The United States reported an 8% rise in new cases of COVID-19 to 490,000 last week, the fourth week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data.
"Because we are seeing so many cases a day, our public health system is overwhelmed", Joneigh Khaldun, MD, the chief medical executive for MI, said during the news conference. I would submit, though, that in an undertaking of this magnitude, with such effect, it's important to recognize where there might need to be some adjustments along the way.
Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy said MI has implemented CDC standards and still has some of the strongest restrictions in the Midwest, including a mask mandate and capacity limits on indoor dining, indoor gatherings and entertainment venues. "We have to hang in there for the next two months and we're not doing that". No matter how much we want to believe that this summer will be entirely different compared to the last 12 months, the truth is that the answer depends on our actions.More news: Egypt shows off finds from 3000-year-old 'lost' city near Luxor
In the week ended April 11, MI reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per capita.
Among those hardest hit by the variant strain is MI, which has seen an alarming spread in cases in recent weeks. "That's precisely why we're really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of MI".
"I don't think there's a governor in the country that's leaving any vaccines on the table". Florida has reported almost 3,500 cases, which is the highest total in the country, followed by MI with more than 2,200 cases. We got over a million shots in arms just in the last two weeks.More news: Biden appoints commission to study adding seats, term limits for Supreme Court
Whitmer said one factor behind the spike was that her state "kept our spread low for a long period of time, so we've got reservoirs of people that don't have antibodies".
"It's really frustrating because we're nearly there", he added. "We've asked our state for a two-week pause...despite all that we are seeing a surge of variance and that's precisely why we're really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of MI".
"... But all of that being said, right now we know we've got even greater capacity". "Similarly we need that vaccine in other places". And so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots.More news: Thirty-Five New COVID-19 Cases Reported Locally