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Whitmer: Reopening Michigan depends on what people do

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 10:39:14-04
(WXYZ) —

"It's not about punishing people, it's about protecting people," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer during Wednesday's COVID-19 response update.

The governor and along with Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun joined to inform residents that coronavirus cases are beginning to plateau in the Michigan after the recent uptick in June and July.

“We’re trying to avoid moving back a stage, but it’s all dependent on what people do," Whitmer said.

But cases are not yet low enough to let our guard down, according to state officials.

"We are conducting 28,000 tests per day. The percentage of positive tests are trending down in Michigan. But, it only takes one person to cause an outbreak. Let’s not let decreasing numbers take us off guard," said Dr. Khaldun.

State officials say what they are looking for is a decrease in cases at under 10 cases per million people per day and want the positivity percentage to be lower than 3 percent.

Watch the full press conference below: