Michigan experienced its typical Sunday slump in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths on July 12th.
The number of new coronavirus cases 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 and another confirmed death. It is the lowest number of new cases since July 297 on July 6.
Weekend numbers, particularly Sundays, have generally been lower since the Michigan outbreak began, as not all MDHHS County Health Offices provide updates on those days.
Michigan reports fewer than 400 new coronavirus cases for the first time in six days
A total of 69,338 COVID-1
While the latest COVID-19 numbers saw an upward trend – with a 7-day average of 494 versus 373 the previous week – the death rate dropped from 9.1 percent last Sunday to 8.8 percent. Health officials say, however, that death rate trends tend to lag behind increases as the number of cases increases.
Here are the latest stories about coronavirus in Michigan.
According to Betsy DeVos, the CDC school guidelines for corona viruses should be “flexible”.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning that the CDC guidelines for school reopening should be flexible this fall.
“The CDC guidelines are just that, they should be flexible and applied according to the situation,” said DeVos, who spoke of Grand Rapids, CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview lasting more than 20 minutes.
DeVos repeatedly said the key is that the children return to school all day.
“We know there will be hotspots and they need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis,” she said.
The secretary said that full-time learning will vary from district to district this fall, but the bottom line is that schools have to be open.
She said it was okay for schools to close for a short time when coronavirus cases are common, but schools need to make plans to deal with these situations when they occur and not prepare to end the school year To start from afar.
When asked whether the US Department of Education has guidelines for districts to follow when these situations occur, DeVos said that districts should have individual plans because each situation is different.
“Schools should do what is right on site for their students and their situation,” said DeVos. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach that we can or should take across the country.”
The secretary was asked if she was concerned about a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, July 10, and the fact that 45 out of 50 states currently see a higher daily average of new cases than when the schools closed in March .
DeVos pointed out that children are a low risk demographic and said: “The data contain no evidence that this is dangerous for them and it is more a question of their health and well-being that they are back in the country Are school. “
“We want every school district in every state to do the same, not to say what we can’t, but what we can and what we’re going to do,” she said.
To see the full interview, click here.
Trump and Biden are taking different approaches to campaigning amid coronavirus concerns in Michigan
While President Donald Trump’s re-election campaigners are knocking on the door in Michigan, organizers of suspected democratic candidate Joe Biden fear that resuming normal campaign activity could help spread COVID-19.
Holding large events where people have the potential to be in close contact goes against the recommendations of public health experts, but Michigan remains an important battleground for the president with 16 votes cast by both candidates.
Trump and Biden hosted large rallies and events across the country when the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, although only Trump has returned on the campaign path as the pandemic led to mass business and public space shutdowns.
New cases of the virus continue to be counted rapidly in battlefield countries such as Arizona, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma, while Michigan saw an increase in confirmed cases in July.
“I think both presidential campaigns would have personal events if they had their druthers,” said John Sellek, an experienced campaign strategist and owner of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs. “The Trump campaign has clearly carried out far more such events. Given the turnout in Tulsa, I have to assume that his campaign will reevaluate how useful it is to host or attempt to host major events. “
Walmart store in Mid-Michigan listed as a possible exposure point for coronaviruses
A Walmart store in central Michigan was listed as a potential COVID-19 exposure site.
The Shiawassee County Health Department issued a statement on Friday, July 10, after notifying an employee of the Owosso Walmart Supercentre, 1621 East M-21, who had tested positive for the upper respiratory virus.
“This employee was wearing a mask during his shift,” the statement said. “Walmart Supercenter is currently working with Shiawassee County Health Department.”
The health agency has announced that it will publish information about public exposure sites, including large gatherings and high traffic facilities, if no close contacts can be identified.
Anyone who visited the store on Monday, July 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Wednesday, July 8, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., was asked by the county health department to monitor themselves for symptoms due to the potential exposure.
The Lapeer County Health Department warns residents after restaurant staff test positive for coronavirus
Health officials in Lapeer County advise anyone who recently traveled to a restaurant in Imlay City to monitor themselves for symptoms after an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
Kathy Haskins, director of the Lapeer County Department of Health, made a statement on Friday, July 10, after officials found out an employee’s test result at Lucky’s Steakhouse in Imlay City.
The company was voluntarily closed on Friday evening “to ensure that the facility can be cleaned thoroughly and employees who have worked closely with the positive case will be quarantined,” said Haskins.
The restaurant has now been reopened.
Anyone who went to the restaurant on Thursday, July 9 or Friday, July 10, at the intersection of M-53 and Newark Road, is asked to monitor closely for the next 14 days and receive a COVID-19 Test to consider.
“You should also take extra precautions to ensure that you don’t spread the virus to others. Remember that you may be able to spread the disease up to 48 hours before the symptoms and a number of people are asymptomatic, ”said Haskins. “The virus spreads through breath droplets between people who are in close contact with each other. This generally occurs when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. “
Kalamazoo Plasma Center is a potential coronavirus exposure site
The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department suggests that those who donated plasma to Grifol’s BioMat USA from June 27-29, or July 3, 6 or 8-9, will benefit from the novel coronavirus getting tested.
The plasma center on E. Kalamazoo Ave. 167 reportedly had a symptomatic employee centered on these dates who tested positive for COVID-19, a county press release.
The COVID-19 medical clinician wore a face mask and a protective shield while working. However, transmission is still possible due to the prolonged close contact that can occur during the plasma donation process, the release says.
In addition to washing their hands regularly and without touching their faces, officials recommend practicing social distancing provided someone carries the virus.
Health officials say you should stay at least 6 feet away from others and work from home if possible.
Use disinfectant wipes or disinfectant spray cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (door handles, taps, countertops) and take hand disinfectants with you when you go to shops.
The governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has also issued an order for people to wear face covers over their mouths and noses in closed public spaces.
For more information, see Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.