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House GOP rolls out COVID plan

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Republican state lawmakers have presented their version of a COVID-19 response plan.

This state House GOP proposal follows a court ruling that struck down many of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral emergency orders.

There are still state public health department orders that require masks and distancing. But Governor Whitmer and the Republican-controlled Legislature will have to strike a deal on other measures.

The House Republican plan would give more decision-making power to counties with continued low infection rates, said state Representative Julie Calley.

“Counties which exercise precaution will see their metrics improve, and they will be rewarded with a locally focused response tailored to meet their own needs.”

Counties would also have to show they have enough hospital beds and protective equipment to deal with a surge.

Governor Whitmer had no immediate reaction, but her office said she is examining the plan.

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