"Today, I sent a request to the president for a major disaster declaration," the Democratic governor said during a press conference in Lansing, Michigan.
The statement would enable the state to provide rental assistance and temporary housing to people in the state, counseling and therapy for residents and the ability to quickly set up field hospitals or other facilities to treat patients with coronavirus.
As of Thursday, 43 people in Michigan have died of the coronavirus, and the state today has 2,294 cases of Covid-19, according to CNN's summary.
Whitmer also said the state needs more fans and personal protective equipment, including masks and hospital dresses.
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