Despite huge COVID surge in Michigan, Whitmer won't lock down

On Wednesday, Whitmer indicated that she was monitoring hospitalizations but suggested that the current numbers do not warrant tighter restrictions because they do not yet match what was seen last year. COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked in Michigan at 4,365 in April 2020, with a high of 3,941 hospitalizations seen on December 1 during last year's late surge.

"You know, we're talking to our hospitals every single day just to check in, see what the rates are, see if they're getting concerned," Whitmer said when asked about the possibility of new restrictions, according to MLive.Com. "At this juncture ... we do have hospitalizations that have gone up but they're nothing like what we saw last spring, when we were so worried about our health system collapsing... They're not even what we saw in the fall."

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services presented a model from Michigan Medicine that predicts a new peak of 4,522 hospitalizations next week during a virtual media call on Wednesday. Hospitalizations in intensive care units are also expected to surge but are unlikely to come close to meeting last year's record.