Gov. Whitmer: No plan for stay-at-home order during virus

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer holds a press conference on March 18, 2020.

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 cornonavirus.

“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 Whitmer acknowledged that the numbers are “out of date almost immediately” each afternoon as more tests are processed at private labs, hospitals and the state lab.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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