LANCING, Mitch. – Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer held another briefing on COVID on changes in state constraints, “progress” in our COVID indicators and its recent controversial trip to Florida.
Whitmer joined on Wednesday (May 12th) from Dr. Johnny Haldun, chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Here are our techniques from the briefing.
At the end of last month, Whitmer Announces MI Vacc To Normal Plan, which outlined four vaccination targets related to easing restrictions in Michigan.
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This week, Michigan reached the first of these four stages, when 55% of residents received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“So far, 4.5 million people, or over 55%, have fired their first shot,”
This means that two weeks after the goal has been reached – on 24 May to be precise – all jobs will be allowed to reopen for personal work.
“Michigan surpassed that 55% between Sunday and Monday at some point,” Whitmer said. “So on Monday, May 24, we expect MIOSHA to take action to allow Michigan offices to allow all workers to work in person.”
The next step is for 60% of Michiganders to receive at least one shot. On this threshold, Michigan will raise curfews at 11 pm in restaurants and bars, increase the capacity of training and fitness rooms, stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls and funeral homes.
“We expect to take further action as vaccinations continue to rise,” Whitmer said.
On Thursday (May 6), MDHHS updated the state order for the COVID-19 pandemic to ease collection restrictions and masks.
“From now on, fully vaccinated people no longer have to disguise themselves when they are gathered indoors,” Whitmer said. “Outside the home, masks are only required for outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people.”
She said masks are still an important tool to protect everyone from COVID-19, especially indoors. If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends wearing a mask when you are around people who do not live in your household.
“Masks are still required in stores, for contact sports and indoors if you have not yet been vaccinated and are with people who are not part of your household,” Whitmer said.
The details around Whitmer’s recent trip to Florida to visit her sick father was recently questioned and she was asked about it again on Wednesday.
It is alleged that Whitmer used a private plane funded by Detroit businessmen to travel.
“I appreciate the issue and will make a few important points,” Whitmer said. “No. 1, when I ran for governor, I was talking about all the different hats I wear that are worn by so many people, just like me – frankly mostly women. The care hat for my mother at the end of her life. Raising my daughter. He also serves as a government official and has to fight to make sure my mother has what she needs at the end of her life.
“It’s part of my story. So to everyone’s surprise, I have a family member who has had a lot of health problems – that I showed up to register. I don’t think so – they obviously don’t pay attention to who I am and what I do.
“It was a central element of the job I did as governor: to take care of and protect the people of Michigan. Now I made a short trip from Friday to Monday – I was there for two full days. It was not a vacation and it was not a gift.
“It was a quick trip and I think it’s important for people to know: Like many children of parents who have health problems or relatives who have health problems, I showed up when I needed to. I did a lot of cooking, a lot of cleaning. I also did my daily work, which means that I had regular conversations and conferences with my team. I did not miss this job either. When you’re governor of Michigan, you’re always on the clock, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a daughter who shows up when a family member needs her.
“This flight was not a gift. This flight was not paid for at the expense of the taxpayers and it was – I do not know that there is anything more to add. However, when a member of my family needs a little help, I will show up. Just like when we have a crisis here, we will work around the clock to keep people safe in this country. “
The governor began his briefing with a positive note, talking about rising vaccinations and declining cases after months of worrying trends.
“I know we can all feel hope,” Whitmer said. “Vaccinations are happening. Cases and hospitalizations are declining. “
She said life was starting to look and feel more and more normal.
As of Wednesday, Michigan had administered nearly 7.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Whitmer said.
More than 55% of Michiganders have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 40% have been fully vaccinated. About 70% of older people in Michigan are fully vaccinated, she said.
Lielanau County is the first county in Michigan to reach the 70% vaccination threshold, while Oakland, Washington, Emmett and Grand Travers are north of 60%, according to Whitmer.
More than 260 million doses of the vaccine have been administered nationally, with nearly 60% of people aged 18 and over receiving at least their first dose.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration allow the Pfizer vaccine to be used in children aged 12-15 years.
Whiter said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet to consider the FDA’s approval for the vaccine.
