A group of Michigan doctors are sounding off Republican legislators’ plan to address COVID-19.
The plan was unveiled Tuesday – eight months after the pandemic began and 14 days ahead of the general election.
“Physicians and health professionals have begged policy-makers for the masks, tests and science-based leadership that we need to help us protect people and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the only comprehensive strategy we’ve seen so far has come from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her public health experts,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare and an emergency physician in west Michigan.
“After dealing with this pandemic for nearly 8 months, Michigan residents and health care workers deserve a plan that includes comprehensive testing and mask mandates to better protect from yet another national wave.”
The physicians say the recommended county testing capacity of 15 tests per 10,000 residents falls far short of what doctors say is sufficient.
“At every step of the way, House Speaker Lee Chatfield, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Republican legislators have obstructed the hard work of implementing science- and evidence-based measures to keep people safer in a pandemic,” said Dr. Farhan Bhatti, CTP Michigan State Lead and a family physician in Lansing.
“While the House GOP plan does have some positive components, such as factoring hospital bed capacity and PPE availability, it’s severely lacking in prescriptions for keeping case rates low as well as what intervention strategies would go into place if case rates get too high.”