Michigan saw its typical Sunday dip in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths on July 12.
The number of new cases of coronavirus dropped below 400 for the first time in almost a week.
Daily figures from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services show 390 new confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as another confirmed death. This is the lowest number of new cases since 297 were reported on July 6.
The numbers on the weekends, especially on Sundays, have usually been lower since the Michigan outbreak began, as not all county health departments provide an update on MDHHS these days.
Michigan reports fewer than 400 new cases of coronavirus for the first time in six days
Michigan has seen a total of 69,338 confirmed COVID-1
While the latest COVID-19 figures have seen a trend upwards – with a seven-day average of 494, up from 373 last week, the death rate has dropped to 8.8 percent, from 9.1 percent last Sunday. However, health officials say that trends in the death toll normally lag after increases in the case are counted.
Here are the latest stories about coronavirus in Michigan.
Betsy DeVos says guidelines for CDC schools for coronavirus “supposed to be flexible”
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told CNN’s state on Sunday morning that CDC’s guidelines for schools to open this fall are intended to be flexible.
“The CDC guidelines are just that, intended to be flexible and intended to be appropriate for the situation,” DeVos, speaking from Grand Rapids, told CNN’s Dana Bash in a more than 20-minute interview.
DeVos repeatedly said that the key is for the children to return to school full time.
“We know it will be hot places and they will need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis,” she said.
The secretary said that full-time education looks like this fall will vary, depending on the district, but in the end the schools must be open.
She said she is okay with schools being closed for a short time if there is a corona virus case, but schools need to plan to deal with the situations as they arise, and not prepare to start the school year remotely.
When asked if the US Department of Education had district guidelines to follow if these situations arose, DeVos said the districts should have individual plans in place because each situation is different.
“Schools should do what’s right on the ground for the time of their students and for their situation,” DeVos said. “There is no uniform approach we can or should take across the country.”
The secretary was asked if she was worried about a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, July 10, and the fact that 45 out of 50 states are seeing higher daily averages of new cases now compared to when schools closed in March.
DeVos pointed out that children were a low-risk demographic, saying, “There is nothing in the data to indicate that it is dangerous for them and it is more a matter of their health and well-being that they are back in school.”
“We want to see every school district in every state doing the same thing to say not what we can’t do, but what we can do and what to do,” she said.
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Trump, Biden Takes Different Campaign Approaches, Among Michigan Coronavirus Problems
While President Donald Trump’s reelection campaigns are banging on doors in Michigan, organizers for the prospective Democratic nominee Joe Biden are worried that resuming normal campaign activity could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
Holding large events where people have the potential to get in close contact is contrary to the recommendations of public health experts, but Michigan is still an important presidential battle with 16 electoral votes sought by both candidates.
Trump and Biden held large gatherings and events across the country when the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, but only Trump has returned to the campaign trail since the pandemic caused mass shutdowns of businesses and public spaces.
New cases of the virus continue to count at a rapid clip in battlefield states such as Arizona, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma, while Michigan has experienced a peak in confirmed cases in July.
“I think both presidential campaigns, if they had their trotter, would do some sort of personal event,” said John Sellek, a veteran campaign strategist and owner of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs. “The Trump campaign has clearly done much more of these kinds of events. Based on Tulsa voting, I have to assume that his campaign will re-evaluate how useful it is to put on or try to make big events. “
Mid-Michigan Walmart store listed as possible coronavirus exposure page
A mid-Michigan Walmart store has been listed as a potential COVID-19 exposure location.
The Shiawassee County Health Department issued a statement Friday, July 10, after being notified of an employee at Owosso Walmart Supercenter, 1621 East M-21, tested positive for the upper respiratory virus.
“This employee wore a mask during his shifts,” the statement reads. “Walmart Supercenter is working with the Shiawassee County Health Department during this time.”
The health department said it would release information about public exposure sites – including large gatherings and high-traffic facilities – when close contacts cannot be identified.
Everyone who visited the store from 07.00 to 16.00 on Monday, July 6 or at 07.00 on Wednesday, July 8, has been asked by the county health department to self-monitor symptoms due to possible exposure.
Lapeer County Health Department warns residents after restaurant employees test positive for coronavirus
Lapeer County health officials recommend anyone who recently traveled to an Imlay City restaurant to self-monitor symptoms after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Kathy Haskins, chief of the Lapeer County Health Department, issued a statement Friday, July 10, after officials learned of the test result from an employee of Lucky’s Steakhouse in Imlay City.
The operation closed voluntarily in the evening “to ensure that a thorough cleaning of the facility can be carried out and employees who worked close to the positive case will be quarantined,” Haskins said.
The restaurant has since reopened for business.
Anyone who went to the restaurant at the intersection of M-53 and Newark Road on Thursday, July 9 or Friday, July 10 is urged by the health department to closely monitor themselves for the next 14 days and consider taking a COVID-19 test.
“You should also take extra precautions to ensure that you do not transmit the virus to others. Remember that you may spread the disease for up to 48 hours before symptoms, and a number of individuals will be asymptomatic, Haskins says. “The virus is spread through respiratory drops between people who are in close contact with each other. This usually occurs when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. “
Kalamazoo plasma centers a possible coronavirus exposure
The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department proposes those who donated plasma June 27-29 or July 3, 6 or 8-9 at Grifol’s BioMat USA tested for the new coronavirus.
The Plasma Center, located at 167 E. Kalamazoo Ave., reportedly had a symptomatic employee who was in the middle of those dates testing positive for COVID-19, a news release from the counties.
The medical / clinical staff with COVID-19 wore a face shield and shield during work; however, transfer is still possible due to the prolonged close contact that may occur during the plasma donation process, the release says.
In addition to washing your hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, provided someone can carry the virus.
Health representatives say you should stay at least 6 feet from others and work from home, if possible.
Use disinfectant wipes or disinfectants on frequently affected areas of your home (door handles, taps, countertops) and bring hand sanitizer when you go to places like stores.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has also issued an executive order requiring people to wear facial coatings over their mouths and noses while in public spaces.
Additional information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.