CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Monday urged the state of Michigan to shut things down amidst the coronavirus spike.
Dr. Walensky, the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the situation in Michigan needs to be handled by closing things down.
“So when you have an acute situation, the extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give the vaccine,” Walensky said, explaining that it takes two to six weeks to see the effect of vaccinations. “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 contact trace.”
Michigan hospitals have been reported to be treating about 3,900 COVID-confirmed-patients on Monday. The number surpasses the previous peak on December 1 last year and close to the record high of 4,000 in the April of 2020.
“We each have enough information to do our part,” she said after touring a vaccination clinic at Eastern Michigan University. “That’s what we’re calling on people to do — to do your part.”
About 41% of Michigan residents ages 16 and up had received at least one shot.