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Taking Bold Steps To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus: Gov. Whitmer Talks About Her Stay Home Order

Mar 24, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Credit State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 is the first full day of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order mandating that people stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked with the governor about the order and her expectation for more confirmed cases in the state.


Saying we are in a crisis unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer repeated her “order” for residents to stay home and stay safe with exceptions only for essential needs for the economy or individuals.

Whitmer says a source of frustration for governors across the country is that there has not been a national strategy for dealing with this health pandemic.

It should be coming in terms of a national strategy and having the tests that we need to really be able analyze where COVID-19 exists and who needs to be isolated.  Those are really important pieces that are missing right now.

The governor is urging Michigan residents if they have to go out to consolidate trips and not go out daily to pick up food and only go out once a week or less if possible, until the stay at home executive order is lifted in mid-April.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu