Some COVID-19 orders will remain in effect in Michigan despite plan to lift all restrictions June 22

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 13:59:54-04

(WXYZ) — Some COVID-19 orders will remain in effect despite Governor Gretchen Whitmer's announcement that all restrictions will be lifted on June 22.

The governor's office said the orders protect vulnerable populations in corrections, long-term care and agriculture.

Additionally, public health measures will continue for reporting requirements and COVID-19 testing to make sure areas where community spread is high are identified.

The state plans to release guidance for keeping children and staff safe in school next week.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department for Health and Human Services, said there is more work to be done.

“This is a great day, however, there is more work to be done,” she said. “We can’t let our guard down as there continue to be several variants of the COVID-19 virus circulating in our state, including the concerning Delta variant. The COVID-19 vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of the virus and I urge everyone ages 12 and up who has not yet received their vaccine to get it as soon as possible. Talk to your health care provider, your local health department or your neighborhood pharmacist about joining the millions of Michiganders who have received their vaccine.”

“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” Whitmer said in a release. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the medical experts and health professionals who stood on the front lines to keep us all safe. And we are incredibly thankful to all of the essential workers who kept our state moving. Thanks to the millions of Michiganders who rolled up their sleeves to get the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine, we have been able to make these changes ahead of schedule. Our top priority going forward is utilizing the federal relief funding in a smart, sustainable way as we put Michigan back to work and jumpstart our economy. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that Michigan’s families, small businesses, and communities emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.”

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