Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, speaking at a televised town hall Thursday, said Michigan is still about five weeks away from COVID-19 cases peaking.

April 24 update: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15
April 10 update: What Michigan's new coronavirus stay-at-home executive order means
April 9 update: Coronavirus pandemic extends Michigan stay-at-home order until end of April

Crowded hospitals, supply shortages, mounting deaths — and a public health crisis that is likely more widespread than reported because there aren’t enough tests for everybody who wants one.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer painted a grim picture of the state's ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus Thursday night in a televised town hall. 

"This disease is ravaging our state," Whitmer told viewers hours after her administration disclosed new figures Thursday showing a total of 10,791 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 417 deaths in Michigan since March 10. 

The first-term governor urged residents to comply with her stay-at-home order, calling it Michigan’s best chance to slow the spread of the virus, and indicated she may extend it beyond the current expiration date of April 14. 

President Donald Trump recently extended federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April.

“As long as all the science continues to point toward social distancing being the most important thing that we can do, we're going to have to continue that stay-at-home order,” she said on the evening broadcast, hosted by commercial and public stations in Detroit. The governor answered dozens of questions, including many submitted to the stations by viewers.

On Wednesday, Whitmer had asked the Michigan Legislature to extend a disaster declaration that gives her emergency authority during the pandemic. That would not impact her stay-at-home order but would ensure she could extend it if deemed appropriate. 

"I would anticipate that there's a possibility that I will have to lengthen the stay home order," Whitmer said, "but precisely how long it is and when that announcement will be made, I'm not prepared to say right now." 

At least 38 states have reportedly implemented some form of stay-at-home order since mid-March. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday extended his order through April 30.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, joined Whitmer in the televised town hall, reiterating the governor’s recent claim that the state is “four to five weeks” away from reaching the peak of the pandemic.

“But what's important to know is that even when we hit that apex, when we start coming down there will still be a lot more cases and there will still be many more deaths,” she said.

Whitmer and Khaldun urged retired or out-of-state medical professionals to come to Michigan to join the front-line battle in the pandemic. And they explained their previous call for less-crowded hospitals to share the load by accepting COVID-19 patient transfers from metro-Detroit’s most crowded hospitals..

“We know that our hospitals, especially in Southeast Michigan, are at capacity,” Khaldun said. “They’re running out of ventilators. They’re running out of [personal protection equipment]. They’re taking care of patients in hallways.”

As of midday Thursday, Michigan had the third most confirmed COVID-19 cases and the third most deaths in the nation, behind only New York and New Jersey.

Whitmer acknowledged her stay-at-home directive and other orders have created hardships for Michigan workers who lost their jobs and business owners forced to close.

More than 300,000 Michigan residents filed unemployment insurance claims last week, breaking a record set the prior week. Roughly 1 in 10 Michigan workers — a total of 439,092 — have filed for jobless benefits since March 15. 

But Whitmer told viewers that aggressive actions like the stay-at-home order are necessary to slow the spread of a virus that can be transmitted by people who do not even know they have it.

"The worst thing we could do for our economy is not take aggressive steps and watch this play out over a much longer course,” she said. “It would be bad for our economy if we didn't pay attention to science and make decisions so that we’re smart about when we ramp back up.”

While a handful of Michigan counties have not yet had any confirmed cases of COVID-19, Whitmer said a statewide approach is warranted because the virus “is probably in a lot more places than we know” because of testing shortages.

“When we have to prioritize testing, and we have to assess who gets the test or who doesn’t — as opposed to testing everyone who needs to be tested — it can skew the information and give you a false sense of confidence or a false sense of where COVID-19 has already spread.”

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Mike
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:59am

It's funny she's still getting paid...while the rest of us suffer and play whims to Biden's next vp canudate...you can tell based on her and trumps lovely relationship...by the way while America suffers ...the elected few play personal cards and push thier agenda while we get to be the pawns....enjoy your checks governor .....im sure we will all vote for your political dreams in a few months...i for one won't be voting for you ...ill be picking up the pieces of my life like many others will be ...all while you don't miss a paycheck or a meal...keep up the great work...

Concerned
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:48am

You should definitely suggest a series of alternative steps that could be taken to control the spread AND keep the economy running at fill tilt. I'm sure you've been holding back blaming anyone else (Democrat or Republican) around the taking the exact same measures. This isn't happening TO you and you are not alone in the suffering. Either come forward with your proven alternatives or find somewhere else to park your blame.

Sam Stewart
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 7:37am

I'll bet you aren't scolding the media or Pelosi for the same things are you?

Harry Schultze
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:58pm

Nearly all of the people who die of this are over age 60. Why not give them a stay-at-home order rather than destroy the economy of the entire state?! I completely agree with you, there were many other alternatives. Saying that she did this to save the economy is utter Madness! She is destroying the economy and I doubt it will ever fully recover, at least not in my lifetime.

Alternative Steps
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 5:34pm

Waive or Repeal Certificate of Need: Michigan’s “certificate of need” law requires hospitals and other medical facilities to get special permission before building or expanding, and health care providers to go through a lengthy and expensive process for new or replacement equipment and services. One study estimates that laws like this have reduced the number of hospital beds by about 10%, with minimal savings. A dozen states operate more efficiently without such laws; Michigan should waive these requirements during the current emergency and repeal them altogether when the threat subsides.

Promote Telemedicine: Michigan has made it easier to receive medical advice over the phone and through video chatting with a medical professional, but some important services are still restricted. We should take full advantage of the networks and infrastructure we have in place to combat this coronavirus, and telemedicine should be encouraged and promoted rather than restricted and limited.

Cut Occupational Licensing Red Tape: Michigan imposes severe restrictions on the nursing and nurse practitioner professions; one expert called Michigan one of the “regulatory dirty dozen” in this area. Past legislatures have also enacted laws that deny those with past criminal offenses from working in the medical profession — even the crime in question is a low-level one. Michigan doesn’t readily recognize medical licenses from other states, even in cases of emergency. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, states are recognizing licensing laws from other states and reducing their mandates.

Allowing Emergency License Reciprocity between States: Health care professionals licensed in one state should be able to travel to Michigan if the outbreak becomes more severe, and practice to the fullest extent permitted for peers licensed in Michigan.

Keep All Businesses Possible Open: To protect the economic security of the greatest number of Michiganders, and to preserve the long term financial security for the state and its citizens, minimize state-mandated closures of businesses. Specifically, keep all manufacturing open as the long-term effect from even a temporary shutdown would create greater damage and harm to citizens than will allowing these businesses to take appropriate precautions to keep their employees safe and healthy.

