Governor Whitmer Extends Workplace Restrictions for Six Months

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LANSING, April 13, 2021 ~ Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended workplace restrictions due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Michigan over the last weeks.

The seven-day case rate is near the highest it has been during the pandemic.  The seven-day average deaths per day is over double what it was last month.  According to reports, hospitals are once again reaching capacity.

At this juncture, with our high positivity numbers, it’s really important to extend for another six months so that we have the ability to work through what these protocols look like and get people back into the workplace when it’s safe to do so,” Whitmer said in a statement near Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Gretchen Whitmer and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell have renewed their requests asking the Biden Administration to send more vaccines to Michigan.  However, the Biden Administration said vaccines will not be surged to national hotspots.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky stated Monday, that even if Michigan received increased vaccine doses, it would take weeks to see the numbers fall.  She instead insisted the state issues updated restrictions to decrease the surge.

We know that if vaccines go in arms today, we will not see an effect of those vaccines, depending on the vaccine, for somewhere between two to six weeks.  So when you have an acute situation, an extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccines,” Walensky said. 

The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer and to shut things down, to flatten the curve, to decrease contact with one another, to test to the extent that we have available, to contact trace.”