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Ford Plant Still Operating 14 Days After Trump's Face Mask-Free Visit

Michigan Attorney General's 'real possibility' of harm hasn't happened

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel criticized President Donald Trump on May 21 when images were published of him touring a Ford Motor Co. plant without wearing a face mask at all times.

Nessel told CNN that Trump’s not wearing a face mask created “serious health consequences, potentially” to Ford workers.

Nessel also called it a “real possibility” that the Ypsilanti plant may have to be closed because a worker may have been infected by a mask-less president.

COVID-19 has an incubation period of 2-to-14 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of June 4, 14 days after Trump’s visit, the Ford plant has not yet been shut down.

Another recent example of social distancing protocols being sidestepped involved the flood-driven evacuations of many Midland residents. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suspended social distancing and face mask requirements in the county due to the flooding, and thousands of volunteers and residents worked in close proximity during rescue and flooded-home cleanups without facemasks.

State data shows that there were far fewer new COVID-19 cases in Midland County with the coronavirus protection rules suspended than when the county was under the lockdown orders.

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