Michigan Reports 664 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths
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).
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.
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.
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.
Students and community leaders came together in several cities around the country, including Los Angeles, urging school districts to slow down reopening.
But some schools have already begun in-person learning. In Georgia’s largest school district, 260 employees are now quarantining after testing positive or after being exposed to the coronavirus.
One man who says it’s not safe yet to come back into the classrooms says, “We don’t want to see our students’ families dying. We don’t want to see our colleagues dying.”
Monday, the University of Kentucky and Iowa state started testing their students for COVID-19.
And major league baseball canceled more than 13 games after St. Louis Cardinals players and staff tested positive for the virus.
Democrats on Capitol Hill and White House negotiators are still at a standstill over the coronavirus relief bill.
Both sides say they are “moving closer together,” but a gap still remains between both parties.
Democrats are still pushing to keep the $600 weekly unemployment bonus and Republicans still want to slash that down to $200 before cutting it down even more.
Now, President Trump is threatening to bypass Congress if they fail to reach an agreement.
White House officials say they prefer Capitol Hill lawmakers to make a deal but are advising the president to consider taking executive action on COVID-19 relief.
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