Gov. Whitmer provides update on state’s progress vs. COVID-19

Posted at 9:41 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:52:53-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer led another COVID-19 update Friday morning.

She began her update by noting a report that said where Michigan ranks 40th in the country for new cases per capita.

Noting that COVID numbers have “plateaued” after rising in July and early August, the governor said, “we’re not out of the woods.”

She urged citizens to take the virus seriously. “Youth will not protect you from this virus,” she said, adding that politics will not protect citizens.

“Stay smart” and “mask up,” she said.

The increase the availability of masks, Whitmer announced the creation of the My Mask Aid Project, a partnership of the state, Ford Motor Company, and FEMA.

She said four million free masks are being donated for low income schools, testing sites, and other organizations serving vulnerable populations. Call the COVID-19 hotline, 888-535-6136, to find out where to pick up a free mask.


  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer
  • Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II
  • MDHHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun