The Detroit Free Press reports:
As cases of COVID-19 soared in Michigan and as deaths mounted statewide as well as across the nation, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced a lockdown or “shelter in place” order for Michigan.
The governor’s office was holding a conference call Monday morning with business leaders, who have publicly expressed concern about such an order doing too much damage to the state’s economy.
According to state health officials, Detroit alone logged more than 300 cases and Washtenaw County announced its first death. Michigan cases as of Sunday totaled 325 in Detroit, 158 in the rest of Wayne County, 277 in Oakland County and 140 in Macomb County.
Today, I am issuing a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. It goes into effect tonight at midnight.
The goal here is simple: Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. If we all stay at home, except for critical work and needs, we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/JxH3HYCdsE
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) March 23, 2020