Michigan Officials Report 2,909 New COVID-19 Cases, 21 Deaths
Michigan health officials are reporting 2,909 new cases of the coronavirus and 21 additional COVID-19 deaths since Saturday.
Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is 1,454 per day.
Michigan has now had 147,806 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 7,031 COVID-19 deaths.
Saturday the state was at 144,897 confirmed cases with 7,010 deaths.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 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 October 17, 109,539 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).
Three Northern Michigan Schools and one special education center were closed Monday-all due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.
And another school has been moved to remote learning.
Two schools are closing in Mecosta County: they are Morley Stanwood High School and all of Big Rapids Public Schools.
Harrison Community Schools says its middle school is not just closed Monday, students are learning remotely all week.
Big Rapids informed parents with this notice on Sunday. It says Monday will be used to contact trace and deep clean after the health department informed staff of “a couple more positive COVID-19 cases.”
Morley Stanwood High School was closed Monday after someone tested positive. The superintendent tells us students will be able to find their homework assignments on Google Classroom. Just last week, the Morley Stanwood was closed after some staff had to quarantine and there weren’t enough substitute teachers.
Manistee Schools say a high school student has also tested positive for COVID-19.
The district says they will thoroughly sanitize the middle/high school building and work with the health department to contact trace and identify close contacts.
Just last week, a Kennedy Elementary staff member tested positive. The district closed the elementary school through Oct. 23.
Worldwide, the planet has passed 40 million COVID-19 cases.
The novel coronavirus surge in the U.S. continues as the country has now recorded more than 8 million cases.
The U.S. saw its highest case total in a single day since mid-July, tallying more than 70,000 cases on Saturday.
A shocking 38 states are now showing an upward trend in case numbers. And 26 states are in the red zone, meaning they are at a high risk for a coronavirus outbreak.
Five states have a positivity rate of more than 20%, with South Dakota hitting 36%. For perspective, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the positivity rate needs to be less than 5% to see a case decline.
Health experts like Epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed say the surge is likely because of a lack of social distancing.
“People are starting to move indoors are starting to be lax on social distancing. Now you’re starting to see spread everywhere. And so you’re going to see many multiple fold the number of cases than we saw in the spring if this surge persists,” El-Sayed says.
Cases are not expected to go down anytime soon with holiday travel, colder weather, and more gatherings inside.
Without a vaccine, America is bracing for what could be a very rough fall and winter.
This week will be a critical week for stimulus bill talks.
The Republican-led Senate is calling for two votes this week on plans that could bring financial relief to millions of Americans struggling because of the pandemic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced there would be a vote Tuesday on a standalone Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses. And on Wednesday, a vote on a $500 billion stimulus bill Democrats blocked last month.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says lawmakers still need to answer key questions. On Sunday, Pelosi put a 48 hours deadline on negotiations.
“But we’re saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things. Are we going with it or not? And what is the language. They took out 55% of the language that we had there for testing and tracing.”
The president said on Sunday lawmakers need to do whatever they can to pass this stimulus bill. And even says he thinks it should be expanded.
“I want to do it at a bigger number than she wants. That doesn’t mean all the Republicans agree with me, but I think they will in the end if she would go along with it, I think they would too.”
McConnell says they are still planning on pushing forward with the $500 billion stimulus bill.
Democrats have been pushing for a larger deal worth more than $2 trillion and are expected to block McConnell’s effort.
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