Michigan has lost 35 more people to the novel coronavirus and 3,338 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Saturday’s update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Saturday’s update is the highest daily case count the state has reported since Oct. 15 at 2,030 cases, which included some of the previous day’s uncounted cases. The state’s daily cases have high since then.
“In fact, more than 96% of the test results being reported today originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days,” a state release read.
27 of the 35 deaths were found later in a regular records review that determines if COVID-19 contributed to someone’s passing.
The state has a positivity rate of 5.39%, reporting 2,873 out of 53,272 diagnostic test results returned Friday were positive.
“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, said in a news release. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously.”
“If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”
The state’s totals are now 7,182 confirmed deaths and 158,026 confirmed cases.
There are 109,539 recoveries so far.
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Michigan has a slightly decreasing fatality rate of 4.5% among known cases.
The state has reported 340 probable COVID-19 deaths and 17,586 probable cases.
The probable cases combined with the confirmed cases make for a cumulative total of 7,522 deaths and 175,612 cases.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Wednesday that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month.
The number of COVID-19 cases had been gradually rising for months prior to the Oct. 2 ruling, from a seven-day average of 119 in June to 984 — as the Democratic governor loosened economic restrictions and allowed schools to reopen. Since the court decision, the seven-day average is up to 1,818 — nearly double — though surrounding states without legal rulings have also seen similarly big spikes over the same time period.
The order came from the Washtenaw County Health Department on Tuesday, and is set to continue until November 3.
“The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” Jimena Loveluck, health officer for Washtenaw County, said in a statement. “We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases and prevent additional spread of illness.”
With the order, undergraduate students have to stay in their homes, unless they’re attending class, getting food or participating in “approved work that cannot be done remotely,” a news release from the health department said.
“Students who wish to return to a primary residence may do so only if they have completed the U-M’s procedures for leaving campus safely,” the release said.
The news comes after two new studies — one from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the other from the North Carolina Department of Health — found that cases of Covid-19 surged among college-age individuals in August and September, right when schools were opening across the country.
Many colleges and universities have attempted to control the spread, but as of September 14, more than 45,000 Covid-19 cases had been reported at colleges and universities across the US.
“Thanks for bringing this to the state of Indiana to help students here, Hoosiers here focus on fitness and health and their wellness,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the recent video ribbon cutting. “Obviously it’s important every year, but it could not be more important right now.”
Michigan City staff appeared alongside representatives from the two other Indiana middle schools and sponsors from funding partners, Coca-Cola, Anthem Foundation, Nike and Wheels Up.
Speakers shared their own experiences with youth fitness and encouraged students today to pursue “an upward spiral of success” through healthy workout habits.
“This isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, this is a kids issue,” Steinfeld said. “This is a kids issue. We as adults need to leave this great country of ours better than we found it and that’s why now we are all a part of this great DON’T QUIT! family.”
Michigan City schools prepare for October return to in-person learning
Krueger students, who have been learning remotely for the start of the 2020-21 school year, are likely to get their first peek at the new fitness equipment when Michigan City Area Schools transition to in-person learning next week.
About 70% of the district’s students have opted to return in person, while others will be allowed to continue remote learning.
“I’m not a big emotional guy, but man, that really, for our kids, it’s big,” physical education teacher Ryan Labis said at the Krueger ribbon cutting. “What this will do for our kids and our community is beyond words.”
Michigan doctors Rob Davidson and Susan Fabrick held a virtual press conference on Friday afternoon, the day before Trump is expected to arrive at FlyBy Air near the airport in Muskegon County, located just northwest of Grand Rapids, the Detroit Free Press reported. The president is failing to listen to health officials’ advice, the doctors said.
“As physicians, we are really concerned about the inaccurate misinformation that President Trump repeats day after day, multiple times a day,” said Fabrick, a family medicine doctor who has practiced in Muskegon for 26 years. “No matter what he claims, COVID-19 is still with us and it is still killing people.”
On October 15, Michigan reported a record number of coronavirus cases statewide since the crisis began earlier this year, with 2,517 new cases, according to the New York Times’ database.
In Muskegon County, which has a population of just under 175,000, more than 1,700 people have tested positive for coronavirus, with case numbers continuing to steadily increase, according to the county’s public health department.
“Instead of coming to Muskegon to continue spreading misinformation and packing people close together with COVID-19 cases going up, President Trump should cancel his campaign event and focus on fighting the pandemic with science and evidence,” said Davidson, executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, which hosted the press conference. “As a physician, I’m concerned that his campaign events endanger public health. They have also become platforms for spreading medically inaccurate information that puts people’s lives at risk.”
Trump’s campaign rallies typically attract thousands, even amid a global pandemic. While most of his events this year have been held in large outdoor venues, photographs show many of Trump’s supporters without face coverings and with little regard to social distancing—two measures strongly encouraged by health officials.
His campaign doesn’t require that face coverings be worn at rallies, but it does provide masks and encourages their use, Politico reported. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer are also provided.
“We take strong precautions for campaign events,” Tim Murtaugh, communications director, said in a statement to Politico.
The president will head to the neighboring state of Wisconsin later Saturday, where he plans to host a rally in Janesville, located about 75 miles west of Milwaukee. City leaders held a virtual press conference Saturday morning, criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and his decision to hold a large event where cases are also surging, local station WMTV reported.