Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued to deflect growing criticism of her handling of the state’s CoVID-19 outbreak; blaming the spike in new infections on travelers returning from Florida.
“At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part,” Whitmer told “Meet the Press.” “That’s the most important thing. This variant, the B117 variant, is what is growing so quickly in Michigan. We have the second most, I think, after Florida.”
“Michigan and Florida are not next to each other. But this is the time of the year that snow birds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread. That’s why we’re imploring people to take this seriously, mask up, get tested,” she said.
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The state is the national leader in the number of cases of COVID-19 by population despite increasing vaccinations.
“We all have to step up our game for the next two weeks to bring down rising cases, and that is why I am calling on high schools to voluntarily go remote for the next two weeks past spring break, calling on youth sports to voluntarily suspend games and practices for two weeks,” the governor said during a press conference.
She also called on all Michiganders to avoid dining and gathering indoors for the next two weeks.
“Support your local restaurants by eating outside or getting carryout instead of dining indoors. Opt for small outdoor gatherings with masks,” she said.
Whitmer added that the recommendations are not requirements or mandates and that a year into the pandemic, “we all know what works, and this has to be a team effort.”
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'DOUBLE STANDARD': Trump Says Governor Whitmer ‘Doesn’t Let People Even Breath in Michigan’
President Trump ripped Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on social media Thursday morning; saying the Democrat “doesn’t let people even breath” during her state’s ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.
“Yet she doesn’t let people even breath in Michigan. A very bad double standard!” posted Trump on Twitter.
Whitmer told reporters Wednesday that her husband traveled to their second home in the northern part of the state to “rake leaves” and “came right back home after.”
“When you opened regions six and eight, you advised people not to rush up and overwhelm the area… There were some reports that you did spend some time up north, is that true?” asked one reporter.
“My husband did go up to our place to rake some leaves and came home. He was there briefly for a night and came right back home after he raked our leaves!” said the Governor.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 26, 2020
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MICHIGAN UNLEASHED: Gov Whitmer Lifts ‘Stay at Home’ Order, Restaurants and Bars to Open June 8th
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she is lifting the state’s “Stay at Home” order; adding restaurants and bars can begin serving patrons with some restrictions on June 8th.
“The data has shown that we are ready to carefully move our state into the next phase,” Whitmer said during a press conference.
“Effective immediately, Whitmer said groups of 100 or less will be allowed to gather outdoors, as long as they maintain physical distancing. Indoor social gatherings and events of more than 10 people are still prohibited,” reports The Hill.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 1, 2020
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Source: The Hill