President Trump approves federal disaster declaration for Michigan

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (3/28/20) - President Donald Trump has approved Michigan's request for a federal disaster declaration during the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she made the request for a major disaster declaration Thursday by sending Trump a letter.

She said the approval announced Saturday morning meant Michigan was now eligible for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programming to provide relief for Michiganders.

According to state leaders, funding was approved for the Crisis Counseling Program, as well as Emergency Protective Measures from the Public Assistance Category.

Whitmer said the state's request covered emergency protective measures including transporting and pre-positioning equipment, Emergency Operation Center (EOC)-related costs, medical supplies and personal protective equipment, medical care and transport, and childcare.

The declaration came after Michigan health leaders confirmed another 800 COVID-19 cases Friday, mostly in the Detroit area.

It brought Michigan's total number of cases to close to 3,700.

Genesee County announced 91 confirmed cases and four coronavirus deaths.

Meanwhile, Michigan remained under the state's mandatory 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' order.

The directive issued Monday by Whitmer reinforced the shutdown of Michigan businesses not deemed essential.

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