CDC to Gov. Whitmer: Time to Shut Down, Not Surge Vaccines

Michigan is on fire—a coronavirus variant is spreading rapidly among younger people, including children, yet high-risk activities, including youth sports and indoor dining, remain open. CDC Director Walensky addressed the conflagration Monday.

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April 14, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

By Irvin Dawid


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How bad is the coronavirus outbreak in the Wolverine State?

Nowhere in America is the coronavirus pandemic more out of control than in Michigan," reported Julie Bosman and 

Outbreaks are ripping through workplaces, restaurants, churches and family weddings. Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. Officials are reporting more than 7,000 new infections each day, a sevenfold increase from late February. And Michigan is home to nine of the 10 metro areas with the country’s highest recent case rates.

As of April 13, the day after Michigan recorded 10,669 cases (though the 7-day average was < 7,300), the state claimed 15 of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas in the category, "where the outbreak is worst now" in the Times metropolitan areas coronavirus database. Two metros in Illinois, two in Pennsylvania and the New York City area filled the rest.

All four states are in the red zone, classified as "very high risk," along with New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Colorado according to Covid Act Now on April 12.

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