- Ten of the twelve worst hit metropolitan areas in the nation are in Michigan.
- Michigan’s test positivity rate is the highest it has been since April 2020.
- Michigan is adding cases at a higher rate than any other state.
Meanwhile, Governor Whitmer hasn’t given Michiganders an update on her COVID-19 response plan in 19 days!
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What the Heck Is Going Wrong in Michigan?
As more and more Americans get vaccinated, I grow more and more optimistic that we are gradually stepping into post-pandemic life. As noted yesterday, the seven-day moving average of new deaths is down to 525, the lowest it has been since October.
But if there’s one glaring exception in this overall picture of good news… it’s the state of Michigan. And boy, is the Wolverine State in rough shape compared to the rest of the country. Of the twelve worst-hit communities in the U.S. over the past two weeks, ten are in Michigan. Of the 17 communities in the U.S. where cases are rising fastest, 15 are in Michigan.
One last note: The national media institutions like the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN have all done reports about the surge of new cases in Michigan. But most of the coverage makes only passing reference to governor Gretchen Whitmer, and certainly none of it suggests the case surge is her fault. I think it’s safe to say if there was a similar sudden surge in cases in Florida, Texas, or Georgia, the national media coverage would not hesitate to blame state policies.
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