Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gov. Whitmer asks medical personnel to come to Michigan to help fight coronavirus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 2:36 PM

As Michigan and Detroit become hotspots for the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer posted a video message on Twitter calling for out-of-state help.

"If you're a health professional anywhere in America, Michigan needs you," Whitmer said. "Detroit, Michigan needs you especially."

Whitmer called on doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health professionals to register to come to Michigan to help fight the virus.

On Sunday, Whitmer signed an executive order that relaxes Michigan's medical practice laws. The order makes it so that physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses are now allowed to treat patients without the supervision of a licensed physician, and health care students are allowed to help.

More information is available at michigan.gov/fightcovid19. The website is also seeking volunteers to donate blood and supplies, and to help the elderly.

With nearly 6,500 confirmed coronavirus cases as of the last report, Michigan now ranks fourth in the U.S. in total confirmed infections, behind New York, New Jersey, and California. So far, 184 deaths have been reported in the state.

A model from the University of Washington predicts that Michigan could see more than 3,000 coronavirus deaths by Aug. 4.

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