Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Michigan state of emergency until Aug. 11 in a response to raising coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Michigan. The state of emergency was originally slated to expire on July 16.
In a statement, Whitmer said every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new coronavirus cases over the last three weeks.
“COVID-19 has now killed more than 6,000 people in Michigan,” Whitmer said. “That’s more than 6,000 of our parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors, and the rising numbers we’ve seen over the past few weeks prove that this virus is still a very real threat in our state.”
Specifically, daily coronavirus cases counts have gone up more than 20 cases per million in the Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas. Whitmer said positivity rates are going up, too.
“Throughout this crisis, the vast majority of Michiganders have done their part, but we must remain vigilant and continue to do everything we can to protect our loved ones,” Whitmer said. “That means wearing a mask over your mouth and nose and practicing safe physical distancing when going out in public. If we all do our part now, there is a greater chance that schools can resume in-person learning in the fall. Be smart, be safe and mask up.”