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After A Year Of COVID, Media Asks If Lockdowns Actually Work

Michigan was cited in a March 13 Associated Press story reporting that the spread of COVID-19 in the United States was similar in different states regardless of what policies had been implemented.

That's not the impression left by many Michigan media headlines over the past eight months.

July 7, 2020: WJBK-TV

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warns Michigan may have to ‘dial back’ reopening as COVID-19 cases rise

Aug. 13, 2020: MLIVE

Is the coronavirus surge elsewhere a vindication of Michigan’s go-slow approach to reopening?

Sept. 10, 2020: WDIV-TV

Gov. Whitmer warns Michigan will have to ‘take steps backward’ if COVID-19 numbers spike

Oct. 4, 2020: WDIV-TV

Wayne County Exec.: Science-based, regional approach necessary in wake of ruling on Gov.’s Emergency Orders

Oct. 28, 2020: The Detroit News

Gov. Whitmer: COVID-19 numbers could ‘skyrocket’ if people drop their guards

Sept. 2, 2020: WDIV-TV

What Whitmer said about other states playing sports with worse COVID-19 trends than Michigan

Jan. 28, 2021: Detroit Metro Times

University of Michigan research shows Whitmer’s tough coronavirus measures saved lives

March 13, 2021: The Associated Press

Virus tolls similar despite governors’ contrasting actions

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