Michigan governor talks about spring surge of COVID cases in her state

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer explains why she has resisted calls to shut down her state, which is experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including among young adults.
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Transcript for Michigan governor talks about spring surge of COVID cases in her state
While coming cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise in recent weeks. No state is we've been saying has seen a worse springs surged in Michigan. The seats weekly report shows hospitalizations are up more than 25%. Since last week in Covert related deaths are up 39%. New covered cases and hospitalizations are highest among younger adults under the age of forty for more on this we're joined now money governor of Michigan Gretchen Widmer thank you so much for joining us governor. Thank you. So this week the CDC director urged you to shut things sound in your state in order to get this surge under control and you've responded that. The issue is lack of compliance with existing rules and this. Read a variance but do you consider that a temporary return to the same restrictions that worked in your state this time last year might help slow the spread in an increase compliance. So this time last year course we did a lot about the spire Sweden on at a mass could keep you safe wouldn't now. If we would ever get testing just to ascertain whether or not we had in common we didn't now. That vaccines would be here a lot has changed in the last year but also changes the fact that I have banned the suit back my Republican legislature. And Lawson Republican controlled Supreme Court some of the executive powers that I used to keep people safe. But I do think it's important to point out we still do have a lot of really strong protocols to keep people safe. Unlike other states and Michigan we have amassed mandate we have capacity of restrictions we have a work from home. We've encouraged people to take a two week Haas. Don't go back to school after spring break stay home to the schooling of virtually. Stay out of indoor dining in restaurants that are only 50% as it is but still we know what that community spread that we're seeing. It's not safe to do a lot of these things or encouraging people. Two to have some personal responsibility here it do their part. But even if the dollar shut down is not what citizens want as your role as a head of the state make you ultimately responsible for what's in the State's best interests and according to the CDC a shut down is what would be in the seems best interest. Well as I sat I don't have the same set of powers that I had a year ago it's very different on the ground here in Michigan and perhaps from that vantage point in Washington DC. What I will say about ways that we know what it takes to stay safe. And is incumbent on every single one Abbas to take this fire seriously and to do our part. Masking up avoiding indoor gatherings and most critically. Getting that vaccine we now have over 42% of our population has had at least one shot. Almost 30% were getting close at 30% of our population being fully backs an event. So we are in they erase and that's why bringing more therapeutics online. The Biden administration sending more boots on the ground more mobile units and our use of I'm monoclonal antibodies that we announced yesterday is going to be really crucial to keeping. So it sounds to me like your hands are tied it do you still have the power at this point you make certain mandates like. For example closing will be indoor dining for example. Now why I do have Som as some powers my Department of Health and Human Services does retain some powers to do some things but. At the end of the day it's gonna come down to whether or not the citizens. Take this seriously and do their part and that's really going to be the answer in getting us out of this moment we're started to see things look is old or slowing down and bad. I don't want to buy anything I'm stretch saying that this isn't serious and now we don't all have to take this very seriously. But we're making progress and it's no incumbent on everyone in the state. To do their part everyone across the country for that matter. They say that you. You Sheila did the trend lines are potentially slowing and maybe have positive but what concerns you the most at this current point based on. On the current trends. While we still know that there are people that could get vaccinated today that haven't made their appointment. The quicker we can get to over 70% of our population vaccinated. The quicker we can breathe a little easier and knowing that we are gonna get through the ask. I may have some more normalcy if that's the goal. And I know president Biden saddened by it the fourth of July that is our help that is our hope here in Michigan as while. We want it we want to me or exceed that expectation. But it is the contention on us getting vaccinated and we got more and more availability but we need the people of this status and across the country frankly. To make those vaccination appointments and get immaculate it's the best way to stay safe. And to get our economy back on track. Beyond vaccines what else would you like to see from the Biden administration as far as helping out the scene to Michigan. Well our Mary and grateful we've got more boots on the ground coming we've had a regular daily conversations with the administration. I'm therapeutics are we we've asked for more therapeutics those are are on the way as while south. I would say that they have early stepped up and back and a great partner to us and over Bristol for their leadership. We've seen it concerns about Maxine hesitancy. Across the country and in Michigan is is no different she get a sense of why so few people are getting vaccinated in Detroit in particular. We are Arab we have GAAP and tc Ab forges of being run by the city gets right they're doing a great job getting vaccines and arms we've got. Ford Field. Opportunity which is a mass vaccination site what the federal government FEMA on the national Karen I mean it's all hands on Jack. We're really. Rolling on vaccines but of course. We now bash were starting get to a point where we'll see supply outweighed demand and that's why it's going to be some important. And we continued their urge people be educated. And two make use of this incredible opportunity to get an inoculation. From a virus that has just ravaged our nation and we understand the at a conversation. Over the phone was president Biden earlier this week anything here able to share. From that conversation that they gives you hope about the future of Michigan incumbent. Why got a lot of help because of the by the administration frankly. January 20 we sock. This administration we start to get it you know I'd. States vaccines. Start to bite him vaccines. Ensure that we've got visibility three weeks sounds we can do are planning. Every week we've seen an increase in vaccines and so we're really grateful for the partnership I know that president Biden cares a lot about Michigan I know he's. I'm and his whole team are being great partners for us and this is a tough moment we're gonna get through it. But we're really do need all of us to take this seriously need to are part governor Gretchen Widmer of Michigan we thank you so much for your time in joining us tonight. Thank you.

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