US Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer Says COVID Surging Back Despite State Having Some of 'Strongest Protocols' in U.S.
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During a television appearance on Thursday,Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that despite her state having "some of the strongest protocols in the country," "has come raging back."
Whitmer, a Democrat, made the comments on theprogram All In With Chris Hayes. She also said, "We are seeing a resurgence of COVID all across our state, and I think some of it is because we as a nation did not rally to beat this virus. We have turned on one another, and this virus has taken an incredible toll on us. We in Michigan still have smart policies in place. I don't currently have all the same powers I did a year ago. But we do still have a mask mandate. We do still have our capacity requirements."
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The Michigan governor's press secretary calls report "a partisan attack from a garbage white nationalist website."The response came after Whitmer's Chief Operating Officer, Tricia Foster, posted photos of her teenage daughter and her teenage daughter's friends on a beach, according to screenshots obtained by the conservative publication. The images of social media comments include mentions of Siesta Key, Florida, spring break and Foster's son, who she wrote was missing from the photos because he was "home with covid.
The interview came after public health experts have called on the governor to enact more safety protocols and lockdowns in the state. Earlier in the week,Director Rochelle Walensky called on the governor's administration to issue new restrictions on public gatherings. Whitmer has maintained that Michigan—which throughout the pandemic had some of strictest lockdowns in the country—is already doing enough to prevent the spread, and thus far she has resisted implementing new mandates.
Currently, 24 percent of the Michigan's residents are fully vaccinated against the virus, with another 36 percent of residents having received at least one dose. Yet the seven-day average of cases is at 7,656 as of April 15. This is a 31 percent increase in the last 14 days.
Michigan's COVID cases surge to alarming levels, but governor rejects new mandates
Michigan's COVID cases surge to alarming levels, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejects new mandates Data from state health officials shows Michigan has surpassed 100,000 active COVID-19 cases in the last week, the highest number since mid-November. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks the Wolverine State's COVID-19 infection rate as No. 1 in the country with 492.1 positive infections per 100,000 people.
According to the CDC, Michigan currently ranks third in the country in COVID-19 test positivity rates as of April 16, and the state has led the nation in new coronavirus cases per population for two weeks. The number of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 did see a small decrease on Thursday to 3,960 after reaching a record high of 4,011 on Tuesday.
Whitmer acknowledged this slight decline in numbers during another television appearance on April 15, this time on ABC News Live.
"We're starting to see things look as though they're slowing down a bit," Whitmer told anchor Linsey Davis. "I don't want to, by any stretch, say that this isn't serious and that we don't all have to take this very seriously, but we're making progress and it's incumbent on everyone in this state to do their part."
Newsweek contacted Governor Whitmer for further comment, but it has not heard back as of press time.
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Whitmer traveled out of Michigan to see ill father in Florida despite COVID-19 guidance .
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ventured to Florida recently to visit her ill father despite coronavirus guidance against travel in the state. Tiffany Brown, the governor's communications director, said on Monday that Whitmer visited her father more than a month ago but within the past six months. She insisted the travel did not happen on spring break and said the governor went "to assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness," according to the Detroit Free Press.