54am

A leader should base their decision on facts. She lays to no data out that defines at what stages will restrictions will changed like other states have done (as written in this article) but when she feels the time is right. That lead to no accountability, and frankly is not leadership. She punts her decisions to everybody else. The hospitals, especially in West Michigan, are in bad shape because of the shutdown, no the number of cases of COVID-19. Layouts are occurring which is having the opposite effect of protecting the healthcare worker.

The bottom line is you can not hide from the virus. As additional testing occurs more cases are going to be reported and she could lock down in perpetuity. The strategy should be to provide the most highest restrictions to those 60+ with the target of protecting places like senior living facilities and nursing homes (a step she neglected and has led to 30% of the deaths in Michigan) and get back to the whole reason why the stay at home was implemented which was to make sure hospitals are not over whelm, which even the average person can look at the websites that report the data and see they are not.

Julie
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 12:59am

Agree

Revere
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:39pm

The facts are in. Check the CDC website. Actual death rate 0.26% max. This is no different than influenza. Giant hoax. "Civil disobedience" is not optional at this point, it is compulsory - The stasi gang in the capitol building have gone rogue and must be brought to justice. First, recall them. Then, prosecute them. Then, imprisonment. What they have done to our economy is a crime.

Revere
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 1:19am

For starters, we need to create a database of every single state owned vehicle - License plate, make, and model. Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) can be had online for relatively cheap. We start monitoring and logging every single state vehicle - I have a strong suspicion that there is mass abuse with these vehicles and this would also help us understand where these stasi are sniffing about for their next exploit. This is just one small thing of many things we can do to hold these people accountable.

InTheU..P&MadAs...
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 8:52pm

Whitmer is out of her mind. There is not now, nor ever been a covid problem in North Michigan and the U.P.

She is deluded.

Anonomuse
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:21pm

There will be a covid problem once people from southeast & southwest MI travel up there this weekend. . Covid is like peeing in a pool. It cannot be contained and it does not respectt man made county or national borders.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:57am

Covid is like peeing in the Great Lakes, if you target who it drastically effects you can manage it. You can't hide forever at home. Of if you want to, then go ahead that is you choice, just don't have someone dictate that to the rest of us.

Anonymous
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:02pm

The state needs to open up before more people die of this stay at home order!! Governor Whitmer is NOT saving lives she is killing people! Michiganaders are not stupid. We know what we need do to to stay safe.. There is NO data showing this continued lock is needed.

Stacy
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:25pm

Please provide a link to the data which supports that more Michiganders are dying because they stayed at home versus the over 5,000 who have already died of covid. I'd like to read this original study.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:11am

Please provide data that shows us at what point that having the 2nd highest unemployment (22.7% a new historical record Whitmer can now claim) in the United States means this kind of strategy is working? Whitmer has caused 30% of the deaths in Michigan early on adapting the same stupid strategy as Cuomo did by sending sick elderly people back to quarantine in nursing homes and not protecting them.

TJH
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:52am

Michiganders may not be stupid. At least I hope you are right about that. We do, however, display very bad judgement on a regular basis. When I venture out to shop for groceries or to buy gas, I often see only a small minority of other people wearing a face mask. We are a State that helped to put the most corrupt, crass, narcissistic, greedy, ignorant and incompetent president in office. We also selected George Wallace in a Democratic Primary. We are so unwilling to pay for services like roads and other infrastructure and public education that we have allow d them to all sink to embarassing states of disrepair. We show greater concern for a twisted interpretation of the 2nd Amendment which equates a "well regulated militia" with angry fringe group members carrying assault weapons in our Capitol than we do for the safety of our citizens.
Yes, Michiganders may not be stupid, but I certainly wouldn't bet my life that they would collectively make the right choices to protect me or my loved ones during this pandemic. I am also not totally convinced that every decision the Governor has made is perfect; but when faced with a choice between easy and popular but risky or difficult and controversial but safe, I want the Governor to make the decision.

fox1george
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 4:28pm

Agree.. It is also interesting that people agree the vulnerable should be protected. By that they mean people over 60 and those in nursing homes. However, America and Michigan have a very sick population. One of the underlying factors is obesity. 39% of Americans are overweight and obese. (Compare Sweden: 14%) Another is diabetes. Approximately 100 million American suffer from diabetes or pre-disbetes. (Compare Sweden: 4%). There are a LOT more vulnerable people than you think.

Anonymous
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:19pm

Why not just make the decision now to keep it into place until your term expires, governor? It would just save us all a lot of time. Or is that just a step too far?

Alex Chance
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 10:49pm

JP Morgan study shows beyond a doubt that lock downs are not saving lives nor slowing the spread. Evidence piles up that lock downs are leading to higher rates of death from despair and causing massive economic destruction. So what science does Whitner follow? Go up to her vacation home up north and ask her, someone. This is getting absurd.

