Perhaps Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thought she could flip the economy back on as easily as she shut it down, but recent reports highlight that is not the case. It will take a long time for Michigan to fully recover from some of the nation’s strictest lockdown measures.

Many small businesses (and the jobs that come with them) are simply not coming back, especially those in the hospitality sector. Thousands of restaurants shuttered permanently in response to COVID restrictions. Take a stroll through most any Michigan city and once-vibrant downtowns are now littered with empty storefronts.

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Dr. Vladtheimp

You write “The other factor that is slowing the recovery is the mediocre rate of vaccinations in many counties, thus making Michigan susceptible to variants, such as the aggressive Delta variant”

Of course you mean the mediocre rate of vaccinations in some populations – not counties.

In Michigan, 10% of blacks have received one dose compared to 75% of whites (8/2/2021) – Kaiser Family Foundation.

So, following your analysis, the rate of recovery has nothing to do with Whitmer’s policies but everything to do with the refusal of Blacks and Hispanics who refuse to get vaccinated based on misinformation, lies, and "owning the libs".

How readily racism rolls off your lips – you need to check your White Privilege

Lanivan

I believe Governor Whitmer and her administration are well aware of this and are attempting to reach out to all segments who are vaccination-hesitant. Some are fearful of the possible side effects, can't take time off from work, etc. My comment was directed at those who simply don't get vaccinated because it is what Democrats want, especially Democrat governors who actually care about their inhabitants. Republican leaders seem to govern in ignorance, partisanship, and conspiracy theories, and are working hard to keep their citizens infected.

Lanivan

Nice try on your part to try to blame Blacks for the spread of Covid due to vaccine-hesitancy. But you aren't accurate.......just you pushing prejudicial misinformation once again!

There’s been a lot of data about minorities hesitating to get the COVID vaccine and new numbers is showing another reluctant group.

Recent polling by Civiq indicates white Republicans are the most hesitant of all groups surveyed.

New polling shows white Republicans among those most reluctant to get COVID vaccine: https://www.wowt.com/2021/03/02/new-polling-shows-white-republicans-among-those-most-reluctant-to-get-covid-vaccine/

Lanivan

Of course Michigan is still reeling from the pandemic. Covid is real, it kills, it is non-discriminatory, and it requires a cooperative and respectful populace to stop it. And it is global, meaning it has negatively affected most countries around the world.

The Michigan economy is driven (pun intended) primarily by the auto industry and suppliers of parts. The industry has been ham-strung by the breaks in the supply chain of necessary parts - especially chips that make the car go! This supply chain breakdown has largely kept the Michigan auto industry and economy to achieve a full recovery.

The other factor that is slowing the recovery is the mediocre rate of vaccinations in many counties, thus making Michigan susceptible to variants, such as the aggressive Delta variant. As long as people refuse to vaccinate and wear masks, the virus will spread and hold back economic recovery, hurting tourism, entertainment, and other service industries the most.

The rate of recovery has nothing to do with lockdowns in place for a few months a year ago and everything to do with global supply chain breakdowns and some folks who refuse to get vaccinated based on misinformation, lies, and "owning the libs".

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