Coronavirus Crisis: Latest Updates

Last updated at 4:35 p.m. August 31

For a list of the recent possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Northern Michigan, click here.

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August 31

Updated 4:35 p.m. – Michigan children in need will continue to be properly fed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended federal waivers Monday.

The USDA says they allow for flexibilities in child nutrition programs.

Meals will continue to be provided to children ages 18 and under at no cost to the families.

The waivers for the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option are being extended through the end of this calendar year, or until available funding runs out.

Updated 4:07 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified several possible COVID-19 public exposure sites.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

The Buckle at Grand Traverse Mall
August 21 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 22 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 23 from 12 – 5 p.m.

Harbor Springs IGA
August 13 – 15 from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 16 from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
August 17 – 19 from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 20 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Noggin Room, Petoskey
August 22 from 7 – 9 p.m.

JC Penny, Petoskey
August 23 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ace Hardware, Boyne City
August 27 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Chandler’s, Petoskey
August 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The health department is also reporting one new death due to COVID-19 in Emmet Co.

The say the individual was a man in his 70s who was hospitalized.

Updated 2:46 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 451 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 102,468 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,480 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 102,017 confirmed cases with 6,473 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 August 28, 76,151 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 1:06 p.m. – Stormcloud Brewing Company says the Stormcloud Pub and Parkview Taproom are closed after an employee tested positive or COVID-19.

Stormcloud says anyone who visited the pub on August 27 between 4 – 10:30 p.m. should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Parkview Taproom and Stormcloud Pub will be closed for the next few days.

“We have been very diligent with the COVID precautions we have taken and the safety procedures we have implemented in both our pub and taproom this summer. And we are proud of the overwhelming support from our staff who have gone above and beyond to implement those procedures and successfully work through the continual challenges they have been presented with this year. Moving forward, we are working with the Health Department’s recommendations regarding the health of our staff, in addition to following the department’s reopening guidelines for our pub and taproom,” Stormcloud said in a release posted to its website.

Updated 6:00 a.m. Detroit has a new public memorial honoring those who have died of COVID-19.

It features 900 faces on billboards, which line a bridge where 15 funeral processions will be driving past on Monday.

The processions will be paying tribute to the 1,500 who have died citywide, so far.

Detroit Arts and Culture Director Rochelle Riley, says “Look at those faces that represent the spirit of Detroit.”

Updated 5:11 a.m. The majority of the U.S. is seeing a drop in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

But as we seem to be moving in the right direction, many colleges are battling spikes on campus.

August 30

Updated 6:30 p.m. Michigan health officials say 539 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday. The state’s total COVID-19 count is now 102,017. With six additional lives lost, Michigan’s death toll is now 6,473.

August 29

Updated 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, state health officials reported 799 new cases. This makes Michigan’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases 101,478. 21 more people are also being reported as dead, making Michigan’s death toll 6,467. Seven of those were identified during a records review.

76,151 Michigan residents are listed as recovered as of Aug. 28, This is up 3,571 from last week.

August 28

Updated 4:31 p.m. Michigan health officials are reporting 741 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 100,699 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,446 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 5:27 a.m. The Central Michigan District Health Department has issued an emergency order limiting outdoor gatherings to 25 people.

This comes after the health department has confirmed 98 new COVID-19 cases since the return to school.

Updated 1:23 a.m. The state is sending cease and desist letters to 11 assisted living facilities that are accused of charging residents $900 COVID-19 fees.

The attorney general’s office received 37 complaints about CSIG Holding Co., which has facilities in both Petoskey and Midland. A company official told the AG’s office the fees were to offset costs from its COVID-19 response.

The company now has 10 days to respond or face a formal investigation.

August 27

Updated 6:35 p.m. The Grand Traverse County Health Department announced two more possible exposure sites.

If you were at the Traverse City Meijer or the Family Fare near Chums Corner during dates and times listed below, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms for two weeks.

Meijer, Traverse City

  • 13 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 14 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 15 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 16 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 17 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 18 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.

Family Fare, Chums Corner

  • August 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • August 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Updated 3:26 p.m. Michigan health officials are reporting 758 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 99,958 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,440 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 6:23 a.m. Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—all led by Democratic governors—are being asked to send data to the Department of Justice.

The DOJ says executive orders in all four states may have endangered people in assisted living facilities.

The data request revolves around orders given to public nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

The purpose of the orders was to free up space at overflowing hospitals. But the orders were criticized for putting people who are most at risk in jeopardy.

Gov. Whitmer and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded in a joint statement calling the request nothing more than a transparent attempt to politicize the matter.

They also noted several Republican-led states made similar guidelines but were not asked for documents regarding nursing homes.

August 26

Updated 8:32 p.m.The Central Michigan District Health Department identified 106 COVID-19 cases related to those returning to the Mt Pleasant area. The health department says case counts include current students, former students and those living in the community who were identified as being associated with other cases related to return to school.

And in Gaylord, Tap Room 32 has been identified as another low-risk, public exposure site for patrons who visited on August 18 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Updated 3:15 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 761 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 99,200 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,424 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 6:26 a.m. – The COVID-19 cases among students at Central Michigan University is causing staffing shortages at Dog Central, a local restaurant.

Owner Paul McFall said his is not the only business in the area experiencing a similar problem.

August 25

Updated 3:26 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 779 new cases of the coronavirus and 20 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 98,439 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,417 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 1:47 p.m. – On Tuesday, Governor Whitmer announced a $1.2 million donation from IKEA that will go to Michigan’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Now that schools are starting to reopen, we want to go over what Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Schools Roadmap says about students and staff wearing face masks.

Updated 6:52 a.m. – Gov. Whitmer is set to address the state at 1:30 in the afternoon for an update on the state’s coronavirus response.

You can watch it on 9&10 News, our Facebook page, website’s Watch Now page, and on the free SBTV app.

August 24

Updated 11:02 p.m. – Farmers say they’re still struggling with an Executive Order that requires mandatory COVID-19 testing of farm workers. A class-action lawsuit was filed to try to stop it, but a Court of Appeals judge has now denied the farmers request.

The legislature and governor have six weeks to put together the state’s budget for next year.

Schools depending on Zoom to help their virtual students have already had a little hiccup. Video conferencing app Zoom reported a widespread outage starting this morning across the U.S.

Updated 5:02 p.m. – Health officials say 868 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths have been confirmed in Michigan.

As of Friday, 72,580 people have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they are still alive a month after developing symptoms.

Updated 8:22 a.m. – A turning point in the fight against COVID-19—President Trump says the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma.

Although, the FDA wants to be clear this is not a cure. This will be used as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients that are in the hospital.

August 23

Updated 11:45 p.m. – Two pop-up coronavirus testing sites are coming to Northern Michigan. The first is Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Petoskey at the Emmet County Fairgrounds.

On Thursday, August 27, it is being offered at the East Jordan Middle School parking lot. Testing runs both days from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. and is a joint effort between the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and the Michigan National Guard. No appointment or referral is needed.

Updated 9:30 p.m. – Following a video of a large amount of Central Michigan University students leaving a party Thursday night, the school is speaking out. The university says they will not allow the actions of individuals to jeopardize others. In a statement, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Voisin says they will immediately fine or possibly suspend students who host or attend large gatherings. He says large parties at other schools have caused spikes in cases and even shut down some campuses. The school warns this could also happen in Mt. Pleasant if students continue “this type of reckless, irresponsible behavior.”

Updated 4:15 p.m. – Health officials say 768 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Michigan. This comes on the heels of Saturday seeing more than 950 new COVID-19 cases.

The state says single-day numbers will likely be higher for a few days following Friday’s glitch. There was an error with data entry and that night, less than 400 cases were reported.

With Sunday’s confirmed cases, Michigan’s total is now 96,792. The death toll stands at 6,393 after four additional deaths.

August 22

Updated 5:30 p.m. – On Saturday, Michigan saw its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the last seven days. The state says 953 new single-day cases were confirmed.

On Friday, the seven-day rolling average was at 562. The state’s total confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic is now at 96,024.

With 11 additional lives lost – eight of which were identified during a vital record review – 6,389 Michigan deaths are attributed to the virus. 72,580 state residents are reported as recovered as of Aug. 21. This is up 4,802 from last week.

August 21

Updated 10:41 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 374 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 additional COVID-19 deaths, but say Friday’s number of new cases is less than expected because of an issue with the reporting of electronic lab results.

According to the state’s website, “A large number of received lab messages were improperly formatted and temporarily blocked some valid results from being processed and entered into the reporting system. This issue is currently being fixed. As the valid results enter the system over the next day or two, there will likely be higher than expected numbers of daily case counts. This lab result backlog should not affect the 7-day rolling average or the cases by date of onset in the dashboard data.”

Michigan now has 95,071 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,378 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 94,697 confirmed cases with 6,368 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 August 14, 67,778 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 5:35 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified two new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Pierson’s Grill and Spirits, Harbor Springs
August 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bob’s Place Restaurant, Alanson
August 20 from 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Centre Ice in Traverse City, TC Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament from 8/14-8/16
Friday, 8/14 from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday, 8/15 from 9am-7pm
Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-12pm

Apache Trout Grill
Wednesday, 8/12 from 10am-4pm
Thursday, 8/13 and Friday, 8/14 from 4pm-11pm
Saturday, 8/15 and Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-4pm

Updated 4:19 p.m. – Six Michigan businesses were fined after the state said they didn’t do enough to protect their workers from the coronavirus.

MIOSHA cited the six companies, all of which are located downstate, for infractions like letting employees work close together without masks, failing to do daily health screenings, and failing to develop a preparedness and response plan to COVID-19.

Updated 1:26 p.m. – The Michigan Court of Appeals says Governor Gretchen Whitmer was within her authority when she continued the state’s COVID-19 state of emergency without legislative approval.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the court ruled in Whitmer’s favor after Republican legislative leadership challenged Whitmer’s use of executive emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican leadership argued Whitmer’s decision to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency past April 30 was unconstitutional.

However, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled: “Proceeding on the assumption that the Legislature had standing to file suit, we hold that the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, her extensions of the state of emergency, and her issuance of related EOs clearly fell within the scope of the Governor’s authority under the EPGA. We further hold that the EPGA does not violate the Separation of Powers Clause. We therefore decline to address whether the Governor was additionally authorized to take those same measures under the EMA and whether the Governor violated the EMA—those matters are moot. Finally, we hold that there is no basis to reverse the order of the Court of Claims denying the motion to intervene.”

Updated 11:22 a.m. – The free mask initiative Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced is now giving the masks out to the select groups.

Last week Governor Whitmer said four million masks will be available to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters.

The masks have already been sent to local health and human services offices, community action agencies, testing sites and low-income schools.

They are now ready for pick-up.

Anyone who is interested in receiving a free mask should first contact their local DHHS or CAA office.

Updated 11:08 a.m. – As schools are either beginning their school year or getting ready to, the state is reporting 14 outbreaks across the state in K-12 schools and colleges.

The state has not released exactly which schools are dealing with outbreaks, but none so far are in northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula.

Updated 10:47 a.m. – FEMA has approved Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request to give an extra $300 a week to unemployed workers.

The extra money will go to the more than 910,000 Michiganders unemployed.

These benefits will be retroactive to August 1, but it’s not clear how long the extra funding will last.

The hundreds of thousands of people unemployed in Michigan do not need to do anything extra to get the added money.

Updated 9:00 a.m. – Versiti Blood Center says every blood donor will be tested for coronavirus antibodies. If donors are positive, that means they either already had the virus or they’ve developed a response to it.

The antibodies are not harmful and can be safely transfused to another patient. Blood donations have slowed down due to the pandemic, which means it’s even more important than ever to donate blood.

Updated 8:44 a.m. – Buckley Community Schools says the district qualifies for a portion of the $65 million in federal CARES funding, but with the new coronavirus protocols, that money is essentially already gone.

“We’ve actually spent more than that just in PPE,” says Superintendent Jessica Harrand. Read more here.

August 20

Updated 11:55 p.m. –The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity held a virtual meeting to speak with Mount Pleasant business owners about the fall influx of students.

Updated 11:50 p.m. – If you need to renew your license, the Secretary of State is offering special appointments and extended hours get it done.

It’s for those with a driver license or state ID card that expires between January first of this year and September 30.

Many driver’s licenses and IDs can be renewed online or by mail.

To make an appointment, click here or call 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Updated 4:21 p.m. – District Health Department #10 and Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department are reporting possible COVID-19 exposure at Crystal Mountain golf course locations in Thompsonville.

The say the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 wore a mask and social distanced, so the potential exposure is considered low risk.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Ridge Course
August 13 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 14 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Crystal Mountain’s Betsie Valley Course
August 14 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kilwin’s Bay View location
August 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
August 8 from 12 – 10 p.m.
August 9 from 12:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 14 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
August 15 from 12 – 10 p.m.
August 16 from 12 – 9:30 p.m.
August 18 12 – 9:30 p.m.

Apache Trout Grill
August 9 from 4 – 9 p.m.
August 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 13 from 4 – 10 p.m.
August 14 from 4 -10 p.m.
August 15 from 4 – 10 p.m.

Updated 3:09 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 419 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 additional COVID-19 deaths. Eleven of the deaths were identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 94,697 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,368 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 94,278 confirmed cases with 6,349 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 August 14, 67,778 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 1:40 p.m. – Organizers have canceled the 2020 Bell’s Brewery Iceman Cometh Challenge.

They say crews spent hours making plans to implement precautions for the health and safety of participants, but could not secure the needed permitting for the 31st edition of the Iceman Cometh Challenge.

Organizers ask that you defer registration to 2021 or donate the fee to the Iceman Cometh Challenge to help them continue to host events for the community.

Any donated registration fee will be 100% tax deductible, they will hold your spot for the 2021 event, and you will be entered into a drawing for some ‘cool swag.’

Updated 12:38 p.m. – The number of first-time unemployment claims has moved back above the 1 million mark amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Labor Department reports first-time claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 1.1 million claims last week.

It was 971,000 the week before that.

Economists hoped it would stay below that 1 million line, indicating the labor market is on a steady path to recovery.

Continued claims declined to 14.8 million, down from 15.5 million the week before.

The latest figures suggest that more than five months after the viral outbreak erupted the economy is still weak, despite recent gains as some businesses reopen and some sectors like housing and manufacturing have rebounded.

Updated 8:05 a.m. –A federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of about 170 farms and orchards against Gov. Whitmer’s office and the MDHHS claiming the order mandating testing for migrant workers was discriminatory. 9&10 News spoke with West Wind Orchards owner David Smeltzer and one of his workers about the lawsuit.

Updated 7:08 a.m. – Some Northern Michigan residents are still having a hard time catching up on rent amid the pandemic. Now, the state is coming in with aid in order to help ease that burden.

August 19

Updated 11:35 p.m. –  Schools have the plan from the state to reopen amid COVID-19 concerns, now that they approved the Return to Learn plan. It also comes with a price tag.

State Representative Michele Hoitentga introduced legislation in Lansing that would require the governor to make county designations instead of regional ones during a state of emergency.

And The Michigan Health Department issued an emergency order requiring testing of state prison staff.

Updated 2:55 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 616 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 94,278 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,349 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 93,662 confirmed cases with 6,340 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 August 14, 67,778 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).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced $60 million in additional federal coronavirus relief funds will be going to Michigan schools with the most need due to COVID-19.

The money will be used to help schools bridge the digital divide for students learning remotely and will be divided based on the number of economically disadvantaged students, English language learners and special needs students.

Updated 11:29 p.m. – District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reporting the first death from COVID-19 in Manistee County.

DHD#10 says a Manistee County woman in her 50s passed away at her home on Friday.

“We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family who lost their loved one,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, DHD#10 Medical Director. “We continue to urge the public to be vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a proper face covering, social distancing, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands often.”

Updated 7:48 a.m. – New COVID-19 cases are popping up at colleges like Oklahoma State University, where an entire sorority house is now under quarantine after 23 members of the sorority tested positive.

And in Indiana, where there are now more than 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Notre Dame eight days after term began, causing the school to stop in person classes for at least two weeks. The previous count of confirmed cases was 60.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns there are really troublesome signs the virus can cause long-term health effects even for those college aged students.

August 18

Updated 11:38 p.m. – Michigan State University is going online for the fall and is encouraging students to stay home.

Restaurants are having to close on days they would normally be open because of staff shortages.

Updated 4:38 p.m. – The LMAS District Health Department identified two possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Mackinac County.

Captain’s Quarters Wash & Dry Dock Coin Laundromat, St. Ignace
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Friday, August 14
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 15

Bentley’s B-M-L Café, St. Ignace
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 15

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Updated 3:08 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 477 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday’s data includes 7 deaths identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 93,662 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,340 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 93,185 confirmed cases with 6,325 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 August 14, 67,778 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 12:45 p.m. – New numbers are spotlighting the growing issues with coronavirus in nursing homes across the country.

An industry report shows COVID-19 cases jumped almost 80% in nursing homes earlier this summer.

From June 21 to July 26 cases surged to a 77% increase across the country in nursing homes.

The study also found weekly deaths rose by 25%.

Long-term care facilities account for less than 1% of the U.S. population, but more than 40% of COVID-19 deaths.

There’s also more concern for nursing homes in Sunbelt states as cases continue to rise.

Back in July, the White House released $5 billion for nursing homes and launched a program to equip each home with a fast-test machine to screen residents and staff for the coronavirus.

Updated 8:33 a.m. – Ten states are experiencing rising COVID-19 cases, and deaths due to the virus are up in nine states.

Health officials are advising schools to not open unless infection rates are lower than 5%—more than half the country is reporting rates over 5%.

Within one week of in-person classes starting at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, they are already getting moved to online learning. Right now, 526 UNC students are in isolation or quarantine because of the coronavirus.

August 17

Updated 5:12 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan announced several more possible COVID-19 exposure sites Monday.

City Park Grill, Petoskey
August 10 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 11 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 12 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 13 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 15 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 16 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Charlevoix Community Pool
August 11, 12 & 13

Palette Bistro, Petoskey
August 14 from 8 – 9 p.m.

Chandler’s, Petoskey
August 14 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Beaver Island Ferry
2:30 p.m. departure to Beaver Island on August 14

North Perk, Petoskey
August 16 from 9:45 – 10 a.m.

Updated 4:35 p.m. – A student at Petoskey High School and a member of the football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter sent to families and staff, the school’s superintendent says those who were directly involved with the student will receive additional communication from school staff or the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

The superintendent says the school district will cooperate with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan regarding the implementation of screening and testing protocols for students and staff.

Updated 2:37 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 465 new cases of the coronavirus and 1 additional COVID-19 death.

Michigan now has 93,185 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,325 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 92,720 confirmed cases with 6,324 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 August 14, 67,778 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 8:05 a.m. –Monday, August 17, is the first day back for students at Northern Michigan University.

They will head back to class in person. University President Fritz Erickson says masks, testing and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

Updated 7:50 a.m. – Students are starting to return back-to-school, but 34 states are reporting infection rates higher than 5%, causing backlash from educators across the country.

Nationally, there are teachers choosing to retire or resign because their school is reopening during the pandemic.

And The Food and Drug Administration is granting emergency authorization for a new saliva-based test that delivers COVID-19 results faster.

August 16

Updated 9:44 p.m. – J&S Hamburg has been preparing free meals for months to feed kids in need. On Sunday, they realized they hit a big milestone.

Updated 6:27 p.m. – The state reported 565 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, almost half of Saturday, August 15’s count.

Michigan’s total COVID-19 case count is now 92,720.

With six additional lives lost, the death toll stands at 6,324.

This continues the trend of single-day case counts dipping over the weekend.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has previously said this could be caused by fewer tests being performed or processed on those days.

As of Friday, August 14, health officials say 67,778 people have recovered from the virus.

August 15

Updated 10:22 p.m. – State senators met in Lansing on Saturday, August 15, to flesh out the details in their Return to Learn plan and pass two bills.

The Ready to Learn plan eases mandatory instruction requirements. The goal is to let individual districts decide those hours themselves. Read more with comments from Sen. Curt VanderWall and  Sen. Wayne Schmidt here.

Saturday’s session focused on how teachers should communicate with their students remotely.

The two bills passed the Senate 23-15 and 24-14. They waive the 1,098 hours and 180 days requirement for instruction. The content must stay the same as a regular school year.

A House proposal to require schools to offer in-person instruction to K-5 students was removed. This comes as many districts are starting the year with remote-only teaching.

School funding would be based on a combination of last year’s enrollment and this year’s.

It is split 75% to 25% to not have the pandemic drastically impact districts’ expected budgets.

In a statement from Gov. Whitmer and state Republican leaders, they say the deal will give families and teachers  “much-needed support, flexibility and certainty as we approach the new school year.”

The Michigan House will vote on the bills Monday, August 17.

Updated 7:31 p.m. – Gov. Whitmer has signed a new executive order setting COVID-19 testing requirements for jails and prisons. Under it, the Michigan Department of Correction must test prisoners upon entry, transfer and release from a facility.

Updated 7:19 p.m. – Health officials say 1,015 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on August 15.

The state has only seen three days with more than a 1,000 single-day cases since May.

Two of those were just this week.

18 more deaths are also being reported, 14 of which were identified during a Vital Records Review.

The death toll now stands at 6,318

As of Friday, August 14, 67,778 people are listed as recovered.

This is up 4,142 from last week.

August 14

Updated 4:08 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan announced several more possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Dockside Torch Lake, Bellaire
August 6 from 12 – 9 p.m.
August 7 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Chandler’s, Petoskey
August 7-9 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Back Lot, Petoskey
August 7 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Vernales Restaurant, Harbor Springs
August 8 from 6 – 8 p.m.

For a full list of the latest possible COVID-19 exposure sites, click here.

Updated 2:35 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 748 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 91,140 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,300 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 90,392 confirmed cases with 6,289 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 August 7, 63,636 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).

A possible COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Topinabee.

The health department says those who were at Breakers Restaurant on August 7 from 12-1 p.m. should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Updated 1:04 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer touted optimistic coronavirus numbers at a press conference Friday while unveiling a plan to get a mask to everyone who needs one in Michigan.

This comes after the state saw a big one-day jump in cases Thursday – bigger than we’ve seen in a long time.

With schools and colleges finalizing their plans for the school year, there was some expectation heading into the press conference that some more direction would be coming for educators.

But that was not the case. Friday’s update was all about masks.

Specifically, a new program called MI Mask Aid, where Michigan will be offering four million masks for free for the most vulnerable populations across the state.

The masks are being supplied by FEMA and the Ford Motor Company, who is donating 1.5 million masks themselves.

The masks are being dispersed to local community action agencies, homeless shelters, Native American tribes and agencies, as well as low income schools.

She repeatedly stressed the point that the single best defense people can use against COVID-19 is using a mask, and a program like this can help those Michiganders who need it the most.

As for the case numbers, the Traverse City region continues to have the lowest numbers of any region in the state.

Statewide, we hit the highest single day number of tests last week at nearly 40,000 with the state positivity rate at just over 3%.

If you would like to get one of the free masks, you can contact the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 888-535-6136 or your local community action agency.

Updated 8:53 a.m. –Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is set to give another update on the state’s response to the coronavirus at 11 a.m.

You can also watch it live on our website’s Watch Now page, our Facebook page, and the free SBTV app.

Updated 8:50 a.m. – A recent surge of coronavirus cases is also bringing on more deaths.

The U.S. saw more than 1,500 people die because of the virus in just one day Thursday.

That’s a mark we haven’t seen since mid-May.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now predicts the country could see nearly 190,000 deaths by Sept. 5.

August 13

Updated 10:17 p.m. – Leland Public Schools has suspended all fall athletic practices and activities after a student-athlete on its soccer program tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district is not aware of any direct exposure during sports practices.

Athletic practices and activities will remain suspended until contact tracing has been completed by the Benzie-Leelanau Health Department.

Updated 4:45 p.m. – Health departments in northern Michigan announced numerous possible COVID-19 exposure sites Thursday.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure:

Ward Brothers Marina, Charlevoix
August 1, 2 and 8 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and August 9 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kilwins, Petoskey
August 1 from 2:30 – 10:30 p.m.
August 2 from 2 – 10 p.m.
August 3 from 1 – 10 p.m.,
August 4 from 6 – 10 p.m.
August 5 from 10:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Meyer Ace Hardware, Petoskey
August 7 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
August 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jay’s Sporting Goods, Gaylord
August 8 from 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Charlevoix Fitness Center
August 9 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Chandler’s Restaurant, Petoskey
August 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Charlevoix Skate Park
August 10, 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

West End Tavern, Traverse City
Saturday, August 1, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 2, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, August 7, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 8, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 9, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday, August 10, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Updated 3:01 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 1,121 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths. Of the 16 deaths, 9 were identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 90,392 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,289 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 89,271 confirmed cases with 6,273 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 August 7, 63,636 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 11:17 a.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked the president to fully fund the Michigan National Guard during their coronavirus response.

Last week President Donald Trump made the decision to federally fund guard activities at only 75%, with an exception for Florida, Texas, Arizona, Connecticut and California.

The governor says that leaves some states with additional cost during a public health and economic crisis.

She says, “The president’s decision to grant full federal funding would directly impact our state’s ability to re-engage our economy while continuing to keep our communities, seniors, and vulnerable populations safe.”

Updated 7:44 a.m. – New cases are growing among children.  From July 9 to August 6, there have been 180,000 confirmed cases in kids.

More than 380,000 children have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

President Trump is pushing updated social distancing guidance in order to get children back into the classroom this fall.

Some Democrats say the decision about reopening should be left up to individual school districts. But President Trump has suggested that only schools that hold in-person classes will receive federal funding.

August 12

Updated 11:30 p.m. – A Northern Michigan business is taking Governor Gretchen Whitmer to court over her executive orders.

A Grand Rapids law firm is suing the state over a COVID-19 farm testing mandate.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting two new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

During case investigations, the following locations were identified as public exposure sites.

  • Firefly Restaurant:
    Sunday, August 2 from 3 – 8 p.m.
    Tuesday, August 4 from 12 – 8 p.m.
    Wednesday, August 5 from 12 – 8 p.m.
    Sunday, August 9 from 3 – 8 p.m.
  • Cherry Capital Airport:
    Delta Flight 3787
    Arriving from Minneapolis/St. Paul into Cherry Capital on Saturday, August 1 at 5:29 p.m.

If you were at the locations during the listed times, you should self monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the exposure.

Updated 3:49 p.m. – Bowling alleys are allowed to open in phase five of the MI Safe Start Plan, but some people rallied in Lansing Wednesday for the rest of the state’s locations to reopen.

The Bowling Centers Association of Michigan is suing both Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel over the executive order keeping their businesses closed.

The association members claim if bowling alleys around the state can’t reopen soon, they risk going out of business.

The association says bowling alleys statewide have the protocols in place to safely reopen.

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 517 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 89,271 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,273 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 88,756 confirmed cases with 6,264 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 August 7, 63,636 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 2:15 p.m. – Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the first airport test site for a new autonomous robot that disinfects using ultraviolet technology to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The Ford Airport is also testing tools that utilize UV technology to destroy the microbiology of the virus.

The tools the airport is testing includes a shoe disinfectant mat for guests, a pod that can be used to clean wheelchairs and luggage trolleys, and a chamber for personal items such as phones, keys and tablets.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport partnered with Michigan-based UVC Experts and Florida-based iP Program as it looked at the various solutions available to meet the disinfecting needs of all touchpoints, including floor, open spaces, surfaces and personal items.

Updated 12:35 p.m. – Two soldiers at Camp Grayling are in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus last week.

They received the positive test results last Thursday after showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Both were immediately isolated in dedicated housing units.

Anyone who was in contact with the two were also isolated immediately.

In addition, to ensure the health and safety of the soldiers, families and community, the entire formation of more than 400 soldiers were tested again on Monday.

The camp is still waiting on those results.

Updated 9:09 a.m. – Russia is the first country to grant regulatory approval to a coronavirus vaccine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is declaring it a victory. But doctors worldwide are skeptical about the vaccine.

August 11

Updated 5:30 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting nine possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

During case investigations, the following public locations were identified as potential low-risk, public exposure sites.

  • Jordan River Church on August 2
  • Angel Nail Salon, Charlevoix on August 4 at 1:30 pm
  • Northern Lights Bowling Alley, Harbor Springs on August 4 from 8 – 9:30 pm
  • Challenge Mountain Resale, Boyne City on August 4 at 10:00 am
  • Hobby Lobby, Petoskey on August 4 from 3 – 5 pm
  • Pier One Imports, Petoskey on August 4 from 3 – 5 pm
  • Charlevoix Health and Fitness on August 6 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Siren Hall, Elk Rapids on the evening of August 6
  • Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport, Allegiant Air Flight 871 on August 8

The health department says that all locations have been contacted and are working to ensure their employees and customers are safe.

If you have questions or think you may have been exposed call the health department at 1-800-432-4121.

Updated 4:57 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department identified another possible COVID-19 exposure site.

The health department says anyone who was at Kilkenny’s Irish Public House on Friday, July 31 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure, particularly if you were not wearing a mask or maintaining 6 foot distance from others.

Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from the public, family, close contacts and roommates as much as possible.

Grand Traverse County has a total of 194 COVID-19 cases, with 113 recovered and five deaths, leaving 73 active cases.

Updated 4:29 p.m. – The state has a new webpage to help you understand what kinds of activities are permitted during the coronavirus pandemic and which ones are not according to the executive orders.

It divides activities into four categories: education, entertainment, services, and workforce.

The webpage then shows which activities are allowed in the different reopening phases of the MI Safe Start Plan.

The Upper Peninsula and much of northern Michigan is in phase five, while the rest of the state is in phase four, so some activities are allowed up here but not yet for those downstate.

The page also shows which executive orders apply to each specific activity.

