COVID-19 in Michigan: A look back at key moments early in the pandemic

March 10 marked one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Michigan.

After that news, life quickly changed. Cleaning supplies became scarce, businesses were forced to temporarily shutter their doors, and some people moved to work from home, while others were laid off.

A number of orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came at the start of the pandemic. These orders closed businesses, restricted gatherings, and limited activities.

Those orders would be extended, changed, and rescinded as case numbers would fluctuate, and more orders would be issued. 

MORE: A timeline of COVID-19 restriction changes

As the number of people vaccinated against the virus rises while case numbers and hospitalizations decrease, Michigan is on its way back to normal after more than a year of restrictions and event cancelations.

Whitmer announced that all COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted on July 1, undoing every order still in place.

Check out a timeline of key moments early in the pandemic: