Livengood: Why is Whitmer backing away from Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate? New Detroit Chamber poll offers hints

Progress in defeating the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan looks to be at a standstill. One-in-five hospital beds in Michigan are occupied with COVID-19 patients. Twenty Michigan hospitals reported Monday being at 97 percent of capacity or higher. Another 17 hospitals reported being at 90 percent to 96 percent of their current bed capacity.

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Statewide Poll Reveals Opinions on Underlying Economic Concerns, Inflation, COVID-19 and Vaccination Perceptions, Voting Rights, Political Landscape

The Detroit Regional Chamber released findings from a new statewide poll of registered voters in Michigan. The survey provides insight and data on Michiganders’ perceptions of the economy, how inflation has impacted their assessment, ongoing challenges with COVID-19, vaccination, voting rights, and the political landscape going into the 2022 midterms.

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