Michigan – Coronavirus State Actions

Governors are working closely with federal and local officials as well as private sector partners to address the threat of the novel coronavirus. This page lists select actions taken to date. It is not intended to be exhaustive but is meant to highlight key actions and resources that may inform other states and territories as they prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus. All state actions can be viewed here, or visit Coronavirus: What You Need To Know for additional information and resources.


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  • February 3, 2020—The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services activated its Community Health Coordination Center (CHECC) to respond to COVID-19. The purpose of the CHECC is to develop and distribute guidelines and educational materials for coordination between local and state agencies. 
  • February 28, 2020—Governor Whitmer activated the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with state, local and federal agencies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  • March 3, 2020—Governor Whitmer announced the creation of four task forces to combat the spread of coronavirus and assess the impact it may have on Michiganders’ day-to-day lives.
  • March 10, 2020—Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency . 
  • March 12, 2020—Governor Whitmer ordered closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding schools in the state until April 6, 2020. 
  • March 15, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-8, effective until April 13, 2020, which imposes enhanced restrictions on price gouging of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor issued guidance that limits mass gatherings of more than 50 people.
  • March 16, 2020 – The Governor signed four executive orders to address COVID-19:
    • Executive Order 2020-9 orders the temporary closure of bars, casinos and theatres, and limits restaurants to only serve carry-out and delivery orders.
    • Executive Order 2020-11 orders a temporary prohibition on large gatherings and temporary closure of elementary and secondary schools.
    • Executive Order 2020-12 orders the lifting of weight restrictions for vehicles carrying and delivering necessary items, such as medical supplies, testing and treatment equipment needed to respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in the state.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-13 to temporarily lift regulatory requirements on hospitals and other care facilities in an effort to expand the number of health care providers able to respond to community needs.
  • March 17, 2020 – The Department of Employment and Economic Opportunity provided guidance to Michigan employers on how to avoid potential layoffs related to COVID-19.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor called on the state National Guard to support its Department of Health and Human Services by gathering critical personal protective gear like gloves, gowns, and face shields.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-14 extending the deadline for residents to pay back taxes, as well as avoid foreclosure on their property.
  • March 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-15,which states that public bodies (such as boards, committees, councils, etc.) subject to the Open Meetings Act can use telephonic methods to continue meeting and conducting business.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor wrote a letter to President Trump requesting federal funding to support the Michigan National Guard.
  • March 19, 2020 – The Governor announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, allowing small businesses to access loans from the SBA.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-16, which expands child care access during the public health emergency.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-18, which includes minor clarifications of her executive order that temporarily imposed enhanced restrictions on the excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-19, which allows tenants and mobile homeowners to remain in their homes during the pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent. The order also relieves courts from certain statutory restrictions to enable them to postpone eviction-related proceedings until after the public health emergency has passed.
  • March 20, 2020 – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced it will provide up to $20 million in support for small businesses through the Michigan Small Business Relief program. The funding is divided between $10 million in small business loans to support businesses facing drastic reductions in cash flow and $10 million in small business grants. The grant funding will go to local or nonprofit economic development organizations to provide grants up to $10,000 to support small businesses that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
  • March 21, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-20, which makes clear that all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services must temporarily close.
  • March 23, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-21, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.
  • March 24, 2020 – The Governor called on residents and businesses to donate essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment to hospitals. 
  • March 25, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-22, which extends the deadline to complete the canvass of the March 10 primary to April 24.
  • March 25, 2020 — The Governor signed an Executive Order that allows the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to temporarily carry out more of their operations digitally. The order allows for Unemployment Insurance hearings to take place via teleconference and for e-signatures on related documents. 
  • March 26, 2020 – The Governor announced her request for a Major Disaster Declaration.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020.
  • March 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging residents to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants.
  • March 28, 2020 – The state’s request for a Major Disaster declaration was approved by the President. In this request, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program and for Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor announced the launch of a new volunteer website, www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow residents by assisting hospitals in responding to this public health emergency.
  • March 28, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-28, which requires public water suppliers to immediately identify residences in their service area that do not currently have water service, and to make best efforts to restore service to homes where the service has been disconnected due to non-payment or damaged infrastructure. A $2-million Water Restart Grant Program will help communities comply with the order.
  • March 29, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-29, which protects vulnerable populations in Michigan’s county jails, local lockups and juvenile detention centers. The order also temporarily suspends transfers into and from DOC facilities until risk-reduction protocols are adequately in place, suspends provisions of the Jail Overcrowding Emergency Act to allow local officials more flexibility in releasing vulnerable populations who do not pose a threat to public safety, and orders the State Budget Office to immediately seek a legislative transfer so that jails may be reimbursed for lodging prisoners who would have been transferred to DOC.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor announced that the President has granted her request for a formal Mission Assignment to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions across the state.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Directive 2020-3, which temporarily restricts discretionary spending by state departments and agencies.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Directive 2020-4, which temporarily suspends the hiring, creating new positions, filling vacant positions, transfers, and promotions within the executive branch of state government.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued a joint statement on the signing of two supplemental budget bills that provide $150 million in new state funding in the current fiscal year in response to this public health emergency.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-32, which places a temporary restriction on non-essential veterinary procedures.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-31, suspending the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline to ensure that gasoline supplies remain available to support essential state functions.
  • March 30, 2020 – The Governor’s office announced that the Michigan National Guard will aid Food Banks in four communities across the state.
  • March 30 – The Governor announced a new program to expand Pandemic Unemployment Insurance to self-employed and gig economy workers.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Department of Education requested a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, in accordance with federal guidance.
  • March 31, 2020 – The Michigan Department of Education requested a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, in accordance with federal guidance.
  • April 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-33, which formally declares a state of disaster, and recognizes the expanded scope of economic, educational, and civic dislocation caused by this public health emergency, and equips the administration to address fully the devastation.
  • April 2, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning.
  • April 2, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-34, to clarify the temporary restrictions she placed on non-essential veterinary procedures as part of Executive Order 2020-32. 
  • April 3, 2020 – The Governor signed executive order 2020-36, prohibiting all employers from discharging, disciplining, or otherwise retaliating against an employee for staying home from work if they or one of their close contacts tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of the disease. It also strengthens her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.
  • April 4, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers to release a call to action video encouraging nurses and doctors to bring their skills to Michigan as a way to volunteer and help bolster the number of health care professionals on the front lines.
  • April 5, 2020 – The Governor signed executive order 2020-37, which renews the restrictions on entry into care facilities and juvenile justice facilities, and requires them to use best efforts to facilitate remote visitations between individuals under their care and their loved ones, using phone or video conferencing software.
  • April 5, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-38, which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax.
  • April 7, 2020- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Michigan’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid waiver. The approved waiver enables Michigan to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment, lift prior authorization requirements, allow for reimbursement facility services in alternative settings, and waive public comment and tribal consultation requirements for certain changes to the Medicaid state plan.
  • April 8, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-39, which temporarily suspends requirements regarding licensing and regulation of emergency medical services.
  • April 9, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with health care providers providing critical support, such as the Henry Ford Health System, McLaren Health Care, Beaumont Health and the Detroit Medical Center.
  • April 9, 2020 – The Governor created the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities which consists of leaders across state government and health care professionals from communities most impacted by the spread of coronavirus. The task force will provide the governor with recommendations on how to address disparities as they work to slow the spread and mitigate this public health crisis for certain communities in the state.
  • April 9, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-41, which will protect the health and safety of residents by reducing unnecessary in-person contact, through the use of electronic signatures, remote notarizations, remote witness attestations and acknowledgments, and remote visitations.
  • April 9, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April.
  • April 10, 2020 – The Governor announced that on April 13, self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers affected by this public health emergency will be able to apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
  • April 13, 2020 – The Governor, along with 12 other Governors, sent a letter to Secretary Alex Azar and Administrator Seema Verma to ask that the Administration reconsider its decision and take swift action to allow for a special enrollment period of at least 30 days on the federal health care exchange.
  • April 14, 2020 – The Governor released a statement after Hyundai Motor America announced that the city of Detroit Department of Health will receive a $100,000 grant and 10,000 test kits to support the states drive-thru testing efforts.
  • April 15, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-50, to establish procedures in long-term care facilities such as establishing COVID-19 designated regional hubs. The order also protects residents from being evicted and protects employees from retaliation for staying home when exhibiting symptoms.
  • April 16, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky to work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.
  • April 17, 2020 – The Governor  sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting cost-sharing requirements for emergency work to be waived in response to the public health emergency.
  • April 17, 2020 – The Governor announced the Stay Home, Stay MIndful website in partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to provide a new mental health resource for residents.
  • April 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-52, which temporarily suspends requirements for in-person examinations for renewals of pesticide certifications.
  • April 17, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-54 and 2020-53 to extend previous orders that suspended evictions and enhanced restrictions on price gouging. 
  • April 20, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order No. 2020-55, creating the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
  • April 21, 2020 – The Governor announced a partnership with CVS Health to provide drive-through rapid testing to a select area of the state.
  • April 22, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-56 extending her previous order which gives pharmacists increased operational capacity and increases access to prescriptions. 
  • April 23, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of the MiMortgage Relief Partnership with over 200 of Michigan’s financial institutions by providing affected borrowers with a 90-day grace period for all mortgage payment as well as other home ownership supports.
  • April 24, 2020 – The Governor signed executive order 2020-59, extending her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. The order also requires people to wear homemade masks when they are in enclosed public spaces and eases some restrictions on the public (e.g. allows motorized boating).
  • April 26, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-60 to establish strategies to reduce exposure between customers and employees. The order also provides temporary relief by suspending licensing requirements and regulations for food service industries.
  • April 27, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-63, which extends validity of existing personal protection orders that would otherwise expire.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a new initiative, the “Futures for Frontliners” program to provide a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate to essential workers who don’t have a college degree.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Governor announced that she is expanding the state’s Workshare Program to allow employers to reduce employee hours to receive weekly unemployment insurance benefits as well as the additional $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance weekly benefit.
  • April 29, 2020 – The Governor announced a $130 million investment to create the Child Care Relief Fund for families affected by the public health emergency. This fund allows child care providers to remain open, and ensure that costs associated with providing child care during the pandemic are not passed on to essential workers.
  • April 30, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-65 to extend and clarify a previous Executive Order, which ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for instructional purposes to students for the remainder of the school year.
  • April 30, 2020 – The Governor signed the following:
    • Executive Order 2020-66, which terminates the existing state of emergency and disaster declarations.
    • Executive Order 2020-67, which clarifies that a state of emergency remains in effect until May 28.
    • Executive Order 2020-68, which declares a state of emergency and a state of disaster.
  • May 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-70 which allows the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a very low risk of infection (e.g., construction and work performed outdoors).
  • May 2, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-71, which extends existing safety measures to protect consumers and employees at grocery stores and pharmacies until May 29, and extends temporary relief from licensing requirements for food sellers and pharmacies.
  • May 4, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Directive 2020-5, creating the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. 
  • May 5, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Orders 2020-73 and 2020-74, which extend two previous executive orders, which continue to temporarily allow e-signatures on official documents and remote notarizations and continue to temporarily suspend licensing, decal, and trip permit requirements.
  • May 7, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-77 to extend Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 28. In addition, this executive order requires manufacturing facilities to adopt measures to protect their workers from the spread.
  • May 7, 2020 – The Governor announced a new partnership with Kroger Health to open a free drive-thru testing site.
  • May 7, 2020 – The Governor detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy.
  • May 13, 2020 – The Governor announced that it would participate in the federal Unemployment Insurance Agency Work Share program to help offset budget implications as a result of the state’s response to the pandemic. As part of this program, impacted state employees will take two temporary layoff days per pay period beginning Sunday, May 17th until July 25th resulting in up to $80 million in decreased wage costs.
