LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will announce another update on COVID-19 state management on Thursday afternoon – just two days after his last briefing.
In addition to Whitmer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Officer of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Michigan Government Lieutenant Garlin Gilchrist will join.
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Three weeks off
Michigan currently in the last third of a three-week “break” which enclose indoor catering for restaurants, personal courses for colleges and high schools, and much more.
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The restrictions, which took effect on November 18 and are currently scheduled for Tuesday (December 8), require all Michigan residents to work from home unless they have to do their work in person.
Indoor dining services are no longer allowed in bars or restaurants. Casinos, movie theaters, stadiums and arenas should remain closed.
Bowling alleys, skating rinks, bingo halls, games rooms and indoor water parks should also be closed.
All high school and college classes must be conducted remotely.
Organized sports will be shut down, not counting professional sports and the number one sports in the NCAA. Indoor group fitness classes are no longer allowed.
From Wednesday (December 2) Michigan reported 373,197 COVID-19 cases and 9,405 deaths.
Is the extension approaching?
The first question before Whitmer at Tuesday’s briefing is: Will the three-week break be extended on December 8th?
“At this point, it’s really too early to say exactly where we’ll be in a few days, even less next week,” Whitmer said. “But I think it’s important that people know: we haven’t defined anything in advance.” It will control where we see the numbers.
Whitmer said he was working together Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, az Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other health experts are exploring the possibilities.
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“As we keep an eye on the numbers, we continue to focus on keeping people safe,” Whitmer said. “The epidemic order was aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the interactions that are indoors, where people are unmasked, where many households are present.”
He said if everyone does their part and the number drops, the state will be in a stronger position.
“I would expect to have a much better idea of what this break means if people take it seriously and do their part early next week,” Whitmer said. “It informs future decisions.”
The numbers are slowly moving in the right direction
The two most common measures in COVID-19, which is widespread in Michigan, show that the state is slowly moving in the right direction again, he says. Khaldun.
According to him, both the case and the test positivity rate improve slightly.
“Overall, our case rate is 608 cases per million people and has been declining over the past week,” Khaldun said.
According to Khaldun, the number of cases in all eight geographical regions of the state has dropped in the past seven to 15 days.
But the numbers are still not where government officials want them. Khaldun said the rate of cases exceeds one per million people in all Michigan regions except the Traverse City region.
Test positivity has also been declining over the past week, falling from 14% on 16 November to 13% by early December.
“But it’s still obviously much higher than we’d like,” Khaldun said. “We’re cautiously optimistic, based on what we’ve seen, (that) more and more people are starting the right things in early November.”
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Wednesday afternoon Michigan reported 6,955 new COVID-19 cases and 81 additional deaths, representing a total of 373,197 cases and 9,405 deaths to the state.
Whitmer v. Restaurant owners
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the latest order was the elimination of meals in restaurants. Many residents believe that restaurants are not a major distributor of COVID-19, but Whitmer disagrees.
“I urge you to think up to a 10% full restaurant and what that means in terms of how many households are represented there and it’s inherently undisguised because people eat,” Whitmer said. “It’s just, unfortunately, all the ingredients for a higher risk situation.”
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Whitmer said the MDHHS therefore targeted places where people from different households stay together.
The the owners of Andiamo pushed for the merging of restaurants against the restrictions if this three-week period is extended to 8 December.
“We need to come together and fight the closure,” Vicari wrote. “Our industry is unable to survive another long-term closure. We are stronger when we stand together and harness the power of retaliation. “
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In the letter, Vicari cites statistics from a hotel and restaurant association in Michigan, which states that only about 4% of the state’s COVID-19 cases can be traced back to restaurants. Michigan health officials say it is extremely difficult to get in touch with epidemics in restaurants because a patron can spend a short time indoors.
“Still, he decided to close restaurants again,” the letter said. “The malls are full of festive shopping, the hairdressing salons and gyms can still stay open, yet our restaurants are closed.”
Whitmer answered a question from restaurant owners considering defying and reopening public order.
“I want these restaurants to be successful,” he said. “I want to do everything I can to help them in these difficult times.” That is why I have asked our legislature to adopt this $ 100 million plan. That is why I have asked our federal government to take some steps, but since they have not done so, I hope that our legislature will work with me to make these restaurants easier.
Click here to read Whitmer’s full message to restaurant owners.
Michigan football stops
Michigan football van canceled the match against Maryland over the weekend in the Wolverines program because of concerns about COVID-19.
Michigan paused all team activities Monday and he has practically kept them ever since. The practice is now paused for at least Monday.
Saturday’s match against Maryland is not rescheduled – U of M. announced This was the last home game of the Wolverine season.
“Our medical professionals decided to stop training and cancel Saturday’s match against Maryland, and we considered the health, safety and well-being of athletes, coaches and staff to be a top priority,” said Athletic Director Warde Manuel. “We have seen an increase in the number of athletes who have not been able to compete for positive tests and related antibodies for our latest antigen and PCR test results.”
Schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine
Khaldun at Tuesday’s briefing, he spoke about Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as both companies have applied to the Food and Drug Administration to authorize the use of their vaccines in the fight against COVID-19.
“We are actively working on distribution plans when these vaccines become available,” Khaldun said.
When Michigan first receives the vaccine, it will be in very limited quantities, he said.
“Our first priority is to keep health systems functioning and to protect the most vulnerable,” Khaldun said. “Right now, that means putting vaccination on cutting-edge healthcare workers to the forefront.
“As the vaccine becomes more available, hopefully by January, we hope to be able to deliver vaccines quickly to people working in care facilities and residents of skilled nursing homes. But it all depends on how quickly the vaccine becomes available from the manufacturer. “
The CDC recommends that the state extend to other critical workers, such as instructors.
Then, when a sufficient dose is available, they are made available to the general public.
“We hope to make the vaccine available to the general public by late spring,” Khaldun said.
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Whitmer wants the state legislature to accept a permanent extension of unemployment benefits as residents continue to address the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic.
“I also urged the legislature to adopt a permanent extension of unemployment benefits,” Whitmer said Tuesday. “In the wake of the recent recession, the legislature has reduced workers’ economic lives from 26 to 20 weeks and allowed inflation to suppress the maximum benefit of $ 362 a week.”
In the fall, Michigan passed a law extending Michigan COVID-19 unemployment benefits By the end of 2020. Whitmer wants another extension, saying the House Democrats have already drafted bills on this.
“Yesterday, Republican colleagues were invited to join them in protecting the unemployed Michiganders,” Whitmer said. “If we don’t do this bipartisan action now, thousands of unemployed Michiganders could lose benefits right after the holiday.”
Below you can view Whitmer’s full briefing from Tuesday (December 1st).
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