Whitmer says protestors endangered public health

Apr 16, 2020

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer is defending her stay-at-home order – and the fact that it’s among the strictest in the nation.

Credit Associated Press

She says many protestors who gathered Wednesday outside the state Capitol endangered public health by ignoring social distancing and advice to wear face masks.

The governor says people can transmit COVID-19 without realizing it. She says the virus can survive on many surfaces for three days

“Our nurses and our doctors and our grocery clerks have to gas up when they go to work. We need them to do their jobs. And the more people that are touching that one gas pump, the more likely they’re going to get sick and not be able to do these critical jobs,” she says.

Whitmer says the pace of new infections in Michigan appears to be slowing, restrictions should remain in place until that number declines.

The current executive order is set to expire on April 30th.