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Whitmer seeks support of legislature for mask mandate with record setting COVID-19 cases

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: November 5, 2020

With record breaking single day COVID-19 cases reported in Michigan and the U.S. Nov. 4, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is seeking bipartisan support from the state legislature to pass mask mandate legislation.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) already has a mask mandate in place, which Whitmer stressed is the law. However, with Michigan reporting 4,101 and the U.S. reporting over 100,000 cases on Nov. 4, she said it’s important to take the politics out of wearing a mask. She proposed bipartisan mask mandate legislation for indoor public places and crowded outdoor places.

“Wearing a mask is the law in Michigan under the DHHS Directors’ epidemic order, but something this critically important deserves the legislature’s stamp of approval,” Whitmer said. “It will send a resounding message that every one of us will have to do our part.”

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS, said the state’s average positivity rate has risen to 7.5 percent with a seven-day average of 19 deaths per day.  Hospitalizations are on the rise in every part of the state.

“We could be seeing up to 100 deaths a day by the end of December if we don’t make any changes,” Dr. Khaldun said.

Whitmer encouraged families to celebrate the upcoming holidays safely. She discouraged indoor gatherings with members of different households, adding they are up to 20 times more likely to spread the virus.

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