Michigan leaders hold town hall on Wayne County's COVID response

Posted at 10:01 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 22:27:44-05

(WXYZ) — The state's top medical leader says they continue to perform 60,000 COVID tests a day. While things are improving, she says we remain in a crucial period.

Speaking to citizens across metro Detroit in a virtual town hall hosted by Wayne County Comissioner Sam Baydoun, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not specifically address the ongoing legal challenge brought by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association to reopen dine-in service at restaurants and bars, with a federal judge expected to issue a ruling as early as Tuesday.

The state has argued its health department is within its rights to order a temporary shut down in the name of a public health crisis.

Also speaking at the town hall, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from Dearborn, and Wayne COunty Executive Warren Evans both echoing a message that 2021 will be a better year, but right now we must all follow strict guidelines while we await a vaccine as early as mid-December.

Rep. Dingell says she's pushing her federal colleagues to deliver another aid package as soon as possible. In the meantime, 2,700 small businesses in Michigan are receiving grants with $70 million in Wayne County. With so many battling COVID fatigue, Whitmer says being extra vigilant for two more months is critical to recovery.

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