Everyone Needs To Stay Home: Whitmer Tells Michiganders To Do Their Part

WWJ News
March 24, 2020 - 8:38 am

LANSING (WWJ) - Michigan's governor says the number of coronavirus cases statewide will only stop growing if residents do their part and follow her "Stay at Home" executive order.

Speaking live on WWJ Newsradio Tuesday morning, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says public health scientists are clear: A 14-day freeze on movement will stop the spread of coronavirus.

"We really need everyone to stay home. Stop moving around, stop meeting with people. Do your part so that we can get through this," Whitmer said. "This is not the time to panic. This is the time to be serious. This is the time to be smart. This is the time to go out rarely to get the things that you absolutely need and then you go back home and you stay home."

Whitmer issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order on Monday directing most businesses in the state to temporarily suspend in-person operations. It's not just about preventing the spread of the virus, but providing relief on the health care system which is already struggling. Hospitals are running low on supplies and Whitmer says the state has been buying from private sources and businesses overseas to fill the need.

"We've worked with distilleries that have produced hand sanitizer, we are working with Michigan companies to produce masks and gowns, we are buying masks from around the world to meet the needs of our health care providers," she said. "We made a deal for 4 million masks to get this week, the N95 masks, that's really important. But let's be clear, it's not nearly enough yet."

While the state continues to do its part, Whitmer says it's really up to the residents to get this virus under control. 

"The more people that can stay put, the better for our ability to meet needs in our hospitals that are seeing their capacity stretched to the limit already, the more we can do in terms of protecting other people, and the quicker we will come out of this crisis," she said. "It's on everyone to play their role."

And part of that role, Whitmer says, is being a conscientious consumer. Don't stockpile goods, she said, and only buy what you need. 

"You don't need to rush out and buy up as much as you can find. It will be there. We need to make sure everyone has the ability to access what they need," she said.

As on Monday afternoon, Michigan's official total of confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 1,328, including 18 deaths. The next update is at 2 p.m. Tuesday.