'Operation Gridlock' rally caused delays during shift change at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing

Posted at 1:01 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 14:20:00-04

(WXYZ) — A protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders caused delays at a Lansing hospital on Wednesday.

Sparrow Hospital Spokesman John Foren said staff were delayed at their shift change because of the protest.

Those delayed were caregivers trying to get in for their shifts. Some staff had to stay longer to cover until they arrived, Foren said.

Entrances and exists to Sparrow Hospital were accessible; security was keeping them clear. However, the congested streets led to the delay in arrivals.

Once they reached Sparrow, staff were able to get in and out.

Whitmer addressed the protesters in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“I support people’s right to demonstrate and use their voice. I hope that as people are looking at social media they are dispelling and taking on the dissemination of demonstrably inaccurate information," she said.

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