Separate COVID-19 Items From Other Supplemental Appropriations: Any supplemental appropriations necessary for COVID-19 response should be in separate bills from the general appropriations or other supplemental appropriations bills. This will clarify that these are emergency or temporary appropriations, and not to be intermingled or assumed to be ongoing spending.

Spend Some of Our State Reserves: This crisis is the “rainy day” for which our state has prudently saved for a decade, as our state faces a collapse of state revenue for at least three months. It is appropriate to tap the rainy day fund and reserve balances to cover a shortfall in the current year’s budget. However, we cannot say for certain how long this storm will last or that there isn’t another on the horizon. Therefore…

Cut Non-Essential Spending Now: The Governor and Legislature need to work together and immediately and substantially cut 2020 and 2021 budgets that aren’t connected to COVID-19. With one voice, they should call on state agencies to complete two tasks within the next 30 days: identify a set percentage of their 2020 budgets that can be rescinded effective May 1 for the remainder of the current fiscal year, and resubmit their 2021 budget requests at a reduced percentage of their 2020 appropriated levels. Exemptions from reduction should be granted to programs directly involved in COVID-19 response. Likewise, lawmakers ought to reconsider the priorities made late last year now that the COVID-19 epidemic may demand more resources.

Extend Regulatory Deadlines: In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order “providing that all renewals of expiring licenses, permits, registrations and the like — including driver’s, business, and other licenses, not only occupational — would be extended to until 30 days after the state of emergency ends.” Many of Michigan’s occupational licensing laws require continuing education training and annual fees. These should be postponed or eliminated to prevent unnecessary individual contact while allowing important work to continue.

Suspend or Repeal the Bottle Deposit Law: The redemption of bottle deposits involves Michiganders carrying millions of unwashed but massively handled — and possibly contaminated — loose items for more touching and handling in grocery stores. This pandemic has transitioned the bottle deposit scheme from a massively unsanitary idea to a potentially lethal one. At a minimum, the collection of bottle deposits and return of bottles for recycling at grocery stores must be immediately suspended for the duration of the pandemic for public health reasons, as Oregon, Iowa, Connecticut, and Massachusetts have already done.

Promote Online/Blended Learning: Look for opportunities to promote as an option for more Michigan children. Also, explore how to ensure that more Michigan public schools are able to deploy it — whether as a part of their ongoing operations or as an option during weather- or emergency-related shutdowns. School districts that take the lead on flexible learning options and mastery-based education should be encouraged to develop and share their innovations, not restricted by arbitrary guidance from the department of education.

Balanced Calendar: Waive or rescind barriers such as the Labor Day start date that preclude school districts from adopting such a calendar. This would provide schools with greater schedule flexibility to adapt to emergency circumstances, in addition to improving students’ knowledge retention between grade levels. Full learning for a full year should still be required, while giving schools greater opportunity to waive seat-time requirements for students who can demonstrate mastery of material to complete grade-level content at a different pace.

Defund the State’s Lawsuit Challenging the Line 5 Tunnel: Reliable, low-cost energy supplies are essential for the well-being of Michigan’s residents and economy. This need is especially pertinent during times of unrest. Therefore, state government should be doing everything in their power to ensure the secure flow of reliable energy supplies. Additionally, construction of the tunnel would provide essential employment for many workers in Michigan’s building trades during the expected coming economic downturn.

Leroy Brown
Sun, 04/12/2020 - 1:57pm

Wow. Are those steps something you wrote or are they easily found? And if you found them so easily, how come other people can't? Our legislators should take a look at that list and get to work.

Larry
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:07am

I absolutely agree Mike

Stefani
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:34pm

I never voted for her in the first place. What's the matter with Michigan continuing to elect these lousy Democrats?

Theresa
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 8:12pm

Totally agree

Jim
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:12pm

Right on Mike.

Harry Schultze
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:55pm

She is going to destroy the economy of this state, that much is certain.

Lynn Nelson
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:12am

I agree with you.I do not wanna survive the corona virus but stave afterward from jobless.Funny how she says we can file unemployment but no one has been able to collect it yet.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 4:25am

I see people coming in to places like liquor stores for cigarettes,beer, and lottery tickets just because the establishment has take out food offered. This is one way this virus is spreading still because people are using for an excuse to go out. I feel at risk every time I go to work because these very people aren't taking this seriously.

Nanette
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:25pm

I could not agree more! We have parties happening in our neighborhoods! 10+ ppl. Young kids. 18-25. I still feel as though it should be complete lockdown for a couple weeks.

Hopeful for Hum...
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:18am

I am so sick and tired of trying to get other people staying in my home to be SERIOUS of this pandemic. If it were not for my young grand children, I would boot out their young parents...They have not been as serious about protecting themselves and their children as we have. Young adults and teenagers need to seriously understand, EVERYONE IS AT RISK!!!!!

lee
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 5:19pm

It's one thing to allow the hospital workers time to get used to this change. It's a wholly other thing to try and keep people locked up. I for one am sick of it it's not only an infringement of rights but it's stupid. Because your not going to stop anything as long as there are any people moving a out, essential workers or not. It will spread and cant be stopped stop being scared of everything and deal with it.

Kat
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 6:51am

None of this will get any better in Saginaw because the people refuse to listen to stay at home. I still have to work, haven't had a day off because our staff is being told to stay home one by one. The company I worked for ran a store ad this week for TV's! We did $13,000 that day and it wasn't on anything essential, we haven't had cleaning supplies in weeks and never sell any kind of tissue.

Fed Up in North...
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 3:19am

Kat- I just want to say thank you for going out everyday to help the stupid people. It must be very frustrating for you to put your life and those around you at risk so someone can buy a TV. I wouldn't mind having a police officer outside the store handing out $1000 tickets to people with stuff like that. Who knows maybe that is what needs to be done.

Ed
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:50am

You are a closet Nazi.

Wrong
Wed, 04/15/2020 - 1:21pm

COVID19 is the Nazi; you are an enabler.

Steve
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 6:59am

We are expected to stay home and not work until april 14. If an extension is needed just do it now.

***
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 7:46am

Its a done deal and for the best. Expect Apr. 30 at least and then another assessment made then.

Leomabry24@gmai...
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 9:28pm

I definitely feel it should be extended more, April 30th will not be enough time, I would say at least until mid-May, or at least until we see the apex start to occur. Health first, cannot take any chances with this virus. Stimulus check and unemployment checks will suffice.