Updated 2:55 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 796 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 88,756 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,264 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 87,960 confirmed cases with 6,257 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 August 7, 63,636 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 11:30 a.m. – The Trump administration may use the coronavirus pandemic to tighten entry at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Options being weighed include barring entry to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

A draft memo obtained by the New York Times reports that any move to block citizens and permanent residents would only apply in the rarest of circumstances, and would ensure no constitutional rights are infringed.

Since the pandemic started the government has imposed several travel restrictions, but citizens and legal residents have been excluded.

This move would likely face legal challenges.

Updated 8:51 a.m. Worldwide, coronavirus cases have now hit 20 million with almost 750,000 deaths.

It took nearly three months to reach 10 million cases in June. That number has doubled in just six weeks.

Cherokee County, Georgia, was one of the nation’s first counties to open for in-school learning. Now just one week later, 800 students are in quarantine after at least 16 schools in Cherokee County reported COVID-19 cases among students or staff.

Updated 6:35 a.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says his nation is the first to register a COVID-19 vaccine.

August 10

Updated 11:50 p.m. –  Many sports conferences are deciding whether or not to have a football season this year; leaving bars and restaurants in college towns like Big Rapids concerned about their future.

The bus boy at Timbers Steak and Seafood in Ludington who had a friend call in and impersonate his father to say he tested positive for COVID-19 will not face charges.

Updated 5:15 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting six new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

The health department says if you were at any of these locations during the listed time, you should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure, particularly if you were not wearing a mask.

Dillinger’s Pub:

Thursday, July 30 from 8 – 10 p.m.

U and I Lounge:

Thursday, July 30 from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Kilkenny’s Irish Public House:

Friday, July 31 from 12 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Saturday, August 1 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Boathouse Restaurant:

Sunday, August 2 from 3 – 11 p.m.

Outback Steakhouse:

Thursday, August 6 from 5 – 6 p.m.

Traverse City West End Park Beach Volleyball Courts (Grandview Parkway):

Thursday, July 30 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Friday, July 31 from 2 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 2 from 2 – 8 p.m.

Monday, August 3 from 2 – 8 p.m.

Friday, August 7 from 2 – 6 p.m.

Updated 3:52 p.m. – A possible COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Lake County.

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reports an individual went to Na-Tah-Ka Restaurant in Irons on the evening of August 7.

On Aug. 8, that person tested positive for COVID-19.

DHD#10 says anyone who was at Na-Tah-Ka Restaurant in Irons on the evening of August 7 should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms through August 21.

Those who are self-monitoring should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible.

Updated 2:49 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 557 new cases of the coronavirus and 8 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 87,960 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,257 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 87,403 confirmed cases with 6,249 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 August 7, 63,636 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 8:23 a.m. – Recycling centers are trying to clear this up: gloves and masks are not recyclable. Right now, used PPE should go in the trash.

Updated 7:25 a.m. – We want to warn you about two possible coronavirus exposure sites in Grand Traverse County.

The health department says if you were at Sparks Barbecue or at Buffalo Wild Wings during the dates and times listed below, you should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the day of possible exposure.

Sparks BBQ

  • July 30: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings

  • August 9: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 3: 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Updated 7:06 a.m. – New information from the state shows opioid use has surged during the pandemic.

August 9

Updated 7:30 p.m. – Health officials say 514 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan on Sunday. This makes the total number of confirmed cases 87,403 since the virus first broke out.

Two more deaths were also confirmed. The death toll now stands at 6,249, one lower than Saturday’s count. The state says three previous instances marked as deaths have been removed following corrections by local health departments.

August 8

Updated 8:58 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 698 new cases of the coronavirus, and three additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 86,889 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,250 COVID-19 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 August 8, 63,636 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).

August 7

Updated 2:53 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 762 new cases of the coronavirus, and zero additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 86,191 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,247 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 85,429 confirmed cases with 6,247 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 31, 60,022 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).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended Michigan’s coronavirus emergency through Sept. 4, enabling her to keep in place restrictions designed to curb COVID-19.

Whitmer has used the emergency declaration to issue orders to close certain businesses, limit gathering sizes and require masks in enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places.

Updated 7:32 a.m. – The U.S. has now surpassed $160,000 deaths related to COVID-19.

A new prediction model shows that number may not stop growing anytime soon.

The University of Washington School of Medicine is forecasting up to 300,000 deaths in the U.S. by early December.

To compare that to the 2018-2019 flu season, about 34,200 people died in the U.S. during that time. But the university also says consistent mask-wearing could save about $70,000 lives.

August 6

Updated 11:14 p.m. – Ethanology in Elk Rapids says that one of their employees may have been exposed to COVID-19.

They say that the employee worked last Thursday through Sunday and the employee did not have any symptoms while they were at work.

The distillery says the employee passed company temperature checks on each day and no other employees have had symptoms.

Ethanology will remain open and has been deep cleaned.

Updated 5:07 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department has identified two local restaurants as possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

The health department says individuals who were at these restaurants during the listed time period should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure:

Minerva’s Restaurant and Bar
Restaurant only: July 31, 1-10 p.m.
Restaurant and banquet: August 1, 1-10 p.m.

North Peak Brewing Company
Deck: July 31, 3-11 pm
Inside: August 1, 11 am-11:30 pm

Those who are self-monitoring should keep away from the pubic, family and roommates as much as possible.

Grand Traverse County has a total case count of 179, with 85 active cases and five deaths.

Updated 4:35 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting of two locations that are possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

The possible exposure sites are:

  • Bay View Country Club member dining (2328 Country Club Rd, Petoskey, Mi 49770)
    August 1 and 2, from 6-9 p.m.
  • Lucky’s Steak House  (2525 Snowdrift Dr, Gaylord, MI 49735)
    July 25, 28, and 29, from 2:30 – 10 p.m.

The health department says both restaurants have been contacted and are working to ensure the safety of employees and visitors.

If you have questions about testing or about your potential exposure, please call the health department at 1-800-432-4121.

Updated 2:56 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 722 new cases of the coronavirus and 26 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 85,429 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,247 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 84,707 confirmed cases with 6,221 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 31, 60,022 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 2:24 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order requiring face coverings to be worn in all child care centers and camps.

The governor says Michigan has seen outbreaks at these locations, and requiring face coverings will allow them to remain open while keeping kids and staff safe.

Under the new order, staff and children ages 2 and up are required to wear a face covering on a school bus or other transportation.

Staff and children ages 4 and older are required to wear a face covering in all indoor common spaces, while staff and children 12 and older are required to wear a face covering in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor small-group settings.

The order does make an exception for child care centers in the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions, which are currently in phase 5 of the MI Safe Start reopening plan.

Face coverings are not required for any child who cannot medically tolerate it, during meal time, while swimming, during high-intensity activities, outside while physically distanced, or if a child is under the age of 2.

Updated 1:05 p.m. – Members of the Michigan Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, or MI CORE, are protesting on the Capitol lawn.

They say it’s to call attention to the danger of schools physically reopening.

They say when Governor Gretchen Whitmer suspended in person schooling in March there were only a few dozen cases in Michigan, but now there are hundreds of cases a day.

The group is demanding that state and federal officials take more decisive action in addressing the pandemic.

They also want more funding to protect schools communities.

Updated 11:15 a.m. – Nearly 1.2 million Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week.

It comes after a $600 weekly federal jobless payment expired.

It’s the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid.

But the number of jobless claims fell by about 250,000 from the previous week.

That was after rising for two straight weeks, and it was the lowest total since mid-March.

Updated 8:39 a.m. – Tuesday was one of the deadliest days since the coronavirus hit in the U.S., adding more than 1,000 deaths

As the U.S. continues to battle the virus, lawmakers continue to battle over a stimulus relief bill.

The Senate now plans to delay its recess next week in hopes that a bill will ready then.

August 5

Updated 10:24 p.m. – The owners of North Peak Brewing say that one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

They say that the employee worked last Saturday on the deck and health officials were contacted right away.

Updated 5:06 p.m. –  District Health Department No. 4 is reporting of a possible COVID-19 exposure site in Alpena County.

If you were at Dunham’s in Alpena on July 24, 25, and 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The health department says that you should monitor for symptoms for 14 days if you were there at the dates and times above.

Updated 4:11 p.m. – District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) announced new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

DHD2 identified the following locations as possible exposure sites:

  • G’s Pizzeria & Deli, 200 W Houghton Ave, West Branch, MI: July 31, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mr. Jack’s Sports Bar & Grill, 105 W Westover St, East Tawas, MI: August 1, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunrise Cafe And Cabins, 3070 Lupton Rd, Lupton, MI: August 2, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Anyone who was at those locations at the times and dates indicated could have been exposed to COVID-19.

DHD2 says individuals should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Updated 3:53 p.m. – One of the companies working on a vaccine for the coronavirus says it’s on track to finish enrollment for a phase three study before October.

Moderna also said it plans to sell the vaccine at below $40 per dose for most customers.

The company is teaming up with Michigan-based Henry Ford Health System in its trial.

Henry Ford tells us they’ve just given the first doses to some people in Michigan as part of that trial.

All drug companies are being closely watched to see what they plan to charge for COVID-19 treatments.

Biotech company Gilead revealed in June that its Remdesivir drug would cost more than $500 a vial for people with private health insurance.

Updated 3:18 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 657 new cases of the coronavirus and 2 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 84,707 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,221 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 84,050 confirmed cases with 6,219 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 31, 60,022 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 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the coronavirus crisis revealed cracks in Michigan’s health care system.

She says it highlights the deadly nature of pre-existing inequities caused by system racism.

Governor Whitmer held another press conference Wednesday morning to update the state on the fight against COVID-19.

As for the substance of the address, not much is changing.

Governor Whitmer announced a new Black Leadership Advisory Council and officially named racism a public health crisis.

As for the COVID-19 update, we are staying in the status quo.

The Traverse City region again is well ahead of the rest of the state in new cases, less than ten new cases per day per million people, but that doesn’t mean the restrictions are going to be loosened.

Governor Whitmer again stressed she wants to nip any sort of spread in the bud before schools begin in the coming weeks.

The Lansing region was the only region seeing growth in case rates over the last few weeks, everyone else dropping or at least staying steady.

But Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says there is no timeline for a plateau in numbers to lead to a change in status.

So for the time being, northern Michigan seems to be stuck in place until at least Labor Day.

