September 22, 2020

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Governor Whitmer Honors 200,000+ American Lives Lost During Pandemic, Reiterates Calls on President Trump to Develop a National Strategy

As of today, the coronavirus has infected 117,910 and killed 6,680 people in Michigan.    


LANSING, Mich. – After the United States passed 200,000 COVID-19 related deaths today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives and their families:


“As we remember and honor all of those we have lost to this virus, we must not forget that each life was a person who had a story: plans, dreams, and more life to live. We owe it to our families, our neighbors, all of the brave frontline workers, and to our fellow Michiganders to continue taking this virus seriously and prevent more devastation in our communities. My heart is with the families of those whose lives were tragically cut short by COVID-19.


“Over the past six months, Michigan has worked hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. And Michigan is not alone. During this time, the whole country has been grappling with this emergency. At this moment, all 50 states and the federal government are in some sort of declared emergency. We have made tremendous progress as a state and as a nation, but we must stay the course. As we continue to face to the biggest health emergency of our lifetime, we may never know the number of lives that have been saved, but we do know that in doing our part by wearing a mask, remaining six feet apart, and staying home and stay safe, we have saved many lives.


“As we honor each of the more than 200,000 American lives lost to this virus, I hope it serves as a reminder to each and every one of us to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives. I know this loss weighs heavily, but Michiganders are tough. We will get through this together.”