  • May 14, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-83 which extends expanded disaster relief childcare services for essential workforce. She also signed Executive Order 2020-84 which extends protective measures for residents and staff in long-term care facilities.
  • May 15, 2020 – The Governor announced the creation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council via Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall.
  • May 18, 2020 – The Governor signed executive order 2020-91 to ensure robust protections for Michigan workers and requires all businesses to adhere to strict safety guidelines to protect their workers, their patrons, and their communities from infection. To foster compliance, the governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-6 to appoint a Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.
  • May 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. 
  • May 19, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-93, which continues to allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supply for patients and require insurers to cover early refills for up to 90 days’ worth of supply during the ongoing pandemic.
  • May 20, 2020 – The Governor released a statement after the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget released Michigan’s April unemployment numbers, when the state had reached a peak number of positive cases.
  • May 21, 2020 – The Governor signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment  only.
  • May 21, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-97, updating a prior rule on workplace safety. Per the amended order, reopened outpatient health-care facilities, including clinics, primary care physician offices, and dental offices, will have to adopt strict protocols to prevent infection.
  • May 23, 2020 – The Governor announced a temporary, $2-per-hour pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services to Michigan’s most vulnerable residents during the continuing pandemic.
  • May 26, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-104, which expands the types of medical personnel that can order a test, and creates a new category of community testing sites that offer testing to anyone with reason to be tested without an advance order, and without charging an out-of-pocket cost to any resident. Under this, anyone who leaves their home for work, or has symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), may receive a test at a community testing location without securing a doctor’s order in advance.
  • May 26, 2020 – The Governor launched an online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan, providing residents with important information about the pandemic status where they live and work. The dashboard, designed and created by faculty at U-M School of Information and School of Public Health, presents risk and capacity indicators that inform implementation of the MI Safe Start Plan.
  • May 28, 2020 – The Governor sent a letter to President Trump requesting an extension of Title 32 authority in order to use Michigan National Guard forces to combat the spread through July 31.
  • June 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.
  • June 3, 2020 – The Governor announced a request to extend use of Michigan National Guard to combat the pandemic.
  • June 3, 2020 – The Governor announced rescissions of executive orders on FOIA, hospital capacity, and emergency medical services, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human services loosened rules on who can visit patients in certain health care settings, as regions across Michigan continue to advance under the MI Safe Start plan.
  • June 9, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-117, which continues expanded access and capacity for child care services, giving priority to essential workforces such as health care workers, first responders, and others during the pandemic.
  • June 12, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-120, which lifts restrictions on overnight summer camps beginning June 15.
  • June 16, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-124 extending her previous order which gives pharmacists increased operational capacity and expands access to prescriptions for residents who need them.
  • June 17, 2020 – The Governor announced that Michigan schools may resume in-person learning in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan. She also announced that on June 30th, she will release an executive order and a robust document called “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended for schools.
  • June 18, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-127, which extends the state of emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until July 16.
  • June 24, 2020 – The Governor signed a number of bills into, which increase access to health care for Michiganders through telemedicine and remote patient monitoring services, and delays the principal residence exemption application deadline under certain circumstances related to the state of emergency.
  • June 26, 2020 – The Governor signed executive orders to protect Michigan Nursing Home residents and staff from the spread of the virus. The orders extends existing safety measures to maintain restrictions regarding entry to care facilities and creates the bipartisan Michigan Nursing Homes COVID-19 Preparedness Task Force.
  • June 26, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-134 extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15 and creating the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep residents in their homes.
  • June 26, 2020 – The Governor as well as majority leaders released a statement after reaching a bipartisan budget agreement, which includes adjustments to the fiscal year 2020 budget and allocation of Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars.
  • July 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Senate Bill 690, which appropriates nearly $880 million in federal funding to support various COVID-19 response actions across the state, such as supporting direct care workers, small businesses restart grants, and enhanced connectivity, to respond to needs of the pandemic.
  • July 1, 2020 – The Governor signed Executive Order 2020-143 closing indoor service at bars throughout most of lower Michigan.