Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday (September 29, 2020) extended the state of emergency related to the new coronavirus pandemic until October 27 while also keeping in place various protections and restrictions on health care facilities and grocery stores as she signed five executive orders.
The governor extended the emergency, which was set to expire October 1; extended until October 31 a previous order allowing businesses to be conducted remotely through expanded use of e-notaries and e-signatures; extended restrictions on entry into health care and residential care facilities; extended protocols for prison and jail populations until October 31; and added precautions for food-selling establishment workers to another order, which includes a requirement to maintain two hours a week of reserved shopping time for vulnerable populations.
A statement from the governor's office said the state's seven-day case positivity rate has remained between 3 percent and 3.7 percent since July. During that same period, the state has remained between 61 and 71 daily new cases per million people by date of symptom onset.
The declared emergency allows the state to mobilize resources and take "reasonable and necessary steps" to protect residents, the statement said.
"We have saved thousands of lives in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among our most vulnerable populations – people of color, seniors and people with disabilities. Because we took swift action, the health of our families and our economy are faring better than our neighbors in other states," Gov. Whitmer said in a statement.
"This emergency will end, and it is a matter of months. But we are not out of the woods yet. Right now, the federal government and all 50 states have been under some form of state of emergency. We must continue doing our part to fight this virus on behalf of our families, frontline workers, and our small businesses."