What They're Saying: Gretchen Whitmer

“I know that Michiganders, me included, love sports. The more normalcy we can have, the better for all of us. But it goes absolutely hand-in-hand with the numbers of COVID cases across the state and whether or not we all mask up. I’m not going to be pushed or encouraged or tweeted at to make a decision that is not supported by the science."

-- Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, whose press conference on Wednesday afternoon to address the state on the battle against COVID-19 was focused on questions about why she won't relax restrictions on recreational activities such as youth sports. (9and10news.com)
5 comments about "What They're Saying: Gretchen Whitmer".
  1. Randy Vogt, September 3, 2020 at 6:18 a.m.

    Not supported by science? Kids have been playing youth sports for the past two months yet I have not heard of any outbreaks because of it. Has anybody heard or are aware of positive cases contracted from recreational sports?

  2. :: SilverRey :: replied, September 3, 2020 at 3:08 p.m.

    google 'kids team gets covid'

  3. Randy Vogt replied, September 5, 2020 at 7:44 a.m.

    SilverRey, I did that and don't see anything. A quote from Robert Zayas, the New York State Public HS Athletic Association Executive Director, in today's Newsday, "It's not as easy as just saying, 'Youth sports were allowed to play. They did great. High school should be able to play too.' In theory, yes, but there's other elements, variables and factors that schools have to contend with that youth sports don't have." 

  4. R2 Dad, September 7, 2020 at 1:39 p.m.

    Here in Cal-N the local league has packed it in. Entire season canceled. CYSA and NorCal seem open for business but without access to SF fields that is going to be difficult as SF is enforcing the lockiest of lockdowns that now comes with it's own Trail of Tiers: https://www.businessinsider.com/california-gov-has-new-plan-freopening-businesses-state-2020-8

  5. Marty Apple, September 8, 2020 at 12:23 p.m.

    @randy vogt - I get where you are in terms of making decisions regarding your youth.  Just like our outbreaks have no pattern there is none for youth sports, but there is also much less coverage of youth sports.  Both for testing protocols and for tracking where an outbreak actually started.  If we had a consistent and national plan, finding and tracing any problem would result in something we can measure and better understand, but what you will see in this article I am posting is that in some places they are tracking well and others, they are assuming.  The truth lives in the details of your local situation.  I ask the question, does the state have a handle on outbreaks?  Does my county have a policy that can be followed?  Does my club have a comunication channel and procedure to follow?  If any of those don't feel right, just know you are entering a higher risk situation.  You have to answer the risk question for you and your family dynamics.  
    https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/parent-mailbag/posts/2020/7/21/is-there-evidence-of-covid-19-outbreaks-due-to-youth-sports

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