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Posted on: October 5, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Counties consider their own orders after Supreme Court ruling


Some Michigan counties are issuing local emergency orders to ensure coronavirus safety measures continue after the Michigan Supreme Court struck down months of orders made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer amid the pandemic. That and more in the Wayne County Report for October 5, 2020.

The state Supreme Court ruled October 2 that a law from 1945 is unconstitutional, impacting numerous orders made by Gov. Whitmer since the beginning of April. Under the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, the governor has constantly extended the state’s emergency status and issued a number of related orders in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

According to the court, those orders are no longer enforceable, and the governor and Legislature must negotiate such moves going forward. Gov. Whitmer has said that existing orders will remain in effect for at least 21 days after the ruling – but some argue that she has no legal basis to continue enforcing emergency orders following the court’s decision. 

It is unclear if statewide mandates are still in effect or not, though the office of the Michigan Attorney General said Sunday it will no longer enforce the emergency orders. 

Amid this uncertainty, some Michigan counties are issuing their own local emergency orders to maintain safety measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

According to the countywide health data released October 4, 2020, Taylor had two new COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,058. No new deaths were recorded yesterday. That total remains at 79.

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