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State health department extends COVID-19 pause through Dec. 20

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 7, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) epidemic order which closes some businesses, some schools and requires work from home when possible, has been extended 12 days.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the “Pause to Save Lives” three-week order will now expire at midnight Dec. 20. It was set to expire Dec. 8 at midnight, however rising case positivity, 14.1% over the last seven days, and deaths led to the extension.

Whitmer said more time is needed to monitor the impact Thanksgiving travel is having on the state health system. She said three factors that will determine when the order is lifted are: percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the number of cases and the positivity rate.

Under the order, in-person learning at high schools, colleges and universities is closed. Also closed are: indoor dining at restaurants and bars; organized sports, except professional sports; movie theaters, theaters, arenas, stadiums, bingo halls, casinos, bowling centers, trampoline parks, arcades, indoor water parks and group fitness classes.

Indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time.

Please see the “Pause to Save Lives” graphic and MDHHS Epidemic Order below for more information.

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