DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday she has no plans to tell Michigan residents to strictly stay at home to cut the spread of the coronavirus.

“There’s no plans to have a shelter-in-place order. There’s no talk of any of that in my office,” Whitmer told WWJ-AM. “I know we’re all stressed. Trust me, life has changed for every person in this state.”

Whitmer’s comments were made a day after the California governor told residents to stay inside except for essential jobs, errands and some exercise.

The governor has tried to reduce the virus by limiting crowds at popular gathering spots and closing schools. Bars, fitness clubs and theaters are closed, and restaurants only can prepare food for carry-out. Many church services canceled again this weekend.

At least 334 people in Michigan have tested positive for coronavirus, and three people have died from COVID-19. Whitmer acknowledged that the numbers are “out of date almost immediately” each afternoon as more tests are processed at private labs, hospitals and the state lab.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The virus can spread through coughing and sneezing.

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  1. Rosalie Wright says:

    What is going to be the Governor’s tipping point in order to keep people in their own spaces to curb the spread of the virus? How many cases (the number of which is growing exponentially every day) and how many deaths will it take? I respected her initial response. I don’t respect this one. What and who is influencing this decision? Is it that we don’t have the financial resources to do what Cuomo did in New York? WHY?

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