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Whitmer: New mandates not needed if people get vaccinated

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Whitmer: New mandates not needed if people get vaccinated

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said today that new statewide COVID-19 restrictions are NOT under consideration at the moment. That’s despite the state’s soaring COVID case numbers.

Whitmer was interviewed on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. She was asked about re-imposing restrictions and responded the surge is being driven by unvaccinated people. She said ordering skeptics to wear masks and get vaccinated won’t work.

“So, statewide mandates don’t make a lot of sense in this moment because it is a specific population of unvaccinated folks that we need to encourage to get vaccinated.”

Rising caseloads are overwhelming many hospitals to the point that the governor asked for emergency federal assistance. The federal government agreed to that request to help short-staffed hospitals.