Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) said Tuesday that she’s not afraid to pause or scale back the reopening of Michigan if cases begin to rise again after a partial return to many businesses there.
“I want to re-engage this economy more than anyone, but I’m not going to do it if it is too risky to do so, and that’s why we’re staying focused on the epidemiology,” Whitmer told CNN in an interview on New Day. “I’m not going to be bullied into moving before it’s safe, and if we have to move back, we’re going to.”
“I’m not going to be bullied into moving before it’s safe, and if we have to move back, we’re going to [do that,]” @GovWhitmer says as Michigan revises its reopening plan amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.https://t.co/oWB2Xe2OJ2 pic.twitter.com/GMGKJnfZNQ
— New Day (@NewDay) July 7, 2020
“We’re going to continue to monitor the numbers,” Whitmer said. “If they keep moving up, we’re going to dial back if we have to. That’s the last thing any of us want.
Michigan’s coronavirus numbers
Michigan has had more than 66,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and has counted 6,005 deaths from the virus. A large number of the deaths occurred in nursing homes after Whitmer ordered patients infected with the coronavirus to be placed back into them, setting off spread in those most vulnerable places.
Currently, there have been around 100-200 new cases per day and less than 10 deaths. Still, Whitmer closed bars ahead of the July 4 holiday, and theaters and gyms remain closed in the state.
Besides the tragic toll the virus has taken on nursing home patients, though, more than 2 million people in the state have filed for unemployment since March when shutdowns began.
Many are still waiting for unemployment. The state reported Monday that it just finished processing claims made through May 1 and is now working on the June backlog.
Whitmer, like other Democrat governors, seems to have lost sight of the purpose of lockdowns and is now using them for an entirely different purpose than they were originally intended.
Whether she sees continued restrictions as a political tool to attempt to hurt Trump or she’s now trying to prevent all coronavirus deaths no matter how many businesses she has to kill in the process, it’s downright oppressive to stay shut down over a virus that is causing fewer deaths than most other diseases at this point.
Who is really the bully here?
In my view, the people that just want to open their businesses and obtain goods and services that benefit their lives are far less bullies than a governor who makes arbitrary decisions about business closures and throws infected coronavirus patients back into nursing homes.