Despite Low COVID Numbers, Northern Michigan Will Not Loosen Restrictions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was back on the podium Wednesday to update the state on the fight against COVID-19.

But those hoping for news of loosening restrictions, they will have to wait a little longer.

The Traverse City region is doing everything asked of it and it is showing in the numbers but still the past week the region has seen restrictions tightened, not loosened.August 5 2 Original

“The Traverse City region is currently the only region of the state that has under 10 cases per million people per day,” says Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive, “They continue to see a decrease over the past three weeks.”

The governor’s staff says 10 new cases per million is the goal. Traverse City is right there, holding steady, waiting to open up again.

“This plateau at this rate is not, it’s better than an increase but what we want to see is a decrease over the course of a couple of weeks,” says Gov. Whitmer.

With schools starting in just a few weeks, Whitmer is ratcheting up the caution. So despite the low numbers, no movement is coming soon.

“Can I tell you with certainty that there will be no more changes for the next three weeks? No I cannot.” says Whitmer, “What will drive all the decision making will continue to be the epidemiology.”

With it looking like not much is going to reopen before the beginning of school, that means Labor Day weekend and the tourism business that comes with it, will have to deal with these restrictions for a little bit longer.

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