Steve
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 4:16pm

No, it should not be extended more. This is ridiculous. There is no reason the entire state or country has to be shut down to save lives. We haven't even reached the annual death toll from influenza yet. Yes, I agree this is MORE contagious, and I agree it could get out of control if we don't do something, but a complete shutdown is total and complete overreach. The data now indicates that likely many more people have it (or had it) and are asymptomatic, which means those people could be allowed back into the workplace now. All of this martial law for the perception of saving our lives is nonsense. Once again, government overreach because we're not smart enough to wash hands, practice social distancing, and isolate those truly at risk voluntarily, throughout the entire state, rather than just those areas at highest risk. What BS. I'm sure someone will say, "You have to force the lock down because people won't do it voluntarily," and to those people I say do you really think A) there are enough police to enforce it and B) do you really think that people cannot simply say they are going out for something essential when they are not? So what does it actually accomplish? Nothing. Those of us who understand the need to do our best to slow the spread will continue to do so, and those who don't won't. Keep the government out of this.....make recommendations and encourage it, but do not completely kill the economy. Over 98% of people who contract it recover. This is insane.

Wow
Wed, 04/15/2020 - 1:25pm

BS is waiting for us to reach higher death levels before taking action. Leave the science to the scientists. Yes, your views are insane.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:08am

My boss has us doing new construction, remodels and service calls. Only supposed to be doing emergencies. He has guys going from one house to the next. He's not taking this seriously at all and putting everyone at risk and probably spreading it by sending guys out every day to go from house to house changing a faucet. Not even supposed to be open only for emergencies. It's ridiculous. I spoke up and got made fun of for taking it serious. Was told I could sit at home and not get paid or work. The State needs to shut these businesses down. Not only are they putting their employees and family's at risk but all the customers houses they go into.

Mi User
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:41am

Make a complaint to the AGs office

:)
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:02pm

Mlive has an article about that from last week with a website & a phone number where you can report businesses. Might be a good option.

Malarkey
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:16am

This doesn't sound reminiscent of Germany circa 1940 to anybody?

Sue
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:44pm

No. It doesn't. It sounds reminiscent of 1918, or earlier, when epidemics were more common.

A girl
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:34pm

Report your boss for what he's doing! Employers can get in a lot of trouble for that right now.

Anonymous
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 7:47am

Report your companies to the Attorney General's office if you feel your workplace should not be open as essential.

Anonymous
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 6:46pm

Yes... by all means, be a taddle tale

Be careful people… You’re allowing the government to overreach way too easily.
We cannot allow the cure to Be worse than the disease. Our economy cannot sustain this for much longer. Don’t be so naïve to think they won’t keep taking your freedoms away if you continue to allow them.
Unless, of course, that’s your goal... handouts from the government.

Lynn Nelson
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:20am

I agree anonymous.This cure will be worse than the disease when MI runs out of money.She didnt put any organized thought into this 24 hours,48 hours or 72 hours.She coulve consulted with an emergency board to better prepare for the fallout from her executive orders but chose not to.

LOL
Wed, 04/15/2020 - 1:27pm

You talk like a drug dealer.

Fed Up
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 3:22am

Please for all of us report him.

Working4yourpaycheck
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:09pm

Hopefully you can find a way to stay home and collect unemployment rather than get up and go to work.

Doby Joe
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 6:14pm

Way to be a hero, buddy. According to the science, your chance of getting the virus and dying are only barely statistically higher than your chance of dying of a car crash on your way to work. But because you are afraid, you're going to bankrupt your employer and lead to all of your friends and co-workers losing their jobs. I mean, you could wash your hands and be healthy (and your chance of getting the virus and dying would be about the same as a seasonal flu), or you could name-names to the state and shut everything down. Your coworkers will have their life savings wiped out, college funds destroyed, have a higher chance of suicide or alcohol abuse, likely will not engage in preventive medicine or get any cancer screenings, and not produce anything of value for society. But you'll feel like a hero, won't you, for ratting on these people?

Dineen
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:10am

How does this woman expect for Michigan to survive. What are her plans. Stay in the house forever. 90% of the state is jobless. Everyone is at home. Kids that didn't work hard in school just got a free pass from her, and every day the media tells us we are all going to die. This virus is not new. Because of the negligence of our fearless leaders we all suffer in different ways. This turmoil in America will teach us a valuable lesson in who to vote for in the future.

Concerned
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:56am

If you're holding back, please come forward with your list of proven alternatives and place the emphasis on solutions that you raised and we failed to listen to. I'm sure you're an expert in infectious disease and we're waiting for you to have a breakthrough to bring us out of this mess. Give me a break.

John
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:00am

Nice generic comment every time someone critiques the governor, which is their right. If you want to walk in lock step with her edicts that is totally up to you.

Sam Stewart
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 7:41am

Please direct your reprimands to the news media and Congressional Dems also.
Thanks in advance!

Henry
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 1:54pm

Oh give it a break. Nobody has all the answers but guess what, Whitmer wanted the job. It’s her job to get us through this. There is going to NEED to be a middle ground between distancing and getting people back to work. The small businesses are having people do non-essential work because they’ll fold. However that worry is brushed aside as nonsense by a lot of people, probably those that aren’t staring down financial ruin.
Sorry, Whitmer wanted the job. She has to worry about lives of course but if your population isn’t out living that is going to create tons of other consequences. Put it this way: if she gets on CNN again and smugly extends to May 30, you’re going to have masses of people defying her stay at home order.

Mindi
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 9:04pm

Gov. Whitmer is following the expert recommendations. Yes, the economy can't take this, but the disease is responsible, not the leaders trying to stop the disease. You folks aren't really this oblivious, right? Dead people can't spend money. Does that clear it up?

No Emotions
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:21am

We could start with a recall of the Governor. Her job is to run the state not cry she isn’t getting help in running the state. She is like that Manager we have all had, you know, the one that took the job and just blames everyone else for their shortcomings. It isn’t the Federal Government’s job to dictate how a state is ran, unless their is constitutional issues. She isn’t doing everything she can. She is sparing with the President and criticizing his handling of this. Take the chloroquine situation, she slammed him for pushing it as reckless and ill advised. Now she is asking him for it because it is actually showing progress. This is her moment to attack the President and shine as a possible Biden VP and she will not waste it.

