On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer instituted Executive Order No. 2020-21, which states that to suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths, it is reasonable and necessary to direct residents to remain at home or in their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. This order took effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Background from DPTV:
One Detroit’s Christy McDonald spoke to the governor about the state’s actions to protect its citizens, its health-care workers and the economy in the days ahead. Watch it tonight on “One Detroit” at 7:30 p.m., at OneDetroitPBS.org and on DPTV’s Facebook page.
On March 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency as the first cases of the novel coronavirus were discovered in Michigan.
Since then, she has issued a series of executive orders closing schools, shuttering bars and other places where people congregate, setting-up childcare facilities for health providers and in other ways preparing for the crisis ahead.
In an exclusive Detroit Public TV interview, One Detroit’s Christy McDonald spoke to Gov. Whitmer about her actions and her plans in the coming days, including topics such as:
- Her efforts to provide additional medical supplies for hospitals and clinics
- The possibility of schools reopening on April 5
- Mitigating the impact on the economy
- What can we all do to slow the community spread of the disease
- Coping measures to protect our mental health during the crisis.
“There isn’t an age group that isn’t susceptible,” she told McDonald. “We’ve had a 5-year-old in Michigan test positive for COVID-19.
“It’s so important that people take this seriously … Every one of us needs to do our part.”
Please stay healthy. Be safe.