Stacy
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:26pm

Where is the data on this?

SS
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 3:58pm

Whitmer Sheep: Google: does isolation contribute to a lower immune system? All the people who are driving up north have not been staying home, therefore they are not likely to spread nor contract the virus . If you continue to stay home YOUwill get sick! Science is on the side of the people who DISAGREE with Governor Whitmer !!!!!!

Jimbob
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:50pm

You're spot on! Gretchen is going to be voted out next election.

THRES
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 7:40pm

1 TERM GOVERNOR

middle of the mit
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:40am

if you think that more access to the disease and viruses gives you more immunity, how about telling your favorite news anchors to get real too?

you know, like they are telling you to be without actually doing it themselves?

so, since the science is on the govenors side, and i am a liberal in a conservative world, i am not allowed to use capital letters......capital letters offend some people, you know.........that would be the "liberal press"

so what i would like to know is one thing. (please don't block this) if you want your immune system to get a real boost...........go fight a raccoon!

if you don't know how to find one....reply to this post. i am sure i could direct you to where you need to go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fKAsvJrFes

Carl Douglas
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 7:08pm

Great question- it's always important to ask about where this information is- there are too many people coming on here saying "follow the science" or "the data is clear" but not having anything to back it up. In this case, the study comes from Michael Cembalest, Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. Based on their data (which you can find in the report below), lockdown measures (including Michigan's which was one of the most radical ones in the world) have not only resulted in economic devastation but could have also resulted in more COVID-19 deaths. This research has been out for some days now, and yet Michigan's Governor continues to dictate that Michigan should be in a lockdown, contrary to research that shows it is causing economic devastation and leading to new deaths.
https://privatebank.jpmorgan.com/gl/en/insights/investing/eotm/coronavir...

C Veen
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:06pm

Whitmer better wake up and get off her power play and stay off of late night programs promoting herself as as a potential VP candidate. This state is dying rapidly we need leadership and hope. Not tyrannical antics. #civilDisobedience

Mike
Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:53pm

I give up. The governor has said "We are not out of the woods yet" in at least 3 statements extending the stay at home order. We will never be "out of the woods" without a vaccine and its widespread application.

The state has largely met the vague criteria she laid out: "robust testing," "declining cases," etc. She keeps moving the goalposts. Testing is never "robust" enough or case decline steep enough. Unlike in other states, her benchmarks have no numbers attached. They're whatever she wants them to be, which is usually good, but not good enough.

Walter Smitty
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:18am

There is no woods. This whole thing is made up. The Governor keeps saying that "Michigan isn't out of the woods yet", but there are no woods that Michigan is in. Look at a map- Michigan is surrounded on almost all sides by water, and there isn't a lot of woods to the south of us, and plate tectonics show we're not moving that direction anyway. So there is no woods for us to be in and no way that we could ever move out of the woods- this whole thing is made up.

Although it is possible that she is using the phrase "out of the woods" in a metaphorical sense, because she has no real policy goals or ideas on what success and failure looks like, and thus she uses nice-sounding phrases to obscure the fact that she is an idiot? Could that be what she means?

Diana
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 7:36am

Seems she want to keep the state in lockdown through the November election. Maybe a political stunt to force us into voting by mail?

Don
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:21am

My wife's aunt lives in the UP she said that there are more out of town people there now then on the 4th!!!

Mandy
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:06pm

Of course there's a lot of people in the UP where else are they going to go. Look at if this way, at least when the rest of Michigan dies from Medical neglect due to cancer, heart and lung problem and suicides, financial issues the UP will be financially fit and going strong. Maybe they
can make up a years worth of revenue in one weekend.

Lynn
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:34am

I am so confused! If we can gather in groups of 10 or less, doesn’t that contradict the extended stay at home order?

Mike
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:24am

You're allowed to leave your house to socially distance in groups of 10 or less at private homes. You are not allowed to patronize closed businesses.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:17am

Right, does not make sense. You can go to Walmart, Target, Lowes, etc with larger than 10. Go to certain business on Tuesday with not more than 10 customers even though the square footage might be the same as Target, Lowes, etc. how stupid can it be. The Governor was going to work with, and look a,t other states for how they handle their openings. Obviously she hasn't done that or does not care to do that. Her orders are one of the dumbest in the US. Either she is not very bright or she is doing this for some other reasons. Both are not flattering.

