DETROIT – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the “stay at home” order, originally scheduled to end on April 14, will be extended as coronavirus cases continue to increase.
Governor Whitmer will make the announcement with further details on Thursday afternoon. Watch the press conference live at 3 pm. on Thursday here at ClickOnDetroit.
“That will be extended,” Whitmer told WOOD-TV. “We will make an announcement tomorrow (Thursday) on all the different parts of the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order.”
“I know it’s taking its toll and I know it’s difficult, but we also know that we’re still on the swing” spreading the virus, Whitmer said. “It is very important that we continue to double mitigation and protect people by staying at home.”
“We know that it works in other countries that have faced this longer,” he added, citing New York. “To the extent that we have an impact on making fewer people have to go to the hospital or fewer lives lost, and shortening the amount of time we face as economic is better for everyone.”
It is not clear how long the extension will take. The Michigan Legislature approved the extension of the 23-day state emergency declaration on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Governor Whitmer said the state was “not yet close to the summit,” and staying at home was the best tool to keep people safe.
Monday marked three weeks since Governor Whitmer’s order to close most public space, including restaurants, bars and fitness centers. Tuesday marked two weeks since “Book Home Stay, Stay Safe entered into force, and four weeks since then Michigan’s first confirmed case.
“Hospitals are reporting that discharge has increased, but that doesn’t mean the numbers are decreasing – we are only slowing growth,” Governor Whitmer said. “We have not yet closed to hit the summit.”
“We have not yet come out of the forest,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, added that 89 percent of hospitalizations for the virus were in Southeast Michigan.
Last week, state officials suggested the country might be a month or so far from the peak of the case, but over the weekend, that was The White House suggested a case in Metro Detroit can reach the top this weekend.
Governor Whitmer said the state model looked at more Michigan specific data than the federal model, reiterating that they expected a peak in late April or early May.
Increasing cases does not discredit social distance
It is important to note that while the number of cases is increasing, that doesn’t mean social distance doesn’t work. People who test positive can now be exposed to the virus a few weeks ago, and many people have no symptoms for several days.
It will it can take weeks to see the results of an overnight stay at home and other social distance measures that have been taken. In addition, the state still reports the results of the test heap.
For most people, new coronaviruses cause mild or moderate symptoms that go away in two to three weeks. For some people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, can cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
The following is the number of mapped Michigan territories and the total number of cases in each US state:
Following are COVID-19 deaths in Michigan mapped per county:
Following are the Michigan COVID-19 cases divided by age range (look here if you don’t see the table):
Following are the Michigan COVID-19 cases disaggregated by sex (look here if you don’t see the table):
How COVID-19 Spreads
Spread person to person
This virus is thought to spread primarily from person to person.
- Between people who come in close contact with each other (at a distance of about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These drops can land on the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or may be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without pain?
- People are considered the most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread may occur before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this happening with this new coronavirus, but this is not considered to be the primary way of spreading the virus.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It is possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has a virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not considered the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spread
How easily the virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are very contagious (spread easily), such as measles, while other viruses do not spread easily. Another factor is whether the spread is continuous, spreads continuously without stopping.
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid getting this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched using ordinary household cleaning spray.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
People who think that they might be exposed to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
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