The governor set a goal of vaccinating an additional one million people in Michigan compared to last year.
She said Tuesday that the upcoming colder months represent a double threat.
She said an increase in serious flu cases would make it tougher for hospitals and other health care providers to handle an expected uptick in COVID-19 cases. Whitmer said it’s also not fair to expose health care workers to the double threat.
“Until there is a coronavirus vaccine, we must do everything we can in our power to protect one another. Nobody is immune to this virus, so remember: wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and go get your flu shot.”
The governor also said she won’t be pushed into re-opening gyms, theaters, and bowling alleys in the lower part of the state.
They have been allowed to operate since June in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
“The COVID-19 pandemic remains a very real threat. It is still very real across the state of Michigan. It’s a threat to our families. It is a threat to our healthcare workers and people on the front lines. And it is a threat to our economy.”