LANSING, MI (AP)-- Michigan, which not long ago had among the country’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is confronting an alarming spike that some public health experts worry could be a harbinger nationally.
The resurgence is being fueled by loosened restrictions, a more infectious variant and pandemic fatigue. While rising vaccination rates provide protection for seniors, the upswing is boosting hospitalizations among younger adults and threatening in-person instruction at schools.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it's a “stark reminder that this virus is still very real.” But she doesn't plan to tighten restrictions on indoor dining and sports that were eased in recent months.