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Whitmer Says More Tests Needed Before Decision On Allowing Businesses To Re-Open

Apr 20, 2020

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says her strict stay-at-home order and the shutdown of many businesses appears to be slowing the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Whitmer made the round of Sunday talk shows, where she said strict stay-at-home orders and closing businesses is difficult.  But, she told CNN, now is not the time to let up.

“The harsh way that it’s hitting my state means that we’ve got to be really smart about the actions that we take now to protect life and the actions we take now to re-engage.”

Whitmer says her decision will rely heavily on getting enough test results to get an accurate read on the number of infections.  Republican state House Speaker Lee Chatfield sent a letter to Whitmer Saturday asking her to reconsider the scope of her stay-at-home orders to alleviate some of the hardship on workers and businesses.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org