On March 23, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan grew to more than 1,000, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued her first stay-at-home executive order. The reasoning behind the order was to ensure that our hospitals were not overwhelmed and that hospitals and health care workers were prepared to take care of the sickest people as the number of cases increased.
Wayne County has been Michigan's hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic since it began, with more than 40% of the state's confirmed cases being reported there and more than half of Wayne County's cases coming from the city of Detroit. Accordingly, the hospitals in Wayne County and Detroit have been hit hard.