Whitmer, asked if the state can assist small businesses forced to close or drastically curtail service, pleaded with Congress to pass another coronavirus relief package. She defended the new restrictions, saying the state was at risk for at least 20,000 more deaths by February without them.
“The restrictions are absolutely necessary right now. The pandemic is out of control. Nurses are at their breaking point, so any help the public can give us would be great,” Jamie Brown, a critical care nurse from Kalamazoo and president of the Michigan Nurses Association, told the AP.