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CDC calls for Michigan to go under another lockdown, Gov. Whitmer focuses on immunizations

Courtesy Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Facebook Page

Michigan will go against the wishes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by focusing on vaccinations – instead of a lockdown - to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the CDC called for a lockdown because Michigan has the highest new infection rate – per capita – in the nation.

“The answer is not necessarily to give vaccine. In fact, we know that the vaccine will have a delayed response. The answer to that is to really close things down to go back to our basics to go back to where we were last spring.”

Speaking at a news conference this Wednesday afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state will concentrate on getting people immunized and treatments like mono-clonal antibodies.

“I do want to be very clear therapeutics are another tool, but they are not a substitute for vaccination. These treatments for folks with underlying health conditions who have COVID can help them avoid hospitalization and stop the spread temporarily.”

The state health department has announced nearly 17-thousand new COVID-19 infections over the past two days.