Mich. Gov. Whitmer faces resistance to COVID-19 shutdowns

Katie Ramirez
April 13, 2021

"We have to continue to push forward, making sure that were getting as many people as possible vaccinated". She has urged - but not required - a two-week suspension of in-person high school instruction, youth sports and indoor dining.

In the week ended April 11, MI reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per capita. "And people are exhausted and they're moving around more", Whitmer said.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that MI should "close things down" to help address the country's worst coronavirus outbreak, days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer instead urged people to voluntarily restrict certain activities. "We have to hang in there for the next two months and we're not doing that".

The rise in cases is fueling fears among health experts about a potential fourth surge of the virus - one that could be more contagious and deadly due to the continued spread of the B-117 variant.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Whitmer about reports that Biden officials are saying Michigan's state government is failing to distribute the vaccines that were allotted to it. Only 35% of MI residents have received their first vaccine shot and 23% are fully vaccinated, though these numbers are average for the nation.

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WHITMER: I don't think there's a governor in the country that's leaving any vaccines on the table. Florida has reported almost 3,500 cases, which is the highest total in the country, followed by MI with more than 2,200 cases.

For a seventh week, vaccinations set a record, with an average of 3.1 million shots given per day last week.

Additionally, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association called Whitmer misguided and said her recommendations are not rooted in "proof or reliable data".

"It's really frustrating because we're nearly there", he added. "Similarly we need that vaccine in other places". And when there is a surge, we think that it's important that we- we go to- we rush in to meet where that need is, because what's happening in MI today could be what's happening in other states tomorrow.

But White House coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt said variants hitting the state are also present elsewhere. And so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots.

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