Whitmer emphasizes need for test kits as coronavirus cases, deaths rise in Michigan

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (03/22/20) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for more guidance from the federal government Sunday as positive cases of the coronavirus reached the 1,000 mark.

Whitmer told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz that Michigan needs more test kits.

"We need the federal government to get us those test kits," Whitmer said. "We need PPE, as Phil [New Jersey governor] was just saying, we need (a) clear directive and guidance from the federal government."

The governor's comments came hours before the state announced around 250 new confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Health leaders said the latest COVID-19 deaths were in Detroit, Kent County, Macomb County, and Washtenaw County.

That pushed the total number of coronavirus deaths in the state to nine and the total number of cases over 1,000.

New Mid-Michigan cases include seven in Genesee County, two in Midland County and one each in Gladwin, Roscommon and Saginaw counties.

Whitmer has also renewed the call for the Trump Administration to allow a special health insurance enrollment period.

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The state total of positive COVID-19 cases stands at more than 1,000. Those numbers are helped by the first positive cases in Tuscola and Saginaw counties.

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Most of the cases are in the Metro Detroit area. Michigan hospitals and health departments reported four additional deaths linked to COVID-19, which brings the state's death total to eight in a four-day span.

There is also one confirmed case in Gladwin County as of Sunday.

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The Central Michigan District Health Department would only say the patient has no known history of travel.