Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has come under fire for her leadership by the state’s Republican Party, as Wolverine’s state has surpassed 700,000 total COVID-19 cases.
At the same time Michigan reached the grim milestone, the state is the national leader in the number of novel coronavirus cases by population. As of Tuesday morning, Michigan averaged more than 452 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The New York Times list of the top 10 cities for the worst outbreak includes seven Michigan cities, as of Tuesday morning.
Whitmer’s policies have drawn much ire from her opponents, who have criticized her for her controversial nursing home policies, as well as her strict closure orders.
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“Despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s onerous shutdown policies and draconian shutdown orders, Michigan continues to lead the nation in new COVID-19 cases,” Ted Goodman, communications director for the Republican Party of the United States, told Fox News. Michigan.
“Since the beginning of this pandemic, Whitmer has focused more on political science than actual science, so Michigan is seeing an increase, compared to most of the country, where numbers are falling,” Goodman added. .
Republican Governors Association spokesman Chris Gustafson also took aim at the governor, accusing her of being “asleep at the wheel” as the virus continues to spread in Michigan.
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“Gretchen Whitmer is asleep at the wheel as COVID-19 continues in Michigan,” Gustafson said in a statement. “Whether it’s clipping checks for secret money, instituting deadly Andrew Cuomo-inspired nursing home policies, or hiding from their constituencies, Michiganns deserve better leadership than Gretchen Whitmer.”
Whitmer’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Whitmer has also come under fire for her controversial COVID-19 nursing home policies, similar to one of the scandals surrounding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Last month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel rejected a request from state Republicans to investigate controversial nursing home policies that led to many deaths.
“I appreciate that you and your colleagues have political disagreements with Governor Whitmer’s response to COVID-19,” Nessel wrote in a letter to Republican lawmakers. “But an investigation by my office is not the mechanism to resolve those disagreements.”