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Gov. Whitmer: State likely needs 'short-term extension' of stay-at-home order

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 16:04:32-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today the state will "likely need another short-term extension" of the stay-at-home order.

Whitmer said in a coronavirus news conference that based on the state's coronavirus data, "now is the time" to assess the "breadth" of the current order and to assess the scope of what "the next one looks like."

The state, she said, wants to "start to re-engage" the economy, and it "has a plan."

The plan and re-opening will be implemented "in waves."

However, the state will begin to "loosen restrictions" only based on "facts and data" and its work with a cross-section of experts – "to make sure we get this right."

A "second wave" of the coronavirus would be "devastating," and the state doesn't want to act "too fast."

She hopes to share more on "the loosening" on Friday.

Whitmer added that some form of the stay-at-home order will be in effect for a "long time here," especially for the most medically vulnerable people.

Watch the full news conference