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:54am

“Free the Damn State”

Worthless
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:56am

What a shock, Gov. Worthless has moved the bar...AGAIN. So now we can all clearly see that the “flatten the curve” reason was all a lie. Whitmer is enjoying hurting the people of Michigan for her political agenda. What are we going to do, wait 2-3 years until there is a vaccine? This is very simple, just live your life as normal, open for business, have a party if you want. There is nothing Whitmer can do about it, is she going have us all arrested?

Jan
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:57am

I support the governor & feel she is doing a great job. She faces unreasonable criticism from the gop. You’ll notice that Grand Rapids covid cases are surging & Grand Rapids is home to the biggest group of dissenters. I live in Lansing & am appalled at the carelessness of the demonstrators at the capitol. Few masks, no social distancing & semi automatic weapons!!?? Those are foolish actions that put many at risk. For once in your lives, think of other’s rights, too.

Ellen
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:24pm

Who is not being reasonable? Common sense says to follow simple directions to be safe; how is it we don’t know how this craziness ALL started? The best thing I’ve witnessed is the NEW Pure Michigan commercial with our fav voice Tim Allen showing how a lot of people are enjoying their family members in this tough time. The governor’s decision to open the UP and northern Lower Pennisula counties is unfortunate. Dividing our state against each other is not wise. It will not be forgotten.

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 6:47pm

Grand Rapids case count may be going up but the percentage of positive tests is around 5% which is less than half the CDC recommended level for reopening. It's easy to cherry pick the case count and say cases aren't going down but that only tells half the story and gives ZERO context for the data.

Every gun normal citizen can purchase is semi-automatic, meaning one pull of the trigger per shot, no fully-automatic or burst fire modes for civilian weapons.

The state needs to reopen, every American is entitled to freedom and the current state in Michigan is nothing close to freedom. If you do not feel safe or feel the need to take precautions, you can do as you see fit and take those precautions.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:20pm

Spectrum Health has recently ramped up testing by a large margin. The higher case numbers are likely a function of this. Hospitals in West Michigan are nowhere near capacity. If you are implying that folks in that area resent government overreach, then good on them.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:54am

You are absolutely right. The three GR hospitals spent a bunch of time and money to ramp up for the big surge and instead had to sit by idle and lose buckets of money and look to laying people off because of the lack of patients. Inpatient admits have increase some for COVID-19 , but capacity to handle patients is still high.

The only worrisome thing is this new rumor of the new "surge" that is suppose to happen in the fall. I can see the same over reach for this. We get a new surge every fall with hospitals and it has to do with the flu. With people being programmed to wash their hands more and stay further away from people, I predict flu cases will decrease this fall and we might be in a better place then we were in previous years.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:38am

Surging in Grand Rapids. What is surging? The median increase in cases between March 31st until now has been 6.49%. The median increase in % of COVID-19 cases between April 30th and now has been 3.24% and the % median increase in cases between May15th and now has been 2.52%. So you must be using some sort of Whitmer calculations (it feels like math). The number of cases is a saw tooth and will continue to go up and down % wise unless we do something stupid (like she has in the past) and put positive tested people back into nursing and retirement homes.

Right now her confused strategy is causing GR hospitals to layoff staff because they are not seeing enough patients. How is that helping? It is counter productive to what we were told was the goal and that was to flatten the curve and not over whelm healthcare facilities.

As far as rights, you have none unless she gives them to you, seems to me.

Tvet
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 6:33pm

I am glad you support her Jan. You must not have a business or care about freedom or have fought for them at any time in you life. I get it.

Ouchez
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:57am

This is an outrage and is now purely political! The amount of small business that will fail from her lock downs will increase drastically and job loss will expand and family's will suffer ,,while all this time abortions were going on unhindered,,the killing of unborn babies! Hypocrisy on a dark and grand scale. This is flat out tyranny by Whitmir and as usual the Republican Legislature cowers and does nothing, pathetic. 22% unemployment in Mi,,thanks Whitmir, you are crushing Michigan on the altar of politics. Trump is looking better all the time.

Rose
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:59am

Please look at the link to this report from the Imperial College London. It is data driven and non-partisan. Go to page 8. States are listed from top to bottom based on well they have controlled the spread. Look at where Michigan was versus where it is now. Any state under 1.0 has controlled the spread. While we are not there yet, we are getting there and have made significant progress. Data is as May 17. Now look at states like Texas which opened early and opened widely.

Thanks and credit go to Gov. Whitmer and her team for this. Sadly, data may be far different in 10 to 14 days, because people "must" go up north, "must" have barbeques, "must" have parties, "must" go to church, "must" get out of the house, etc., etc. I fervently hope I am wrong, but I fear I will be right.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/mrc-gida/2020...

