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It's hard to believe but Michigan has passed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19. In honor of the lives lost, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for 10 days. That's one day for every 1,000 Michiganders that lost their lives.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

Our nation is grieving alongside each of the families who have an empty seat at the dinner table each night or who will be missing family members during the holiday season. Right now, we need to listen to our scientists and medical professionals who are asking us to double down on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing to prevent an unnecessarily greater loss of life. With a vaccine on the horizon, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we each need to do our part until then. We will get through this together.

According to WXYZ, the flags were lowered to half-staff on Tuesday and will remain that way until Friday, Dec. 18. Flags should return to full-staff on December 19th.

Back in March when this whole pandemic started I never thought in a million years that this is where we would be in December. I just figured everything would be back to normal by June, boy, was I wrong.

My heart goes out to every family member or friend that lost a loved one during these most difficult times.

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