Michigan registered nearly 2,000 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total infected in the state up past 9,000.
A Michigan website tracking the disease now reports 9,334 cases in the state, with 2,472 in Detroit, its largest city. The increase represents a more than 20 percent jump over the most recent one, which sat at 7,615.
The total number of deaths in the state now sits at 337. Wayne County, where Detroit is located, has been identified as a potential hot spot for the disease by Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus response team.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has issued a statewide stay-at-home order shuttering nonessential businesses and schools.
“We’re keeping up the pressure and working 24/7 at the state level and grateful that there are people who are doing that at the federal level as well,” Whitmer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But this is not something that we should be fighting each other on. It should be everyone fighting COVID-19, everyone versus COVID-19.”
Whitmer has faced criticism from President Trump over her public requests for the federal government to supply the state with more necessary equipment for health workers including ventilators and masks.
Trump approved a federal disaster declaration for the state Friday, while calling on Whitmer and other governors to be “appreciative” of the White House’s efforts.
“I want them to be appreciative. I don’t want them to say things that aren’t true,” he said. “I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about [Vice President] Mike Pence, the task force. I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers.”
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