LANSING, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday morning, April 12th, 2020 sent out a message on Twitter in hopes of clearing up misinformation concerning the extension of her ‘Stay Home/Stay Safe’ executive order during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Many are not happy that she has extended her executive order. One even commented “Is everyone enjoying their thirty day free trial of communism courtesy of Comrade Whitmer?”
No one can deny that she has been working in a pressure cooker for several days now. The focus on trying to stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading throughout the state where if no measure were put in place, many more would now certainly be dead.
In the statement issued Sunday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released the following statement about today’s update of COVID-19 case and death statistics.
Although a reduced number of COVID-19 cases are being reported today, 645 cases compared to 1,392 reported on April 11, and deaths, 95 compared to 111 on April 11, we cannot say if this represents a true decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths in our state.
Reported case counts may reflect a reduction in the amount of laboratory testing performed over the weekend and holiday. Single day fluctuations in the number of confirmed cases may not be significant, as a number of external factors can affect data reporting.
Although there is a limited amount of data to compare, previous testing reports have illustrated consistent Sunday decreases with some being as high as a 25 percent reduction over the previous day. Sunday, March 22 had a 25 percent drop in reported tests. Sunday, March 29 saw a 3 percent drop in reported tests. Sunday, April 5 saw a 25 percent drop in reported tests.
Please note that these represent the date that the laboratory sent the information, not the date of onset of symptoms for the cases which would precede this date and is collected during the public health response to these referrals.
We’ve seen misinformation circulating, so I’d like to be very clear — the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order does not ban the purchasing of car seats for children. You can read this FAQ and more here: https://t.co/NJ9OMtOfvN pic.twitter.com/UpRTMEUudT— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) April 12, 2020