Updated 7:05 a.m. – Overall, the U.S. has nearly 4.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and almost 157,000 deaths.

Health officials say COVID-19 cases are now rising in rural communities. These areas usually tend to have an older population, and more people on Medicare.

August 4

Updated 11:05 p.m. – Manton Christian Camp says that someone at their camp the week of July 20 has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you were at MCC the week of July 20 you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Updated 2:57 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 664 new cases of the coronavirus and 8 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday’s data includes 5 deaths identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 84,050 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,220 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 83,386 confirmed cases with 6,212 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 31, 60,022 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 1:46 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive Tuesday requiring state departments and agencies to make enforcement of COVID-19 related laws a priority.

Under the new order, directors and agency heads should assign elevated priority to enforcement of COVID-19-related laws in categories of establishments where transmission is well-documented, including but not limited to nursing homes, meat processing plants, and agricultural housing.

The executive directive states Michigan State Police must enforce violations of COVID-19 executive orders and epidemic orders in the same manner as it would enforce any other violation of law.

The directive also requires departments to consider violations of law when determining eligibility for licensing.

Additionally, if a state department or agency becomes aware of non-compliance under the law they must consider it to be presumptive evidence of a “public health hazard” or “imminent and substantial hazard to the public health” and take appropriate steps to mitigate any risk to public health and safety, including suspension of a license or cessation of operation of a food establishment.

Updated 11:34 a.m. –Michigan National Guard troops will continue to help the state fight the coronavirus crisis through the end of the year.

The Michigan National Guard has helped with testing, screening, distributing protective equipment and have helped out at food banks throughout the state.

The request came from Governor Whitmer, which was then approved by President Trump.

This allows guard members to get federal pay and benefits that were set to expire in a couple of weeks.

The federal government will pay 75% of that while the remaining 25%t will need to be budgeted in by the state.

Updated 6:41 a.m. – Health experts on the White House Coronavirus Task force are warning there are signs of a new surge in COVID-19 cases among states in the middle of the U.S.

Now 15 states and Washington, D.C. have reported an increase in infections.

However, cases are plateauing in California even while single day deaths increased.

August 3

Updated 11:19 p.m. – A Grand Traverse County woman is speaking out about her own exposure to COVID-19. 9&10’s Bill Froehlich sat down with her one-on-one, to talk about how she caught the virus, what her symptoms were, and what she wants others to know.

Updated 5:19 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department has reported of three possible exposure sites.

People who were present at the following locations during the listed time have the potential for exposure:

  • Kilkenny’s Irish Pub on July 25 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Bob Evans on July 26 from 12:45 to 1 p.m.
  • North Peak Brewing Company on August 2 from 9 to 10 p.m.

Updated 2:32 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 604 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 83,386 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,212 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 82,782 confirmed cases with 6,206 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 31, 60,022 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 7:36 a.m. – Coronavirus deaths are now on the rise in 32 states—and states all across the country are again tightening restrictions.

Now Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says we have reached a new phase in the pandemic that’s impacting rural areas more than it did in March and April.

August 2

Updated 9:55 p.m. – Students at a Michigan university are lending a hand to their classmates who are in need during the coronavirus crisis. Earlier this year, Michigan Tech established its Husky Emergency Assistance Fund to assist those facing financial hardships. Tech’s graduate student government organization is now pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations from other students.

Updated 9:35 p.m. – A Republican lawmaker in Michigan has now tested positive for COVID-19. State Senator Tom Barret of Charlotte says he does not have “any significant symptoms” and will be self-isolating. He says he tested positive after a screening on Friday.

Barret has been an outspoken critic of Gov. Whitmer’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He also sponsored a bill that would repeal a 1945 law to limit her emergency powers. Barret is also the first Republican lawmaker in Michigan to test positive for the virus.

Updated 9:20 p.m. – The Catholic Church is requiring people in the Upper Peninsula to mask up if they are going to indoor mass. Marquette Bishop John Doerfler says he thinks the mask’s effectiveness is quote “still inconclusive” but wearing one is a sacrifice made out of love.

The mandate first started on Saturday. The Marquette Dioceses did recommend masks back in may when services resumed. Many places of worship have been enforcing them for months.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, a cloth face mask could provide some protection if used correctly.

Updated 5:45 p.m. – For the first time in more than a week, the rolling seven-day COVID-19 case count has dipped in Michigan. Health officials say 426 new cases were confirmed Sunday, down more than 300 from Saturday. The state’s death toll stands at 6,206 after no new deaths were reported.

August 1

Updated 7:20 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed a bill that she says threatened nursing homes and patients who have COVID-19. The Republican-sponsored bill would have allowed people with the novel coronavirus to be transferred to nursing homes only if they were in a building separate from the other residents.

The proposed legislation came in response to an executive order by the governor. Under the executive order, people with COVID-19 are currently able to be transferred to some “hub” nursing homes as long as they are isolated from other residents.

Updated 5:30 p.m. – Michigan’s single-day coronavirus case count continues to trend upwards. State officials reported 735 new cases and seven deaths on Saturday. Four of the deaths were identified during a Vital Records review.

82,356 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak. The seven-day rolling average is now 768-new-cases per day, the highest mark since early May. As of Friday, 60,022 Michigan residents were listed as recovered. This is an increase of 2,520 since last week.

JULY 31

Updated 11:56 p.m. –  The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting of a possible COVID-19 exposure site in Traverse City. The health department says people who were at Burger King on East Front Street on July 22  and July 23 from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Updated 2:43 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 734 new cases of the coronavirus and 8 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 81,621 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,199 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 80,887 confirmed cases with 6,191 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 24, 57,502 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 1:05 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer was at Camp Grayling Friday for the Michigan National Guard Memorial and Pass in Review.

It’s a ceremony to honor the fallen members of the National Guard and recognize those currently serving.

National Guard members took to the parade platform for the ceremony Friday morning.

Governor Whitmer was there for the Memorial and Pass in Review ceremony.

This comes after earlier this week the governor imposed new COVID-19 restrictions across the state.

Many in northern Michigan were left wondering why, given many metrics were much lower than other parts of the state.

She says it’s all about the trajectory.

“The way these numbers are moving is very concerning,” said Whitmer. “That’s why we took these efforts to tighten things up in this phase in hopes we don’t have to move a phase back.”

Governor Whitmer says when it comes to northern Michigan, her concern is the smaller hospitals being overwhelmed by an outbreak.

Updated 7:08 a.m. – For the third day in a row, Florida has set a new record for single day coronavirus deaths. But while Florida, is seeing the worst of the virus another 17 states are also seeing a rise in coronavirus deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were nearly 1,400 deaths on Wednesday across the United States, which is nearly one death per minute.

Thing are also starting to move downhill in Louisiana. The state is now leading the U.S. in cases per capita.

In Florida, many testing sites are closing as the state prepares for hurricane Isaias.

 

JULY 30

Updated 7:11 p.m. – 

Bay Mills Resort & Casino says a hotel employee has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The Bay Mills Indian Community says they immediately notified health officials of the case and reviewed surveillance footage.

Updated 5:39 p.m. – District Health Department #10 is reporting that an asymptomatic person went to Merritt Speedway on July 25. The health department says the person tested positive for COVID-19 on July 27.

Updated 3:20 p.m. – A popular music festival in Pentwater has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

Brews & Beats is postponed until May 1, 2021.

Organizers say they held off on canceling just in case the state improved to the point the festival could take place.

All tickets sold are being rolled over to next year’s event.

If you can’t attend the new date, you have until April 1 to let organizers know. You can contact them by email at events@pentwater.org.

Updated 2:49 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 715 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Of the 19 deaths announced Thursday, 14 were identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 80,887 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,191 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 80,172 confirmed cases with 6,172 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 24, 57,502 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 12:56 p.m. – Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate, has died of complications from the coronavirus.

Cain had been sick with the virus for several weeks.

It’s not clear when or where he was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June.

Cain was trying to be the first African American to win the GOP presidential nomination.

He was considered a long shot before winning Florida in 2011.

Cain was also considered a strong supporter for President Trump.

He was 74 years old.

Updated 12:40 p.m. – In less than 24 hours, most of northern Michigan and all of the Upper Peninsula will be scaling back what businesses can be open.

We want to break down the reasoning and the data on why the governor is ordering bars to close indoor service and why gathering sizes are being significantly reduced.

Let’s first breakdown why the governor said the restrictions are being put in place.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the resurgence of the coronavirus is closely associated with large social events like the one at Harper’s Bar in Lansing, a house party in Saline, and the Torch Lake 4th of July sandbar party that led to at least 43 cases.

The governor says these three events made her limit indoor gatherings to 10 people or less.

Outdoor gatherings for northern Michigan and the U.P. are at 250 people, 100 people or less for the rest of the state.

It’s worth noting only one of those events are in northern Michigan, with the sandbar party attracting people from all over the state.

Let’s now breakdown how each region is averaging in cases per million people.

In the Traverse City region, they are averaging the lowest in the state with 6.5 daily cases.

The Upper Peninsula is averaging about 16.5 new cases a day.

Jackson has 24 cases a day, while the rest of the state is averaging more than 30 cases a day.

Now let’s breakdown how hospitals in our area are faring when it comes to the coronavirus crisis.

Munson Medical Center says they have three COVID-19 patients, and two are in the ICU.

MidMichigan Health says they have 7 patients in their hospitals, with one person in the ICU.

Spectrum, which covers parts of our area but mostly downstate, has 38 COVID-19 patients.

McLaren also covers part of northern Michigan, but is mainly downstate. They say they have 81 COVID-19 patients in their hospitals.

Hospitals in northern Michigan like Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, Mackinac Straits Hospital and War Memorial all have zero COVID-19 patients right now.

Altogether, the state has 670 people with COVID-19 in hospitals right now with 195 in the ICU, a much smaller number than in months past.

The new restrictions on the Traverse City and Upper Peninsula regions come as a surprise to many, and adds another layer to an already confusing situation on what can and can’t be done in the area.

This executive order from Governor Whitmer doesn’t exactly match Traverse City or any other regions back in MI Safe Start Plan.