Bobby Joe
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 9:41am

Imperial College was the group that predicted the millions would die in the United States, even with lockdowns and social distancing guidelines:
"A study published Monday (March 16) by the Imperial College, a public research university in London, estimates that millions will die from the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom and United States. In their best-case scenario, in which transmission of the virus is massively mitigated, and “even if all patients were able to be treated,” the authors write, “we predict there would still be in the order of 250,000 deaths in GB, and 1.1–1.2 million in the US.”
Whoops, this group was just a little bit off, now wasn't it? And this is your go-to "data drive and non-partisan" source? My dog craps more accurate data and writes better studies than Imperial College London, and people should be ashamed for relying on it, especially when it's data and science is so heavily against other more proven accurate data and science.

Poop in, poop out. Looks like that describes Imperial College, and your mind.

Mary Pittman
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:08am

Do we know the age breakdown of the the number of people who have been infected and Covid 19?

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:21pm

Why is the age breakdown important to know? Perhaps because of comments I see on other sites by those who say that if you are over 60 and die of this it is just fine? I have seen more ageism lately than I can stomach. I thought that all lives are supposed to be valued. I guess I am wrong -we are only to value lives of children, young adults, and early middle-aged people, How sad this is.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:29pm

Actually, it’s just that there’s no point keeping younger folks from Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness......., you know, the thing. No argument that all lives are precious. I’m working daily to protect a bunch of seniors. See if you can get Gretch to stop slaughtering the unborn.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:45am

Nobody saying that it is "just fine". With 80% of deaths from COVID-19 coming from people 60 and older you need to adopt strategies like like Florida (which has a higher median age than Michigan) and make sure they are protected more, more isolated, and them and people around them tested more etc.

No what is sad is a Governor that has not a clue and allows 30% of Michigan deaths to come from nursing homes.

So I guess the bottom line is in your statement; "I guess I am wrong". Yep you sure are.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 5:38pm

How about this thought experiment? If COVID was primarily affecting children, would everyone still be as eager to flout the rules on and open up the economy??? Of course not! Thus the lack of value placed on lives of those over age 60. Ageism - it is so disgusting.

Mary Pittman
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:08am

Do we know the age breakdown of the the number of people who have been infected and Covid 19?

Barb Mark
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:59am

As an older adult who lives in a multi-generational home, I have learned to be careful when going out and in enforcing levels of cleanliness with the family members who reside within. In other words, I understand and appreciate the Governor’s stances on our state’s COVID response. But we also need to move on with our lives, and that will include restaurants, parks, etc. Michigan needs to offer guidance on reopening sectors soon, otherwise people will breach the guidelines and all hell may break loose.

George Hagenauer
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:03am

Given the amount of the state already released from some of the COVID19 restrictions - it sounds like the stay at home order is mainly to maintain some basic rules like not shutting off water and extending unemployment that will be needed by a significant portion of the state's population- while limiting the spread by restricting some activities. And if you have been out recently in even some of the harder hit areas - you see a lot ore activity on the street though less than normal at least here in the Ann Arbor area. Looking at other countries a major problem we face in reopening is tracing contacts and enforcing quarantines. In China and Italy an area like Kent county would be cordoned off with entrance and exit limited. In Taiwan, South Korea and other countries individual quarantines were strictly enforced though those also often involved services like food brought in. England has just instituted a 14 day quarantine on anyone entering the country. If we had similar systems in place we could loosen things up a lot more- but I am sure that would be seen as dictatorial powers as opposed to a practical solution to a really problematic health emrgency.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:05pm

Um, those countries kinda DO have dictatorial powers. That’s why they do that stuff. Lots of our forefathers died to make sure we weren’t like that. I’ll choose liberty, thanks. Actually wouldn’t work anyway. The horse is already outside the barn. If you’re healthy, don’t worry too much. Just take reasonable steps to protect others.

Arjay
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:03am

She just wants to make sure the people know she is powerful, and has to power to make decisions for you. Barber shops and hair salons are open in Florida. Restaurants are open at 50% capacity with CDC separation between people. Swimming pools are open (you're probably safest in the water of a swimming pool because of all the chlorine and bromine being pumped into the water). Life goes on. If people are smart enough to wear masks where required and keep distance from others, there should be no problem. But if you fail to completely isolate nursing homes, as Whitmer and Cuomo have failed to do, then there will be unnecessary deaths that could have been prevented.

Mandy
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:39pm

I'm tired of people blaming most of the death on seniors. The main reasons so many seniors are dying is because Whitmer removed people that were still testing positive with the covid-19 virus from the hospitals into the nursing homes with vulnerable residents. Family members have to stay away from their loved ones to prevent them from getting the virus, but then sticks people known to have the virus in with them. Many of the nursing homes had no covid virus until she ordered the nursing homes to take them. I know of someone who died as a result of this and also know a nursing home near Detroit that had zero covid patients then after Whitmer's order, a few weeks later, had 30 patients. They never should had stopped people from see their family members. I had a friend whose mother passed away today in a nursing home without her loved ones with her. Terrible what they are doing to our seniors. Stop putting Covid-19 patients in with our seniors and the death rate is sure to decrease quickly!!!

