LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – Michigan is leading the country when it comes to case numbers and the spread of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Michigan is reporting 503 new cases per 100,000, and a 7-day positivity rate between 10 and nearly 15 percent.

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Nationwide, the country’s 7-day case rate per 100,000 people stands around 176 cases, and the 7-day positivity rate is nearly 7 percent.

Many hospitals across Michigan have stated they are at full capacity and overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has come under fire for being “MIA” during this recent COVID-19 surge.

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A commentary by reporter Chad Livengood with Crain’s Detroit comes one year after Gov. Whitmer instituted a “three-week pause” to curb a coronavirus wave.

“She hasn’t held any news conferences calling on Michigan residents to voluntarily hunker down and mask up to stop the near-rampant spread of the highly contagious delta variant of this airborne plague,” Livengood wrote. “She’s not even out actively promoting any of the three vaccines or booster shots — at a time when antibodies from springtime inoculations are waning.”

Livengood added, “Whitmer has made a calculation to not reimpose restrictions on the movement of people. This is, by nature, a political calculation.”