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Gov. Whitmer Vetoed GOP-Led Limit to Health Department Orders

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has again vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have required legislative approval to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The measure would have ended health department orders after 28 days unless an extension is approved by the GOP-led legislature.

Whitmer vetoed identical legislation in December, saying pandemics are not limited to 28 days.

The state’s main coronavirus order requires masks, limits capacity at restaurants and other businesses, and caps gathering sizes.

Michigan has loosened some restrictions, but it has also seen a surge in cases.

Wednesday the state reported its highest daily increase in cases so far this year.

Our seven-day average was about 2,000 cases a week ago. It’s now at more than 3,000.

Michigan confirmed more than 4,400 new cases Wednesday and 16 more deaths. And right now, about 3.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the state.