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Ingham County’s top health official stands by efforts to encourage COVID-19 guidelines


Ingham County’s top health official is standing by her efforts to encourage compliance with COVID-19 safety rules at the capitol building in Lansing.

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield has canceled three legislative sessions in the wake of news that presidential attorney Rudy Guiliani was hospitalized with COVID-19 since his appearance at a lengthy capitol hearing last week. Chatfield says no health director has the authority to shut down state government.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail told reporters on Tuesday that she wasn’t trying to shut the capitol down, and lacks the authority to do that.

“In some ways, my authority is being undermined as a health official when leaders of the legislature claim that there are no close contact because no one was within six feet of Mayor Guiliani,” said Vail.

Guiliani didn’t wear a mask during the hearing, which lasted over four hours, and a number of people were potentially exposed to him.

Vail says that based on Guiliani’s hospitalization this weekend, it’s highly likely that he was contagious while in Lansing.