West
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 9:49am

It's the federal government's job to have an emergency plan in place when a pandemic sweeps the nation. Ours did not. Our President is spending his time name-calling on Twitter (how pathetic), whining that people aren't thankful enough to him, and praising himself on his free campaign adds (a.k.a. press conferences) while people are dying and suffering. Meanwhile, our Governor is literally begging for hospital supplies - the supplies that Jared Kushner says belong to the private sector. The entire Trump family are nothing but a bunch of pampered, spoiled, lazy, incompetant morons who do nothing but whine about how hard they have it. They don't give a rip about you or me - they only care about their money. How can you not see this?

sara jane
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:03am

Her plans are to do the best with the help she has gotten from our federal government.....NOTHING. Kids who didn't work hard in school did not get a free pass because of her. They got a free pass from this disease. The kids that weren't working hard in school to begin with were getting a free pass from their parents, who don't parent! Who indulge them! The media is telling you how grave this is. Indulged americans can't wrap their heads around a Pandemic. Guess what? You will be forced to! Do you have a child with an auto immune disease? Do you have a husband with asthma? THANK GOD politicians are doing what they can to have us all stay home!

Andy
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:19am

You trust the media? That's your first problem. They've been over hyping this from the beginning. Even the models the White House have been relying on are way off. On Wednesday it predicted we were supposed to have 121,000 people hospitalized. The real number was 31,142. That's more than a little off. Brazil and Sweden have similar numbers with the coronavirus and they didn't shut down their economies. Neither did South Korea and they were able to slow the spread and keep down the number of deaths. 99% of fatalities are people with per-existing conditions. 94% of fatalities are over the age of 45. Almost no teenagers or children are dying from this. Anyone who is in the category of being at risk, should shelter in place. The rest of us need to get the economy running. Are our politicians going to give everyone jobs once this thing is over? Are they going to pay our rents or mortgages while we're not working? Dr. Fauci was just calling for a nation wide shut down. It's insanity. You think deaths from the coronovirus are high? Wait until the country is in a depression. The deaths from that will pale in comparison.

Nah
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:42am

You cannot compare South Korea. The second they had a case (when we had ours in the states) they began widespread testing. Not just of those who are ill but everyone. They were able to locate those who are asymptomatic (without sumptoms) and isolate them. By isolating those infected they were able to contain the spread.
We didnt isolate or contain. . . We said it was nothing to worry about.
Now, as a result of not taking this seriously by preparing (increase ppe, testing, etc) we will pay for it by the loss of life we will see. It's going to be heartbreaking

No Emotion
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:13am

You can’t compare their style of government. They forcefully tested and removed individuals often times separating family members regardless of age. You think that would work here? Wouldn’t fly. It would cause an enormous outrage.

Harry Schultze
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:05am

You are so right my friend! I can't even imagine what the number of homeless people is going to be in 6 months. How many of those people will end up on the streets and die of hunger?! I guarantee you it will far far outnumber the number of people who died of this virus.

K-zoo
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:05pm

It's not the Federal Governments job to lead the states policy, they are the back up in support. What would be the purpose of State government if Federal dictated everything. No, I'm afraid this isn't orange man being bad this is our governor being the same do nothing as Jennifer Granholm.

Corey
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:48pm

Why is everybody calling this a “disease”. Is the common cold a disease? Is the flu a disease? Corona is relatively weak virus that produces mild symptoms for the majority. That is unless you are glued to television PROGRAMMING and are brainwashed from all the lies and misinformation being spewed.

Hopeful for Humanity
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:28am

Your words make you sound like a younger person who has no FAMILY. Do you not realize how this VIRUS is spread??? Or how many HUMAN BEINGS have died??? LOOK at the CDC and the professionals who deal with this EVERYDAY!!! The MEDIA is GLORIFIED. We all know that for a FACT...LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE!!!!!!!!!

Hopeful for Humanity
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:28am

Your words make you sound like a younger person who has no FAMILY. Do you not realize how this VIRUS is spread??? Or how many HUMAN BEINGS have died??? LOOK at the CDC and the professionals who deal with this EVERYDAY!!! The MEDIA is GLORIFIED. We all know that for a FACT...LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE!!!!!!!!!

Fed Up in North...
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 3:39am

And this is why we will be on lockdown until June/July(ish)

Tim
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:18am

The Gov.'s "Stay at home stay safe" order has about 1 1/2 pages that details plans and specifically states that if children miss more than 60 calendar days of school because of the covid19 shut down that they will automaticlly be passed to the next grade at the start of the next academic year.
Only michigan and 2 other states CURRENTLY have orders in place that address the issue of kids making up missed school or not making it up.
So TECHNICALLY this kids who didnt earn it ARE getting a free pass from whitmer....cuz it was her bright idea to write that part in the order.
Sorry to bust your bubble.

Faith
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:27am

Hey Deneen, this virus is actually brand new. We're all suffering hardships. I know people that have died. Can't spend money if you are dead. Instead, do your best to keep calm, help others where is possible for you and, if you are able to, hold your family close and thank God you can.

Claudia
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:34am

So, what would you suggest the Governor do differently?

Sam Stewart
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 7:44am

Isolate the counties around Detroit as a hotspot, letting no one in and out, and let the much less infected counties practice social distancing!

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:44am

This strain of the virus is new. That is what is so scary about it. We don't know enough about it to combat the virus. That is why so many people are dying. That being said, I don't know how Michigan or any other state that has these orders is going to survive. I don't think this tells us who to vote for, I think this tells us that businesses, schools and government had no continuity plan and that is the real problem. At any time a pandemic could occur for a multitude of reasons and no one was ready. With so much technology at our fingertips why was no one ready. I will be watching and looking to our countries leaders to see what their continuity plans will be going forward. I hope we stop allowing China to supply us with things that we need. Time for American made, time for China to go.

Jessie
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:22pm

I would like to see a video of you walking through a covid hospital then again after you get placed in the same hospital ! Open your damn eyes . This is new , the only thing that isnt new is ignorant turds like you clogging our systems .

Skeptical
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:20pm

Jessie, your plead bleats.

Harry Schultze
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 12:01am

I could not agree with you more! This woman is going to destroy the economy of this state. There is no telling how many people will be rendered homeless and hungry because of this. She is not in touch with reality and should never have been elected! It is so sad.

Lynn Nelson
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:23am

I agree Dineen.

anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:50am

4 to 5 weeks until peak?!?!?

According to https://covid19.healthdata.org/ Michigan is expected to peak on or about April 9th. So much for using 'science' and 'data'.

Also, this 'strongly hinting' non-sense needs to stop. If she's considering it, she needs to say it. Last time was the same. Saturday she indicated no plans at this time then Monday hit us with the news.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:00am

I agree.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:09am

Amen. The web link you posted above is the model used in the National briefings. Why is it disregarded in Lansing? Could be it doesn't fit their narrative? Hat's off to the "strongly hinting" nonsense too----school admins were told by Lansing they were closing while she kept saying publicly she hadn't made her mind up yet.
I read the other day where leaders first have to be believable----Americans will do what is needed if they believe a leader is being candid with them---just don't see this coming from Lansing right now.

