Dr. Deborah Birx says it's up to governors to issue coronavirus mask mandates

DETROIT — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx came to Michigan Wednesday to meet with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and local health officials.Though Whitmer has called for a federal mask mandate to slow the transmission of the virus, Birx told reporters outside St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia that it’s up to governors to decide.“The federal government has … recommended a mask mandate at the state level, where we believe it can be enforced,” she said.“We’re asking for behavioral change, and whenever you ask people to change their behavior, it nee…

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