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Coronavirus updates, June 29: 236 new cases and 4 deaths reported Monday

Here are the live updates for Monday, June 29.
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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.

Monday's cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a increase of 236 coronavirus cases, making the total 63,497.

There were four additional deaths recorded. The death toll in Michigan since the start of the pandemic is now 5,915.

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, June 26. It shows that 51,099 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.

See cumulative data here.  

There are 342 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 106 on ventilators, and 191 in critical care, as of June 26. 

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

Whitmer extends protections for migrant agricultural workers, modifies telehealth options 

One executive order signed Monday by the governor will provide for modifications to telehealth options following the passage of new legislation. 

“Last week, I was proud to sign the bipartisan bill package that will increase telehealth access. I am prepared to continue to work with the Legislature on appropriate legislation to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the effects of this global pandemic on the people of Michigan.” said Governor Whitmer. “But COVID-19 is still present in Michigan, and it remains necessary to continue to promote the use of telehealth services to limit exposure and protect against the virus.” 

The other order signed Monday extends through Nov. 1 protections for agricultural migrant workers living in congregate housing. 

The order requires housing owners and operators licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to provide safeguards in the same way businesses are required to do for workers. 

Housing owners and operators must:   

  • Separate beds by at least 6 feet or more in all directions wherever possible and encourage residents to sleep head-to-toe, except in single-family housing 
  • Provide isolation housing for COVID-19-infection who have not received a positive result from a COVID-19 test, unless the resident resides in a single-family housing unit or family living unit that is part of a multifamily unit and can effectively isolate themselves.   
  • Provide housing, dining and bathroom facilities for COVID-19-confirmed residents separate from residents who are not COVID-19-confirmed.  
  • Ensure regular ventilation of rooms where COVID-19-affected residents are housed.
  • Ensure anyone who delivers food and water to isolated residents is equipped with appropriate PPE. 
  • Arrange for COVID-19-affected residents to be evaluated by a medical provider through the local health department or federally qualified health center. 
  • Adopt any additional infection control measures consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Read the orders here:

Allegan County hosting testing events in upcoming weeks

The Allegan County Health Department is hosting several COVID-19 open testing events in coming weeks. Testing will be available to anyone, regardless of symptoms. 

The events will be on Thursdays from 9 a.m.  to 12 p.m: 

  • July 2: Fennville Elementary School; 8 Memorial Dr., Fennville 49408
  • July 9: Hamilton High School; 4911 136th Ave., Hamilton 49419
  • July 16: Wayland Union Schools; 870 E. Superior St., Wayland 49348
  • July 23: Plainwell Middle School; 720 Brigham St., Plainwell 49080
  • July 30: Otsego Middle School; 540 Washington St., Otsego 49078
  • Aug. 6: Allegan High School; 1560 Lincoln Rd, Allegan 49010

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.

Another Grand Rapids restaurant closed after employee tests positive

Joey's Tavern in Grand Rapids will remain closed start Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2 after several employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

According to a Facebook post, employees will get retested before opening and they are cleaning in accordance with Kent County and CDC guidelines.

Read more here.

Sunday's cases

In the state's Sunday update, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a increase of 252 coronavirus cases, making the total 63,261. 

There were four additional deaths recorded. The death toll in Michigan since the start of the pandemic is now 5,911.

The latest data on recoveries is from Friday, June 26. It shows that 51,099 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.

Read more from Sunday'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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