AbovePolitics
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:10am

Who does the Governor”s hair and makeup?
Where is the Governor’s mask?

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:19pm

Google : Whitmer/Farquaad for your answer.

Sam
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 2:36pm

I would guess she does her own makeup and hair. She wears a mask until she begins speaking. You can see her take it off at press conferences.

A Yooper
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:36am

Great job Gretch.
The U.P. has had positive cases and deaths to date, despite what another person has posted in this list.
If Snyder was Governor everyone would be on their hands and knees kowtowing to his grace.
You can't see the virus, taste it, hear it, smell it or feel it unless you are on a ventilator.
Grow up people, it ain't over. Follow the medical community to stay safe and keep the rest of us safer.

Doug Curry
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:37am

Gov. Whitmer's approach has saved lives. That is why Michigan numbers are going down. Her plan is sound. Stay the course. Gradually and safely open up. Follow social distance rules and respect others. Reject calls from the far left and far right - they make no sense and they exhibit a strong sense of selfishness. We will reach our goal if we just stay the course. Not following the factual course of action now will just waste all of our efforts and sacrifice over the past 3 months. We will get better.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:08am

So when Michigan was the worst in the state for every number, that wasn't her approach... but then when Michigan's numbers regressed to the mean, her plan became sound? Sounds like progressive Democrat thinking in a nutshell.

UpNorth1
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:01am

Well, we are inundated with visitors from downstate and out-of-state license plates. People had planned their holidays and were already on the road before this order was released. Ridiculous. Does this Gubbenor drink heavily or something?

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:20am

I have supported the Governor so far, and I get what she's trying to do, but I think this is too much.

Jennifer Carter
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:40am

As someone who lives in Northern MI this extension makes no sense. There are so many downstate people flocking up north it's ridiculous. Ford plant in Dearborn a perfect example. People with the virus going to work. They didn't know they had it, hence the ride into work. How many people itching to leave the house going to bring it up here? I supported her the first 2 extensions but now I'm mad. I was beyond ready to return to work. I just feel like a sitting duck waiting for the virus to hit. Downstate folks do your part and wear a mask and or social distance while you are here. I work at a popular golf Resort and let me tell you, no one is complying with any safe practices that might help those of us who live here permanently. Enjoy our fresh air and clean water but disrespect and possibly harm the very people who make your stay here memorable by choosing to look cool, going maskless.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 9:04pm

Good point about the masks. Lots of folks seem to refuse as a sign of rebellion . This is misplaced anger. I’m pretty peeved with Gov W, but that’s no reason to take it out on some store clerk. Good on them for supporting their families and keeping the shelves stocked.

Tom
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:49am

Really, people, quit your whining! Previous generations have gone to war and sacrificed greatly to keep the US safe. Why is it such a big deal to stay home and wear a mask when out? What a bunch of wusses if you can’t even handle that.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:17pm

Actually, they fought more for liberty than for safety. That kinda casts a different light on things. Full disclosure: I DO wear a mask when appropriate. Because I think it’s the right thing to do. Not because of any order.

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 3:50pm

Agreed!

Anne
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:37pm

So-we’ve gone from flattening the curve to avoiding a second wave. The next extension will be until we have a vaccine. Enough! Perhaps if our governor hadn’t sent recovering COVID patients to nursing homes, our number of fatalities wouldn’t have been in the top 5 states for fatalities. Her patronizing verbiage that we have to stay home for “ the common cause” is just an excuse to run Michigan into the ground and make people dependent on the government. Please band together to recall this incompetent excuse for a governor.

Michigander
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:10pm

Ah, you do know that the standard protocol for patients who are too sick to be cared for at home, but not sick enough to be kept in a hospital is to go to a nursing home for rehab? For some people, COVID is over in a couple weeks. For others. especially those were on a ventilator, it can take months. If they no longer test positive, and are kept separate from the other residents by good infection protocols, (which all care facilities must follow anyway), the risk is low. And they have no other place to go, in the condition they’re in.
That’s the facts. A friend of mine has taken two months to recover from COVID even though he was never hospitalized. He’s one of the lucky ones.

