By Kory Goldsmith
Seven governors across the Great Lakes are all speaking the same message to the people in their state, asking them to mask up to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer teamed up with her Democratic peers including governors Andy Beshear of Kentucky, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, and Tim Walz of Minosota and Republican governors Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Eric Holcomb of Indiana to produce a video urging the public to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
The video was released on Nov. 17 as COVID-19 cases were rising in each of the seven states, as colder weather is rolling in, and Thanksgiving is next Thursday.
This video was released on a day in which there were 7,458 new cases, 79 related deaths, and a 14.25% positivity rate across Michigan, and 673 cases, three deaths, and a 15.8% positivity rate in Kent County.
The governors expressed being thrilled about Pfizer promising an announcement that a successful vaccine is forthcoming. They also emphasised that it will take time to disburse the vaccine and lowering the infection rate will help distribute the vaccine as quickly as possible.
The tone of the video message quickly shifted to reminding people not to let their guard down, wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash hands regularly, and avoid t sharing utensils.
These measures are to protect doctors, nurses, grocery shop workers and truck drivers and other frontline workers.
“All these measures are crucial if we want to keep our small businesses and our schools open,” Walz said.
“Get your flu shot,” Pritzker said.
“Be smart,” Whitmer said. “Follow recommendations from medical experts.”
Bashear suggested celebrating Thanksgiving over Zoom to keep loved ones safe.
“Mask up,” were each governor’s last words to the people of their state.