CAT
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:45pm

True story.

CJ
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:15pm

Saturday she DIDN'T have any plans; then she saw what OH and IL and IN were doing and THEN she made her announcement. She can't make a decision on her own but expects us to just say yes'm, whatever you say. She doesn't give us any credit for having any common sense and doing what needs to be done.
I thank God every day that our house and cars are paid for. Our son wasn't so lucky. He just got laid off Monday and is one of the 10 million countrywide that filed for unemployment. There's always going to be the scofflaws that ignore everything said and because of that, we all will suffer. However, if Mike Shirkey actually sticks to his guns and his statement this time that he thinks the 70-day extension is too long, we might come out okay. Perhaps she needs to do things at 2-week intervals? Who knows. Right now Trump is saying April 30. I guess we'll just have to see who wins...Whitmer or the people of Michigan.

Robert
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:12am

Has the Governor issued a self-quarantine for visitors and residents traveling back into the state from outside locations? DTW is a major domestic and international travel hub and with no quarantine mandate for those travelers our state will continue to be an open door for additional transmissions unless an EO is mandated for those non-essential travelers coming into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. This will slow-bleed the remaining life out of the state's economy, increase ongoing transmission rates, by extending stay-at-home mandates well into summer. The likely outcome at that point will be that schools won't be able to start in the fall and a 2nd wave of COVID-19 will be sweeping through the country with months to go before a vaccine is available. Why has the governor not issued a self-quarantine for travelers into the state of Michigan or have I missed the memo?

Anonymous
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:24am

80% of the cases are in the Detroit and surrounding county area. Yet Counties with little or no cases are required to stay in to 'stop the spread' when the active cases there in those counties quarantined? How does this make sense to have the entire state on lockdown when 80% of the issue is centered around Detroit and the SE corner of the state? The order should be to stay away from Detroit and lock that area down whilst the rest of the state continues practicing the national recommendation of 6ft social distancing.

George
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:59am

GW doesn’t realize / care about the rest of the state. Her votes come from Detroit area.

Anonymous
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 8:02am

I agree George, at some point the politicians in Lansing need to realize that Michigan is MORE than the Detroit area. I am getting tired of seeing the headlines about how bad the state of Michigan has been hit with this virus. It's not all of Michigan... it's Detroit! It entered our state through DTW and fanned out from there along the interstate corridors. Stop the flow from Detroit to flatten the curve!

Kelly
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 2:22pm

We may not have a lot of cases yet on the west side but they are accepting patients from the Detroit area into Grand Rapids to ease their overload. And why are Drive through and take out restaurants still open ? There isn’t a 6 foot distance when handing out purchases. Yet they are essential

Anonymous
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 8:05am

I have one word to reply to that... containment. Which shipping patients to Grand Rapids is not.
Better to add medical personnel in Detroit than ship the virus state wide. Containment.

Michelle korff
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:24am

Thanks for what you are doing, but please let people back to work . Some haven't been able to get unemployment benefits, so I'm the only one working.. at krogers.. and alit of plans in june ... kids work at a national park Yellowstone, ither mackinac park please think of all livelihood and incomes .health matters too ty

Just Curious
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 9:38am

I’m wondering how large Michigan’s strategic medical supply was? Why didn’t this supply have adequate numbers of masks, gowns, gloves, ventilators, and other PPE along with test kits so each of us could be tested?

I am awesome
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:03am

All Flu viruses are coronaviruses,
Whoever is in charge should list them as Covid-19. Also list people in the hospital and those at home. It's totally misleading to list the total amount of viruses.
The statics in the USA is .023% have died with this covid-19 and the general influenza for the last 6 months is .5% though it's tragic people die (unfortunate consequence of life) this is no reason to send our economy back to the stone age.

Larry
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:05am

She'll never get my vote. All this media hype and the gullible people in this country is insane.
Oh my gosh we've hit a million cases and it's almost the end of flu season. The WHO says that the average flu season infects 3 to 5 million yearly with severe symptoms and there are 250,000 to 500,000 deaths related to the flu.
Did any of our politicians including Gretchen ever take a mathematics course?

Lynn Nelson
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:30am

I agree Larry.

Anonymous Michi...
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 4:43pm

Ironically, flu numbers every year have tracked to the same pattern for the last decade EXCEPT for this year - which have fallen off a cliff.

The reality is, while there is Corona Virus, too many cases of the flu are getting lumped in with it. Just look at what the Senator from MN said today about how the state is trying to inflate the numbers.

Currently, as of today, there are 14,462 deaths in the US related to Corona Virus which is 0.000036% of the population. It is one of the LEAST causes of death in the US since the beginning of the year but Governors are acting like despotic tyrants, causing massive fear and panic, and destroying the economy. Furthermore, the number of deaths are probably overstated by 50% as, coincidentally, the number of flu deaths normal for this time of year has dropped by 75% compared to all other years in the last decade.

People need to wake up and realize you are being played big time. This is about taking away our freedom and moving this country under communism. Why do you think the number one priority of Democrats is to get vote by mail going? Something no other Democracy in the world allows because it is subject to rampant fraud and is primarily used in communist dictatorships around the globe.

Sorry folks, the numbers don't even come close to lining up to the fear, panic and heavy handed measures by Governors in shutting down the economy. Is the virus real - yes. Is it even remotely as close to a pandemic - no. Just an FYI, the WHO actually defines a minor pandemic as something that effects 1 million people in a country. That is minor. A major pandemic is defined as 5 million people. Yet, here we are with 422,800 cases nationwide and we are shutting down the country like we have the black plague when we haven't even reached a level of a minor pandemic yet.

