The Michigan governor and medical executives provided COVID-19 updates this week as the holidays approach, warning people that death rates could rise drastically if people don’t take the proper precautions for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.
According to the Metro Times:
“As of Thursday, the state had recorded a total of 236,225 cases and 7,811 total deaths due to COVID-19, with an overall case rate of 416 cases per million and positivity rate of 10.8%.”
Whitmer warned Michiganders that if precautions are not taken for holiday gatherings, the state “could be hitting our daily peak of deaths in Michigan come Christmas.”
“I just want (this) to sink in for a second,” Whitmer said. “Try to imagine ten 737 airplanes crashing to the ground every single day. That’s what we’re facing: a 9/11 every three days.”
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 killed 2,977 people. Wisconsin’s current COVID-19 death count for the entirety of the pandemic sits at 8,308.
And while confirmed cases in Michigan have been on the rise, daily death tolls remain relatively low compared to the spring.
Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun urged people to cancel plans outside their immediate household for the holidays.
“If you are smart now, you may be able to have a safe holiday with your loved ones alive this time next year,” Khaldun said.
Governor Whitmer is encouraging Michigan to stay home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and to cancel any planned gatherings with members outside one’s immediate household.
Khaldun has also warned people against engaging in any type of physical contact with anyone outside immediate household members.
“The best way to show your loved ones that you care about them this year is to do everything in your power to protect them during this pandemic,” said Whitmer.
“The more people we have in our homes, talking, eating, drinking, hugging, and yelling at the Lions, the higher the risk of catching or spreading this virus, and the higher the risk there is that the people we love will die.”
The Michigan Supreme Court struck down Whitmer’s emergency powers as unconstitutional in October, but the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, under a separate law, reinstated many of Whitmer’s orders.