“This committee has a final write-off before the shots start coming into arms, and that’s great news,” Whitmer said.
She said that if and when the CDC committee signs, Michigan will start vaccinating children in this age group.
“We expect this very soon,” Whitmer said.
She encouraged all parents to talk to their doctors about getting the vaccine for their children.
“As a parent of two children in this age group, I’m excited,” Haldun said.
After the daily total number of cases fell below 1,000 in February, they rose to an alarming level – nearly 9,000 in a few days – in April. On Wednesday, Whitmer spoke about how much the percentage of cases has improved.
“After the cases were reported in April, I encouraged everyone to double the basic health protocols we know work,” Whitmer said. “For almost two weeks in May, we distorted the curve.”
Cases have dropped by more than 60% and hospitalizations by about 30% since mid-April, the governor said.
“As we make steady progress, we know what this virus is capable of when set aside,” Whitmer warned.
She urged Michiganders to continue to be vaccinated, wear masks and keep gatherings outside as much as possible.
Whitmer took some time to speak directly to Michigan residents who have questions about the vaccine or have not yet decided whether to receive the photos.
“The vaccine is safe,” Whitmer said. “This will help protect you and your family and others from getting COVID. Even if you have had COVID, you still need to be vaccinated to prevent variations or re-infection.
“If you have received treatment with monoclonal antibodies, you must take a shot 90 days after treatment. The vaccine has undergone rigorous testing and more than 150 million Americans have received it. The vaccine, like others before it for polio and smallpox, is trusted by doctors.
“Vaccines are our best chance to leave this pandemic behind and get back to normal. They represent hope and healing. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to talk to your family doctor and learn more about how safe, effective vaccines can save your life and the lives of those you love.
“I got my second shot 13 days ago, which means I can enjoy the benefits of an effective level of immunity starting tomorrow, and I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see my friends, with whom I haven’t been able to walk for a long time. If you get vaccinated, we can all go back to what we love, with the people we love. We can spend the typical Michigan summer we all crave. So thank you for doing your part. “
“I am pleased with the progress we are making in ending this pandemic,” Haldun said. “All the indicators we are monitoring for COVID-19 are declining, although the virus is still widespread throughout the state.
As of Tuesday (May 11), Michigan has 253 cases per million people. The incidence has been declining for four weeks and almost a third lower than a week ago, Haldun said.
The percentage of tests for COVID that return positive is up to 9.8% – almost half of what was at its peak in April, she said.
Currently, 11.8% of hospital beds are used for patients with COIVD-19 and hospitalizations continue to decline, according to Haldun.
“As these figures decline, the number of people vaccinated continues to rise,” Haldun said.
She said more and more transmissible variants were still circulating in the state and threatened to undo our progress, so the fight against COVID-19 was not over.
Khaldun formally asked all primary care physicians in the state to register as providers of vaccines against COVID-19.
“The most important thing we can do right now is to provide vaccines for everyone when someone is ready,” Haldun said. “We know that patients trust their doctors, and when they are ready to be vaccinated, we want you to have a vaccine on hand.”
She wants doctors to contact their patients to find out if they have been vaccinated and if they have any questions.
“You know that if you become a vaccine provider, you can also focus on simply vaccinating patients you already know and who are already in your practice,” Haldun said.
MDHHS is trying to make the process easier for doctors so that the COVID vaccine is as accessible as possible to Michiganders. The state still aims to vaccinate 70% of the population over the age of 16.
When Michiganders were allowed to return to personal work on May 24, it was not clear what kind of safety instructions could be given.
Whiter said MIOSHA – the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration – is working to create guidelines for this return to work. MIOSHA is also awaiting some guidance from federal workplace safety officials.
“There was a lot of talk about getting people back to work,” Whitmer said. “People, I know, are struggling with a number of problems. One is the confidence that they will be safe when they return to work, and it is therefore critical that we do so properly. Another is childcare … I think we all understand that childcare is a critical component of getting people back into the workforce, getting parents back into the workforce. “
As for other issues – such as whether employees will have to wear masks or social distance when they return to work – the details are still unclear.
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