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Top Michigan health official disagrees with lack of new restrictions


Michigan’s top medical official appears to disagree with parts of Governor Whitmer’s response to the ongoing third wave of COVID-19 infections.

Speaking today, Chief Medical Executive Doctor Joneigh Khaldun says indoor dining and retail restrictions would work to slow the spread of infection.

“I have given my opinions and advice to the director in the governor," said Khaldun. "I would say that is certainly a policy option that if followed, I think would be effective.”

Still, Khaldun says compliance with any new restrictions would be a challenge. She says it’s incumbent upon people to take care of themselves and others.

“People don't need an order to be able to take responsibility for their own actions,” says Khaldun.

The Whitmer Administration is banking on vaccinations and improved COVID-19 treatments to ease the burden on hospitals.

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus are at their highest point at any time during the pandemic.