LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel traveled to Gulf Shores, Alabama last week with her family.
This trip occurred while her boss, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, chastised Michiganders for going away on spring break and pleaded with residents to stay home.
Hertel reportedly worked remotely last week and received regular updates regarding the devastating coronavirus outbreak back home.
During Michigan’s initial shutdown one year ago, Governor Whitmer restricted travel between residences within the state. After an October 2020 Michigan Supreme Court ruling which deemed two laws on which Whitmer based her executive powers as unconstitutional, Whitmer then transferred those decisions to the MDHHS director.
At the time, Robert Gordon served as the head of MDHHS. He abruptly resigned in January and received a payout settlement for his silence.
Hertel is not the first Whitmer employee to ignore such recommendations. Trish Foster, the aide in charge of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan, vacationed in Florida while one of her children recovered from COVID-19 at home.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to Great Lakes News’ request for clarification.