State Legislature Approves 23-Day Extension Of State Of Emergency In Michigan

WWJ News
April 07, 2020 - 1:22 pm

(WWJ) Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is soon expected to announce whether, and how long, she will extend her "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order due to COVID-19. 

Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated Democrats' amendment to extend the governor's State of Emergency in Michigan by 70 days, as was requested by Whitmer, and instead passed a resolution to extend it by 23 days.

After the measure was passed in the Senate, it was approved in the House, Tuesday afternoon. 

Although as not as lengthy as the governor wanted, the extension would allow Whitmer to lengthen the duration of her "Stay Home" order, among other things.

An announcement on that is expected this week, according to Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, as Whitmer's initial "Stay Home" order is set to expire next Monday, April 13, at 11:59 p.m.

So how long will it be? Gilchrist and they have a team of health and business leaders working together to figure out how best to move forward. 

"We're going to work closely with them alongside our public health professionals and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun to make a responsible decision on that that we can be confident in," Gilcrest told WWJ Newsradio 950. "But you'll have to stay tuned still to see where we're going to land on the 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order, because that literally changes every single day."

The live stream from the Capitol on Tuesday showed legislators wearing masks, and Gilcrest sporting a t-shirt with the message: "Everybody vs. COVID-19."

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State Senators and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist are seen masked at work in Lansing on April 7, 2020. (Screenshots: Michigan.gov)

What is the State of Emergency executive order they're voting on today? Under the order, the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Department of State Police must coordinate and maximize all state efforts that may be activated to state service to assist local governments and officials and may call upon all state departments to utilize available resources to assist. READ IT HERE

The latest official numbers from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services show Michigan has 17,221 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 727 related deaths statewide. That includes 1,503 new cases and 110 additional deaths reported Monday.

Whitmer said state health officials predict the virus will peak in Michigan at the end of April or early May.