Anne
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:11am

You say “ nursing homes must follow protocol” but do they? Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are created equal in terms of standards of care and cleanliness. It’s an absolute fact that putting recovering COVID patients in nursing homes has contributed to the majority of fatalities in the US. They have occurred in nursing homes. I can think of one exception in my community that worked. One of our extended care facilities has a separate wing that does not connect with other areas of the facility. The staff treating COVID patients was also a completely different staff that had no interaction with staff or patients in the other areas of the facility. That is the only way I can see it working . Moving forward- if the same actions happen the way they did, we will see high fatalities once more.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:40pm

Simply using new cases diagnosed as the basis for public policy is a fools errand. Because testing has been limited, and often unreliable, the known cases only represent a small fraction of the actual. Widespread antibody testing in NY and CA have given insight to the extent of spread, and it is vastly greater than the number confirmed. The recent ramping up of testing will certainly find more. At the same time, the spread of the virus is inevitable. It has been so from the start. The most vulnerable people will need to remain isolated for some time. The healthier population must, with reasonable caution, get on with their lives. Sadly, no hugs yet for grandma. That may be a while.

John Gault
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:47pm

What will happen to me when I have 11 people on my private property socially distancing? I am issuing an open invitation for the Governor to attend.

Michigander
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:02pm

While my heart goes out to small business owners who are looking at a permanent loss of their business, I wholly support the governor. Whitmer has had to make some tough decisions.

It is ridiculous to see this as a ‘power grab,’ for crying out loud. Who on earth would want to take such unpopular and disastrous measures unless there was a very good reason? Would you rather that she just told us happy news to maintain her popularity while hospitals overloaded and people died?
If you’re going to read the news and decide for yourself how Michigan should respond to a pandemic, for crying out loud at least read a variety of sources, not just one. I read at least five various sources every day, across the liberal/conservative spectrum, and she has followed current research from epidemiologists every step of the way, and told us unpleasant truths even when we did not want to hear them.
I know people prefer simple answers, like “It’s all a power grab,” or “It’s all a conspiracy by Big Pharma,” but the truth is usually more complicated.
We are in a global pandemic. For whatever the reason, Michigan is showing a 10% death rate, yes, occasionally including healthy young adults and even children. Whitmer and Khaldun are flying the plane with every bit of info they can lay hands on. There’s a lot we don’t know about this virus yet, so nobody has all the answers. While scientists are doing their frantic best to figure out treatments or vaccines, the only way to stop spreading COVID is to stay the hell away from each other.
If you read history, you’ll know that in the 1918 pandemic, more the greatest number of casualties happened in the second wave. 195,000 Americans died in just the month of October. Fauci, Whitmer, Khaldun, the CDC etc., are well aware of this, and are trying to reduce the impact of a second wave.
Or you could just call it a ‘power grab.’

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:51pm

The apparent 10% death rate is an artifact of under diagnosis of milder cases. Research “Infection Mortality Rate “ , which is likely much less than 1%, and you’ll understand better. Also, be aware that Dr Khaldun gave entirely false information on Meet The Press concerning our rural hospital capacity. I cannot be sure of her motivation but do have my suspicions. If you can’t imagine a Democrat Governor trying to crash our economy during this election year, then you might look more closely at the party of Schumer and Pelosi. I’ve studied plenty of history. Love it, in fact. But science was my major. See you at some essential place. I’ll be the guy with the mask and the bad haircut.

Michigander
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:36pm

And the 10% does not reflect people who got sick and died at home, so who knows what pur actual death rate is. And it’s ‘Democratic‘ Governor, by the way, not ‘Democrat Governor.’
Democrat is a noun. Democratic is an adjective. I think I’m done here.

Marshall
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 4:47pm

I stand corrected. The proper term is Infection Fatality Rate. It’s likely well under 1%. Still a lot of people to be dying, but nowhere near 10%. I ‘m not surprised you don’t get it. Most reporters don’t either.

Todd
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:29pm

I hope daily that something very horrible happens to Whitmer and her family. She deserves some of the tragedy she has caused others.

Marshall
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 8:12pm

I only hope she will experience joblessness. Further than that, I will not go. Reread The Lord’s Prayer. It’s pretty humbling.

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:10pm

Wow. Let's put the blame where it belongs, on a president who did NOTHING for two months and is playing golf this weekend, yet again, while others suffer and die due to his incompetence. Your statement should read: "I hope daily that something very horrible happens to Trump and his family. He deserves some of the tragedy (100,00 deaths nationwide) he has caused others."

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:59am

These remarks only cause those who might be leaning to not agree with Whitmer to not get on board. You want people to get behind what your saying you lay out the story of the tragedies you say she is causing and not the hate.

Ruth Johnson
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:30pm

The residence of lower Michigan are required to stay home while the people of the surrounding states are allowed to visit. I don't understand the logic. Happy for northern Michigan and our lowernorthern areas. Stay safe and be prosperous. Proud of Mackinac for looking after their local people. The rest of us will be at home!?!?!?!?

