Michigan Reports 557 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 Deaths
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).
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.
- 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 a.m.
Recycling centers in Northern Michigan want to remind people to properly dispose of their PPE.
Centers have seen disposable masks and plastic gloves in people’s recycling.
They say if you recycle masks or leave them out in a parking lot, someone has to touch them, and if they’re used, they are considered medical waste.
“As of right now there is no recycling for the PPE for the disposable masks or the gloves,” said Missaukee County Recycling Center Site Coordinator Nicole Gallop. “The proper way to do it is just throw them in the garbage for now.”
If you want to reduce your waste, the recycling center recommends wearing a reusable cloth mask.
President Trump signed four new executive actions, bypassing Congress in an effort to ease some of the burden of the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as the U.S. reaches another sobering milestone of 5 million coronavirus cases.
The president signed the four new executive actions on Saturday.
Now the recently-expired $600 a week supplement to unemployment benefits would be cut to $400.
The president said only some states will be expected to chip in about a quarter of the money for the benefits.
Another big change is a measure to defer student loan payments and payroll tax withholdings for some workers. The president said there may still be room to negotiate with Democrats on a new coronavirus relief package.
“We’ve gotten much of what we wanted and they didn’t get what they wanted and they would have. And I guess they still could, in all fairness,” he said.
But Democrats say the president’s new actions are unlawful, making it even more important for Congress to make a deal on a new stimulus package.
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi says, “The president’s meager, weak and unconstitutional actions further demand that we have an agreement.”
And Sen. Chuck Schumer, SENATE minority leader, says, “It’s so put together in a crazy way. If he just would have renewed the $600, as we do in the HEROES bill through January, things would flow smoothly.”
The president’s new measure on evictions is another big sticking point for Democrats and Republicans.
It would not renew a freeze on removing tenants from properties with government-backed mortgages. Instead, it would have the government look for ways to help those on the brink.
As we just mentioned, part of President Trump’s executive actions require states to cover 25% of federal unemployment payments.
If they don’t, unemployed workers wouldn’t receive any federal assistance.
This comes as many states are facing significant budget challenges during the pandemic.
Michigan projected a more than $3 billion shortfall earlier this year.
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