Coronavirus Crisis: Latest Updates

Last updated at 11:15 p.m. July 10

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JULY 10

Updated 11:15 p.m. – Every parent is concerned and anxious to hear what’s going to happen when the new school year rolls around. The 2020-2021 year will be unlike any other because of coronavirus concerns. While every student will be impacted by changes, it will be an especially unique situation for children with autism.

In a move to try to slow rising COVID-19 numbers, Governor Gretchen Whitmer strengthened her mask mandate Thursday through executive order. Masks are now required in all public indoor spaces and outdoors when social distancing can’t be established.

Updated 3:56 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting a possible exposure site in Antrim County.

Health Officials say that if you were at the Torch Lake sand bar party on July 4 that you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

The health department says  if symptoms should develop you should seek testing.

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 612 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 68,295 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,039 COVID-19 deaths.

All of the deaths reported Friday are from vital records reviews. That means no deaths occurred since Thursday’s update.

Thursday the state was at 67,683 confirmed cases with 6,024 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of July 3, 52,841 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:55 pm. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department has identified another possible COVID-19 exposure site.

The health department says anyone who was at Turtle Creek Casino’s black jack tables on July 5 from 8:30 – 9:15 p.m. should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the exposure date.

Grand Traverse County reported 12 new COVID-19 cases since Monday, bring the county’s total to 77 confirmed cases, 30 recoveries and 5 deaths. That leaves 42 active cases in Grand Traverse County residents.

Updated 11:04 a.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday morning requiring individuals to wear a facing covering in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.

The executive order also requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions.

Businesses that are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply, and must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside.

People exempt from wearing a face covering in businesses include children younger than 5 years old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment.

Violating the new order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement.

Additionally, no one is subject to penalty under the order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship.

The executive order goes into effect Monday, July 13.

The governor says she issued the order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan.

Updated 8:53 a.m. – Nearly 40 states are now reporting increases in average new COVID-19 cases compared to two weeks ago.

Texas, Florida, Arizona and California are still the country’s coronavirus hotspots.

In Arizona, about one in every four tests comes back positive. The state says only about 150 ICU beds are left and supplies are running out.

And Florida hit its biggest 24-hour jump in coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations since the pandemic started.

But that didn’t stop Disney World in Orlando from reopening to season pass holders Thursday. And the park will open to the general public on Saturday.

The Los Angeles mayor says he may need to re-impose a stay-at-home order if the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations don’t decline.

And in New York, large events and street fairs are banned through September.

JULY 9

Updated 11:02 p.m. – On Thursday, Governor Whitmer signed a new executive order which outlines workplace safety guidelines for meatpacking plants to keep employees safe.

On Thursday, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order now requiring all healthcare professionals to undergo implicit bias training.

Over the last few weeks, Northern Michigan health departments have identified several COVID-19 exposure sites. With each exposure site, the health department asks those there to self monitor. But what does that mean?

Updated 5:02 p.m. – The Central Michigan District Health Department is reporting a possible COVID-19 exposure in Isabella County.

The health department says eight people who tested positive for the coronavirus attended a sand bar party at Littlefield Lake on July 4, and then an after party at a private residence that ended at 3 a.m. July 5.

If you were at the sand bar party at Littlefield Lake on July 4 or attended the private after party that followed, you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Updated 4:25 p.m. – A possible COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Alpena County.

District Health Department No. 4 says a resident who tested positive for COVID-19 flew into Alpena Regional Airport on July 3.

Passengers on Delta Air flight number DL4252 from Detroit to Alpena are asked to monitor for symptoms and notify their local health department if they need support or guidance.

The health department also says those self-monitoring should keep away from others as much as possible and limit travel.

Updated 4:18 p.m. – Kewadin Casinos say a guest who visited its Sault Ste. Marie casino earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19.

Kewadin Casinos says the guest was there between 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on July 6 and between 3:40 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on July 7. The guest also used the shuttle for transportation.

They say the guest passed a temperature check when on the property and also wore a mask.

Health departments say if you were potentially exposed, you should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Updated 3:39 p.m. – If you want to volunteer to get the COVID-19 vaccine before it’s widely available, a new website just launched to help you with that.

The site is called CoronavirusPreventionNetwork.org and it went live Wednesday.

The website provides information on all the clinical trials going on in the U.S.

Researchers are looking to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers.

Anyone interested in joining a vaccine clinical study can fill out a quick questionnaire.

After registering, if you qualify, your information will be sent to the study site closest to you.

Poor study subjects would be those who don’t get out much, and who wear a mask whenever they leave home.

Testing the effectiveness of the vaccine is tougher if the participant hasn’t been exposed to COVID-19.

Updated 2:51 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 446 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 67,683 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,024 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 67,237 confirmed cases with 6,015 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of July 3, 52,841 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:55 a.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive requiring all Michigan health professionals to get implicit bias training to address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on people of color.

Implicit bias training was one of the recommendations made by the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will now begin to develop rules that will require implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals.

Gov. Whitmer says as of July 5, Black Michiganders represented 14% of the state population, but 40% of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in which the race of the patient was known.

The executive order requires the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to consult with relevant stakeholders in the medical profession, in state government and elsewhere in the community by November 1, 2020 to help determine relevant goals and concerns under the new rules.

Governor Whitmer also announced Thursday she is reviewing whether to strengthen the requirement to wear masks in enclosed public places.

Updated 11:03 a.m. – A pub in Sault Ste. Marie has closed its doors for cleaning after a possible COVID-19 exposure.

The Merch says someone was in the bar Wednesday between 7 and 9 a.m.

That person later tested positive for coronavirus.

The Merch says they have been contacted by the health department.

They say they cleaned Wednesday night and are doing another deep clean Thursday, and will reopen Friday morning.

Updated 10:52 a.m. – Another 1.3 million people filed for first-time unemployment claims last week.

While weekly jobless claims have been lower for more than three months since a peak in March, they are not trending downward as quickly as economists would like.

Workers who have filed claims for at least two weeks in a row stood at 18.1 million last week.

The consistent level of layoffs are coming as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse course on reopening businesses.

Those six states make up one-third of the U.S. economy.

Updated 5:10 a.m. – Worldwide, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has hit the 12 million mark. And the U.S. continues to lead, surpassing the 3 million mark.

Southern states—including Florida, Texas and Arizona—have increasing concerns about intensive care unit capacity. And even more states are rolling back their reopening plans.

In New Orleans, the mayor announced plans to ban bar seating. And in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, the mayor ordered a pause on indoor seating at restaurants.

All Ivy League schools canceled sports on Wednesday until at least the new year.

JULY 8

Updated 11:22 p.m. – As more cases of COVID-19 are uncovered every day, you are hearing more about contact tracing. The work done follows who has been exposed and where, in hopes of quarantining and containing the virus.

The City of Charlevoix has decided to cancel any public events in public spaces from now to Labor Day.

