Democratic Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer called for a two-week pause on in-person learning, indoor dining, and youth sports during a Friday press conference.
Whitmer said that the two-week pause is not a mandate, but encouraged Michigan residents to voluntarily participate in order to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state, according to the Detroit Free Press. (RELATED: There Are Anthony Fauci Pillows Now, And Gov. Whitmer Really Wants You To Know She Has One)
Michigan has seen a spike in coronavirus cases since the beginning of March. Thursday, there were 8,727 new reported cases and a seven-day average of 7,234 new cases according to the New York Times.
“We all know what works, and this has to be a team effort,” she said during the news conference, according to the report. “We have to do this together – lives depend on it.”
“This is my ask to you, the people of Michigan. Please redouble your efforts on these fronts for the next couple of weeks.” (RELATED: Michigan GOP Lawmakers Demand Investigations Into Whitmer’s Handling Of Nursing Homes As Cuomo Scandal Unfolds)
The governor also confirmed that she had spoken with President Joe Biden Thursday night, the Detroit Free Press reported. She asked the federal government to send more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – which only needs one dose as opposed to two – to states that are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, including Michigan.
“As always, it was a good conversation,” Whitmer said of her call with Biden. “I made the case for a surge strategy. At this point, that’s not being deployed. But I’m not giving up.”