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Whitmer visited elderly father in Florida during epidemic

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit his elderly father, a snowbird who lives in Florida and has a chronic illness, his office said on Monday.

The disclosure confirmed the reporting by the Lansing-based publication MIRS. This came a few weeks after the governor warned the public Amid the increase in coronovirus cases, especially regarding spring break trips to Florida. Two of his top aides, including Michigan’s health director, vacationed in the southern states Despite a state recommendation to avoid traveling.

Spokesman Bobby Lady said Whitmer “did not go on spring break” and “went to the aid of his elderly father, who is battling a chronic illness.” She did not state which state she visited, but the governor said early in the epidemic that her father was snowing in Florida with “compromised lung function”, and I’m worried about him.


Laddie said the visit was his third position in the last six months. He went to the inauguration of President Joe Biden in January and visited National Guard troops in Washington DC in March.

“All trips were very brief, two full days or less, closely followed public health guidelines, and Michigan’s daily positivity rate was in the low single digits,” he said.

Whitmer, who received her first vaccine on 6 April, was not vaccinated when she visited her father but was regularly tested for COVID-19. Her father, 81-year-old Richard Whitmer – retired president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michigan – was fully vaccinated.

The Michigan Republican Party accused the Democratic governor of hypocrisy. Spokesman Ted Goodman called it “an insult to every MichaelGander affected by lockdown orders and travel warnings”.

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Thomas Albert, a Lowell Republican, said he understood the desire of a sick relative to visit.

“But I have heard countless stories of heartfelt mixiganders who wanted to visit sick family members during this epidemic and were not able to do so,” he said. “I don’t understand how the governor feels it’s okay for him and members of his administration to travel out of state while issuing recommendations to the rest of us that we stay home.”

The state says that it is safest to avoid traveling to the state. But if it is unavoidable, residents should be fully vaccinated and, if they cannot, self-quarantine should be tested for three to five days after returning and for seven days, even if the test Be negative.

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