Updated 4:20 p.m. – More possible COVID-19 exposure sites have been identified in northern Michigan.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan says an out of state visitor who tested positive for COVID-19 flew into and out of Cherry Capital Airport on June 30 and July 5.

Passengers on United Air Flight 3470 from Chicago, Illinois to Traverse City, Michigan and Flight 3478 from Traverse City, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois are asked to monitor for symptoms and notify their local health department if they need support or guidance.

People who were at Dockside Restaurant in Bellaire between 12-2 p.m. on July 2 should also self-monitor for symptoms.

The health department says anyone that is self-monitoring as a result of a potential exposure to COVID-19 should keep away from others as much as possible and limit travel.

Updated 3:13 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 610 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 67,237 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,015 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 66,627 confirmed cases with 6,005 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of July 3, 52,841 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Locally, we have a new possible exposure site in northern Michigan.

If you were at the Double JJ Resort for the Sherwood Forest Appreciation Weekend in Rothbury between June 25 and June 28, the health department says you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The health department says you should self-monitor for symptoms and keep away from others as much as possible.

Updated 7:23 a.m. – There are now nearly 3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

Texas reported more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day on July 7. That’s the state’s highest number since the pandemic started.

The nation’s top health officials stress young people need to take the virus more seriously. A new model shows if 95% of the country wears a mask, then tens of thousands of lives could be spared.

And the Trump administration told Congress and the United Nations the U.S. will be withdrawing from the World Health Organization.

JULY 7

Updated 11:51 p.m. – If you live in the Big Rapids area, you can get tested for COVID-19 for free.

Updated 4:46 p.m. – The state of Michigan just announced $15 million in relief funding for our state’s farms and food processors.

The funding is set to help ease the risks from the coronavirus and its effects on Michigan agriculture.

The money comes from the federal CARES Act.

Food processors statewide will be provided with grants ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 each, totaling about $10 million.

The other $5 million will go to farms with grants as low as $10,000 and as high as $50,000.

The funds will provide grants of up to $1,000 per employee to help with the costs of continuing work during the pandemic.

Updated 4:31 p.m. – The LMAS District Health Department has released a list of possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

The health department says they identified three possible places of exposure to COVID-19:

  • June 27 – 2:30 p.m. Star Line Ferry (top deck) from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island.
  • June 27 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pink Pony Bar & Grill at the Chippewa Hotel (in the bar dining area)
  • June 27 – 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Star Line Ferry (top deck) from Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City

If you were at any of those locations during those dates and times, the health department says you should monitor for symptoms and contact your local health department.

Updated 2:40 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 454 new cases of the coronavirus and 30 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 66,627 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,005 COVID-19 deaths.

Out of the 30 deaths announced July 7, 20 were identified during a vital records review.

The state was at 66,173 confirmed cases with 5,975 deaths on July 6.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of July 3, 52,841 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines recovered as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 12:01 p.m. – In Isabella County, the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant says two employees in the Legends Diner tested positive for COVID-19.

They say the last days the employees worked were June 29 and 30.

The casino says the employees had no contact with each other outside of work. Soaring Eagle believes there has been no transmission to anyone who was not in close contact with the employees.

Legends Diner has since been cleaned and sanitized.

Updated 11:10 a.m. –Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hosting a press conference to talk about the federal money coming to the state to help public and private schools.

That press conference starts at 2 p.m. and you can watch it on 9&10 News, our Facebook page or the 9&10 News Plus channel via the free SBTV app.

Joining Gov. Whitmer will be Attorney General Dana Nessel and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. They will go over the steps the state took to get federal relief money to Michigan’s schools.

Updated 7:15 a.m. – The U.S. is nearing 3 million coronavirus cases and now some health experts are worried the spread may be out of control.

In the past couple weeks, 32 states have shown an increase and there are no signs of slowing. Now 23 states have been forced to roll back on their reopening plans.

Businesses are being asked to close yet again in some of the hardest hit areas of Florida and Texas.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the recent surge is likely from states opening too early and that we still need to be doing the basics.

Florida took more than three months to reach 100,000 COVID-19 cases. But the state recently took just two weeks to reach 200,000.

JULY 6

Updated 8:51 p.m. – A church in West Branch is now being reported as a possible COVID-19 exposure site.

The District Health Department No. 2 posted on its Facebook page Monday, alerting the public.

It says anyone who attended either the 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. service at Calvary Baptist Church on June 28 have potentially been exposed to the virus.

Attendees should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days or seek testing.

Updated 7:11 p.m. – The health department for two counties, Leelanau and Benzie, says gatherings of young adults are linked to a new cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases—and two new public exposure sites.

Seven new COVID-19 cases are being reported in Leelanau County and one new case in Benzie County.

The possible exposures happened last weekend at the Leland Lodge on June 28 and 29 from 4 to 10 p.m. and the Leland Country Club on June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 30, 10:30 to 2:30; July 2, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

People who were at the possible exposure sites during the days and times listed should self-monitor and seek testing if symptoms arise. Read more here.

Updated 5:23 p.m. – Sixteen new positive cases from this weekend are being reported by the Grand Traverse County Health Department.

Most new cases have been people in their 20s and 30s.

The health department says contact tracing is underway—and put an alert out about seven possible community exposure sites:

  • YMCA West (Silver Lake Road location): June 30, noon to 1 pm; July 1, noon to 1 p.m. and 3:15-4:30 pm (refer to YMCA member email.)
  • The GYM Traverse City: June 29, daily through July 3 between noon to 4 p.m. (refer to The GYM member email.)
  • Dillinger’s Pub: June 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bootlegger’s Bar: June 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Union Street Station: June 28 from 11 a,n, to 8 p.m.
  • Brady’s Bar: June 26 (time unknown)
  • Cherry Capital Airport: June 24, Allegiant flight #998, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Florida to Traverse City, arrival at 10:15 a.m.

Updated 4:41 p.m. – Another potential COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Grand Traverse County.

Dillinger’s Pub in Traverse City says a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

The pub decided to shut down right away, with a reopening set for next Tuesday, July 14.

If you were at Dillinger’s or Bootleggers on June 24 from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., June 27 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. or June 28 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., you’re being asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Updated 3:55 p.m. – The gym where several Pit Spitters players work out has been listed as a potential COVID-19 exposure site.

The facility is called The Gym and is located on Park Street in Traverse City.

They say members who were there any day last week from Monday through Friday between noon and 4 p.m. may have been exposed.

They’re asking any gym members to self-monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus.

The Gym also says they sanitize regularly including nightly cleaning and disinfecting, hourly walk-throughs to sanitize surfaces, and wiping down equipment after it is used.

They say the ball players won’t be working out there for the time being.

Updated 2:38 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 297 new cases of the coronavirus and 3 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 66,173 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,975 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 65,876 confirmed cases with 5,972 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of July 3, 52,841 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:20 a.m. – The Traverse City Pit Spitters and the Northwoods League’s Northern Michigan Pod season has been put on hold after players tested positive for COVID-19.

Just last week fans were welcomed back to Turtle Creek Stadium after a delayed start to baseball season.