In fact, the two regions were trending up with the lowest new cases per day per million numbers of any region across the state and the lowest positive of any other region.

But over the last few months, Governor Whitmer has shown indirect desire to stomp out any sort of outbreak anywhere in the state.

So what does this mean we can do in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula?

Executive order goes into effect Friday and ends all indoor service at bars and restaurants that earn more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales. Breweries distilleries and wineries are exempt.

Also indoor gatherings are limited to just 10 people, a restriction we haven’t seen since we were under the Safer At Home executive order months ago.

This is where it gets confusing though because the 10 person indoor limit does not apply to everything. It doesn’t apply to incidental gathering of people at places including the airport, bus station, factory floor, restaurant, shopping mall, public pool, or workplace.

Updated 6:50 a.m. – The recent coronavirus surge in the U.S. has reached new highs, with almost 4.5 million cases and nearing 151,000 deaths since February.

Florida, Texas and California, three of the hardest hit states, have all set new single day death records. Nearly a quarter of all states have posted similar records in just the last week.

In Florida, 31,000 teachers have signed a petition asking, Governor Ron Desantis, to reverse his order requiring schools to reopen. But Desantis says he is not considering that a possibility right now.

The U.S. has about a quarter of the global total of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

JULY 29

Updated 8:00 p.m. Governor Whitmer signed two executive orders amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issued revised workplace precautions.

Updated 4:01 p.m. – The state of Michigan says opioid overdoses have surged during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department of Health and Human Services says EMS responses for opioid overdoses jumped by 33% from April to May.

And their responses from April through June are up 26% over the same time last year.

But the total number of visits to the emergency room for any reason dropped by 38% between April and June compared with last year.

Visits due to opioid overdoses increased by 2%.

The state says it’s still too early to determine if opioid-related overdose deaths have increased since it takes longer to finalize death certificates.

Updated 2:45 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 996 new cases of the coronavirus and 2 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Due to a backlog of test results from a commercial laboratory, Wednesday’s case count includes 300 that are attributed to older lab results.

Michigan now has 80,172 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,172 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 79,176 confirmed cases with 6,170 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 24, 57,502 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).

We are less than a week away from primary day in Michigan.

Because of the coronavirus, many have decided to vote absentee but many have not turned their ballot in yet.

There are over 1 million people in Michigan who asked for an absentee ballot but haven’t sent it back yet.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is advising people they should drop the ballot off at their clerk’s office.

With less than a week until Election Day, Benson says that it is just not enough time to ensure your ballot will get to your clerk in time.

In Michigan, your absentee ballot must be to your clerk by the time polls close on Election Day.

Clerks have set up drop boxes you can drop your ballot off in, or hand deliver it right to your clerk’s office.

Updated 6:07 a.m. – The Trump Administration signed a historic new deal aimed at getting a vaccine in circulation even sooner. It comes as cases are spiking in 22 states and total deaths are nearing 150,000.

President Trump announced, Tuesday, he is allocating $765 million through the Defense Production Act to Kodak to produce critical pharmaceutical ingredients.

JULY 28

Updated 11:45 p.m. – Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie starts face-to-face instruction on August 10. On Tuesday, incoming freshmen registered for housing and orientation. The process looked different than in years past.

Governor Whitmer gave an update Tuesday afternoon on the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Updated 4:16 p.m. – A Michigan-based hospital system is joining with one of the nation’s foremost COVID-19 vaccine trials.

Henry Ford Health System is working with Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, which started a phase three clinical trial Monday.

Henry Ford is looking for up to 5,000 people in Michigan to take part in the 30,000 person study.

Volunteers won’t know if they’re getting the real shot or a placebo.

Scientists will closely track results after giving two doses per person.

Updated 2:23 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 669 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 79,176 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,170 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 78,507 confirmed cases with 6,154 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 24, 57,502 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 11:39 p.m. – A popular Traverse City business is temporarily closed because an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The Grand Traverse Pie Company says one of its employees at the West Front Street store has tested positive.

Out of an abundance of caution, the business says they have decided to close all of its locations and food truck spots.

Once the quarantine period ends, they will reopen.

They expect that to happen next Saturday, August 8.

Updated 6:20 a.m. – New relief for hurting Americans’ could be coming soon. The Senate Republicans unveiled a new trillion dollar economic stimulus bill. However, the House Democrats say the plan still leaves many unanswered questions.

The new plan will include another round of stimulus checks. A main focus of the plan is allocating billions for coronavirus testing and opening schools. It would also cut enhanced unemployment benefits from $600 to $200, something Republicans say needs to happen in order to get people working again.

But Democrats are concerned that the aid is not strong enough. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, says the package isn’t even fully supported by republicans.

Congress previously allocated three trillion dollars in coronavirus relief spending. Many of the programs it funded have already run out of money.

JULY 27

Updated 11:28 p.m. – The coronavirus pandemic continues to have an impact on the construction industry.

In less than a month, colleges will be opening their campuses to students as they prepare for the Fall semester. 

Updated 4:39 p.m. – The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department has identified a possible COVID-19 exposure site.

The health department says individuals who were at North Peak Brewing Company on W. Front Street in Traverse City on July 23 between 5:30 – 7 p.m. may have been exposed and should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure.

The health department says individuals self-monitoring as a result of a potential exposure to COVID-19 should keep away from others as much as possible.

Updated 4:16 p.m. – District Health Department #4 (DHD4) says Presque Isle County has experienced its first death due to COVID-19.

DHD4 announced the death Monday afternoon. They say the individual was an adult male.

“We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends who have lost their loved one,” said Denise Bryan, Health Officer at DHD4. “This is a tragic reminder that COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community members and we must all continue to follow all executive orders to help bring this virus to a halt.”

Updated 2:38 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 488 new cases of the coronavirus and 5 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 78,507 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,154 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 78,019 confirmed cases with 6,149 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 24, 57,502 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 7:04 a.m. – The Republican Party plans to unveil a new stimulus bill on the senate floor Monday   . It comes as the nation is seeing some of the worst of the coronavirus yet. There have been more than 1,000 deaths per day over the past five days.

Cases in Florida continue to surge, now reaching more than 400,000 cases. Florida is only second to California.

New hot spots are starting to pop up as well, like in Arkansas.  The state saw hospitalizations hit a single day record, the same day as an anti-mask march.

Now with the school year quickly approaching, the Trump Administration says it is vital the new stimulus bill is passed quickly.

The new proposed stimulus bill is expected to include direct payments, more small business loans and tax incentives for re-hiring. However, Democrats want more benefits included in the bill.

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi says, Democrats want a full package and not a piece-meal approach.

 

JULY 26

Updated 4:15 p.m. –  Michigan is reporting 1,041 new COVID-19 on Sunday. However, some of those cases were intended to be a part of Saturday’s count. The state said on Saturday their daily report was delayed due to technical issues. Some of Sunday’s cases were intended for Saturday’s single-day case count.

The weekend’s case count averages out to 739 single-day cases, up from the 630-rolling-three-day average reported on Friday. In total, 78,019 people in Michigan have tested positive for the coronavirus. The death toll stands at 6,149 after no new deaths.

JULY 25

Updated 6:30 p.m. – The state has lowered the number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus because of data entry errors. On Friday, officials said the death toll was 6,151. On Saturday, the modified total reported as 6,149.

The state says the errors were found while reviewing the data. This led to 16 listed deaths being subtracted from the total.  Officials say the errors were from a local case investigation. They say some people were mistakenly reported as dead while they were not.

Updated 6:30 p.m. – State health officials say 437 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Saturday. 14 more people have lost their lives in connection to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 6,149. Eight of the new deaths were identified during a Vital Records review.

57,502 people are reported as recovered as of Friday, up 2,340 compared to last week.

JULY 24

Updated 10:05 p.m. –

Marion Public Schools says someone at their graduation ceremony on July 20 at 7 p.m. likely had COVID-19. The school says that anyone who attended the graduation should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms until July 31.

Updated 5:53 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting of a possible COVID-19 exposure site in Emmet County. The health department says the Petoskey State Park beach volleyball court was a low risk exposure location on Monday night.

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 594 new cases of the coronavirus and 3 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 76,541 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,151 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 75,947 confirmed cases with 6,148 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 17, 55,162 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 11:10 a.m. – The Little Traverse Yacht Club says it’s canceling 2020’s 60th annual Ugotta Regatta because of COVID-19.

Normally, hundreds sail out in Harbor Springs on race day—an event made possible by more than 100 volunteers in 2019.

The yacht club says it has decided to cancel this year for the safety of its members, guests, competitors, volunteers, and staff.

On Facebook, the board of director’s statement says, “Words cannot express how disappointed we are; this is a gut-wrenching decision that no-one wanted to make. We extend our sincere apologies to everyone that has invested their time and resources in this year’s Regatta.”

The board members say they were determined to continue to hold the event—so long as they “could do so consistent with safe practices,” and tirelessly gave it their best—but, “unfortunately, today, this pandemic has hit too close to home.”

All registration fees will be refunded.

The yacht club is considering offering a discount to members that want to rollover their entry fee to 2021.

Updated 9:45 a.m. – The FDA is warning people about 75 possibly dangerous hand sanitizers on its growing recall list.

The agency says it’s seeing more products falsely labeled to contain ethanol, also know as ethyl alcohol.

These falsely labeled products have tested positive for methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can also be life threatening when ingested.

Updated 8:04 a.m. – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is now past the 4 million mark.

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans say they have now reached a “fundamental agreement” on the phase four coronavirus relief bill.

In the trillion-dollar proposal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says it includes more than $100 billion for schools and universities so they can comply with the CDC guidelines for reopening.

But President Trump wants that money withheld from schools that don’t reopen. He says that money can instead go to parents so they can send their kids to private or charter schools.

And there is another topic in contention: unemployment benefits. Read more here.

JULY 23

Updated 11:04 p.m. – Ferris State University announced it is waiving online course fees to help students financially during the pandemic.

A gym in Traverse City released a statement letting members know that it is a possible COVID-19 exposure site.

Within the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan, the age groups with the highest rate of positive tests have been ages 20-29 and 30-39. But this younger crowd has not been a major factor in the death numbers.

