Image via Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office
Image via Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office

Monday added 115 new deaths and brought the total cases to 25,000. Watch Gov. Whitmer’s update here.

LANSING, MICHIGAN — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer held her first update about the state of coronavirus in Michigan since she expanded the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until April 30.

Michigan now has 25,635 identified cases of the coronavirus, with 1,602 deaths. That’s 115 more deaths than yesterday and a slight uptick in weekend numbers, when testing isn’t as available. But, numbers show an overall flattening.

“All of these incredible measures we’ve taken may really be starting to work,” Whitmer said. “This is not a permanent moment … We are checking in to make sure we are mindful about how and when we can move on to the next phase.” 

Returning to normalcy is a priority, Whitmer said, but resuming everyday life will have to proceed only when doing so is deemed medically safe to prevent a second wave of spread of the coronavirus. In the meantime, Michigan is focusing on preparing a plan to return to that normalcy when the time is right, which will be determined by seeing a sustained reduction in infection, enhanced testing and tracing abilities, sufficient healthcare capacity for future infections and workplace best practices. 

“The re-engagement of our economy will likely come in phases, but we will get there,” Whitmer said. “We’ve got to be smart, we’ve got to have grit, we’ve got to pay attention to the science and stay united in this effort. We will get there together.”

Working to ensure that time comes as soon as possible, Michigan has worked with insurers to reduce the burdens of cost on treatment and has asked the federal government to open a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Whitmer also dispelled false information circulating on social media, saying that there is no prohibition on buying things like infant car seats or bug spray. She also corrected the misconception that rural areas do not face risks from the coronavirus pandemic. She asked Michiganders to not spread false information or pray on the anxieties of the moment.  

Michigan also launched a coronavirus crisis mental health hotline with the number 888-733-7753 to address the psychological strain of the pandemic. 

“It’s okay to be frustrated. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay, if it makes you feel better to direct it at me, it’s okay to do that too, I’ve got thick skin,” Whitmer said. “I just ask that those that are protesting these orders do so in a safe manner so you don’t get sick and so you don’t subject our first responders to risk either.”

According to the latest update from Michigan.gov, the breakdown of cases by county is as follows:

  • Allegan: 23
  • Antrim: 8
  • Arenac: 5
  • Barry: 11
  • Bay: 59 (2 deaths)
  • Berrien: 105 (4 deaths)
  • Branch: 29 (2 deaths)
  • Calhoun: 83 (2 deaths)
  • Cass: 11 (1 death)
  • Charlevoix: 11 (1 death)
  • Cheboygan: 12 (1 death)
  • Chippewa: 1 (1 death)
  • Clare: 4 (1 death)
  • Clinton: 93 (4 deaths)
  • Crawford: 12 (1 death)
  • Delta: 9 (1 death)
  • Dickinson: 3 (2 deaths)
  • Eaton: 74 (5 deaths)
  • Emmet: 21 (2 deaths)
  • Genesee: 988 (77 deaths)
  • Gladwin: 4
  • Gogebic: 4 (1 death)
  • Grand Traverse: 17 (3 deaths)
  • Gratiot: 7
  • Hillsdale: 77 (7 deaths)
  • Houghton: 1
  • Huron: 6
  • Ingham: 254 (4 deaths)
  • Ionia: 15 (2 deaths)
  • Iosco: 4 (1 death)
  • Isabella: 41 (4 deaths)
  • Jackson: 172 (6 deaths)
  • Kalamazoo: 91 (7 deaths)
  • Kalkaska: 14 (2 deaths)
  • Kent: 311 (13 deaths)
  • Lake: 2
  • Lapeer: 106 (6 deaths)
  • Leelanau: 4
  • Lenawee: 50
  • Livingston: 225 (5 deaths)
  • Luce: 1
  • Mackinac: 4
  • Macomb: 3,418 (240 deaths)
  • Manistee: 10 (1 death)
  • Marquette: 24 (2 deaths)
  • Mason: 2
  • Mecosta: 11 (1 death)
  • Midland: 33 (1 death)
  • Missaukee: 1 (1 death)
  • Monroe: 190 (7 deaths)
  • Montcalm: 22 (1 death)
  • Muskegon: 68 (4 deaths)
  • Newaygo: 6
  • Oakland: 5,073 (347 deaths)
  • Oceana: 3 (1 death)
  • Ogemaw: 4
  • Osceola: 5
  • Oscoda: 4
  • Otsego: 34 (2 deaths)
  • Ottawa: 62 (2 deaths)
  • Presque Isle: 2
  • Roscommon: 9
  • Saginaw: 293 (13 deaths)
  • Sanilac: 23 (2 deaths)
  • Schoolcraft: 3
  • Shiawassee: 53 (1 death)
  • St. Clair: 206 (7 deaths)
  • St. Joseph: 21 (1 death)
  • Tuscola: 45 (7 deaths)
  • Van Buren: 22 (1 death)
  • Washtenaw: 736 (18 deaths)
  • Wayne: 11,648 (with 365 deaths. Detroit alone has 6,781 cases and 395 deaths)
  • Wexford: 7 (1 death)
  • Michigan Department of Corrections: 370 (8 deaths)
  • Federal Correctional Institutions: 21
  • Out of state: 148
  • Unknown: 78 (4 deaths)
  • Total: 25,635 cases, 1,602 deaths