“Please don’t,” travel for Christmas, ”Governor Whitmer tells Michiganders


With Thanksgiving behind us and the rest of the stuffing almost gone, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is already looking at the next celebration on the horizon and how he can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

“We all know that the next two months will be difficult. Too many traveled for Thanksgiving. And we will see an increase in our numbers, most likely because of that. And it will coincide with the next big holiday, Christmas. Too many people are considering the trip and I repeat: please don’t. Whitmer said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Prior to Thanksgiving, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Rights introduced a three-week “break” that restricted personal gatherings between the two households, stopped sports and personal education for high school students, and shut down meals. in restaurants.

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These restrictions are scheduled to run until December 8th.

Asked by MLive whether he was considering extending the break, Whitmer said nothing was pre-determined and it was too early to say but he would consult with health experts and look at data in the coming days.

Michigan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said experts were “cautiously optimistic,” saying the latest data said several people started wearing masks, not collecting and keeping six feet apart in early November.

The test positivity rate dropped from 14% on Nov. 16 to 13%, he said. The number of cases is 608 cases per million people and has been declining over the past week.

At the same time, he watches the growth from Thanksgiving.

“It’s one thing that really worries me is that people have gathered or been able to travel through the Thanksgiving break. A possible increase in Thanksgiving that we wouldn’t expect for two to three weeks in our data, ”Khaldun said.

He encouraged those gathered for Thanksgiving to isolate themselves as much as possible and wear masks around others for 14 days.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s vacation guidelines, virtual holiday gatherings pose the least risk.

The CDC recommends that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, COVID-19, wait for the results of the COVID-19 test, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or COVID-19 -19 have an increased risk of serious illness. does not attend personal meetings.

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