LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order for two additional weeks, through June 12, also keeping closed theaters, gyms and other places of public accommodation at least until that time.

She also extended her emergency declaration through June 19.

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Lanivan

Oh dear, T-bird! Clearly your mind has become numb!

T-Bird

There was really no scientific reason for this extension. The lock-down was initiated so we could "flatten the curve" in two to three weeks and not overwhelm the hospital systems. That has been accomplished weeks ago. Other states have semi-reopened a month ago with extremely positive results. By continuing physical distancing in businesses, there has not been the second wave of infections. Michigan could have done that in many of the counties still locked down, including Ottawa. Big Gretch has not shown the great leadership Lanivan alludes to. I think she enjoys the power trip she's on and doesn't want to give it up yet. And her policy of returning infected patients back into nursing homes is not receiving enough scrutiny. These are the most vulnerable individuals that needed to be isolated. Although she's not alone in this disastrous policy. Cuomo of NY, Wolf of PA, and Murphy of NJ all mandated it also with far worse results. There is just not a lot of publicity of this disaster because of the D next to their names. We have also received a whole lot of conflicting information from our so-called "experts". Dr. Fauci went from "it's no big deal" and "no masks required" to the diametrical opposite of that. The CDC has waffled back and forth on a number of observations. The WHO said that it was not human-to-human transmittable. Obviously, it is. As far as statistically, I believe it will be determined after this has passed that many more people were infected and didn't show any symptoms or were mildly ill and didn't die because the testing is still progressing. I believe I myself was exposed to it by close contact with someone who subsequently tested positive and I either didn't catch it or was asymptomatic. My doctor said he would be surprised if I didn't contract it under those circumstances. Much more of Michigan should be released from the lock-down at the end of this week like was originally planned. There is a reason the state is forecast to have a $6.4 billion deficit right now. People need to get back to work and get off the unemployment rolls and pay taxes. Poverty and depression will kill far more people than the Wuhan Virus will. Big Gretch should be a one-term Governor at the rate she's going and it will be well deserved. She's been a train wreck.

Rottweiler

There is no way Trump or anyone else could have predicted this. You are just preaching bitter partisan politics.

Rottweiler

The Governor who’s husband venture up north in spite of his wife’s order. The virus is tragic but until we have group immunity or a vaccine it will not go away . Hiding at home and ruining the economy does nothing. Putting you blind faith in this Governor is ridiculous.

Lanivan

Yes, the virus is indeed tragic, Rottweiler. Making those critical months of January, February, and into March in which this pandemic could have been contained if not for Trump's trying to con his way through even more tragic. Had Trump not made excuses, lied, and defied truth and science during that time period, and waited until March 16 to issue social distancing orders when the virus was beyond the date of no return, perhaps the governors, now faced with the terrible reality that the federal response was inadequate and chaotic and that they were now on their own, could have had a less difficult course of action to protect their citizens. Data shows that had Trump issued social distancing orders just two weeks earlier than he did, 84% of deaths and 82% of cases could have been prevented.

T-Bird

Trump performed much better than some of the Governors who downplayed it early on also and told people to go out and party on St. Patrick's Day. That guy from NY comes to mind. Or Pelosi, who proudly paraded around in Chinatown without a mask on in early Feb. during the Chinese New Year. Trump initiated the China travel ban 10 days after the first US case on Jan. 21. Trump went by the advice of the so-called "experts". A lot of that advice has been conflicting. Most of your comment is, as usual, BS.

T-Bird

Oh, and by the way, with that Columbia University study you are citing, there is no "data". Datum points are measured. This garbage is "whataboutism". It just changes the starting point based on hindsight being 20/20 and extrapolates the measured datum points based on the assumption that the rate of infection would be continuous. As with the models that were used to predict the number of infections and deaths from the virus that were spectacularly in error, these assumptions aren't always accurate. I am well versed in statistics and probability given that I am an actual scientist and mathematician. I also imagine had Trump started the physical distancing earlier like the study suggests, he would have been excoriated by the Democrats, their compliant media, and their ignorant sycophants like you, Lanivan for over-reacting to the situation at that time. Here are some real statistics for you: NY has had 24% of the US deaths, but only accounts for 6% of the US population. It appears from those statistics that the NY officials from the Governor on down bear more culpability for the crisis than Trump. Remember, we are a federal system of 50 semi-autonomous states headed by their own leadership. Some of the states' leadership has been very good, some have been very bad. It seems the common denominator with the bad ones is the D next to their names.

geofritz

If you search "states stay at home order" you will get several links that list the orders for particular states.

