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Michigan Doctor says universal mask mandates would reduce COVID cases but Governor Whitmer refuses

N95 masks are used both as dust masks and as medical equipment.
N95 masks are used both as dust masks and as medical equipment.

Michigan's top doctor says having a universal mask mandate for schools would reduce COVID cases.

But Whitmer's administration is refusing to follow that guidance and won't give a clear answer why.

At a COVID update press conference on Wednesday, officials said as many as 6-thousand more people may die by November, and hundreds of kids could be hospitalized, if the current trends continue.

After being repeatedly pressed by reporters, Michigan's Chief Medical Executive, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, said she told the Governor this:

I have recommended that if a mandate were in place and it were followed, it would likely decrease the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

A spokesperson for Whitmer's office didn't explain why the recommendation isn't being followed - only that schools should work with local health departments to put universal masking requirements in place.