Now the season is put back on hold after players test positive for COVID-19.

The Pit Spitters and the Northern Michigan Pod kicked off the 2020 season on July 1 with reduced seating to 500 fans and no fan interaction with the players.

Right now the organization plans to restart the 2020 season this Friday, July 10.

They are working with the Grand Traverse County Health Department on additional testing and reassessment of the schedule.

Updated 8:25 a.m. – With the holiday weekend behind us, health experts are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases over the next few weeks.

But as cases are expected to climb, mortality rates have been trending down for weeks due to improved treatment and protections for the vulnerable.

While the majority of states are seeing an increase in cases. Florida, Texas, Arizona and California have been hit the hardest in recent weeks.

Los Angeles County beaches are closed again today as coronavirus infections are rising at an alarming rate. Shooting up 41 percent in three weeks.

But there is some optimism in the health community, as more treatments are showing positive results.

More than 200 scientists from around the world will be calling on the world health organization to revise recommendations and declare the coronavirus as airborne.

JULY 5

Updated 4:30 p.m. – For the first time since March, the state of Michigan is reporting no new coronavirus deaths. However, the number of new cases is still growing. State health officials reported 343 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed to 65,876. The death toll stands at 5,972. According to Michigan.gov/coronavirus, the last time there were no new deaths were reported in the state was March 17.

JULY 4

Updated 9:15 p.m. – The Grand Traverse YMCA says some of their visitors have tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the lists of possible exposures times and places:

  • Monday, June 29, 8 – 9 a.m. Wellness floor: General
  • Tuesday, June 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Wellness floor: Free weight area
  • Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. Wellness floor: Free weight area
  • Thursday, July 2, 12- 1 p.m. Studio B only

If you were exposed, watch for symptoms for 14 days from the initial date.

Updated 7:15 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 398 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 65,533 and 5,975 deaths. As of Friday, 52,841 people are listed as recovered. This is up 1,742 from June 26.

JULY 3 

Updated 10:30 p.m. –The Chippewa County Health Department has identified a possible exposure site in Sault Ste Marie.

Updated 3:01 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 460 new cases of the coronavirus and 3 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 65,135 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,969 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 64,675 confirmed cases with 5,966 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 26, 51,099 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:55 a.m. – We learned of five different possible COVID-19 exposure sites in northern Michigan Thursday.

If you were at any of these places at the listed times, you should monitor for symptoms of the coronavirus.

Exposure Sites 7 3 20

That includes the Blue Bird Restaurant in Leland and Kilkenny’s Irish Pub in Traverse City, both on Friday, and the Oscoda Area High School’s graduation ceremony in Iosco County on Sunday.

Cherry Capital Airport is also reporting possible exposures on the two flights.

If you were on these listed flights, call your local health department.

Updated 8:52 a.m. –After months of social distancing and staying at home, now the coronavirus pandemic is worse than it has ever been in the U.S.

Adding more than 50-thousand cases in just 24 hours.

It comes as millions look to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Thirty-seven states are now seeing a rise in cases.

At the beginning of June, Florida was averaging about 600 a day. Yesterday, the state added 10,000 cases.

The governor in Texas just issued a new executive order mandating masks. It’s something the state pushed resisted for weeks.

With cases spreading rapidly among young adults, Dr. Anthony Fauci says we need to get young people to take responsibility.

Florida is now considered one of the epicenters of the pandemic.

Many Florida lawmakers are pushing for the governor to make masks mandatory, but he still says he is not interested in doing that.

JULY 2

Updated 11:02 p.m. –  As bars and restaurants prepare for a busy holiday weekend while still navigating social distancing rules, one local brewery is being very cautious and closing.

After months in the hospital battling COVID-19, the last recovering Otsego County EMS worker got a warm welcome home Thursday.

Fourth of July is always a very busy weekend in Northern Michigan. With coronavirus cases on the rise across the country and the state, it has Northern Michigan health officials concerned.

For months, doctors have been tackling COVID-19’s physical risks and symptoms. Now, researchers are studying its invisible effects on mental health.

Updated 3:57 p.m. – Anyone who attended a graduation ceremony in Iosco County last weekend might have been exposed to the coronavirus.

If you were at the Oscoda Area High School graduation and commencement ceremony between 12 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, the health department says you may have been exposed.

District Health Department No. 2 says anyone that was present should monitor for coronavirus symptoms and consider getting tested.

Denise Bryan, health officer at DHD2 states, “Situations like this emphasize the importance of social distancing and wearing a face covering in public settings, even outdoors when social distancing is difficult to maintain, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.”

Updated 2:39 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 543 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 64,675 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,966 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 64,132 confirmed cases with 5,951 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 26, 51,099 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:15 p.m. – The Chippewa County Health Department says a resident in the county who tested positive for COVID-19 flew into Cherry Capital Airport Wednesday.

The health department is asking passengers who were on Allegiant Airline Flight 994 from St. Petersburg, Florida to Traverse City on July 1 to monitor for symptoms and call their local health department.

Those living in Chippewa County can call the Chippewa County Health Department at (906) 635-1566.

The health department is reminding residents not to travel if you are ill or have had contact with someone who has been sick.

Updated 10:50 a.m. – As the U.S. announced one of its strongest job reports in months, it also reported a record number of new coronavirus cases.

The economy added nearly 5 million jobs in June.

The U.S. reported nearly 51,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday.

The U.S. is now closing in on 2.7 million cases with more than 128,000 deaths.

Almost 730,000 people who had the virus have recovered so far.

The U.S. jobs report for June far exceeded what economists projected.

The U.S. added 4.8 million jobs last month.

It brought the unemployment rate to 11%.

It marks the second consecutive month of growth after more than 20 million jobs were wiped out in April.

The U.S. is still down nearly 14.7 million jobs since February.

The unemployment rate remains higher than at any point during the Great Recession.

Updated 7:43 a.m. – More than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported across the nation Wednesday. That is a new one-day record for the country.

Just Wednesday, new infections in Texas hit a record high of more than 8,000.

California is also finding it hard to keep up. COVID-19 cases have spiked 72% and hospitalizations have increased 51% in the last two weeks.

Health officials are now pushing for a nationwide mandate on wearing a mask.

President Trump says he supports masks, despite the countless public appearances without a face covering, but he didn’t mention that they should be mandated nationwide.

JULY 1

Updated 11:35 p.m. – The gates at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City finally welcomed fans back on Wednesday night, but it looked quite different than opening day last year.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon closing down indoor service at bars across most of the state.

Updated 4:10 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has closed indoor service at bars again throughout much of the Lower Peninsula to protect the progress Michigan has made in the fight against COVID-19.

Bars in Regions 6 and 8, which include the Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan, are excluded and can continue indoor service.

The executive order allows bars statewide to continue outdoor service. The governor also signed a package of bills this week to allow cocktails-to-go at bars and restaurants.

