Whitmer’s State of the State address will be virtual again as COVID-19 cases rise in Michigan

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer will provide the State of the State address virtually for the second year in a row as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan.

The speech on January 26 will be held externally and broadcast live throughout the country.

“State speech is a tradition rooted in history,” Whitmer and House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell, said in a joint statement Monday. “It’s an opportunity for Michigan residents to hear about the work of the state government and see Republicans and Democrats come together to focus on the issues that will put Michigan families, communities and small businesses first. This year, we have agreed that State of the The state of the nation address must once again be held externally to ensure that everyone can safely attend this event. ”

Her third address since joining, Whitmer defended her handling of COVID-19 in a brief speech last year.

This year’s speech comes amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Over the past week, the state reported a record number of new cases, mainly from the omicron variant. Per capita, Michigan ranks seventh in deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Whitmer is running for re-election, with a packed list of Republicans fighting to challenge her in the November general election.

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