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No new COVID orders as HS basketball finals begin; Whitmer hopes MI can be fully open this summer

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High school basketball finals are happening this week in Michigan.

That’s despite the fact that the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has recommended that Michigan, among other states, restrict indoor youth sports.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has other plans. The governor said Wednesday that tightening restrictions is not on the table right now, although she would not rule it out in the future.

Instead, she said, the plan is to rely on people to do the right thing when it comes to masks, distancing, and getting vaccinated – and hope that beats how fast the coronavirus is spreading.

“That’s why moving quickly and getting vaccinations up is our best way to keep that from happening and to resume normalcy,” said Whitmer.

Michigan reported 8,015 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 30 deaths. Michigan leads the nation in new cases per capita.

Whitmer said Michigan could re-open fully as soon as this summer if the state hits the target of getting 70% of eligible people vaccinated.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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