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Coronavirus updates, June 26: Cases keep climbing; Death count drops to 2

Here are the live updates for Friday, June 26.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Here is the latest information on the coronavirus in Michigan, including the number of cases state offices report and other updates affecting West Michigan.

Friday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 389 new cases of COVID-19, making the total 62,695. This is the fifth day in a row that cases have climbed, and it's the highest daily case count in nearly a month. 

State also shows these cases are climbing as testing increases. 

The death count, though, dipped to two. The death toll is now 5,889.

See cumulative data here. 

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, June 19. It shows that 49,290 people have recovered from the virus. The state updates this data every Saturday. A recovery is counted as anyone who is 30 days out from the onset of their symptoms. 

Hospitalizations have increased slightly. There are 342 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 106 on ventilators, and 191 in critical care. 

Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.  

Kent County offering free COVID-19 testing Monday

The Kent County Health Department is partnering with two local organizations to offer a free COVID-19 community testing day on Monday, June 29. 

From 2 - 7 p.m., anyone who is over 6-months-old can get tested. The health department teamed up with LINC UP and the Black Impact Collaborative to host the testing event at the Gallery at LINC UP located at 1167 Madison SE.

Read more here.

West Michigan restaurants temporarily closed due to positive COVID-19 cases

A number of restaurants that recently reopened are now shutting their doors as employees are testing positive for the virus.

See the list here. 

White House coronavirus task force to hold first public briefing in nearly 2 months

The White House coronavirus task force on Friday will hold its first press briefing in nearly two months. 

The briefing, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET, comes as the United States sees daily jumps in COVID-19 cases nearing the peak reached during late April.

Friday's briefing will not be held at the Department of Health and Human Services, instead of the White House, and Vice President Mike Pence will lead the briefing.

Read more here.

Holland Hospital to close drive-thru testing clinic, will continue testing high-risk patients

Holland Hospital announced Friday that its drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic will be permanently closing July 3, citing a continued drop in positive COVID-19 cases in the area. 

Holland Hospital opened the testing location at 175 S. Waverly Road on March 17 for patients referred through a screening hotline. More than 500 prospective patients called the number within a couple days. 

"The decision to close the site is due to the continuing decline in positive COVID-19 cases in our service area, the reopening of all Holland Hospital services and locations and the return of staff to pre-COVID employment positions," the hospital said in a statement.

Read more here.

US reaches new record for daily confirmed coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases per day in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 40,000 Friday — eclipsing the mark set during one of the deadliest stretches in late April — in a resurgence that has led some governors to backtrack or at least pause the reopening of their states.

While the increase is believed to reflect, in part, greatly expanded testing, experts say there is ample evidence the virus is making a comeback, including rising deaths and hospitalizations in parts of the country, especially in the South and West. Arizona, Texas and Florida are among the states that have been hit hard.

Read more here.

Rockford restaurant temporarily closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Bostwick Lake Inn said one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and would temporarily close. The restaurant would undergo deep cleaning and testing of all its employees for COVID-19. 

The restaurant also said it would conduct contact tracing for all employees or guest who may have come in contact with the employee who tested positive. 

Read more here.

Thursday's cases 

In the state's Thursday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 353 new coronavirus cases, making the total 62,306.

The death toll increased by 19; the total number of deaths is now 5,887.

Read more from Thursday's update here.

State recommendations for COVID-19

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

  • Fever  
  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.    
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.    
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.    
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

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