Updated 2:40 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 262 new cases of the coronavirus and 4 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 64,132 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,951 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 63,870 confirmed cases with 5,947 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 26, 51,099 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:27 p.m. – The governor signed a bill Wednesday which distributes $880 million in federal funding to the coronavirus response in Michigan.

It includes provisions that will help small businesses deal with the difficult economic conditions created by COVID-19, and ensure that workers who put themselves at risk on the frontlines are fairly compensated.

The supplemental budget includes a $2/hour increase for direct care workers.

It also includes:

  • $125 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of child care for families;
  • $100 million for hazard pay for local first responders and $200 million for local units of government;
  • $100 million in small business restart grants;
  • $60 million in rental assistance and eviction diversion;
  • $25 million for wireless hotspots and enhanced connectivity;
  • $18 million for health and safety grants for schools;
  • $10 million in MIOSHA grants for protections to keep workers safe on the job;
  • $14 million for food banks and domestic violence shelters.

The budget also funds an eviction diversion program aimed at keeping renters in their homes by ensuring that landlords receive quick lump sum payments for back rent.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas of Midland.

Updated 11:09 a.m. – The Chippewa County Health Department is warning of another possible COVID-19 exposure site.

If you were in Lynn Auto Parts in Kinross any time between June 20 and June 30, you should monitor for symptoms and contact the health department at (906) 635-1566.

The health department says they strongly encourage social distancing, limiting close contact with people outside of your household, wearing a mask in public places and washing your hands.

Updated 7:10 a.m. – Across the country, 37 states are now reporting rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. And the U.S. death toll now stands at more than 127,000.

This is causing more than a dozen states to pause or roll back their plans to reopen.

Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. He told a Senate committee the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic is going in the wrong direction.

Fauci also added too many people are ignoring rules about wearing a mask and social distancing. New cases are continuing to spike in many southern and western states. Florida is up almost 227%, Arizona 83%, and California 74%.

JUNE 30

Updated 11:16 p.m. – Two new exposure sites have been identified in Leelanau and Oscoda Counties. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer introduced her MI Safe Schools Roadmap. The road map implies that High School Sports might be able to return this fall but under different circumstances.

Updated 3:13 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her return to school plan Tuesday afternoon.

It will include restrictions schools must follow to safely get students back into their classrooms.

The MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap is intended to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall.

She also signed an executive order that requires school districts to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will protect students and educators across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

The roadmap offers guidelines as to the types of safety policies and protocols that will be required or recommended at each phase.

The MI Safe Schools Roadmap includes guidance of PPE use, good hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, screening for symptoms, and athletics.

The governor’s plan for this school year comes after her office and state legislative leaders agreed on a plan to address Michigan’s budget shortfall.

Updated 2:43 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 373 new cases of the coronavirus and 32 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 63,870 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,947 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 63,497 confirmed cases with 5,915 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 26, 51,099 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 12:42 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce her return to school plan Tuesday afternoon.

It will include restrictions schools must follow to safely get students back into their classrooms.

The governor’s plan for this school year comes after her office and state legislative leaders agreed on a plan to address Michigan’s budget shortfall.

It will bring help to Michigan’s schools and colleges.

The state will be investing a large part of the more than $3 billion they got from the federal government into the state’s education.

$200 million is heading to state universities and colleges to help support them amid the pandemic, $53 million would go to hazard pay for teachers, meaning each teacher will get $500 in hazard pay.

To help school districts recover from the coronavirus crisis, the state is planning to send $530 million to them.

The state also has a plan to solve the $2.2 billion general fund and school aid fund shortfall.

Governor Whitmer’s address is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday.

It has been a week since her last press conference.

Since then a lot has changed in the past week and much of the state is waiting for their chance to move to phase 5 soon.

For weeks now, Governor Whitmer has been stressing the plan was to get the entire state to phase 5 by the Fourth of July.

It’s June 30, and now that is looking less likely.

June 30 is also the date she has touted as the release of her plan to get students back into school in the fall. We expect to hear more on that at her press conference Tuesday.

Also, late Monday night they released a statement saying both the governor and GOP leaders in the Legislature have agreed on the supplemental for this year’s budget, including how the state will allot COVID relief dollars.

Add in the fact that Michigan’s decline in cases has seemed to plateau a bit with small outbreaks popping up around the state. Also many states seeing major outbreaks and closing their economies, it will be interesting to see what the governor says about the progress here.

Updated 11:55 a.m. – Organizers of the Cadillac Freedom Festival have made the decision to call off this year’s festival due to coronavirus concerns.

They hoped to put on a fireworks show over Lake Cadillac and host several other events during the July Fourth weekend.

The decision was made to cancel the festival and the fireworks after talking with the local health department.

Organizers say they realized there was not a way to keep crowds at a safe size and at a safe distance around the lake during the fireworks.

Updated 8:01 a.m. – The World Health Organization says the biggest challenge most countries will now face—is learning how to coexist with the virus until a vaccine is available.

The number of new daily cases in Arizona and Florida are comparable to New York’s peaks. Many states are rethinking their reopening plans.

In the hardest hit states—including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California—bars are now forced to shut down. There are limits on public gatherings and new increased restrictions on gyms, theaters and beaches.

And in New Jersey, indoor restaurant seating was planned to resume on Thursday. Now the state’s governor postponed it indefinitely.

JUNE 29

Updated 11:52 p.m. – The governor and legislative leaders agreed on how to address a $3 billion shortfall in Michigan’s 2020 budget.

There have been multiple possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Chippewa and Mackinac Counties.

Updated 4:52 p.m. – The state of Michigan’s response to the coronavirus has been carefully criticized, especially its decisions regarding nursing homes.

The U.S. House of Representatives’ select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis sent Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel a letter last week asking to investigate Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home order.

Monday, Nessel gave a response targeting the politics of the request.

She said, “I have recently learned that you have sent similar requests only to the attorneys general in New York, New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania…While I appreciate and share your concern for the impact of COVID-19 on the health and safety of our elderly population, I am curious as to why similar requests have not been sent to states with Republican governors.”

She went on to suggest the subcommittee review the federal government’s response to COVID-19.

Updated 2:06 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 236 new cases of the coronavirus and 4 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 63,497 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,915 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 63,261 confirmed cases with 5,911 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 25, 51,099 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 12:35 p.m. – Tuesday there will be several free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites open.

Tuesday and Wednesday you can get tested for COVID-19 at Baker College in Cadillac.

Tuesday’s testing runs from 2 to 7 and Wednesday’s runs from 10 to 2.

In Fairview, the local health department is will be doing tests at Fairview Area Schools from 9 to 2 Tuesday.

You do not need an appointment to be tested.

Updated 8:23 a.m. – The Republican head of the Senate Health Committee is pushing to get the president to wear a mask.

Sen. Lamar Alexander emphasized face coverings are important to containing coronavirus and says it would encourage more people to wear masks if the president did.

“It would help if, from time to time, the President would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you are for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. And if you’re against Trump, you do.”

Alexander said he believes the public should listen to medical experts because they are the ones that will lead us out of this crisis.

Updated 7:13 a.m. – The worldwide death toll of the coronavirus has now passed 500,000.