J
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:05am

Actual events showing how governor failed us... and yes still being paid while rest of us sick or out of job and she is STILL playing her game of being ambiguous and deceiving “hinting” omg, she is hopeless. I don’t get why people would even support her. She’s literally the reason why many more people are sick versus other states.
Feb. 29 Washington declares state of emergency
March 1. Florida declares public health emergency
March 3 Ohio governor cancels spectators for the Arnold sports festival (clearly a smart move, but was then criticized by the Washington post)
March 4 California declares state of emergency. Washington Bans gathering over 250 people. Whitmer does nothing.
March 5 Maryland declares state of emergency. Michigan claims that they have 24 hours turnaround time for testing, and yet over 10 cases has been "pending" for over a week.
March 5 It has been reported that several people connected to Biogen conference in Boston has the virus. Many out of state people were also diagnosed with the virus that are link to this conference. Furthermore, it is known now that more than 100 infected people can be link to that one conference. However, Michigan events still continue to go and governor does not take ANY actions knowing how contagious it is.
March 6- Kentucky declared state of emergency. Utah declares state of emergency. Indiana declares state of emergency. Pennsylvania declares state of emergency. Police and Pancake event took place in Detroit which is the reason why over 400 Detroit PD employees are under quarantine right now. No events were canceled and no actions or announcement other than "wash your hands" were given by Michigan to the people. Sanders held four events in Michigan over the past week including Detroit on Friday (march 6) and Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids on Sunday (March 8th)
March 7 New York declares state of emergency. Florida escalates state of emergency. Michigan still tells everyone there are no cases and taken no action whatsoever to curb spread of the virus.
March 8 Oregon declares state of emergency. No action from Michigan
March 9 Ohio declares state of emergency. New Jersey declares state of emergency. Iowa declares state of emergency. Illinois declares state of emergency. Meanwhile Michigan continues with Biden Rally in Detroit - indoor, enclosed among other primary/election activities. Nothing is being communicated in terms of cases that are circulating among us already.

State only communicated negative results at this point. Tests were limited, but as tested people stayed the same, negative results continue to rise and get reported along with "pending" results also continue to rise, however, positive results remain zero.
March 10 (during the day) 37 state already had announced confirmed cases. Colorado declares state of emergency. Massachusetts declares state of emergency. North Carolina declares state of emergency. Connecticut declares state of emergency. Meanwhile in Michigan, it's election day, our governor is even ACTIVELY ENCOURAGING EVERYONE to get out and vote!!! More than 2.3 million michigan residents cast ballots with no regards to people's lives and what's happening around the country.
Result for the Primary announced around 9PM
March 10 (late night -around 10:40PM) Governor finally announced 2 confirmed cases and declared state of emergency. It really did not make the a difference to people until the next day March 11 since it was almost midnight when she declared it, clearly was waiting for the election results.
March 11 - 9AMish - announced 10 more cases in Michigan just overnight... (magically 10 more confirmed results overnight when nothing could be confirmed for weeks)
After March 11, It is true that Governor took very aggressive actions such as closing school almost immediately. However, that sent people rushing to the stores and buying up everything and cross contaminating possibly making things worse. However, it is clear now that by this time the damage has been done. Too much, too late. She was on the short-list for VP, so it is clear her motivation to leave the people to die. Now, she is simply bankrupting the state and blaming the fed to cover up for her mistake and lack of care for the people. Everyday she just complains about other people, but given a bench marking between ALL states in the country, she is clearly doing the worst possible job.

No Vote on Whitmer
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 8:24am

Thank you... I along with alot of people could see she is more worried about her political standing than the people she has the job to govern...

Larry
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:21am

And all you whiney people with the "why do those people get to be off and I gotta work still" attitude need to dry up and zip yer lip.
Do any of you have the slightest bit of work ethics or do you all want a free ride at our economies expense? It's not unlike the little children in Nazi Germany brainwashed to turn in even their parents to the SS.
There's one million cases of the covid and the WHO says that every year there's 3 to 5 million severe cases of the flu and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Can you not read or reason?

Marko
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:26am

What I don't understand is how these governors are getting away with overriding our first amendment rights. Like the one to assemble peaceably in the first ammendment.. This is why the president hasn't order a lockdown because it would be unconstitutional. These rights were given to us to protect us from a state of tyranny where people lives and livelihoods could be arbitrarily taken from them . I can see attorneys suing the state in the future to cover people's losses and how could they not win because no one can abridge that right to peaceable assemble, this includes to be able to work together for common interests social or financial. All I see is hirer state taxes for those who will still have a job in the future to pay for all the damage that will come from this. Everyone says they don't know about this virus, but they do know what to do about. It is all very confusing. At least according to world statistics you have less than 1% chance of contracting this virus.

Thanks
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:37am

Thanks, Witty Whitmer—The extension will give you just enough time to destroy the economy and seal the coffin on Michigan’s already lagging K-12 education system.

When will the legislature take this woman’s magic wand away?

George
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 7:53pm

She legally can’t extend this more then 28 days. After that she needs to get approval from Michigan Legislators.

Michigone
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:42am

Gretchen has a job, steady income....she doesn't care if You or I do, she doesn't pay our bills, their hatred for our President overrules any beneficial gain for us peons.

TIM
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:44am

Why can't they tell us how many case people have recovered from. We don't need to know total cases but how many active cases are right now.

DENNIS L PRIEST
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:00am

I understand there is a VIRUSE,need to be careful etc. But is this also a plan to ruin the economy and have President Trump lose the election by the Democrats and Liberals? Is this a combined PLAN?? WHAT do you THINK???????

Just another number
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 4:11pm

I think you are exactly right. It's another last ditch effort to get rid of the President. They are trying to do exactly what they said they were going to do. They new it was coming and did nothing. They are just waiting and watching as Americans die. Impeachment was more important. Bringing our country down was more important to them. Do you see how happy Pelosi and Schumer are now? Pelosi is in front of cameras constantly. She's giddy with joy with all this unemployment and with the stock market being down. Just what they wanted. But the American public see through all the B.S. We are Americans we will make it through this. America will be back. America will be Great again. MAGA KAG TRUMP 2020

Mark Cantrell
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:30am

I’m very suspicious of continued lockdowns, this is getting to the point that the general population are seeing their lives take on a downward spiral that far outweighs the fallout from the COVID 19 virus.

Holly
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:44am

Extending is ridiculous. It's not working now, what makes her think it will work if she extends it. If you have to lock it down tighter then do it and get it over with. Continuing the same path for another 2-3 months is stupid.

D
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 11:54am

Why doesn't the State report Confirmed Cases, of those how many are Hospitalized and Deaths. This would give a better understanding of how hospitals are overwhelmed in what areas of the state.

Adam
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:05pm

The longer you keep people isolated and cant work to support their loved ones you will have more problems than just sick people. you are going to have economic problems with people not able to pay bills, mental health issues and civil unrest. Is the Governor going to pay every ones bills, forgive state taxes that are due, and fix credit problems? We are definitely not in this together Governor? People are all by themselves, fighting for the survival of their families.

Cathy
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:24pm

reading through todays articles it's painfully obvious we remain divided. I only want to share this.
Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something.
Be safe

Aalden
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:03pm

Please Please do not extend stay at home order. Lets continue to practice social distancing and being smart about gathering. But for the sake of peoples mental health and the life of those that must make a living. Can we please screw our heads on straight?
Have we "flattened the curve" ? No this is not over.
But a stay at home order is NOT the answer!!

