Michigan governor: 'We're going to be in dire straits again in a matter of days'

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said Sunday that the state is going to be “in dire straits again in a matter of days” as the coronavirus pandemic rocks Michigan.

The Michigan governor told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the numbers in both Detroit and Michigan as a whole are “climbing exponentially” despite the “aggressive measures” the state taken so far. 

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“We knew it was a matter of time, not if, COVID-19 would come to Michigan,” she said.

Whitmer warned that some Michigan hospitals are “already at capacity” and that personal protective equipment is running low. She said she was grateful that the Federal Emergency Management Agency shipped the state 112,000 N95 masks, which state officials received yesterday.  

“But you know, we're going to be in dire straits again in a matter of days,” she said. “And so we're keeping up the pressure and working 24/7 at the state level and grateful that there are people who are doing that at the federal level as well.”

“But this is not something that we should be fighting each other on. It should be everyone fighting COVID-19, everyone versus COVID-19,” she added. 

The Michigan governor also cautioned that states are currently bidding against one another to obtain medical equipment and personal protective equipment, which she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” is “creating a lot more problems for all of us.” 

Michigan has recorded 4,650 cases of the coronavirus, leading to 111 deaths, according to the state's health department. Almost 1,000 of those cases are considered new. 

Governors across the country have called on the federal government for more medical supplies, including ventilators, as the virus sweeps the U.S. and confirmed cases and deaths increase.