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As cases rise statewide, Governor announces state will not advance re-opening

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 30, 2020

With COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will not be advancing reopening the state before the July 4th holiday weekend.

“We’re in a stronger position than many other states that are seeing a major resurgence,” Whitmer said. “But our numbers are not as strong today as they were a couple weeks ago, so we must keep up our guard.”

If Michigan has a sustained spike, Whitmer said, that could move some of the previously lifted state restrictions back into place. Currently, the Traverse City area and Upper Peninsula, both of which have seen a slight rise in cases, are in Phase 5. The rest of the state is in Phase 4. Earlier in June, Whitmer had said she hoped to move the entire state into Phase 5 by the Independence Day holiday.

Of particular concern is the spike in cases among 20 to 29-year-olds, said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health. Khaldun said there is a change in the age groups most highly effected in recent weeks with a rise in cases for those under age 50. She cited case numbers increasing primarily in Lansing, followed by Grand Rapids. Detroit, Kalamazoo and Jackson are all seeing the third highest increase in cases in recent weeks.

Whitmer said she hopes to offer more clarity about the state’s next steps in the next 24 to 48 hours.

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