Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered US and Michigan flags across the state to be lowered to half-staff for 10 days, in remembrance of the now more than 10,000 Michiganders who have died from Covid-19, according to a release from the governor’s office.
The state reported 5,909 new cases of Covid-19 Tuesday, bringing the total to 410,295. At least 191 new Covid-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 10,138.
“Our nation is grieving alongside each of the families who have an empty seat at the dinner table each night or who will be missing family members during the holiday season,” Whitmer said. “Right now, we need to listen to our scientists and medical professionals who are asking us to double down on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing to prevent an unnecessarily greater loss of life. With a vaccine on the horizon, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we each need to do our part until then. We will get through this together.”
Flags are to be returned to full staff on Dec. 19, the release said.