Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Daily Update November 19, 2020

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Following a joint bipartisan video, the governors of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin penned an OpEd in The Washington Post.

The Washington Post: Seven governors: Americans need to stay home this Thanksgiving

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/11/18/seven-governors-covid-thanksgiving-cancel/

BY: GOVERNOR WHITMER, MIKE DEWINE, TONY EVERS, TIM WALZ, J.B. PRITZKER, ERIC HOLCOMB, AND ANDY BESHEAR

For eight months, the covid-19 pandemic has devastated American families everywhere. To fight this virus, governors across the country have listened to medical experts and worked around the clock to protect our families, the brave men and women on the front lines, and our small-business owners. No matter the action we take, we understand that our fight against covid-19 will be more effective when we work together.

That is why we, a group of bipartisan governors, are joining forces today to urge families across our region, and Americans everywhere, to do their part to protect themselves and their loved ones from the spread of covid-19. When it comes to fighting this virus, we are all on the same team.

Right now, cases and hospitalizations are skyrocketing in the Midwest and across the country. As the weather gets colder and more people head inside, it will get worse. It is more important than ever that we double down on mask-wearing and physical distancing to help more people get through the winter and protect those on the front lines of this crisis — our doctors, nurses, grocery store workers and truck drivers.

There is hope on the horizon. Pfizer and Moderna have both announced that early analyses showed that their vaccine candidates are effective. This is great news, but it doesn’t mean we can let our guard down and loosen the safety measures we have made in our daily lives. It’s crucial that we keep our infection rate low so we can distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible when it’s ready. We must remember that when the vaccine is approved, it will take time to distribute, and we need everyone to continue doing his or her part to protect one another from covid-19.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we urge all Americans to stay smart and follow recommendations from medical experts: Get together with your family via Zoom to ensure your loved ones stay safe. If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, we urge you to reconsider. Think about your last Thanksgiving and the people you were surrounded by — your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends, or the family you have chosen for yourself. Picture their faces — laughing with you, watching football with you or even arguing with you about politics. As hard as it will be to not see them this Thanksgiving, imagine how much harder it would be if their chairs are empty next year.

We must make short-term sacrifices for our long-term health. None of us wants the guilt of gathering and unwittingly spreading this virus to someone we love. As you consider your options for next week, we urge you to make the hard choices because they will ultimately be the right choices.

Each and every one of us have a role to play in this fight, whether you live in a city such as Chicago or Minneapolis, or smaller cities such as Celina, Ohio, or Henderson, Ky. Whether you’re a Wolverine, a Hoosier or a Badger, you have a role to play. This is going to be a tough couple of months. It’s going to be a hard fight. But we are up for this challenge. Let’s continue to listen to medical experts and do our part to protect the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis. We will get through this together.

Governor Whitmer proclaimed November as Diabetes Awareness month recognizing that managing and preventing diabetes is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, since people living with diabetes are at a greater risk for COVID-19 complications.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, and how the virus has severely impacted those with underlying medical conditions, means it is even more important for people to be able to manage their diabetes well,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “People living with diabetes should work with their physician to manage their condition, which includes a healthy diet, exercise, and taking any medications as directed. We encourage people across Michigan living with diabetes to create a diabetes preparedness plan, including having extra medication and supplies on hand.”

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced 5,772 cases of COVID-19 from yesterday. This brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 277,806.

 

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity shared that businesses across the state can now schedule free COVID-19 safety consultations as a part of the new Ambassador program partnership with NSF International and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). Ambassadors are conducting outreach to statewide businesses to offer education and support to implement regulations on workplace safety.

“Partnering with NSF allows us to do even more for businesses at a time when we know they need the support,” said COVID-19 Workplace Safety Director Sean Egan. “As experts on public health and safety, NSF brings the exact prowess we need during this challenging time. Together, our Ambassadors will help businesses to understand and comply with changing regulations.”

MDHHS reminded Michiganders to get their flu shot as soon as possible if they have not done so already. COVID-19 is still a threat in our state and it is more important than ever to stay healthy and protect against preventable illnesses.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

RESOURCES

CDC Situation Updates
Michigan Updates
Map of country-specific travel health information
About COVID-19
COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-535-6136

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