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Michigan governor extends state of emergency due to COVID-19 through October

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) ordered a statewide emergency declaration extended through October on Tuesday, citing the continued dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office told the Detroit Free Press that the executive order signed Tuesday would continue the governor’s trend of extending the order by four weeks at a time, based on the current state of the outbreak.

“This emergency will end, and it is a matter of months,” Whitmer said in a news release obtained by the newspaper. It was not immediately available on the governor’s website.

“But we are not out of the woods yet. Right now, the federal government and all 50 states have been under some form of state of emergency. We must continue doing our part to fight this virus on behalf of our families, frontline workers, and our small businesses,” the governor added.

Michigan’s statewide stay-at-home order ended in June, but the state has continued to extend some COVID-19 restrictions on public life including capacity restrictions on many businesses. The state has also continued a statewide ban on public water shutoffs amid the pandemic.

Just under 900 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Michigan by health officials on Tuesday, while at least 20 people died in the past day from the disease across the state.

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