This Governor Just Ordered "Tough" Shutdowns Statewide
With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soaring nationwide, governors in states as diverse as New Mexico, North Dakota and Massachusetts have issued stay-at-home advisories or mask mandates to help stop the pandemic. The latest state to join the list: Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just issued a three-week "epidemic order" that limits indoor gatherings and disallows indoor dining to stop overloading at hospitals.
Without making these changes, the state's models predict a possible 1,000 deaths a day, with as many as 20,000 deaths by February, not to mention long-term health problems for those who live. Currently, the test positivity rate is at 12%. "We have to beat this virus to strengthen this economy," said Whitmer at the announcement, saying those in the state needed to make "short-term sacrifices for long-term gain." Read on to hear her warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Whitmer's Restrictions Include the Following
Here's what restrictions will be implemented from Wednesday, Nov. 18 until December 8th, according to ClickOnDetroit:
"The 14 major changes:
- High school classes must now be conducted remotely.
- College classes must now be conducted remotely.
- Work must be done remotely, unless the job absolutely has to be done in person.
- Indoor dining is no longer allowed at bars and restaurants.
- Organized sports are no longer permitted, with the exception of professional sports and a select number of NCAA sports.
- Group fitness classes are no longer allowed.
- Theaters and movie theaters must close.
- Stadiums and arenas must close.
- Bowling alleys will be closed.
- Ice skating rinks will be closed.
- Indoor water parks will be closed.
- Bingo halls will be closed.
- Casinos will be closed.
- Arcades will be closed."
Whitmer urged people to "reconsider" spending Thanksgiving with people you don't shelter with. And she wasn't the only one in the state ringing the bell. "Looking very specifically at the number of hospitalizations, we are on pace, if the current trends continue, to surpass our all time record high that we achieved earlier in the year in terms of inpatient hospitalizations COVID related within the next several weeks," said CEO of Michigan Hospital Association Brian Peters on Flashpoint Sunday. "And so, it is certainly time to ring the alarm bell," said Peters.
Whitmer Said This Was Going to Be a "Tough Couple of Months"
This past October, Whitmer was a target of an alleged kidnapping plot—and also the target of President Donald Trump, who took issue with her restrictions in the state. At a rally in Muskegon, Mich., the crowd chanted "lock her up" and Trump replied: "lock them all up." In her announcement, Whitmer said she hoped Trump and Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Nancy Pelosi could deliver a recovery package with small business assistance and support for local restaurants, and educational resources for kids, saying it's "critical for our families and good for our economy."
We're all tired of this, said Whitmer—including her—but "none of us can let up for a second. This is going to be a tough couple of months, it's going to be a hard fight but I know we're up for this challenge."
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, thus having to lockdown: Wear your face mask, avoid indoor gatherings, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.