Governor extends state of emergency through Sept. 4

This is the fifth time the governor has extended the state of emergency, which allows her to issue executive orders with the force of law.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced she was extending Michigan’s state of emergency through September 4.

The state of emergency allows the governor to issue executive orders such as the requirement that people wear face masks in public.

“We are in a crucial time in our fight against COVID-19,” said Whitmer in a statement Friday. “We must do everything we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis from a second wave.”

The announcement comes as COVID-19 infection rates are rising across the state. Michigan reported 514 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, which is a lower number than recent days. But the current seven day moving average is still 660 new cases per day.

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