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Whitmer: No plans to impose restrictions, Hertel trip complaints “hit job”


Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday, Michigan will increase the use of antibody therapies to treat high-risk people diagnosed with COVID-19.

But there are still no plans to impose new restrictions to deal with a surge in COVID cases.

The governor said antibody therapies could help relieve symptoms and keep people out of the hospital. Whitmer said that’s critical as the state faces a new surge in COVID cases and is pressed for resources.

“I’m going to shoot straight with you, as I always have: We’re in a tough spot, Michigan.”

But Whitmer said there are no plans to issue new restrictions on gatherings or sports. She said the problem now is compliance, not the rules.

She refused to criticize Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel for taking a Gulf shores vacation, despite advice to avoid travel when possible. The governor said that’s Hertel’s business.