The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness
or death. It is caused by a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans
and easily spread from person to person. There is currently no approved vaccine or antiviral
treatment for this disease.
On March 10, 2020, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services identified the
first two presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. On that same day, I issued
Executive Order 2020-4. This order declared a state of emergency across the state of
Michigan under section 1 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the Emergency
Management Act, 1976 PA 390, as amended, MCL 30.401-.421, and the Emergency Powers
of the Governor Act of 1945, 1945 PA 302, as amended, MCL 10.31-.33.