Updated 4:09 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified a new possible COVID-19 exposure site.

The health department says individuals who were at Little Traverse Yacht Club on July 14 from 4-10 p.m. may have been exposed and should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

The health department says the Little Traverse Yacht Club is working with them to take precautionary measures to ensure their employees and members are safe.

Those with questions about testing or potential exposure should call the health department at 1-800-432-4121.

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 699 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Deaths announced Thursday include 6 deaths identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 75,947 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,148 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 75,248 confirmed cases with 6,141 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 17, 55,162 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 11:40 a.m. – Major airlines are reporting massive second quarter losses.

They’re also warning that the recovery in air travel seen in April has stalled as cases of the coronavirus surge in the U.S.

American Airlines posted a loss of more than $2 billion.

Southwest lost nearly a million.

Combined losses of the country’s four biggest airlines now stands at more than $10 billion in just three months.

Between April and June, about 15 million people rode on American and Southwest.

In 2019, that number was nearly 100 million.

Updated 11:25 a.m. – For the first time in nearly four months, the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits went up.

The Labor Department reported another 1.4 million people sought jobless aid last week.

That spike comes just days before an extra $600 a week jobless benefit is set to expire.

But the Labor Department says total number of people receiving jobless benefits fell by about a million to 16.2 million.

Updated 11:19 a.m. – There will be several free COVID-19 testing events in northern Michigan over the next few days.

Friday and Saturday, there will be drive-thru testing at Traverse City East Middle School, as well as in the Upper Peninsula.

Upper Peninsula COVID-19 testing will take place at St. Ignace Area Schools’ parking lot on Friday, and Luce County Road Commission in Newberry on Saturday.

You must bring an ID to get tested.

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Updated 7:02 a.m. – On Capitol Hill, Congress continues to negotiate another coronavirus relief bill. 

Wednesday, during President Trump’s coronavirus briefing, he announced the White House came to an agreement with drug company Pfizer, who is testing a COVID-19 vaccine.

White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci warns its possible COVID-19 will never be fully eradicated. However, health experts are saying it is highly unlikely you can be re-infected with the virus.

JULY 22

Updated 11:30 p.m. –After a long budget battle last summer, COVID-19 forced another one as tax revenue dropped and costs to fight the virus climbed.

Updated 3:01 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 523 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 75,248 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,141 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 74,725 confirmed cases with 6,135 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 17, 55,162 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).

District Health Department No. 4 (DHD4) has identified two more possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

People who were present at the following locations during the listed time have the potential for exposure:

  • Pub 27 in Cheboygan on July 11 from 9-11:30 p.m.
  • Mangoes in Alpena on July 19 from 1-2 p.m.

DHD4 says individuals should monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Updated 11:08 a.m. – Amazon is now postponing Prime Day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sale usually takes place mid-July and is known to be the company’s version of Christmas in July.

But Amazon said, “This year we’ll be holding Prime Day later than usual, while ensuring the safety of our employees and supporting our customers and selling partners.”

The online retailer says it will share more details soon.

Updated 9:01 a.m. – The Trump administration and Congress are continuing negotiations on the phase four coronavirus relief bill.

It’s estimated to cost a trillion dollars.

There is one thing President Trump wants included in the bill, but Senate Republicans are against—that’s a payroll tax cut.

White House officials say an agreement on the next stimulus bill could come by the end of the month.

Updated 8:13 a.m. – The U.S. is approaching 4 million confirmed coronavirus cases.

But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the number of people who have actually been infected is probably twice as many as confirmed. That’s because of an increasing number of positive antibody tests.

Government scientists say this means many Americans have been spreading the virus without even knowing it.

JULY 21

Updated 5:21 p.m. – District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) has identified a possible COVID-19 exposure site in Manistee.

DHD#10 says an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 could have exposed others at River Street Station in Manistee on July 11 and July 12.

Those who were at River Street Station on those dates are asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date.

Those who are self-monitoring should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible.

Updated 3:48 p.m. –Gyms have been closed throughout most of the state since March 16.

Tuesday, people rallied in Lansing to protest the lengthy shutdown.

The Michigan Fitness Club Association held a fitness workout and rally on the state capitol lawn.

The event’s main goal was to highlight the benefits of exercise during these uncertain times.

The MFCA says the prolonged closure of gyms has left Michiganders with few options for their regular exercise routines.

Updated 3:11 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 573 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 74,725 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,135 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 74,152 confirmed cases with 6,126 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 17, 55,162 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 7:38 a.m. – Medical experts say there is hope for a COVID-19 vaccine in the near future—and President Trump says he will likely resume COVID-19 press briefings.

In this update on the race to develop a vaccine, researchers say a vaccine created by Oxford University and the drug company Astra-Zeneca triggered a “powerful immune response” in the largest vaccine trial to date.

This comes as states in the Sunbelt continue to battle surges in confirmed cases.

JULY 20

Updated 4:12 p.m. – The Grand Traverse County Health Department has identified four new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

Individuals who were at any of the locations below during the listed day and times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from their exposure date:

  • The Little Fleet – 7/10 and 7/11
    Exact times unknown
  • Low Bar – 7/10
    5-8 p.m.
  • The Parlor – 7/10
    8 p.m. Exact times unknown
  • Elite Fitness North – 7/11
    Before 2 p.m.

Updated 3:21 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 489 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 74,152 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,126 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 73,663 confirmed cases with 6,119 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 17, 55,162 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 11:54 a.m. – District Health Department No. 4 (DHD4) is alerting the public of a possible COVID-19 exposure location.

DHD4 says people who were at The Menu Restaurant in Lewiston on July 12 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Those who could have been exposed should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Updated 9:00 a.m – Congress is back in session Monday after being on recess since the Fourth of July.

The COVID-19 pandemic is at the top of their schedule.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the first order of business will be a new coronavirus relief package.

Updated 7:13 a.m – New York City plans to enter phase four of its reopening on Monday.

But the city is planning to keep most restrictions on indoor activities, including indoor dining, theaters and museums.

California, Texas and Arizona are continuing to report dramatic surges of new cases. And health experts are now warning about rising infection rates in Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Kentucky.

Georgia’s governor and the city of Atlanta’s mayor are still in a legal battle over Atlanta’s mask mandate.

Atlanta’s mayor believes the surge in new cases is linked back to Georgia being one of the first states to re-open.

And Florida reported another 12,500 new COVID-19 cases.

In Miami Beach’s South Beach, a new 8 p.m. curfew is in place.

Officials hope the early curfew will help turn down the party scene.

JULY 19

Updated 11:59 p.m. – Michigan continues to see high daily case numbers

State health officials confirmed 483 new cases—on the weekends case numbers are usually slightly lower than the rest of the week–bringing our total to more than 73,000.

That’s the 13th most cases of any state in the country.

More than 6,000 Michiganders have died of COVID-19.

And we have learned about more than 1,200 new recoveries from COVID-19.

55,000 Michigan residents have recovered so far. 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).

JULY 17

Updated 7:00 p.m. – LMAS District Health Department has released a possible COVID-19 Exposure site in Alger County. The health department says that if you were at the Glass Bottom Boat Tour from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday July 12 you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has released a possible COVID-19 exposure site.

Updated 4:30 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting more potential COVID-19 exposure sites.

The health department says if you were at any of these restaurants in Emmet or Charlevoix counties on the dates and time listed, you could have been exposed to COVID-19 and should self-monitor for symptoms.

  • Pierson’s Grille & Spirits, Harbor Springs on July 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Barrel Back, Walloon Lake on July 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • TAP30, Petoskey on July 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Paper Station, Harbor Springs on July 15 from 7 – 9 p.m.

According to the health department, all restaurants have been contacted and are working to ensure employees and customers are safe.

Anyone with questions should contact the health department at 1-800-432-4121.

Updated 3:06 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 660 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 72,502 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,108 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 71,842 confirmed cases with 6,101 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 10, 53,867 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 1:58 p.m. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Friday strengthening and clarifying her previous order requiring all Michiganders to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.

Under the new order, businesses cannot assume that an unmasked customer cannot medically tolerate a face covering, though they can accept a customer’s verbal representation to that effect.

The new order also requires public safety officers to wear a face covering unless doing so would seriously interfere in the performance of their responsibilities.

The order also clarifies that wearing a mask at a polling place for the purpose of voting is not required, but still strongly recommended.

Those exempt from wearing a face covering in public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces include people who:

  • Are younger than five years old;
  • Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
  • Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
  • Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity; or
  • Are at a polling place for purposes of voting in an election.

Updated 12:55 p.m. – The MHSAA announced on Friday that the fall sports season will begin as traditionally scheduled. There are some potential interruptions as well due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fall sports will start as scheduled, with football practices to begin on Aug. 10 and the rest of fall sports to begin on Aug. 12.

If the situation changes, fall practices and competitions could be delayed. If that happens, low-risk fall sports that can be played will be completed while higher-risk sports will be postponed to later in the school year. If fall sports are suspended, the schedule would change where fall and spring sports could potentially extend into July 2021. Winter sports would begin in November.

The MHSAA did consider swapping fall and spring sports, but decided against it due to high-risk sports in the spring as well. They did not want to make athletes choose between a fall or spring sport if they put the low-risk sports in the fall and the high-risk sports in the spring.

The plans will depend on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan. The MHSAA Representative Coucil will meet again on July 29 to discuss more of their plans. They will build more coronavirus-related policies for fall sports and will have those available once the season approaches.

Updated 12:15 p.m. – Even the local lemonade stand is struggling, but some relief may be on the way.

Country Time says it will write $100 bailout checks to kids whose lemonade stands have shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The company’s Littlest Bailout Relief Fund helps offset the loss of revenue for junior entrepreneurs and their curbside gigs.

Kids under the age of 14 qualify, just get a parent or guardian to help apply online before August 12.

Updated 8:11 a.m. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending its No Sail Order for cruise ships through the end of September.

This suspends operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers on U.S. waters.

Updated 7:29 a.m. – COVID-19 has claimed more than 138,000 lives in the United States.

Two states, Texas and Florida, reported their biggest single-day death tolls since the pandemic started; 156 people died in Florida and 129 people died in Texas.

