Michigan Reports 373 New COVID-19 Cases, 32 Deaths
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).
Locally, 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.
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.
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 virus is responsible for more than half a million deaths worldwide and Americans account for more than quarter of them.
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 New Jersey, indoor restaurant seating was planned to resume on Thursday. Now the state’s governor postponed it indefinitely.
And 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.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes President Trump should sign an executive order directing everyone to wear a mask.
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