Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, has been steadfast in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. Even though some of her efforts have been thwarted by political opponents, she has triumphed in making social distancing and lockdown actually work.
Michigan was hard-hit, early. Urban Michigan (counties with population 1,000,000 or more) in particular suffered a crippling caseload by the beginning of April, well into what I call the “critical zone” of > 100 cases/day/million population. Even suburban Michigan (population 100,000 to 1,000,000) was climing to the top of what I call the “danger zone” (50 – 99 cases/day/million population).
But effective action by Michigan state government brought the curve down in urban Michigan, way down, kept the lid on in suburban Michigan, while keeping rural Michigan nearly infection-free.
Perhaps most important is the fact that Michigan has persevered, particularly during May. The result is that cases have continued to drop, in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Today in Michigan, the latest 7-day average caseload is below 50, outside the danger zone (but still in the 20-50 range that I call the “alert zone”). At this level, the disease is definitely still a problem but we can handle it. And: fewer people die.
When the curves lower, lives are saved. When the curves rise, lives are lost. Gretchen Whitmer is saving lives in Michigan.
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