Lanivan

geofritz - if by chance you are responding to my request for facts to back up a claim, I was referring to rottweiler's comment! Rottweiller - I'm still waiting! With this newer comment section, I'm finding I will need to address my replies to a comment with the person's name so no confusion.

Vladtheimp

Of course, you’re right that Wretchen’s Leftist policies were not the most radical – when compared with other Leftist thug mayors like Cuomo, Pritzger, Inslee, Newsome, Murphy and Wood she is middle of the road.

What surprises me, given your oft expressed concerns for the health of the elderly, is that you haven’t commented on Wretchen’s treatment of seniors in aging facilities and nursing homes, which mirrors those of Cuomo and Murphy.

Wretchen requires nursing homes and senior care facilities to admit persons regardless of their testing positive for COVID19. Her Executive Order 2020-50 states:

“A long-term care facility must not prohibit admission or readmission of a resident based I could find no DHHS directive that would change this policy, and Whitmer has failed to disclose the number of cases and fatalities in these facilities even though her order requires them to :

“Report to DHHS all presumed positive COVID-19 cases in the facility together with any additional data required under DHHS guidance.”

Of course, she also has hidden the number of cases and deaths in senior facilities, unlike Cuomo (who fudged the numbers) and Murphy – even though she demanded reports from the facilities.

It might be helpful to you if you read Wretchen’s Executive Orders:

• About • News • Issues • Appointments • Lt Governor 1. Whitmer 2. News 3. Executive Orders Executive Orders • What is an Executive Order? What is an Executive Order? The Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the state in the Governor. That power can be exercised formally by executive order. Executive orders may reorganize agencies within the executive branch of state government, reassign functions among executive branch agencies, create temporary agencies, establish an advisory body, commission, or task force, proclaim or end an emergency, or reduce expenditures authorized by appropriations. Once signed by the Governor, executive orders are filed with the Secretary of State, where the orders are sealed and retained by the Office of the Great Seal. • Executive Order 2019-01 - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2019-02 • Executive Order 2019-03 • Executive Order 2019-04 - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2019-05 • Executive Order 2019-06 • Executive Order 2019-07 • Executive Order 2019-08 • Executive Order 2019-09 • Executive Order 2019-10 • Executive Order 2019-11 - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2019-12 - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2019-13 • Executive Order 2019-14 • Executive Order 2019-15 • Executive Order 2019-16 • Executive Order 2019-17 - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2019-18 • Executive Order 2019-19 • Executive Order 2020-01 • Executive Order 2020-04 - Declaration of State of Emergency (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-05 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-06 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-07 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-08 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-09 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-10 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-11 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-12 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-13 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-14 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-15 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-16 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-17 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-18 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-19 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-20 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-22 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-23 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-24 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-25 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-26 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-27 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-28 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-29 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-30 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-31 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-32 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-33 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-34 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-35 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-36 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-37 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-38 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-39 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-40 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-41 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-42 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-43 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-44 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-45 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-46 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-47 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-48 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-49 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-50 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-51 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-52 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-53 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-54 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-55 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-56 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-57 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-58 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-59 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-60 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-61 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-62 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-63 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-64 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-65 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-66 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-67 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-68 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-69 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-70 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-71 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-72 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-73 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-74 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-75 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-76 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-77 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-78 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-79 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-80 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-81 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-82 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-83 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-84 (COVID-19) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-85 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-86 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-87 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-88 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-89 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-90 (COVID-19) • Executive Order 2020-91 (COVID-19) (May 18, 2020) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-92 (COVID-19) (May 18, 2020) - Rescinded • Executive Order 2020-93 (COVID-19) (May 20, 2020) • Executive Order 2020-94 (May 19, 2020) - Declaration of State of Emergency • Executive Order 2020-95 (COVID-19) (May 21, 2020) • Executive Order 2020-96 (COVID-19) (May 21, 2020) • Executive Order 2020-97 (COVID-19) (May 21, 2020) • Executive Order 2020-98 (May 22, 2020) - Declaration of State of Emergency And figure how they relate to free Individuals, freedom, individual liberty, the First Amendment, and how we both cherish America.

