Gov Whitmer watching Upper Peninsula COVID numbers closely

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Michigan Upper Peninsula map

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is keeping a close eye on the Upper Peninsula – especially areas that have seen a spike in COVID-19 numbers.

Iron, Houghton, Delta, and Menominee counties have been rated as having dangerous transmission levels according to the Harvard Global Health Initiative which assesses risk levels pertaining to coronavirus risk levels.

Whitmer says if numbers continue to rise, she is open to the possibility of moving regions back a reopening phase using the state’s MI Safe Start plan.

The Upper Peninsula is currently in Phase 5 – which means the region is containing the virus.

However, Whitmer says regions can move forward and backward as far as reopening phases go.

For now, Whitmer says she’s trying to avoid moving the region back a phase.