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Whitmer order suspends evictions during COVID-19 outbreak

The order remains in effect through April 17.
Credit: Michigan Office of the Governor

Renters and mobile homeowners will be protected from eviction, under an executive order signed into effect by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday. 

“Families across the state are facing a number of uncertainties, from concerns about their health and well-being and that of their loved ones to when their next paycheck will arrive," Whitmer said in a press release. "Worrying about whether they’ll be evicted from their home, apartment or mobile home should not be on this list."

The order takes effect immediately and remains in place through April 17 at 11:59 p.m. It's one of many orders signed into effect by the governor amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“We continue to urge all Michigan families to remain focused on putting their health first and making smart decisions to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Jeff Donofrio, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “This order, in addition to Wednesday’s order extending the tax foreclosure deadline, will give renters and homeowners some peace of mind.”

STATE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COVID-19

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:   

  • Fever   
  • Cough   
  • Shortness of breath   

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:   

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.   
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.     
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.     
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.   

Do you have more questions about COVID-19 in Michigan? Check out the state's website.

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