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Published 4/1/2020
6:48pm

Whitmer Declares State of Disaster for Michigan

Michigan Positive Cases Surging, Likely To Top 10k on Thursday

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Governor Whitmer, on Wednesday, declared a State of Disaster in Michigan.  Previously, Whitmer had declared a State of Emergency.  The disaster declaration expands the scope with which the state can respond to the increasing "economic, educational and civic dislocation" caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Michigan now has 9,334 positive cases, up nearly 2,000 in just the previous 24 hours.  At the rate of increase, which is expected to grow, Michigan will top 10,000 positive cases when it makes its formal update on Thursday afternoon.

Governor Whitmer will address the state further on Thursday morning.

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