CCTUTOR68
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 3:36pm

[Liberty] does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint. There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good . . . Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others . . . [Liberty] is not unrestricted license to act according to one's own will. It is only freedom from restraint under conditions essential to the equal enjoyment of the same right by others. It is, then, liberty regulated by law. Excerpt from 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Jacobson sued the state to avoid having to take the smallpox vaccine; which was being administered to prevent the spread of one of the deadliest diseases in the history of civilization. Common sense prevailed before Jacobson could be proven dead wrong.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 7:33am

In history we always quarantined the sick not the healthy.

Shel
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 3:44pm

I'm tired of living in fear of losing my auto supplier job over the economy tanking. We don't all have union protection. My 11 misses playing with his friends on the block. I get it. We need to be safe. I want my happy child to stay that way.

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 4:00pm

I support the governor. She's kept us safer than we would've been under Snyder, and I'm grateful. She's willing to make unfavorable choices and face the fallout in order to protect this state and its citizens.

Anne
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:52pm

It’s a shame her decisions are not backed by data.

Anonymous
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 5:54pm

They most certainly are backed up by by data. Anyone who watches her press conferences, reads scientific sources, and quits watching fake fox news has seen the data. How many more deaths than the over5,000+ MI deaths and 100,000+ nationally are acceptable in order to get haircuts and to go to a cottage?

Deb Thomas
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 4:21pm

I personally am happy about your decision...
Thank you for not letting them intimidate you. stay strong you are doing a great job!

Michael Houseman
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 5:42pm

The article says it will be unpopular among Republicans, but I would say it's unpopular with any business owner trying to get their business moving again. The shut down is destroying the economy. Gov. Whitmer isn't helping Michigan by keeping it closed. This is detrimental to all of Michigan far beyond what the virus has done. It is passed time to open up.

not willing to ...
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 6:11pm

If a child care center that was not open and considered essential when this all took place can the center open before the June 12th?

Bruce
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 7:15pm

what science says children should not be back at school? and if there is nothing to back keeping kids at home then how valid are any of her assumptions?

Anonymous
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:21pm

If I was a parent, I'd want to see the science which can tell me that tells me that my child will be safe in school before I send him/her. As of today no one is safe, as asymptomatic people spread this disease. It kills people of all ages, including children and young adults, in addition to those over age 60 who people continue to imply are expendable. How about protecting all lives regardless of age? The Governor is trying to protect everyone and by doing the right thing is getting threats. How horrifying.

Jimbob
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 11:59pm

The government works for the people and the people are telling the power hungry governor the stay at home order is over.
You people who are afraid can stay home or take the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

High risk people are the elderly with comorbidities so everyone need to be respectful of the elderly... keep your distance, help with shopping, and remind them to wash their hands, etc We don't need Gretchen to direct our affairs. Especially, this governor she is not the smartest.

Arthur Murray
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:21am

Educated, articulate, intligent retired professional here. I've been around a while, and have a 160 I.Q. I believe in God, and I believe in science. I am neither Republican or Democrat. I am capable of making rational decisions on my own. I feel that people like Governor Whitmer are dangerous bureaucrats with an agenda. I also think they foolishly and consistently underestimate the intellectual capacity of people like me. We know the Constitution, we understand our rights, and we consider anyone who tampers with that sacred contract a threat to our well being. We find that threat far more sinister than any virus. Governor Whitmer and other autocrats like her need to take heed that there are many just like me. And we are all watching very closely.

Julie
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 8:50pm

Thank you Arthur! I appreciate that you are a Renaissance man. You believe in God and science, and you don't consider yourself a Democrat or Republican. I am also of the same, in your beliefs. I have had enough of our Governor believing that our citizens cannot be rational about making good decisions on our own. Most can, and will be able to do so. Will all adults make good decisions, regardless of an order or law? No. We have a law that says, in MI, you can not drink and drive if you are over 0.8. If you do, and are pulled over, you suffer the consequences. Most drivers abide by that. So, should we have a new rule that does not allow anyone that has had a drink, because there are a few that don't follow the rule? No. Because that is prohibitive to all. The majority of Michiganders can follow the current protocols concerning COVID-19. Which should be a good of enough reason, to open up safely!

Gaylyn
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 7:01am

I am tired of people spewing anger and discontent. Our govenor is doing her best with a huge, convoluted challenge. My question is, why don't you take this angry, us against them, energy and come up with better solutions!
Focus on what we can do to heal the situation...come up with new ideas on how to manage careful re-entry after the nightmare in the hospitals, and funeral homes. Act as a healthy community that cares about the whole.

