The state now has the fourth highest number of patients hospitalized in the country behind Texas, Illinois and California, Khaldun said.
The pair again asked people to cancel large holiday gatherings, and Whitmer called upon Michiganders to "shop local" while urging federal lawmakers to pass an economic relief package as businesses and workers brace for continued economic duress as much of the nation ramps up social distancing orders to contain the worsening pandemic. With that cutoff date looming, Whitmer said another extension "should be of the first orders of business" when the Legislature returns from its break.
Almost 3 million MI workers have applied for unemployment benefits since the pandemic began, with more than 600,000 still receiving benefits, Whitmer said. Whitmer also previously called for legislation aimed at speeding up claim processing by the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency.More news: Charlie Brown Holiday Specials Will be Shown on TV This Year
These actions, she said, are both targeted and meant to be temporary, following the steps public health experts say are needed to avoid overwhelming hospitals and reaching death counts like we saw in the Spring.
Last month Whitmer signed bipartisan legislation that codified a previous executive order expanding the length of unemployment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks through the end of the year.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose life has been threatened over her handling of the pandemic, urged caution amid the alarming surge. She urged MI legislature to extend unemployment benefits beyond December 31 of this year.More news: CrossOver allows you to run Windows apps on Apple Silicon-based Macs
"Case investigation and contact tracing is becoming overwhelmed with the influx of new cases and contacts and is at or near all-time lows", the 33-page report states. They include the suspension of in-person dining services, the closing of high schools and movie theatres, and more.
"We are doing our part when we protect our loved ones and stay apart this holiday", Whitmer said. More than 4.5 million people in MI were unemployed in September, marking the highest number since the start of the pandemic. "You're preserving future holiday gatherings together by taking this seriously now".More news: Manitoba toughens COVID-19 restrictions as Ontario hints at "tough" measures ahead
This came after Whitmer issued another three-week lockdown order, limiting indoor social gatherings amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. The need will only grow as COVID-19 infection rates increase in every region of the state. "We're not the party that impeaches someone because we're upset with policies that they've enacted", he said.