Michigan's COVID-19 curve starting to flatten, says governor
Michigan has the third highest death toll in the U.S., with 1,600-plus deaths
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the growth in coronavirus infections is starting to flatten due to the extraordinary restrictions on people's movements.
But she warned Monday that this doesn't mean business as usual will resume quickly or soon.
Whitmer said "we've got to make sure that we avoid a second wave at all costs."
Her stay-at-home order is in effect through April 30.
The state has reported 25,635 COVID-19 cases and 1,602 have died as of Tuesday.
Michigan has the third highest death toll in the U.S.
State buys back alcohol
Meanwhile, the state of Michigan will offer cash-strapped bars and restaurants relief by buying back their liquor inventory during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whitmer signed an order late Monday authorizing the program.
She also is delaying the expiration of valid driver's licenses and state ID cards and is extending a measure to keep intact a prohibition against dine-in service at restaurants and to continue the closure of many places of public accommodation through April 30.
Michigan's 8,500 on-premises liquor licensees will have until Friday to request that the Liquor Control Commission buy back spirits