More than a quarter of those deaths are Americans.

Texas, Florida, and Arizona are quickly becoming the new epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. They are among the 36 states seeing increases in new cases.

Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only two states reporting declining numbers.

Some cities are taking measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.

JUNE 28

Updated 3:45 p.m. – For the first time in almost a week, Michigan’s single-day coronavirus case count is below 300. On Sunday, the state said there were 252 new positive tests.

This is the lowest single-day count since Tuesday. In total, 63,261 cases have been confirmed in Michigan.

The state’s death toll is at 5,911 after four additional deaths.

JUNE 27

Updated 4:30 p.m. – Michigan health officials say another 314 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the total amount of confirmed cases in the state to 69,009. After another 19 deaths, Michigan’s death toll now stands at 5,907.

As of Friday, the number of people listed as recovered is at 51,099. This up 1,809 compared to June 19.

JUNE 26

Updated 3:23 p.m. – COVID-19 is changing how carmakers launch new vehicles, and none is as crucial to a company’s bottom line as the Ford F-150 pickup.

The coronavirus is the reason for this virtual unveiling of the new 2021 F-150 pickup.

The truck will arrive in dealerships this fall and a hybrid version will be available.

They’re one of many automakers to roll out new vehicles virtually.

Experts say companies are trying to attract customers after weeks of low sales during the pandemic.

The launch is key to Ford’s future.

The company borrowed more than $20 billion to weather the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

Updated 2:17 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 389 new cases of the coronavirus and 1 additional COVID-19 death.

This is now the biggest single-day case total since May, but the lowest single-day death total since mid-March.

Michigan now has 62,695 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,888 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 62,306 confirmed cases with 5,887 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 19, 49,290 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:15 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order extending the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15.

The order also creates the Eviction Diversion Program, which outlines a process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes.

Under the Eviction Diversion Program, rental assistance will be available beginning July 16.

The executive order provides $50 million of rental assistance will be made available in the form of lump sum payments to landlords in exchange for allowing tenants to remain in their homes, forgiving late fees and up to 10% of the amount due.

Governor Whitmer says tenants whose back rent is not completely covered by the program will be entered into manageable payment plans facilitated by Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-17.

Updated 1:07 p.m. – The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City Triathlon has been canceled.

Organizers say the cancellation is in response to the health and safety issues posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

The race was originally scheduled to take place August 20, 2020.

Right now, a postponement date is scheduled for Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Last year was the first year Traverse City hosted the IRONMAN 70.3

Updated 12:59 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting six new cases of COVID-19.

Of those six cases, two are in Antrim County and four are in Charlevoix County.

The health department says the cases are associated with testing at Grandvue Medical Care Facility conducted last week by the National Guard.

The health department has completed case investigations and contact tracing for all six and all 53 close contacts have been identified, notified and quarantined.

Updated 8:17 a.m. – The White House Coronavirus Task Force is expected to hold its first news briefing in nearly two months.

You can catch it on 9&10 News, our Facebook page, Watch Now page and on 9&10 News Plus on the free SBTV app.

This comes as COVID-19 cases continue to increase drastically in a number of southern and western states.

Texas paused its reopening plans in response to continued surges in cases and increased hospitalizations. And some counties in the state have made wearing masks mandatory.

In New Mexico, their governor paused reopening because not enough people were wearing masks.

And at least 17 high school students from Ohio tested positive for COVID-19 after a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The county they’re from previously had reduced infection rates to zero.

JUNE 25

Updated 11:26 p.m. – Thursday morning, Central Michigan University set its budget for next year and the Board of Trustees laid out the details for students’ return to campus.

District Health Department #2 wants to let the community know of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in Oscoda County.

And as confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the country, we wanted to take a closer look at what’s happening here in Northern Michigan. We talked to a Munson Healthcare official to learn more.

Gyms in much of the state must remain closed after a ruling late Wednesday night from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Updated 4:35 p.m. – District Health Department No. 4 says people who attended a bachelor party in Alpena County last weekend could have been exposed to COVID-19.

The health department say anyone who attended the party on Herron Road after 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

Anyone self-quarantining should also keep away from family and roommates as much as possible.

Updated 4:01 p.m. – A new bill could push back property tax payments for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic or last month’s flooding.

The typical deadline for summer property taxes is September 14.

It would be moved to March 2021 under this legislation

Interest would not start until June.

Another bill would give short-term financing to local governments who’ve had budgets impacted by the later tax payments.

Both have been sent to the governor’s desk for her signature.

The state Treasury Department says they oppose the “unworkable” proposal and will continue conversations.

Updated 1:57 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 353 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 62,306 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,887 COVID-19 deaths.  This is now the biggest single day case total since May.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Wednesday the state was at 61,953 confirmed cases with 5,868 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 19, 49,290 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:41 a.m. – Michigan could create dedicated facilities for coronavirus-infected patients who are not sick enough to be hospitalized or placed in a nursing home.

That’s the idea behind a bill approved by the state Senate.

The Republican-sponsored measure is a response to the governor’s policy that allows people with COVID-19 to be put in nursing homes if they are isolated from residents without the virus.

Under this bill, people could not stay in a nursing home or be admitted there unless they have recovered from the virus or the facility can provide a designated area for them.

Updated 11:23 a.m. – The health department is warning of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Oscoda County.

District Health Department No. 2 say the outbreak is impacting local businesses and other areas of the county, including the Amish community.

The health department defines an outbreak of cases as two or more cases that can be linked together.

Updated 6:26 a.m. –The U.S. is now feeling the repercussion of the country reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In many states, businesses are finding it hard to co-exist with the virus.

In about half the states across the nation, loosened stay-at-home orders have led to record infection numbers. Governors in some of the hardest-hit states are now tightening restrictions to try and tame the virus.

In Nevada, everyone is required to wear a mask, including in casinos.

North Carolina and Louisiana will not move to the next phase of reopening.

And in Arizona, ICU beds are almost at capacity

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have the virus under control. Those states are implementing travel advisories for visitors coming from states that are seeing surges. The visitors are required to self-quarantine for 14-days.

JUNE 24

Updated 11:25 p.m. – While other states are seeing spikes of COVID-19 confirmed cases, Michigan continues on the path to recovery. But are we starting to lose momentum?

Some medical experts say the quarantine led to widespread isolation which has in turn, fueled addiction and substance abuse issues across the state.

After more than three months of being closed, the Traverse Area District Library was able to open to the public again on Wednesday.

The coronavirus fallout means some experienced workers will likely be forced into an early retirement as companies look to make cuts.

On Wednesday, the Grand Traverse County Health Department named eight businesses that were exposed to COVID-19 last Thursday and Friday.

Updated 3:25 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department has issued a list of several recently identified possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

The health department says they identified the potential exposure sites during an out-of-county collaborative contact tracing effort.

Here’s the list of locations that were visited by a group of patrons, several of which tested positive for the coronavirus later on.

