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Over the last few months the omicron variant has seen a rise in COVID numbers. A rise that we haven’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic, but governors across the country are not rushing back into mask and capacity mandates. According to Click on Democratic governors who passed strict mandates early on in the pandemic, are now heavily relying more on persuasion than dictates. Over the New Year’s weekend, a record number of positive tests occurred in South Carolina, and COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 67% from the week prior. South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican, urged everyone to keep going as if nothing was wrong. He said “If you get real sick, there will be room in the hospitals. There’s no need to panic. Be calm. Be happy, we just had a great Christmas season. Business is booming.”

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There has been a surprising spike in infections in California as well, and the state health department has extended its indoor mask mandate until Feb. 15, however Democratic leaders did not include a mechanism for enforcing said mandate. Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters, “I think a lot of people will self-enforce and do the right thing.” Detroit, what do you think about the rise in COVID cases?