DETROIT – Michigan has the highest 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases last week at 1,463 since the start of the pandemic.
“The virus is spreading across the state, it’s growing,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Scientists have told us that autumn will be the most challenging time.”
The Michigan Supreme Court limits the governor’s executive command ability but it has largely remained because of an order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The states with the largest volume of cases are Upper Peninsula and western side of the state. While Michigan’s cases are on the rise, there are 27 other states with an even bigger jump. The top three are Dakota and Montana.
It’s not just the United States. The UK and EU have rapidly increasing cases, higher than the US when adjusted for population. Northern Ireland has been locked. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying out targeted lockdowns in cities like Liverpool. France has imposed a curfew on cities, including Paris.
Experts claim colder weather is a driving factor. Whitmer said it was time to remain vigilant with wearing masks and washing hands.
“We know what it takes to stay safe and those are simple things like wearing a mask and keeping a physical distance,” Whitmer said. “The more of us who do that, the less likely we will see that spike grow out of control and have to shut down our economy again. “
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