Bobby Joe
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 8:01pm

Her actions- what you call "her best" are actually causing more damage and death and economic destruction. According to studies (JP Morgan, for example), a sack of potato's that did nothing at all would have done a better job than Whitmer as Governor, since state's and nations that did not shut down their states had lower infection and death rates than those that did. Not only did she not 'save lives,' her shut down orders (which continue today) have killed and are going to kill thousands due to increased suicide, lowered cancer screenings, and more alcohol and drug addictions. Not only did she not 'keep Michiganians safe', she destroyed our economy and has led to a budget shortfall that will hurt children, education, roads. "Her best" was writing executive orders that put those in nursing homes in harms way- if she would have done nothing more grandparents would be alive today.

Bardin
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 9:42am

What needs to be done soon is to make sure there is referendum by the fall to make it so the 1945 law can not be abused by her or any other governor again.

Reginald Smith
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 11:04am

It's time for our governor to re-think her stay at home order. People are taking it upon themselves to travel. Tribal casinos are beginning to open. It's not just the poor old barber in Owosso who is opening up either. With this kind of open rebellion against her orders, when the second wave hits or some other emergency comes along, she will have lost her credibility to lead. Taking a more reasonable approach and including the legislature in the process would benefit all of the citizens of our state.

Rick
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:02pm

They are increasing because new people are being tested for the first time. Why can't she understand that if today starts with 10 cases and 25 new people are tested, and of those 25 new people two test positive, the number of cases jumps to 12, a 20% increase. This does not mean 2 new people have it, it means two people we did not know about had it and we are just finding that out. The correct way to look at, according to the scientists, is to keep track of hospitalizations. Of course that would prevent Gretchen to crown herself Queen Dictator again.

Doby Joe
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:12pm

It's an upside down world. From the UK (which is about the same as the US with numbers and projections on the virus) comes this story- "Hopes that a vaccine for the coronavirus could be ready by September are hanging in the balance, as the scientists developing it are concerned that a slowdown in the rate of infection in the general population could invalidate the human trials currently taking place. Prof. Adrian Hill, Director of the Oxford University’s Jenner Institute, has told The Telegraph that there is only a 50-50 chance that the vaccine his team has been developing can be successfully tested.... The Oxford team is not the only one facing this predicament.... With cases dwindling, all of the teams are looking for hotspots globally where they can conduct their trials."

That's right- across the globe "cases are dwindling".

And yet in Michigan our Governor continues to defiantly proclaim emergency power, using that power to enact legislation that the Legislature does not approve of, using that power to spend public monies without the appropriation authority to do so, using that authority to encourage abortions but discourage cancer treatments, using that money to destroy Michigan's economy and cause thousands of teachers to lose their jobs, using that authority to hide from FOIA requests and deny oversight and accountability, and using that authority to promote her national profile in the hopes that she'll back her way into being the VP for a candidate who is facing increasing dementia but will have a rigged election and the Deep State working to help him get elected.

It is a bizarre world out there. Good and evil have never been more apparent.

Vince Caruso
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 5:29pm

Stay at home, the life you save may be your child's, grandchild, wife or yourself.

Close to 100,000 deaths, and we have a long way to go. This is not rocket science.

Sue
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:17am

This is crazy

ppp
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 2:54pm

Catch up. People have been allowed to seek cancer treatment ever since the hospitals could handle this, without great risk to individuals adding covid19 to their troubles.

Get your stats right. Vehicle accidents cause about 37,000 deaths per year. We are approaching 100,000 in approx. 3 months. It's not larger only because of the safeguards which have been put in place. (Prediction if nothing had been done was 2 million.)

Jeri
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:49am

Why were Traverse City area hotels open Memorial weekend and on the evening news when supposedly they are still restricted to "essential" workers only?

George
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 8:52am

Whitmer has handled the Covid-19 very responsibly. Too bad we didn’t have that at the federal level

Livingston
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 11:40am

I wish the Governor would refuse her salary until all of Michigan is open.

Andrea A minton
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 6:41pm

I'm a grocery store worker and I'm still scared about going to work. More than half our customers don't wear masks, I guess they don't care about giving the virus to the people that feed them. I'd rather be on unemployment, making more money sitting on my couch. I chose to work. I just want to be protected, and not bring the virus into my home. Please, please, wear masks

Michelle Jasper
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:04pm

Are you not ever going to give proper #’s? Of course there are higher numbers more and more people are being tested it is just out of place for us to stay out of work. Thanks to you Governor Whitmer-all part time workers are also missing a job with out unemployment!. I don’t know how you can rationalize in this manner.?
More and more businesses are closing and they will not re-open thanks to you you are not our mother you can govern did not give us commands!

Michelle Jasper
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:06pm

Amen