Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023


The first question came from Kathleen Ronayne of the Associated Press, who asked the governor, “You and the state and the counties have been tightening restrictions for weeks now, yet cases are continuing to go up, so how do you ensure that putting in place this order and shutting down more businesses doesn’t just encourage more gatherings inside homes? What evidence do you have that shutting down things like barbershops is actually going to achieve what you want?”

“The evidence you ask? Very significant evidence, overwhelming evidence,” Newsom replied. “And that’s what we did by leading the nation as the first state with a stay-at-home order and we avoided the surge that many other states experienced, particularly larger states in that first wave. So we were able to bend the curve by using the same strategies, the same approaches of non-pharmaceutical interventions. So that’s the evidence, and it was overwhelming.”

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Jenifer Rosenberg recalls losing 30 pounds within several weeks following the 9/11 attacks in New York City. At the time, Rosenberg worked in tourism in the city and was severely impacted by the drop in travel following the event. She lost work, fell behind on bills, racked up $50,000 in credit card debt and declared bankruptcy. It took five years until international travel to New York returned to pre-9/11 levels, and several more for Rosenberg to claw her way out of financial rock bottom.

Today Rosenberg still works in tourism, an industry once again upended due to the coronavirus pandemic. She began to hear about Covid-19 spreading abroad in January and spent months limiting her expenses, saving more money and preparing for a financial downturn. Unlike the last time, Rosenberg also has spent years living below her means without the weight of credit card debt or the student loans she

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MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI — Many governmental offices and libraries in Muskegon County have shut their doors temporarily as COVID-19 cases surge.

But that doesn’t mean officials aren’t available to help. They remain reachable by phone and email as well as through the postal service.

Among those that are closed are government offices at the cities of Muskegon, Muskegon Heights, North Muskegon, Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park.

An order by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, aimed at calming the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18. That includes the three-week stoppage of inside dining at restaurants and bars, the closure of high schools and the halting of organized sports and group exercises. It also limits indoor residential gatherings to 10 people and two families and outdoor gatherings to 25 people. The restrictions end on Dec. 8.

Related: Michigan’s 3-week partial shutdown

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