Thursday, June 18:

  • Mari Vineyards from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery from 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Amical from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19:

  • Rooftop Bar at Hotel Indigo from 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Little Fleet from 9 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Low Bar from 10:45 – 11:30 p.m.
  • Kilkenny’s Irish Public House from 11:45 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Anyone who visited any of those locations during the date and time listed should self-quarantine and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the last possible exposure.

Updated 1:05 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 323 new cases of the coronavirus and 4 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 61,953 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,868 COVID-19 deaths.  This is the biggest single day case total since May.

The state updates these numbers every day.

Tuesday the state was at 61,630 confirmed cases with 5,864 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 19, 49,290 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:27 a.m. – The Michigan National Guard will be in Manistee this week for free COVID-19 testing.

The National Guard, Michigan State Police and the local health department will be at Manistee High School Thursday and Friday.

The drive-thru site will offer free tests from 2-7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

Updated 5:22 a.m. – Disease Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci says the next few weeks will be critical in controlling the coronavirus, which he says is having a “disturbing surge.”

California reported 6,000 new cases and demand for testing in the state is outweighing the supply.

In Texas, new COVID-19 cases hit 5,000 for the first time. Gov. Greg Abbott is now allowing local officials to impose limits on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

“Unless you do need to go out, the safest place for you is at your home,” Abbott said.

Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force told lawmakers they were never told to slow down testing. Task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci says they will, in fact, be doing more testing.

JUNE 23

Updated 4:35 p.m. – Big news for those still waiting on their unemployment benefits!

If you filed your claim before May 1, the state says they plan to have a decision for you by July 4.

It’s all in an effort to eliminate the claims backlog.

Right now unpaid claims filed before May 1 make up less than 1% of all claims in Michigan.

So far, nearly 95% of those who have filed have received at least one payment.

Updated 1:35 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 221 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 61,630 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,864 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Monday the state was at 61,409 confirmed cases with 5,853 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 19, 49,290 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:20 a.m. – A presidential debate that was set to happen this October at the University of Michigan is now being moved to Florida.

The university says it’s no longer feasible to host the October 15 debate.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel says the decision was based on everything the school needed to do to just prepare for students to return to campus this fall during the coronavirus crisis.

The debate will now be held at a performing arts center in Miami.

Updated 10:49 a.m. – There’s a new proposal working its way through Lansing to help Michigan schools reopen this fall.

Michigan’s K-12 schools are expected to face a massive budget problem this upcoming school year because of the coronavirus crisis.

Michigan Republican lawmakers are proposing a one-time $1.3 billion funding boost to the state’s K-12 schools.

The proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student.

Updated 5:24 a.m. – More than 120,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and 2.3 million have tested positive.

Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, are set to testify in front of Congress Tuesday, June 23.

The hearing comes as more than half the states across the country are seeing significant coronavirus outbreaks.

In Texas, hospitalizations hit a record high for the 12 day in a row and the state closed down 17 bars for violating reopening guidelines.

Arizona is also seeing a record number of hospitalizations.

And in Florida, some areas have made masks mandatory as cases topped 100,000.

Former head of the CDC Dr. Tom Frieden says “What we’re seeing is continued waves, spikes, clusters that are determined by how much contact there is among people.”

JUNE 22

Updated 12:36 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 179 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 61,409 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,853 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Sunday the state was at 61,230 confirmed cases with 5,846 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 19, 49,290 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 11:50 a.m. – Summer has officially started, and so has the summer experiment to close part of Front Street in Traverse City.

The Downtown Development Authority has closed two blocks of East Front Street from Park to Union streets to cars, making it pedestrian only.

The goal is to help businesses hurt by social distancing rules by allowing them to add more seating and sales space in the parking spaces along the curb.

Updated 11:34 a.m. – State lawmakers are urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer to reopen unemployment offices.

They say the in-person assistance will help with the delayed unemployment benefits people should be getting during the coronavirus crisis.

The lawmakers are suggesting the state’s unemployment offices reopen similar to how the secretary of state offices are open right now, which is by appointment only.

Updated 7:57 a.m. – The World Health Organization reported more than 180,000 new COVID-19 cases around the world on Sunday, June 21; the largest single-day rise in cases since the pandemic began.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control will soon be issuing new coronavirus guidelines as cases continue to rise around the nation, mostly in states in the south and southwest.

Along with testing and tracking, health officials across the country are suggesting making masks mandatory.

Also, White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro says the administration is stockpiling supplies in case of another wave.

JUNE 21

Updated 5:15 p.m. – Michigan’s daily COVID-19 death count is again in single digits. The state reported three new deaths on Sunday. Michigan’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 5,846. Another 146 coronavirus cases were also confirmed on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed to 61,230.

JUNE 20

Updated 4:30 p.m. – Health officials say 4,326 Michigan residents have recovered from the coronavirus within the last week. As of June 19, the total number of recoveries listed by the state is at 49,290.

On Saturday, another 255 positive cases of the virus have also been confirmed. This brings the total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 61,084. Michigan’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 5,843 after 20 new deaths.

JUNE 19

Updated 2:35 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 211 new cases of the coronavirus and 5 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 60,829 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,823 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Thursday the state was at 60,618 confirmed cases with 5,818 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 12, 44,964 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Locally, Grand Traverse County is reporting two new COVID-19 cases.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says one of the cases involves a woman in her 50s who is asymptomatic and has had no known community exposure. The health department says close contacts have been notified.

The other case involves a woman in her 20s. According to the health department, the case investigation is still in progress and no other details have been released.

Grand Traverse County has a total of 37 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 19 recoveries and five deaths.

Updated 8:39 a.m. – President Trump is getting back on the campaign trail with a rally this weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But health officials are expressing many concerns about the upcoming event in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tulsa County had a record number of positive coronavirus cases totaling 96.

And from June 6 to 13, the county saw a 116% increase in the number of daily reported cases from the previous week. Read more here.

JUNE 18 

Updated 4:43 p.m. – The unemployment crisis continues to impact thousands of people in Michigan each week.

More than 19,000 new initial unemployment claims were filed last week.

That’s down about 8,000 since the previous week.

It’s the least number of claims in a single week since the coronavirus crisis began.

It’s also a far fall from the peak claims filed in the state the week of April 4. That’s when more than 388,000 people in Michigan filed for unemployment benefits.

Updated 2:40 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 225 new cases of the coronavirus and 26 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 60,618 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,818 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Wednesday the state was at 60,393 confirmed cases with 5,792 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 12, 44,964 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 2:22 p.m. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency declaration until July 16.

This enables her to keep intact restrictions and orders that remain after she lifted the stay-at-home policy.

The executive order will allow her to continue taking action to protect Michigan families and workers.

The state of emergency also is the underpinning for orders that make people eligible for unemployment an additional six weeks, pause evictions, and require masks and social distancing during the pandemic.

Updated 8:20 a.m. – If you have questions about COVID-19, you can ask the governor. 9&10 News is partnering with other Northern Michigan stations to bring you a coronavirus crisis town hall with Gov. Whitmer.