Hello!
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 2:00pm

What is the answer, then?

Linda
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 3:18pm

How about the Governor enforcing, not urging, people to stay home. So many are out like nothing is happening.

Renia E Saddler
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 7:41pm

Then how about working on getting testing more widely available so we can use intelligence to tackle this rather than fear and speculation.

Renia E Saddler
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 7:45pm

This is a democracy and we the people are supposed to have a say in whether or not to amputate the body to save a foot.

Gary
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:57pm

How the hell would she have any idea peak in five weeks

Carrie
Fri, 04/03/2020 - 10:09pm

You are poor excuse for a politician. You have failed this state miserably. While your constituents are dying they are also starving, losing their livelihoods and their sanity. How dare you blame the administration for your complete lack of credibility! You have no experience in crisis management, yet you sit there and act-as-if you do!

You are a wanna-be VP who sounds like a used car saleswomen with a bad sales pitch. I am embarrassed to have such a loser for a Governor. You are the laughing stock of the nation.

We know it. Most of all, YOU know it. Sleep on that Gretchen!

Imjust1man
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:43am

If these checks don't get to people sooner,its going to make this virus a walk in the park.Glad your still getting paid Governor.

Tracy
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 3:05am

The state needs to make lottery ticket machines inaccessible like the golf courses.

Paul
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 7:51am

----Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Detroit will 'lose a lot of people' as Michigan's healthcare system is 'pushed to the brink'.----

Hmmm.
I wonder how that will affect voter totals in November?

Ellen Anderson ...
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 8:37am

Why is Eastern Market open today?

Gene Tascott
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 9:55am

MS. Whitmer,
I am inquiring into the reason out of state campers are allowed to come into Michigan from out of state locations while you suggest, stronglyI might add, that Mi residents shelter in place. Friday night I read where US 131 looked like a parking lot with RVs headed north. These folks are going t be shopping in local stores and gas stations with little or no regard to your suggested guidlines. Also, they are arriving earlier than in past years, so it would appear that they could possibly be leaving their homes to avoid this pandemic. The problem with that is they are probably bring it with them, and endangering local MI population in the process. Cold you please give this matter some thought? Thank You.

Interested
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:22pm

This was an interesting comment. Maybe we should do like a lot of other states are doing and start putting in place border checkpoints, maybe to take temperatures and just making sure people aren't coughing? Or start restricting flights from New York City into Detroit? Something. Maybe we should be doing some things that are real, and not just waving wands and trying to shut everything down.

Michele
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:53am

Trasferring Covid19 patients to other hospitals is breaking containment. Really Gretchen? Containment is crucial! I vote no on breaking containment!

TruthKnight
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 10:54am

It's ravaging SOME areas of the state. SOME hospitals are packed. SOME areas need help. This blanket shutdown is a power grab and we will pay for it for a generation or more. Freedom is not free and when the population begs for it to be taken away in the name of safety, you won't get it back anytime soon.

EOC
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:22am

The "social distancing WILL NOT stop the virus. It will slow the spread, but until at least 2/3 of us have antibodies the virus will continue. There are only two ways to attain antibodies. One way is to get infected with the virus. The other way is to be immunized. Since no vaccine is available the only way to have antibodies to this virus in your body is to get infected with the virus. When the "social distancing" orders are rescinded the virus will surge back up to some peak again. It is inevitable.

This has become a political crusade. The science has been thrown out. Our economy will be a smoking hole in the ground when this all blows over.

Hold on to your hats.

Sweetie pie
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 1:45pm

It's clear, it's Detroit. Detroit has been and continues to be 90% of the cases in Michigan. The obvious answer is quarentene DETROIT and let the rest of us go back to work and practice good hygiene and take care.

Michael
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 4:26pm

Why is she once again waiting til the last moment to extend the stay at home policy. While Michigan continues to get worse. And definitely agree with Mike. I'm not for the Republicans or Democrats. Im for us , America. She just isn't doing her job. Acts as if she's already runner for VP. Just sitting g there .

Chris
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 5:51pm

Just listened to White House task force and Dr. Deborah Berks just said Detroit, New York and other hot spots will peak in 6-7 days, not 5-6 weeks as Michigan Governor had proclaimed!!!!

Mark
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 6:00pm

I am appalled and saddened by the ignorance by the majority of commenters on here. This Nation is doomed not because of any politician or media outlet, but doomed by the ignorance and lack of even simple intelligence by the majority of Americans. Since when did stupidity become fashionable??!! Gee whiz.

Chris
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 6:00pm

Just listened to White House task force and Dr. Deborah Berks just said Detroit, New York and other hot spots will peak in 6-7 days, not 5-6 weeks as Michigan Governor had proclaimed!!!!

anonymous
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:50am

There's a mix up in the reporting somewhere. The current estimate for peak in Michigan is April 8th and New York is on a similar path. Check the data yourselves https://covid19.healthdata.org/

Harry Schultze
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 11:53pm

Shutting down the entire state and ruining the economy rendering people homeless and hungry is nothing short of insane! The smart thing to do would have been to give a stay-at-home order to the group which has nearly all the deaths and that is over 60. People in this state especially live paycheck-to-paycheck. What she is doing is destroying the economy of Michigan! This stupidity is beyond belief! If I am still alive after all this and not homeless and dead of starvation one thing is certain, I will never vote for this woman even if you put a gun to my head! Anyone who voted for her made a huge mistake! She will destroy this state and render far more people dead because of her economic incompetence than ever would have died from the Coronavirus! Look at how many people are infected and die every year of the flu and Compare the numbers. Is she going to shut the economy down every year for that? On average almost 30 million people are infected and tens of thousands die every year from the flu is she going to lock down the state for the whole flu season every year of her tenure?! Think about it. This is insanity on a grand scale!

West
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 4:36pm

Did it occur to you that the reason why fewer people are being infected by Covid-19 than influenza is because there is a stay at home order? For those of you who think the pandemic is overblown please read the following: my father died from influenza. He had no underlying health conditions. He spent three hellish weeks in the hospital hooked up to a ventilator. The doctors did everything to save his life but he died. He suffered worse than a cancer patient. Covid-19 is worse than influenza. It has a higher death rate. And it's not just killing "old people." Hospitals all over the country are flooded with Covid patients. If you are unemployed (as I and my husband are right now) apply for unemployment and if you have to, Medicaid. Then thank your lucky stars that you and your loved ones are okay. Then, STAY HOME.

