Whitmer: Restrictions on office work will be extended

Whitmer: Restrictions on office work will be extended

"So when you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of cases like we have in MI, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine", Walensky said, explaining that it takes two to six weeks to see the effect of vaccinations.

The White House COVID-19 Response Team said Monday more vaccines are not the answer to the surge of cases in the midwestern state of MI. "We have to continue to push forward, making sure that were getting as many people as possible vaccinated".

On Friday April 9, Whitmer asked high schools to voluntarily go virtual, youth sports to pause, and residents to avoid indoor dining for two weeks to slow the spread of the virus.

Whitmer has faced fierce political backlash from conservatives in her Midwestern state for her COVID-19 restrictions, including armed groups entering the state capitol and a foiled plot to kidnap her.

"We are seeing a surge in MI despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place: mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home", Whitmer stated. "So despite all of that, we are seeing a surge because of these variants", said Whitmer. "We have to hang in there for the next two months and we're not doing that". And that's precisely why we're really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of MI.

According to Dr. Walensky, Michigan, now experiencing the worst surge in the nation, needs to close up. Neighboring Wisconsin has a much more efficient distribution rate of 91%, and New Hampshire leads the nation with 95% of its vaccine doses used.

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About 41% of MI residents ages 16 and up had received at least one shot. Florida has reported almost 3,500 cases, which is the highest total in the country, followed by MI with more than 2,200 cases.

"It's really frustrating because we're nearly there", he added.

"When we do extend them, which we will, people are going to think that that means you can't go into the office for another six months and that's not the case", said Whitmer at the news conference.

Throughout the past year, we've learned more about SARS-CoV-2 than we'd ever hoped to. 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. It's in everyone's best interest.

"We have to remember the fact that in the next two to six weeks, the variants that we've seen.in MI, those variants are also. present in other states", he told reporters on a conference call.

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