It will air tonight on Local 32 from 7 to 8 p.m.

We’ll also be live streaming it on our website’s Watch Now page, our Facebook page, and on the 9&10 News Plus channel on the free SBTV app.

You can email your questions to news@9and10news.com for a chance to have the governor answer them live on air.

Updated 7:36 a.m. – Recent visitors of the Dollar General in Mio are being warned—the store is now considered a possible low-risk exposure site for the coronavirus.

The District Health Department No. 2 says people who visited the store between 4 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, should monitor themselves for symptoms, contact their doctor, and consider COVID-19 testing.

And the health department is reminding residents there is free COVID-19 testing available in West Branch on Friday.

Tests will be run at Surline Middle School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It’s open to anyone with a valid Michigan ID; no appointment or doctor’s note is needed and you do not have to be showing symptoms to be tested.

JUNE 17

Updated 11:09 p.m. – One of the main streets in downtown Traverse City will soon be converted from one-way to two-way traffic.

While Governor Whitmer plans to release guidelines for schools by the end of the month, some local school districts have already started having those discussions.

The Michigan Legislature approved an $880 million plan to use federal dollars to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated 2:10 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 204 new cases of the coronavirus and two additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 60,393 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,792 COVID-19 deaths

Updated 11:05 a.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan schools can resume in-person learning in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan.

On June 30, Governor Whitmer will also release an executive order and plan called “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap.” The plan will provide details on what will be required and recommended for schools.

Updated 6:48 a.m. – At least 29 neighborhoods in Beijing are under lockdown after a new cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a food market emerged.

The latest cluster of infections have spread to nine of the city’s 16 districts. About 200,000 people are thought to have visited the main food market in the city over the last two weeks.

JUNE 16

Updated 7:11 p.m. – Small, local businesses are receiving some much needed help after going through the pandemic.

After the stay-at-home order was lifted, more activities were allowed for everyone, including high school athletes. With some guidelines in place, high schools have been

able to start up summer workouts.

Pellston Schools will be adding COVID-19 upgrades thanks to the sinking fund millage.

Updated 2:28 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 125 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 60,189 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,790 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 9:05 a.m. – CMU Chemistry Professor Brad Fahlman created a new interactive lesson for students in partnership with textbook company McGraw Hill—and it’s popular worldwide.

Updated 8:06 a.m. – The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way travelers fly. And some airlines are rolling out new policies as early as this week.

Updated 7:28 a.m. – COVID-19 cases have now hit 8 million worldwide.

And many states across the nation are experiencing an increase in new cases as stay-at-home orders are lifted.

There is growing concern over President Trump’s rally planned for this Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The president says he won’t be shamed into canceling his campaign rallies.

The Trump campaign says there will be temperature checks and they will provide hand sanitizer and masks. But attendees won’t be required to wear masks.

JUNE 15

Updated 2:46 p.m. – Two drugs that were being used at one point to treat COVID-19 no longer have the FDA’s approval.

The administration decided to pull its emergency use authorization for both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

Updated 2:20 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 74 new cases of the coronavirus and two additional COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 6:00 a.m. – New coronavirus cases are rising in more than 20 states as the nation reopens and people begin gathering again.

Three of the country’s most populated states—Texas, Arizona and Florida—hit record highs for new COVID-19 cases this weekend.

Some areas of the world are reopening to tourism. The European Union will be lifting border restrictions between its members on June 15.

Travelers from the United States have not yet been given to go-ahead to be able to go to Europe.

Updated 1:30 a.m. – Detroit Area tourism officials say the region has lost more than $200 million because of the pandemic.

JUNE 14

Updated 5:00 p.m. – The state of Michigan is reporting its lowest number of single-day coronavirus deaths since March. On Sunday, Health officials reported three new deaths. The previous low for single-day deaths was four on June 7. The state’s death toll is now at 5,770.

Officials have also confirmed 189 more COVID-19 cases, bringing Michigan’s total confirmed to 59,990.

JUNE 13

Updated 6:00 p.m. – There is free COVID-19 testing this weekend at least eight different locations. You can find two sites in Northern Michigan’s Newaygo and Chippewa counties.

Updated 4:30 p.m. – Michigan health officials say almost 3,000 more people have recovered from the coronavirus. As of June 12, the number of people recovered is at 44,964. On June 5, the state listed 42,041 as recovered.

Another 180 COIVD-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday. This brings the total confirmed in Michigan since the start of the pandemic to 59,801. Also on Saturday, 22 more Michigan residents’ deaths were listed as caused by the virus. The state’s death toll is now at 5,767.

JUNE 12

Updated 3:09 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 125 new cases of the coronavirus and eight additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 59,621 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,745 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 5, 42,041 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 8:30 a.m. – A young woman in Chicago whose lungs were destroyed by the coronavirus is the first COVID-19 patient to receive a double-lung transplant.

Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago performed the 10-hour surgery last week.

The woman, who is in her 20s, had no serious underlying medical conditions and is recovering well, but she has a long way to go. She is on a ventilator because the illness left her chest muscles too weak for breathing.

Researchers are looking into the long-term effects coronavirus may have on the lungs. But at this point, they say it is hard to determine the full extent of the possible residual effects.

Updated 7:45 a.m. – While state reopenings and large gatherings could make it seem as though the coronavirus is weakening, the numbers nationwide are telling a different story.

In Arizona, nearly 80% of the state’s ICU beds are now in use. And Arizona is just one of a dozen states seeing a large spike in cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still says social distancing and wearing a mask is the best way to stop the spread.

Researchers in Texas and California looked at infection rates in Italy and New York before and after face masks became mandatory. Both places saw a slower spread of the virus once those measures were in place.

With increased activity across the U.S., the CDC has now increased its number of expected coronavirus deaths to 170,000 by October.

JUNE 11

Updated 10:15 p.m. – The 2020 Northwestern Michigan Fair has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated 9:25 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Thursday, extending the duration of protections for tenants and mobile home owners from being evicted from their home until Tuesday, June 30.

Updated 4:10 p.m. –Michigan is reporting 218 new cases of the coronavirus and 26 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 59,496 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,737 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 5, 42,041 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 8:45 a.m. – For the tenth straight week, more laid-off workers have applied for jobless aid.

Another 1.5 million applied for unemployment last week—even as more businesses reopen.

Updated 7:14 a.m. – The United States is marking another unwelcome milestone in the fight against the coronavirus.

Johns Hopkins University says more than 2 million Americans have now been infected since the pandemic began in March.

According to the university, only six weeks have passed since the U.S. surpassed 1 million cases.

And now 19 states are seeing a rise in infections.

JUNE 10

Updated 2:57 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 171 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 59,278 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,711 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Tuesday the state was at 59,107 confirmed cases with 5,698 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 5, 42,041 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:43 p.m. – Grand Traverse County is reporting two new positive cases of COVID-19.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says both cases involve adult women who are asymptomatic and have had no known community exposure.

The health department says they are starting to receive test results from the National Guard drive-thru testing held on May 30 and 31 at Turtle Creek Stadium.

