LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan’s health director says the state is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy.
Michigan Department of Health and Services Director Elizabeth Hertel notes that indoor high school sports have been a source of infections, but those sports are wrapping up.
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Hertel said all teen athletes for spring sports must be tested weekly, but those sports are outdoors.
Recently, Michigan has been ranked first in the U.S. for new COVID-19 cases.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Whitmer appeared to nod to her own administration’s failure to manage the virus and the economy during the last 13 months.
“We still have a mask mandate. We still have restrictions on gatherings,” Whitmer said. “We were really able to push our infection rate down so low for such a long period of time. Now that variants are present here, we have lots of people who don’t have antibodies.”
In related news, Michigan State University students will be rolling up their sleeves for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Friday.
MSU will administer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its registered students. This will take place at a student-only vaccine clinic inside the Pavilion for Agricultural and Livestock Education. Students must schedule an appointment.
This clinic comes after a recent survey conducted by the National Social Norms Center at MSU that showed more than 80 percent of MSU undergraduate and graduate students plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine.