Michigan Reports 179 New COVID-19 Cases, 7 Deaths
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).
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.
People continue to report being unable to get through to someone because of all the jammed up phone lines.
They are also not getting calls back if they go online to get help.
About 93% of eligible people looking for unemployment help have received or have been approved for their benefits.
Most of the remaining unpaid claims have been flagged for possible impostor fraud.
37,000 accounts are in limbo for other reasons.
Michigan Democratic lawmakers are suggesting the state loan $1,000 in federal money to those still waiting.
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.
The road is closed by temporary barriers so emergency vehicles can still get through.
To accommodate other traffic, the DDA has rerouted the same two blocks of State Street, so what was once a one-way is now a two-way street.
The road closure is temporary. The DDA says things will go back to normal right after Labor Day.
Michigan is starting to return to jury trials after they were postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, and one of the first trials set to start is in northern Michigan.
Tuesday, a civil trial in Grand Traverse County will be heard over a lawsuit spawning from a car crash.
To comply with social distancing requirements, jury selection will be held at Traverse City Central High School’s auditorium.
The trial will then shift to a courtroom.
A criminal trial that starts next week will follow the same procedures.
During the trials in Traverse City, jurors will sit in the jury box and the spectator gallery.
The public can watch by video in a separate room or possibly on YouTube.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control will soon be issuing new coronavirus guidelines as cases surge worldwide.
This comes as the World Health Organization is reporting the largest single-day rise in cases since the pandemic began.
The WHO reported more than 180,000 new COVID-19 cases around the world on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. now stands at 2.25 million.
Cases continue to rise around the nation, mostly in states in the south and southwest.
Texas is one of the states seeing an increase. There, 12 bars had their permits suspended in an undercover investigation called Operation Safe to Open.
The investigation found the bars were violating the states reopening protocols.
Also, White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro says the administration is stockpiling supplies in case of another wave.
Along with testing and tracking, health officials across the country are suggesting making masks mandatory.
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