Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced this week that the state would begin a “three-week break to focus on indoor social gatherings and other group activities” to help curb the spread of the virus. The order was issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and went into effect Wednesday.
“I understand that there is a pandemic, and I understand that it is very scary. I am also afraid of it. If you are at risk, do not leave your house while there is a vaccine. But stopping all these small businesses – things that people are worked for their lives – closing them again is not the answer, because they will not succeed. So once we manage to leave our house, after this dictatorship decides to leave us some freedom, there will be nothing left. “
Stafford also apologized in his Instagram story after the reaction.
“Okay, you, here’s what I do best: Going back to apologize after reading some of your stuff and landing a little bit,” Stafford said.
“I’m really sorry. I was in the middle of the moment. I have a girlfriend who’s losing her business. It’s just a little enough for me, so I apologize for calling it a dictatorship – probably not so clever use of words. I know it won’t work for everyone and it just kills me when I see people suffering from the financial burden of losing their business and also getting sick. But I don’t know – I apologize. “
CNN turned to Stafford, but received no response.
She previously accused the NFL of harassment, which she claims her family received after her husband was included in the NFL’s list of injured reserves / Covid. She claims that her children were kicked out of the playground and that they approached her at a grocery store and told her that she was “endangering others”.
The NFL said that being on the list did not mean that the player had Covid-19, and that being on the list could mean that they had tested positive or had close contact with someone who had been in contact with an infected person. face.
Michigan continues to see an exponential increase in cases across the state, said Dr. Johnny Haldun, chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Michigan reported 7,592 new cases Thursday and 134 new deaths, resulting in a total of 285,398 and 8,324, respectively, according to the state public health agency.
Hospitals are 79 percent full in Michigan, and the state currently has the fourth largest number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the country, Haldun said.
CNN’s Kay Jones contributed to this report.