Michigan Gov. Whitmer closes indoor bar seating; cites coronavirus spike
Lansing, MI (Great Lakes News) - Very few people are drinking to this: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has closed indoor seating at bars in much of the state.
The move comes after 152 patrons at an East Lansing bar tested positive for COVID-19 after Michigan began its economic reopening. No one has been hospitalized related to this outbreak, and a majority tested are not experiencing any symptoms.
Whitmer’s executive order applies to all establishments whose gross profits from alcohol are greater than 70 percent. The U.P. and much of northern Michigan are not subject to Whitmer’s executive order since case numbers there have been low.
As coronavirus cases continue to tick upwards in both the state and the nation, it’s important to note that hospitalizations are plummeting. Data published here shows the stats of inpatient, critical care and ventilator cases continue to trend downward.
In March when Whitmer announced a three week shutdown of the state's economy and implemented a stay-in-place order, the original strategy hinged on "flattening the curve” so COVID-19 cases did not overwhelm the medical system.
Statisically speaking, Michigan hospitals did not see an overwhelming number of cases, and the numerous field hospitals Whitmer set up for overflow only saw a handful of beds used.
Since March, talk has moved from "flattening the curve" to eliminating cases entirely; vaccine development has also joined the conversation.
While it may be too early to tell whether the stay-in-place strategy worked, the most serious cases of COVID-19 don’t seem to be trending in the way overall cases are, according to the data.