Michigan Officials Report 3,881 New COVID-19 Cases, 29 Deaths
Michigan health officials are reporting 3,881 new cases of the coronavirus and 29 additional COVID-19 deaths since Saturday.
Michigan has now had 161,907 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 7,211 COVID-19 deaths.
Saturday the state was at 158,026 confirmed cases with 7,182 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 23, 114,939 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).
Several Northern Michigan schools closed Monday because of COVID-19.
It comes following one of the biggest jumps in coronavirus cases the state has seen in months, but not all were from just one day.
Pine River Area Schools says in a release it will be closed Monday and Tuesday after a student in their high school with siblings in other schools tested positive for the coronavirus. It says the days will be used to deep clean and contact trace.
Farwell Area Schools posted on Facebook saying it will be going virtual Monday and says it will reevaluate whether they will return to classes Tuesday in a meeting Monday.
Marion Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday to clean their buildings after learning about a possible exposure.
Last week, Petoskey Middle School announced it will also be closed Monday and Tuesday.
Onaway Public Schools and Kalkaska Public Schools will be closed just Monday because of a positive coronavirus case.
A Reed City Public Schools says GT Norman Elementary school will be holding virtual classes until Nov. 3.
The U.S. is seeing a dangerous turn in the coronavirus pandemic with 41 states now seeing a spike in cases.
Health experts are preparing for what could be a very difficult fall and winter as hospitalizations have reached peak levels in 39 states.
The U.S. saw its two highest single day case totals on Friday and Saturday, reaching 83,000 cases on Friday and 82,000 on Saturday.
But that case spike didn’t come out of nowhere. Since September daily case numbers have increased by 273%.
Health experts are now warning against family gatherings during the holidays.
North Dakota’s governor is even encouraging people to wear masks as a Thanksgiving challenge, and health experts say people need to start following guidelines now.
Montana has seen the biggest jump in cases out of any state with a staggering 500% increase over the past five days. Their governor is expected to issue new guidelines Monday.
As Vice President Mike Pence continues on the campaign trail, at least five people in his inner circle have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days.
One of them being the vice president’s Chief of Staff Marc Short.
The White House says Vice President Pence and his wife tested negative for the virus on Sunday.
They also said Pence will continue campaigning every day leading up to the election.
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