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.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 373 new cases Tuesday, making the total 63,870.
The death toll rose by 32, which is highest daily death count since the beginning of June. The total death count is now 5,947.
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.
There are 316 COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals, 98 on ventilators, and 184 in critical care.
Michigan is reporting the number of cases at long term care facilities. That data can be seen here.
Whitmer releases plan for reopening schools
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap on June 30, which provides guidance on how schools can reopen in the fall.
The plan accounts for varying public health scenarios and provides different requirements based on the risk level. Whitmer said she is optimistic that the state will be in phase 5 by the time students return to school, but districts will be required to prepare for the potential of being in a higher risk phase.
Watch the full press conference here:
MDHHS signs orders to expand visitation at residential facilities
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon has signed two orders that impacts visitation at residential facilities.
One order addresses visitation at residential long-term care facilities like nursing homes, adult foster care facilities and substance abuse and the other addresses visitation at youth congregate facilities.
Visitors had been temporarily restricted from these facilities to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new orders provide exceptions in limited circumstances as long as facilities are meeting stringent safety requirements, including masks and screening for symptoms.
“It’s been very difficult for residents of these facilities to be unable to see their loved ones during the pandemic,” Gordon said. “We are glad Michigan can now allow visits in some circumstances, but we continue to urge caution and require safety precautions like wearing masks during visits.”
The orders are effective immediately. Outdoor visits are encouraged by the state when possible.
Fauci said US could reach 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day
Dr. Anthony Fauci said coronavirus cases could grow to 100,000 a day in the U.S. if Americans don’t start following public health recommendations.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert made the remark at a Senate hearing on reopening schools and workplaces.
Asked to forecast the outcome of recent surges in some states, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he can’t make an accurate prediction but believes it will be “very disturbing.”
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.
State recommendations for COVID-19
Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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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