UPDATE: Gov. Whitmer addresses shelter-in-place rumor as Michigan COVID-19 cases top 500

Governor Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 from the State Emergency Operations...
Governor Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 from the State Emergency Operations Center on March 20, 2020 (Courtesy: Whitmer's Office) (WLUC)
Published: Mar. 20, 2020 at 2:19 PM EDT
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There are now more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, according to

as Gov. Whitmer says she is not issuing a shelter-in-place order at this time.

"We are not there," said Whitmer, at a news conference late Friday afternoon in Lansing.

The governor didn't rule out issuing a shelter-in-place order in the future as other states have done.

"If and when we get to a point where people are not adhering to the counsel of the CDC and best practices and we need to take another step, we will consider doing that when the time is right, but we are not there," said Whitmer.

She urged people to stop spreading rumors and unreliable information on social media.

Friday's new numbers show 225 new cases reported and two new deaths.

There are 549 total positive cases in Lower Michigan. State data shows the virus still hasn't been detected in the U.P., but experts say we should be acting like it's already here. Everyone must play a role to prevent the virus from spreading.

. The overall scope of testing is unclear.

As of Friday, Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties has submitted 15 specimens from Delta County to the state lab for testing. According to Delta County Administrator Emily DeSalvo, three were negative for COVID-19, and 12 are pending.

Several commercial and private labs are able to test COVID-19 specimens now, so there may be more Delta County residents with pending tests than Public Health is aware of at this point. Public Health encourages providers to submit information to Public Health, even when they are using a private lab.

Dickinson County Healthcare System said late Friday afternoon that it has tested 15 people for the COVID-19 virus. Three were negative and 12 are pending.