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COVID rising but state not planning renewed restrictions


There are no plans to bring back more COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan. That’s despite Michigan’s COVID numbers taking a dark turn this week.

The Centers for Disease Control says Michigan has the highest number of cases per capita in the US. There’s a surge in a new, highly contagious variant.

There have been 16,141 known COVID-related deaths since the virus was first detected in Michigan a little more than a year ago.

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has played a key role in Michigan’s COVID response.       

“We believe the tools we have at our disposal, if we deploy them, and if people make smart choices and responsible choices, that we can get through this, that we can get through what’s happening and what we’re seeing every day right now,” said Gilchrist.

Gilchrist said warming temperatures will also make it safer for people to gather outdoors, but cautioned masks and distancing are still necessary.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.