STRAIT – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is being criticized by those who believe she has changed her stance on following up on scientific recommendations related to the pandemic.
Whitmer made a appearance on Meet the Press Sunday with host Chuck Todd who asked if she had changed her position slightly.
Before she could respond, clips were shown of Whitmer speaking at the start of the pandemic.
“We have to follow the science and the data and we have to make decisions based on that,” Whitmer said in a clip aired on Meet the Press.
In another clip that aired, she said, “I’m not going to be intimidated for not following the science or doing what I know is the right thing.”
Then a recent clip was played of Whitmer speaking this month about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggesting that Michigan’s response to the increase in COVID-19 cases should be to stop things.
“What may seem like a natural thing to do is a lot more complicated than what the CDC might suggest when you look at the reality here on the pitch,” Whitmer said in the clip.
In response to whether she has changed her position, Whitmer told Todd that a lot has changed since the start of the pandemic.
“You know, fifteen months ago we didn’t know this virus could be contained by just wearing a mask. We did not have personal protective equipment on hand. We certainly didn’t have the tests or the vaccines. We’re in a very different position now on top of that, ”Whitmer said.
She pointed out that many of her emergency coronavirus powers had been removed by a decision of the Michigan Republican-controlled Supreme Court.
“I don’t have exactly the same tools. Despite these things, we still have some of the strongest mitigation measures in the country, cloaked mandates, capacity limitations, working from home. So we always do what we can. But what really happens on the pitch here is that we move quickly to get the shots in the arms. We got a million in two weeks, a million in just nine days, so we’re still breaking our own records. We have these ongoing mitigation practices, and I’m working with a smaller set of tools at my disposal and that’s why we really need and appreciate the extra help we’re getting from the federal government, ”he said. she declared.
In response to the question of Detroit Metro Hospital Systems being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, Whitmer said everyone must do their part to help prevent the spread.
“Well, at the end of the day, it will depend on whether everyone is doing their part or not. It’s the most important thing, ”Whitmer said.
Michigan reported a total of 8,955 new cases and 40 additional deaths. It was the second-highest single-day number of cases in Michigan since the start of the pandemic. On November 20, 2020, the state reported a total of 9,779 cases, its highest total to date.
The number of cases fell on Saturday with over 5,000 reported.
Michigan extended the COVID-19[female[feminine an order that put in place restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, places of entertainment and more.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has prolonged its epidemic order until May 24. It also expanded the mask requirements to include children between the ages of two and four.
In addition, the COVID-19 B117 is growing rapidly here in Michigan.
Whitmer said it was the time of year when people went on spring break, which could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
“This is why we implore people to take this seriously, to cover up, to get tested if you’ve been with someone who is positive, stay home and if you get COVID-19, use one of those monoclonal antibodies so you get out of the hospital and help you maintain your health, ”Whitmer said.
President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, was also at Meet the Press on Sunday to address concerns about the pandemic. You can watch Sunday’s episode in the video above.
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