More than half of U.S. states are now mandating face masks in public places. Colorado’s governor says lives and the economy depend on people following the mask mandate.

But in Georgia, where cases are continuing to surge, their governor filed a lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance, trying to block her mask order.

Gov. Brian Kemp argues Bottoms’ mask order violates his emergency orders. But mayors across Georgia are supporting Mayor Bottoms.

JULY 16

Updated 11:53 p.m. – The Michigan State Housing Development Authority says their Eviction Diversion Program will set aside $50 million to keeping tenants that can’t make ends meet because of COVID-19, in their homes.

The travel industry is trying to stay afloat during weather challenges, budget cuts and a pandemic.

Rep. Bergman says the government should not be mandating masks but individuals must look out for each other.

Updated 6:53 p.m. – LMAS District Health Department announced several new possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Mackinac County. The health department says that four travelers with COVID-19 visited Mackinac County.

Updated 5:05 p.m. – The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department has announced a potential low-risk COVID-19 exposure site.

The health department says anyone that was at Cherry Capital Airport on American Flight 4047 Tuesday July 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus.

If you may have been exposed, you are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

The health department is also reporting the first death in its jurisdiction. They say the individual was a woman from Benzie County who passed away in a different county.

Updated 3:10 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 645 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Of the 16 deaths announced Thursday, 13 were identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 71,842 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,101 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 71,197 confirmed cases with 6,085 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 10, 53,867 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 12:44 p.m. – Michigan is doing better than most states when it comes to the fight against COVID-19 but numbers are still rising in every region.

As the state tries to keep up with the costs and impact of the pandemic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has looked to the federal government for help.

Congressman Jack Bergman sat down with 9&10’s Eric Lloyd Thursday to talk about the federal government’s role in the state’s fight.

Bergman says he fully expects to be voting on additional stimulus packages for Americans and our businesses in Washington, D.C. next week.

While the state of Michigan struggles to balance our budget after the billions of dollars of tax hits and costs brought by the pandemic, Governor Whitmer has said Michigan cannot do it alone.

While help is expected to be coming from D.C., the fight in Michigan has focused on masks.

“So the idea of why we are seeing some things here bubble up that really shouldn’t be an issue, most people don’t remember “Chicken Little” running around yelling that the sky is falling. Now we know we have a lot of information, but people have to be able to put it into context,” said Bergman.

The congressman did add through his military experience that the most effective tool against spreading the virus isn’t a face mask, but instead the face shields with disposable neck coverings.

While he’s not a fan of the mask mandate, Bergman just says people need to be personally responsible and do what is right and what makes sense for others.

Updated 11:39 a.m. – A new jobless report is out, and the historically high level remains stuck in neutral.

The number of laid off workers looking for unemployment benefits stayed at 1.3 million.

These new numbers show that many companies are still cutting jobs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify.

The elevated level of applications for jobless aid is happening as new confirmed cases of coronavirus are spiking across much of the Sunbelt, threatening to weaken the economic recovery.

Case counts are rising in 40 states, and 22 states have either paused or reversed their efforts to reopen their economies.

Updated 11:30 a.m. – As the U.S. and other countries rush to find a vaccine, there are now concerns Russia is hacking research labs in the U.S., Britain and Canada.

The three nations say the hacking group is part of Russia’s intelligence service and claim they are attacking academic and pharmaceutical coronavirus research labs.

But the hacking attacks are not to disrupt research, but to steal intellectual property or information.

Investigators say that kind of intelligence would be very expensive for countries to get a hold of.

Updated 7:06 a.m. – The number of new COVID-19 cases is up in 41 states, and cases continue to skyrocket across the Sunbelt.

In Florida, cases have shot up by more than 100,000 in 10 days. That makes Florida the third state joining New York and California to pass the 300,000 mark for COVID-19 cases.

Now about half the states across the country are making wearing a face mask in public spaces mandatory and more retailers are requiring shoppers to wear a mask. Walmart and Kohl’s announced they’ll start requiring customers to wear a mask in all of their stores.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell says, “This is what we ought to be doing: wearing masks, practicing social distancing, being responsible for our own health, and that of those who are around us.”

JULY 15

Updated 11:24 p.m. –  A cadet in Northwestern Michigan College’s Maritime Academy tested positive for COVID-19.

The District Health Department #10 is reporting a possible exposure site in downtown Manistee.

Updated 4:54 p.m. – The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department announced several possible low-risk COVID-19 exposure sites after confirming a new case Wednesday.

The health department says the new case is still under investigation, but they have identified several possible exposure sites.

Potential low-risk public exposure locations where close contacts may not have been able to be identified include:

  • 9 Bean Rows (9000 E. Duck Lake Road, Suttons Bay, MI 49682)
    2:30-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11
  • Art Tavern (6487 W. Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI 49636)
    12:40-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12
  • Tiffany’s Café (10213 W. Front Street, Empire, MI 49630)
    3:15-3:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 12
  • Agave in Grand Traverse Mall (3200 S. Airport W. Ste 100, Traverse City, MI 49684)
    2:15-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12

Updated 4:44 p.m. – If you have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, you’ll want to double check the label.

The FDA says several hand sanitizing products may contain methanol, which can be toxic.

They say when methanol is used as an active ingredient, it can cause blindness or even death to someone who uses it.

Updated 3:10 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 891 new cases of the coronavirus and 4 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 71,197 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,085 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 70,306 confirmed cases with 6,081 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 10, 53,867 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 9:02 a.m. – The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, says masks are the key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.

He says if everyone wears a mask, the pandemic might be under control within four to eight weeks.

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. is now more than 136,000. And Florida reported its highest number of deaths Tuesday, coming in at 132 people.

The state also reported about 9,000 new cases.

JULY 14

Updated 5:40 p.m. – The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department has released a potential exposure site for Benzie County.

Updated 3:16 p.m. – A Grand Traverse Resort and Spa employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa says the employee works at the Lobby Bar.

The employee received the positive test result July 13.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa says the employee worked on July 2 from 2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Lobby Bar, on July 3 from 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. at The Den, and 3:45 p.m.-11:30 p.m. at the Lobby Bar.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa says the employee never returned to work after July 3.

Any guest who visited Grand Traverse Resort and Spa during the times listed above should monitor for symptoms.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa says it implemented strict sanitization protocols and continual deep cleaning to help to minimize any possible exposure or spread.

Security confirmed the employee who tested positive did pass their mandatory temperature check before starting their shift and they were wearing a mask while working.

Updated 2:53 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 584 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 70,306 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,081 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 69,722 confirmed cases with 6,075 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 10, 53,867 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. – Traverse City Area Public Schools is now accepting students to take part in their UpNorth Virtual learning program.

Enrollment opened up Monday for K-12 students to go full-time with online learning.

TCAPS says upwards of 10% of the parents who responded to their survey preferred their student to learn online from home.

UpNorth Virtual allows families to get high quality learning from an at-home learning program.

Students can still take part in school events and activities.

Updated 12:01 p.m. – When students return to in-person learning they must all wear masks while on school buses.

Now some local school districts are adapting to the mandates sent down by the governor’s office.

In Ludington, the school district says all students will be assigned to seats, with siblings sitting together.

All students must also sanitize their hands as they get on the bus.

Ludington students will not be allowed to ride other buses home with other students.

The school district is also increasing their walk zone to 2.5 miles.

And if a Ludington student does not ride for three consecutive days, they will be removed from the bus route.

Parents will then need to re-register their students for busing.

All students who ride Ludington school buses this upcoming year must register and reserve their spot.

Updated 7:24 a.m. – COVID-19 has claimed more than 135,000 American lives and more than 3.3 million people have been infected.

More than 40 states are dealing with increasing infection rates, and some are rolling back their reopening plans.

California is back in lockdown, with nearly all public spaces ordered to stop indoor activities and operations. This includes bars, restaurants, gyms, and places of worship.

Los Angeles and San Diego public school districts announced only online learning will take place in the fall.

And Florida now has more coronavirus cases than several countries.

JULY 13

Updated 4:42 p.m. – The Village Market of LeRoy says it will be closed for cleaning due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

The Village Market of LeRoy says it will be closed until all employees have been tested and the entire store has been cleaned and sanitized.

The Village Market of LeRoy is recommending customers monitor for symptoms.

At this point, the health department has released no information regarding possible exposure at the Village Market of LeRoy.

Updated 2:51 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 384 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 69,722 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,075 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 69,338 confirmed cases with 6,068 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 10, 53,867 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 12:26 p.m.- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians board of directors just announced $5 million worth of funding to help members of the tribe who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding comes from the CARES Act and must be applied for by tribe members.

$1.5 million of that funding will go to members in the fishing business and to those who own their own small business.

Part of the money will also go towards public safety improvements to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Updated 7:34 a.m. – The coronavirus is now responsible for more than 135,000 deaths in the U.S.

And across the nation, the number of confirmed cases is quickly approaching 3 million.

Florida hit a new single-day record, reporting about 15,000 cases. That beat out New York’s single-day record of about 12,000 when the state was a hot spot in the beginning of the pandemic.

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says indications show the Sunbelt’s current surge will peak in the next two to three weeks.

JULY 12

Updated 5:15 p.m. – More than 69,000 Michigan residents have now tested positive for coronavirus. The state says Sunday’s single-day case count is 390. These numbers are the lowest since July 6. However, weekends usually see dips in reported numbers compared to previous days. The total number of confirmed cases in Michigan since the start of the pandemic is 69,338.

After one additional death, the total lives lost stands at 6,067. As of Friday, the total number of “active cases is listed at 9,400 and 53,867 Michigan residents are reported as recovered.

For information on cases in specific counties and more go to www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

JULY 11

Updated 4:45 p.m. – Michigan is now seeing an uptick in new coronavirus cases after experiencing record low numbers in June. The state confirmed 653 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. Just one week ago, the rolling seven-day average was 394. With these new cases, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan is at 68,948.

Saturday also noted 28 new deaths. 22 were identified during a vital records review. In all, 6,067 lives have been lost in Michigan because of the virus since the start of the pandemic.

The state has also released the latest information on total recoveries. 53,867 people are listed as recovered as of July 10. This is up 1,026 compared to the prior week.

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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