Henry
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 1:56pm

I actually think it’s simple: April 30 is what everybody is looking at. That’s fine. If this shut down order is extended into mid May or even later, you’re going to have masses of people defying it. We won’t be normal by May but if we’re not at least lessening restrictions by then there are going to be serious problems enforcing the stay at home.

lee
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 5:15pm

Forget that if this keeps going I'm going to lose my fricking mind. This woman needs to stop her power trip now!

Anonymous
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 8:26pm

"This disease is ravaging our state," 10K confirmed cases, 10,000,000 people. That equals an infection rate of 0.1%. RAVAGING???

Jill White
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 10:37pm

This disease has made my day to day life completely different. I used to wake up and get ready for work, now I wake up and brace myself for the latest figures (Covid-19). What I want to do is find some type of activity that will keep my mind and body active. What type of things are ‘you’ doing?

Kevin
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 8:29am

When is the Governor going to stop running station to station? How about working more than one track at a time? Where are we on Seriology testing that could identify those who have recovered?

Renia E Saddler
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 8:07pm

Why is she planning to wait until right before the order ends to extend it? Michigan, you voted for this person why? Illinois’s was extended long ago, and they have a major city to account for. What’s the hold up?

dawn
Mon, 04/06/2020 - 9:27pm

there are people still going shopping coming from another state shut down the state except a truckers for 30 days people are out joy riding and could be spreading the virus the longer people are roaming the more will get infected look what happened to new York Detroit

Lynn Nelson
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 6:09am

I'm sick of her guessing when the apex will be.She really has no idea.She doesn't care if after this is over she bankruptcies MI then is on her merry way after her term has ended.Good luck trying to receive unemployment benefits while being ordered to stay home.

Subee
Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:55am

Fo you really think that Whitmer is "guessing" when the apes will be. Here it is, almost April 8, and the curve isn't flattening. To the moron who wanted to know why the cure numbers weren't being posted...we will NEVER know because testing isn't available except for folks already sick. South Korea was on top of this immediately and escaped unscathed compared to us. If you insist on remaining completely ignorant about the basic , tried and true methods of containment, then keep your ignorant rants to yourself or volunteer to be a gopher on a Covid unit and see how frustrating it is for the staff to risk their lives because some moron needed a TV. Oh yeah, dead citizens don't pay taxes and we are all going to have to pay bigly for ignoring the warnings until it was too late. Let's learn from experience. The only measure that works is testing everyone and get infected people isolated ASAP. Most if what I see on this forum are ignorant comments by people who are products of ond if the worst performing school systems in the country. Trust science and statistics to get us out if this. Let Fauci dictate what we need to do, not Jared.

Jerry
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 2:32pm

A longer shutdown should put around south east Michigan. The rest of the state to use common sense on social gathering. Michigan needs to get open for business ASAP

Jerry
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 2:32pm

A longer shutdown should put around south east Michigan. The rest of the state to use common sense on social gathering. Michigan needs to get open for business ASAP

Anonymous Michi...
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 4:57pm

This article makes me sick, especially the "if we don't pay attention to science [facts]"

Here are some facts:
- To date, there have been 14,473 deaths or 0.000036% of the population, Making it the least deadly virus we have had in this country in more than 50 years! Never have we shut down the economy before.
- The WHO actual defines a minor pandemic is a country of our size as having effected 1 million population. To date, we have 422,800 of the population effected - or 0.001%.
-The top 6 states effected have all issued the most stringent lock down orders. So this BS, that this plan works is just that BS. The countries and states that have asked residents to practice better hygiene and social distancing are having far less cases. In fact, it could be argued considering how low the death rate versus infection rate is (and how many have been successfully cured), that shooting for herd mentality to defeat the virus might be a better approach.
-The damage being caused to economies from these Governors despotic actions, however, is causing far more damage to people than the actual virus is.

So, no, she is not using science at all. Science would tell her to open the state back up, tell people to continue practicing social distancing and, if quarentine is needed, focus on the four counties around Detoit that represent more than 80% of the cases in Michigan.

Niki
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 7:13pm

No, just no! Extend it until the end of April, but that's ENOUGH! We'll have nothing left. Nothing. This is frikkin ridiculous.

Subee
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:49am

Anonymous michi: You are still missing the point. We have NO idea how many people have the virus. Don't you get it? No testing means we have no data, no knowledge, no way to predict when the curve will flatten. The Last Word column in the April 3 issue of The Week is devoted to an article about a 43 year old woman and her 43 year old husband who weren't paying attention and listened only to Fox News so were completely cut off from what was really happening. He has the dubious distinction of becoming the first man in Louisiana to go on a ventilator (on March 13) and is still on it. St. Patricks Day festivities went on in NOLA loading the streets with people. The most important lesson to learn from this is don't get ALL your news on Fox. If one sits all day listening to Fox or MSNBC you start to agree with whoever is saying whatever. Getting accurate news is hard and one needs to question everything and everybody from a variety of sources . This family's
failure to change the channel resulted in tragedy and the wife is now pleading with her Facebook friends to lift you eyes up from Fox News and start to protect their families. And if everyone were intelligent, we probably could lift some of our restrictions in Michigan. But the problem is that half of the population won't use good judgement. Look, we have learned from Italy and South Korea what actually works, and letting people, who aren't aware that they are carrying the virus, continue to mingle freely doesn't work. To the rest of the world, the USA has responded to this in a third world fashion. No available testing is third world. And all the sadder, because much of this economic ruin and trauma could have been prevented. Every day the government ignored the warnings cases were rising in number and the curve became explosive. And for the morons who are still ridiculing the seriousness of it, tell it to the nurses who had died in Detroit trying to save morons
and innocent victims alike.

Susan Siporin
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 12:28am

Our hospitals are not at capacity. DMC and McLaren are all reducing their number of employess due to decreased admissions. Beaumont is below their capacity as well. They all have plenty of beds for Covid patients. Also, they are all losing money due to "non-essential" surgeries being canceled. What she calls non-essential surgeries include hip replacements, shoulder surgeries. These are not non-essential to people who are in pain, can't stand or walk, or reach to comb their hair.

jpat
Sat, 04/11/2020 - 3:58pm

Tried to buy light bulbs at Costco. Nope, can't, they aren't essential! Plants for my garden for summer for food, nope. New lenses for my glasses? Nope! Ridiculous. There are smart ways to do things and this isn't it. Rent is still due, shouldn't landlords not get paid this month? Forgive mortgage for a month. Let's be equal about this. Yep, she should definitely give up her month's pay too. Power sure went to her head!

Skeptical
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:17pm

Recall The Coronavirus Tyrant Queen! Don't you see it in her eyes?