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Whitmer announces plan to roll back COVID-19 rules

Courtesy Governor Whitmer's Twitter

There are now clearly defined goals for lifting pandemic-related health orders ?in Michigan.

Speaking at a news conference this morning, (THU) Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed four benchmarks for rolling back COVID-19 mitigation efforts. It’s tied to the number of people in the state who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Whitmer explains what happens when 70-percent of residents are at least partially immunized from the coronavirus.

“We’ll lift the MDHHS gathering and facemasks order," said Whitmer. "MDHHS will no longer impose broad mitigation measures unless and to anticipate unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine resistant variants.”

Whitmer says the first step of getting at least one shot into the arm of 55-percent of Michiganders could be obtained early next month. That would allow the state to rollback work from home requirements.

As the Governor looks ahead to ending pandemic orders, the number of new COVID-19 infections in Michigan has dropped by 30-percent over the past two weeks.