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State Health Department Head Blames Residents For High COVID Numbers

But nearby states show similar pattern even without strict lockdowns

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services, has blamed state residents for the continuing spread of COVID-19. This week, Gordon extended a lockdown of inside service at bars and restaurants to Dec. 20

“Because COVID is everywhere in our state and because sadly ... we still have a lot of folks who are, um ... we’re not doing all the things we need to do ... If we are all doing those things, we will get the virus under control,” Gordon said on the radio program Michigan's Big Show. “But we’re doing these things partly, not all the way, so the virus continues to spread.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Gordon, and other state officials have repeatedly blamed state residents not following state orders for persistently high levels of confirmed new cases. But they have not offered evidenced to back up their claims that the state's people are responsible.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus cases in Michigan is similar to the pattern seen in other states, such as Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. That's according to

Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania still allow bars and restaurants to have inside dining while Michigan does not.

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