CDC Director: Michigan Needs to ‘Shut Things Down’ [VIDEO]
In no uncertain terms, the director of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says Michigan needs to "shut things down" in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Walensky's advice comes about a week after Dr. Matthew Sims at Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital said essentially the same thing.
In the video below, Walensky says that waiting for more people to get vaccinated isn't a viable answer.
“The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer, and to shut things down to flatten the curve, to decrease contact with one another, to test to the extent that we have available, to contact trace -- sometimes you can’t even do it at the capacity that you need,” Walensky said.
Walensky appeared on a panel with Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Dr. Anthony Fauci who serves as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Walensky goes on to say that it takes time for vaccines to work, meaning that it could take weeks for someone to be immune from COVID-19 after getting their final dose of the vaccine.
“For example, we know that if vaccines go in arms today, we will not see an effect of those vaccines, depending on the vaccine, for somewhere between 2-6 weeks.”
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan's case rate is now at 515 cases per million people per day. That is four times higher than it was in February. The percentage of positive COVID tests is now up to 18 percent in Michigan, again four times higher than it was two months ago.
The video from WDIV in Detroit is below.