Whitmer argues reopening stalled by lack of virus testing

Michigan’s governor said Sunday she was eager to loosen businesses restrictions while also avoiding new flareups of the coronavirus illness that has killed more than 2,300 people in the state.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said a lack of virus testing supplies is delaying such steps but maintains most residents support her actions despite a protest drawing thousands of people to the Michigan Capitol this past week.

“Not going to the gas station to fill up your boat, so that you can go tooling around, is a sacrifice, but it is one that is worth it, because who among us wouldn’t rather forgo jet-skiing or boating right now if it’s going to save your grandparents or your neighbor’s life?” Whitmer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And that’s precisely what the trade-off is in this moment.”

Whitmer has faced pressure from protesters who don’t like her orders to keep people at home and businesses closed because of the outbreak. President Donald Trump used Twitter on Friday to urge his supporters to “LIBERATE” Michigan and two other states led by Democratic governors.

Whitmer argued Sunday that Michigan has the capability to triple the level of testing being done, but are lacking needed supplies.

“If the federal government would use the Defense Production Act and say ‘We’re going to make every swab people need and we’re gonna expedite creation of the reagents,’ we would be able to know how prevalent COVID-19 is,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It would take down the risks associated with taking action to reengage parts of our economy.”  (AP)

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