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Whitmer requests more time with the Michigan National Guard to fight the virus

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer hosts a post-election news conference in Detroit. Whitmer said Thursday, Dec. 13, she emphasized the importance of upgrading road and water infrastructure and keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes in a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Governor Whitmer is asking the president to authorize more time to use the Michigan National Guard to fight the coronavirus in the state.

She wrote a letter Wednesday asking Trump to extend the use of the Guard through July 31.

Whitmer thanked the president for authorizing the Michigan National Guard through June 24, but said there’s much more work to be done to both respond to the crisis, and recover from it.

Guard units have assisted food banks in the state, helped move medical supplies, and even assisted with the running of mobile testing facilities. Whitmer believes their continued help is vital to Michigan’s economic recovery, as well.

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