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Work-from-home order to lift

Earlier this week, the state reached a milestone with 55% of Michiganders vaccinated.
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 7:23 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - In a press conference Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the state will be lifting its work-from-home order.

This comes as the state reached a milestone with 55% of Michiganders vaccinated. Tuesday, Whitmer visited a vaccination site in Kalamazoo.

The governor is focusing on getting people back to work, but before that can happen she said the state is waiting on MIOSHA and the federal government to create guidelines to make sure the return to work is safe.

Governor Whitmer said her priority is making sure parents can get back in-person.

She said, ”People, I know, are struggling with a number of issues. One is confidence they’re going to be safe when they get back in the workplace, and that’s why it’s critical we get this right. Child care is a critical component toward getting people back in the workforce, getting parents back in the workforce, knowing they’ve got a safe place for their child to be while they are at work.”

The work-from-home order is expected to lift on Monday May 24.

While getting people back to work is a priority, the governor is also focusing on vaccinating a new age group now that Pfizer has the greenlight to vaccinate children ages 12 to 15.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive said, “The authorization of this vaccine is a huge milestone for our children.”

Governor Whitmer said the CDC’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine in kids 12 to 15 years old will help the state meet its 70% vaccination rate goal more quickly.

She said, “Nearly two weeks into May we have bent the curve. Cases are down more than 60%. Hospitalizations have fallen over 30% since our mid-April peak.”

While the conversation to vaccinate children has sparked debate, Dr. Khaldun said the vaccine is how students will get back to normal.

She said, “This will mean less missed school because of quarantine, fewer missed sports practices and games, a return to birthday parties, sleepovers, and most importantly our kids will have a much lower risk of getting ill from this terrible virus.”

dr. Khaldun said if that isn’t enough incentive the state is seeing some potentially dangerous complications in kids who’ve had COVID-19.

Dr. Khaldun said, “Over 150 children in Michigan have gotten a very serious inflammatory syndrome from COVID-19 called MISC and unfortunately many of these children have ended up in the intensive care unit and some have even lost their lives.”

During Wednesday’s press conference Governor Whitmer addressed a recent trip to Florida.

She said she visited her dad who is battling a chronic illness for two full days. Governor Whitmer was criticized for the trip. There are multiple reports she flew on a private jet shared by politically-connected Detroit-area families. The associated press says many of those families donate to mostly republican candidates and committees. She said taxpayers did not pay for the trip

Governor Whitmer said, This flight was not a gift. This flight was not paid for at taxpayers expense.”

The governor has cited security reasons for her refusal to give details about her travel.

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