According to the health department, 835 people in the region were tested. Of those, 27% of the test results have come back. Those tests revealed four positive cases of COVID-19, 209 negative results and 3 invalid samples.

The health department is now reporting at total of 34 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 18 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County.

Updated 1:09 p.m. – The Upper Peninsula and parts of northern Michigan are one step closer to ending the coronavirus crisis.

Wednesday started phase 5 for the regions, easing restrictions on businesses and communities.

Phase 5 puts the areas in a low-risk phase. The next and final phase would have them in post-pandemic.

Most of our area will be the first ones in the state to be in phase 5.

This means libraries, rustic state forest campgrounds and overnight stays in DNR managed harbors can come back.

It also allows businesses who have close contact with people to open back up.

That means tattoo parlors, as well as nail and hair salons.

The owner of Timberlie’s Salon Studio in Kalkaska says phones have been rigging nonstop, but she says she’s taking her time with each appointment to make sure everyone is safe.

Everyone in the salon has a mask on.

The stylists wash their hands between each customer and wipe down the chair when they leave.

Timberlie says the last three months were tough, but waking up Wednesday was like Christmas morning.

Updated 9:06 a.m. – Across 22 states, the U.S. is now seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

It comes as the U.S. approaches 2 million of the world’s more than 7 million total cases.

Updated 8:36 a.m. – If you have questions about COVID-19, you can ask the governor. 9&10 News is partnering with other Northern Michigan stations to bring you a Coronavirus Crisis Town Hall with Gov. Whitmer.

It will air on local 32 on June 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

We’ll also be live streaming it on our website’s Watch Now page, our Facebook page, and on the 9&10 News Plus channel on the free SBTV app.

You can email your questions to news@9and10news.com for a chance to have the governor answer them live on air.

JUNE 9

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 108 new cases of the coronavirus and 25 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 59,107 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,698 COVID-19 deaths.

The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Monday the state was at 58,999 confirmed cases with 5,673 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 5, 42,041 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:25 p.m. – The annual Mackinac Policy Conference has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual meeting of business, political and other leaders on Mackinac Island had been moved from late May to August.

But Tuesday, the chamber said it will not convene groups of 50 or more people for the rest of the year.

The group’s president says they are exploring other ways to curate conversation and push policy change.

The group will debut a digital series in late summer with a focus on Michigan’s COVID-19 response, economic recovery, racial injustice and achieving equity, and the 2020 election.

Updated 11:01 a.m. – You can now add 39 states and 5 countries to your list of places to travel.

The Pentagon lifted travel restrictions to countries including Belgium, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

The restrictions were put in place to try and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Some states still haven’t met criteria to allow travel including California, Florida and North Carolina.

Updated 6:02 a.m. – The coronavirus pandemic has delivered the world economy its worst blow in 80 years.

The World Bank predicts the Global Gross Domestic Product will shrink by more than 5% this year.

Europe and the U.S. are expected to fare even worse, with the U.S. economy contracting by more than 6%.

The World Bank expects a sluggish year, but expects the U.S. economy to start to rebound next year.

Updated 1:54 a.m. – For months, extra food drives have been popping up across Northern Michigan as communities and churches work to help those affected by the Coronavirus Crisis.

In Cadillac, one church’s youth groups partnered with Feeding America to provide about 10,000 pounds of food for around 250 families.

And food pantries like The Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources are in need of volunteers.

JUNE 8

Updated 5:01 p.m. – Grand Traverse County reported three additional cases this weekend, according to the county health department.

One, an asymptomatic woman in her 90s, was likely exposed in southern Michigan. She has not had any community contact in Northern Michigan.

A man in his 20s has symptoms and got it through community transmission, but has not had any community contact since the likely exposure.

A man in his 30s who is asymptomatic had contact with a known positive case. There are no known community exposures for this case.

Updated 4:33 p.m. – The U.S. economy did in fact enter a recession as the coronavirus crisis took hold in the U.S., according to a group of economists.

It ends more than a decade of slow, steady growth.

A group from the National Bureau of Economic Research says the U.S. is now in a recession. The trade group says we have been in in one since February.

Economists say employment peaked in February, then fell fast afterwards, marking the beginning of the downturn.

The word recession isn’t just assigned randomly. A committee in the National Bureau of Economic Research determines when a recession begins and ends.

Updated 3:52 p.m. – The Michigan Gaming Control Board approved minimum reopening guidelines for Detroit casinos.

The restrictions include only 15% of the legal capacity at each casino, limited entrance points and temperature checks, along with no smoking on casino floors, poker rooms are closed, heightened cleaning protocols and social distancing.

The reopening guidelines will be implemented after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issues an order allowing for Detroit’s casinos to reopen.

Updated 2:57 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 129 new cases of the coronavirus and 17 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 58,999 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,673 COVID-19 deaths. The state updates these numbers every day at 3 p.m.

Sunday, the state was at 58,870 confirmed cases with 5,656 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of June 5, 42,041 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines recovered as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 12:17 p.m. – It’s a new day in Michigan.

The entire state is now in a new phase in fighting the coronavirus crisis.

While northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are preparing to go into a new phase themselves.

All of Michigan is now officially in phase 4 of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s six phase roadmap plan to reopen.

But most counties in our area and all of the U.P. have been in phase 4 for several weeks now.

Those areas will be bumped up to phase 5 Wednesday.

Updated 11:30 a.m. – New Zealand is reporting zero active coronavirus cases for the first time since late February.

It has been 17 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand.

The country has been praised for its early action and strict measures to battle the coronavirus.

New Zealand’s prime minister is also easing all domestic restrictions.

She says the country will most certainly see a new case again, but it’s focused on being prepared for them.

Updated 7:55 a.m. – Reed City’s Seven Slot Grille is among restaurants across the entire state that can begin serving customers for dine-in meals. Owner Dougles Wallace says he is ready—and his customers are too.

And Osceola County Sheriff Ed Williams believes it’s time for businesses to reopen. Read more here.

Updated 6:00 a.m. – After months of shutdown, people around the world continue to protests against racism.

But health experts continue to say there will likely be a spike in coronavirus cases because of these protests. On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s closely looking at the demonstrations and encouraging more testing.

“We really want those individuals to highly consider being evaluated, get tested,” says CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

Updated 1:29 a.m. – The state reported 121 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, June 7.

The total number of confirmed cases in Michigan is now 58,870.

Health officials also say four more people are now dead from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,656.

JUNE 6

Updated 5:30 p.m. – Any Michigan resident will be able to get tested for coronavirus on Sunday in Petoskey. Odawa Casino will host the drive-through testing site in their parking lot. Testing is free and you do not need to make an appointment or be showing symptoms.

Updated 4:30 p.m. – On Saturday, the state released its latest information on coronavirus cases in Michigan. They say 224 more cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 58,749. The number of people killed in the state from the virus is now at 5,652 after 36 new deaths. The state says as of June 5, the total number of recoveries is at 42,041.

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