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Group of Michigan doctors calling on Michigan Lawmakers to support COVID-19 precautions

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A group of Michigan doctors is calling on Republican state lawmakers to support a mask mandate and other COVID-19 precautions.

Last week, the state Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion which may spell the end of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s authority to issue orders during the pandemic.  

Stephanie Markle is a doctor in Kalamazoo.  She’s concerned Republican lawmakers may refuse to work with the governor to keep those orders in place.

“As physicians who are on the frontlines with COVID-19 everyday, says Markle. “We are extremely frustrated when politicians refuse to follow basic science.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has said he does not believe the state is currently in an “emergency” situation with COVID-19 and he opposes mandating face coverings.