The Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has urged a temporary halt in in-person teaching in schools due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.<" />

Michigan Facing Closures, Not Extra Vaccines Doses, Due to An Overwhelming Rise in Covid-19 Cases

The Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has urged a temporary halt in in-person teaching in schools due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. The Democrat, who received criticism from Republicans for her pandemic response, has said that the state should urgently receive more vaccines. Furthermore, this rise in Covid-19 cases has caused Michigan’s public health system to become overwhelmed. Michigan now has the highest rate of new Covid-19 infections in the US.

Officials are reluctant to fully close down the state again. However, at a White House briefing on Monday, Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noted  a “delayed response” in lowering case numbers. This is due to it taking between two to six weeks to witness the effects of increased vaccination rates. President Joe Biden confirmed that he will not be supplying Michigan with more vaccines. He will however work with Whitmer in supplying more resources. “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,” Walensky said. “I think if we try to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work to actually have the impact.”

Whitmer is now asking residents of Michigan to take more “personal responsibility” to slow down the outbreak. She does not wish to close down schools and local businesses completely. Instead, she has asked, but not ordered,  residents to stay at home. The governor is also seeking for a surge strategy deployed. “Today it’s Michigan and the Midwest. Tomorrow it could be another section of our country,” Ms. Whitmer said last week, following her discussion with the president.

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *