Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted a new lockdown order for Michigan amid surging cases of COVID-19 in her state.
Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people beginning Nov. 18, according to Fox 10. The executive order will remain in effect until Dec. 9.
Michigan has reported a total of 251,813 cases of COVID-19 and 7,994 deaths. More than 44,000 Michiganders have tested positive for the virus in the past week, with 416 succumbing to the disease.
“We cannot control the fact we’re seeing a surge in cases; we can control how we combat our common enemy,” Whitmer said Sunday in a virtual press conference.
According to Whitmer’s order, high schools and universities must conduct all classes remotely.
“In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together. Now, we must channel that same energy and join forces again to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses,” Whitmer said.
“Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed. We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus,” Whitmer added.
MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said, “Indoor gatherings are the greatest source of spread, and sharply limiting them is our focus. The order is targeted and temporary, but a terrible loss of life will be forever unless we act. By coming together today, we can save thousands of lives.”
Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force, pushed back against Whitmer’s order, urging Michiganders to “rise up” against it.
Sources: The Daily Wire and The Hill; Photo: Getty Images