Whitmer does not rule out an extension of partial shutdown, deters people from breaking orders


It’s too early to say whether or not the partial shutdown of selected nightclubs in Michigan, personal learning in high schools and colleges, and indoor dining at restaurants will be extended on Dec. 8, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday, Dec. 1. news conference.

Whitmer on Tuesday with complicated questions about the three-week “break” that began on Nov. 18 and what it takes for government officials to decide against the extension.

“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 yet.”

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While Whitmer no longer has the power to issue enforcement orders, under state law, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources, Robert Gordon, “prohibits the gathering of people” and “may establish procedures” during an epidemic on behalf of public health.

That three-week partial shutdown comes from Gordon – who wasn’t part of Tuesday’s press conference.

Two of the most important data points for government officials are the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive and the amount of beds and beds in hospitals.

On Tuesday, 4,289 people were hospitalized in Michigan who are confirmed or suspected of using COVID-19. It starts on November 18 – when the shutdown began – when 3,792 people were taken to hospital.

Of those hospitalized on Nov. 18, 809 were in the intensive care unit and 396 in a ventilator. On Tuesday, there were 874 COVID-related cases in the intensive care unit and 526 people were on ventilators.

On November 18, 12.55% of Michigan tests became positive. It was 14.72% positive on Monday, the highest since April.

“I would expect that early next week we will have a much better idea of ​​what this break means (and) if people take it seriously and do their part,” Whitmer said. “If everyone does their part, we’ll see those numbers go down.”

Whitmer’s team is restraining restrictions – especially on indoor dining in restaurants – on several fronts. The Michigan Restaurant and Accommodation Association has taken the matter to federal court. The judge refused to lift the ban immediately two weeks ago, but will reconsider the merits after Monday’s hearing.

In addition, a handful of restaurants reopened despite the order. In response, Michigan suspended three alcohol licenses and imposed additional fines.

Owners of Andiamo restaurants on the Detroit subway are teaming up with a coalition of restaurant owners to oppose the ban and reopen on Dec. 9, regardless of whether the order is extended. Whitmer was asked about this on Tuesday.

“I don’t want (restaurant owners) to have to make tough, horrible decisions that could jeopardize the workforce and customers,” Whitmer said.

That’s why Whitmer said he is urging the legislature to approve a $ 100 million relief bill that would help restaurants and other businesses get through the epidemic. He reiterated his call to Congress to provide federal funds for his assistance.

“I would encourage people to intentionally break the law – always, no matter what the law is, on any subject, I strongly discourage it,” Whitmer said. “But I think at this point, we need to give each other a little empathy and a little grace and recognize the gravity of the situation.”

The restaurants were targeted by the latest order because they check the main checkboxes for increased risk – as they are inside and many households are collected for a long time without masks. Even with 10% capacity, there is a danger of how many households will come together, Whitmer said.

At the onset of COVID fatigue, Whitmer asks people to follow precautions. The light at the end of the tunnel – the vaccine – is approaching and people need to keep the destruction of COVID in perspective, he said.

Since March, more than 9,300 Michiganders have died in COVID-19.

“When 9/11 happened, the whole world stopped. We helped each other. We saw humanity in each other and came in to do our part, ”Whitmer said. “We have changed our way of life and the way we travel forever because that’s how we keep each other safe. We’ve had over three 9/11s here in Michigan in the last 10 months. Destroyed families.

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