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Whitmer bans large gatherings as part of coronavirus response

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued an executive order banning public gatherings of more than 250 people. The order takes effect at 5 o-clock. State officials have confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, bringing the total number of cases to 16.

Governor Whitmer says she has this extraordinary authority under the Michigan Emergency Management Act. The governor’s action corresponds roughly with President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, which could open up sources of federal dollars to help states deal with the outbreak.
                State officials say they are processing samples from patients as they come in. But there are concerns the state could run short of testing kits.
                Schools have been ordered closed through April Fifth and the governor’s order also bans public gatherings of more than 250 people. And the state Department of Corrections has ordered a temporary halt to in-person visits with inmates, but has reduced the cost of phone calls.