Shirkey issues statement supporting Governor’s actions

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement regarding actions taken by Governor Whitmer to slow the impact of COVID-19 in Michigan:

“Michigan citizens and our communities will continue to face challenges over the coming weeks as we respond to the presence of COVID-19 in our state. As a state and as individuals, we need to focus on the actions we can take to help slow the spread of the virus in Michigan. By slowing the spread of COVID-19, we may be able to change the surge of patients from growing into a steep mountain peak and instead help create a more manageable hill.

Governor Whitmer has acted to close school buildings and limit gatherings to less than 250 people. While this action may seem severe, we believe it is appropriate. We have met with the Governor and her team and have experienced first-hand the thoughtful, measured, and data-driven process being used to arrive at these decisions. Closing schools is not an easy decision, but we agree that it is a step toward helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

We continue to hear from the medical community that good personal hygiene and social distancing are necessary and appropriate actions to help slow the impact of COVID-19 on our population. The Senate is taking active measures to limit public interaction and only schedule session as needed in order to carry out the essential functions of state government.

Senators and staff are accessible to constituents, but will work to limit in-person interactions. Our top priority is to continue to provide the best service and representation possible for our constituents while doing everything we can to protect their health and safety,” said Shirkey.