Lanny, you’re better than your analysis of this comment.

Lanivan

Thank you, Vlad, for providing this shocking list of executive orders Gov Whitmer has made during this time of global pandemic and Michigan emergency status of a deadly and highly contagious virus for which there is no cure or vaccine. The visual of the overwhelming list highlights and reinforces the strength, fortitude, intelligence, and perseverance of our Governor who, advised by the most expert of medical and contagious disease experts in the state and country, has tackled this public health crisis without discrimination or politicization. Of course, she understands the economic devastation this shut-down has created, and is dialing up and allowing many orders to expire every 2 weeks as the numbers allow. Compare this, if you will, to the Trump response, knowing about the coming pandemic back in November 2019, of making multiple excuses, lying continuously, repeatedly defying truth and science, politicizing the situation concerned only for his own fortunes, and trying to con his way through the pandemic. Clearly, Gov Whitmer has shown herself to be a master of management and objectivity. You do know, don't you?, that had Trump issued social distancing orders just 2 weeks sooner than the March 16 date, research shows it could have saved 84% of deaths and 82% of cases. Of course, on March 10, he was announcing the virus was no big deal, stay calm, "It will go away." 6 weeks later the US is suffering with nearly 20% depression level unemployment.

T-Bird

No Vlad, Lanivan is not better than that. If we've learned anything the past 6-7 years from her commentary, it's that she is mind-numbingly ignorant.

Lanivan

Thank you Gov Whitmer for staying the course in your difficult position of having to manage this highly contagious and deadly novel (new) virus that has thrust Michigan into the top tier of confirmed cases/deaths in the country, in the face of a chaotic, incompetent and failed federal response. Like about 42 other governors, you are dialing or ramping up the re-opening of numerous businesses and activities, based on science, statistics, and medical guidelines for this specific state....NOT flipping the switch which could lead to another deadly wave. It's hard to imagine people believing the conspiracy theories of non-experts over those who actually are acting on facts, statistics, and the advice of medical and science experts.

Vladtheimp

Funny how my reply to your ridiculous screed against our President, who stopped immigration from China and saved untold thousands of lives while being excoriated by open border Democrats like yourself, wasn't permitted - I can only "report" not "reply" - first time I've encountered this here.

Is there a reason you didn't respond to the facts about Wretchen's policies killing seniors, and not reporting the number of deaths in nursing homes, when most other States report those numbers?

By the by, I tried to thank you for your St. Pat's Day message, and that on the Title I D.C. School - that forum didn't permit it. By all means, explain to us the enlightened policy of Wretchen on our most vulnerable population. Stay safe, and possibly, informed.

Lanivan

Well, Vlad, I didn't bother to waste time and this valuable space to discuss the right wing conspiracy theory about nursing homes, because, well - I don't bother with conspiracy theories - you folks put out so many of them! And I did reply to you back in March - a comprehensive, 3-paragrapher that covered all the bases. Too bad you didn't get it. Better luck next time!

Rottweiler

This is a very power hungry woman. This is the most extreme reaction in the country.

geofritz

It is not the most extreme reaction in this country. Other states have or could have similar stay at home orders in place. At the same time, restrictions on some business' and gatherings (10 people) are being eased as we begin to adapt to our current situation. It requires all of us to work together to come up with a way to forge through this pandemic. If there is only rancor between House and Senate Republicans and our Governor we will continue to see its trickle down effect of polarizing citizens rather than working together for a solution. Our Governor is doing what is best in a very difficult situation. Our senate and house should be working with sound evidence when suggesting otherwise.

Lanivan

I agree, geofritz. It's sad that there are those who actually want to politicize this unprecedented difficult, surreal period of sacrifice and suffering. Apparently that's easier than actually doing the hard work of finding solutions, problem-solving, and acting responsibly, credibly and with civility. Thank goodness Gov Whitmer has the ability to act accordingly for all Michiganders. Now we have to replace those in our legislature who have spent precious time, energy, and taxpayer money in working against the people for their political expediency in a time of a national pandemic and emergency status.

Lanivan

Any facts to back up this claim?

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