Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has reported its biggest increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in nearly two months, leading Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to say she may be forced to reimpose some restrictions if the upward trajectory holds. Whitmer again is asking people to wear face coverings in public. Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s coach Suzy Merchant and University of Michigan women’s coach Kim Barnes Arico joined her at a news conference Wednesday to push mask wearing. The state health department reported 891 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Whitmer says Michigan is at a “turning point.”

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit will have a memorial day to honor more than 1,400 residents who have died from COVID-19. Families are being invited to share photos that will be enlarged and displayed at Belle Isle State Park on Aug. 31 as part of a memorial drive around the island. Every person, church and community group in southeastern Michigan will be invited to ring bells for 15 minutes at 8:45 a.m. A fireworks show that night will honor first responders, hospital workers and others on the front line of the coronavirus fight. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids man blamed for a fire that killed his wife and three children was ordered to trial Wednesday on involuntary manslaughter charges. Investigators said a mattress or box spring between the house and a fire pit likely fueled the house fire in February. A judge says Robert Scales was negligent. She found enough evidence to send the case to trial in Kent County court. Defense attorney Anthony Greene argued that the lack of working smoke detectors was the fault of Scales’ wife, not him. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has denied a request to require the counting of absentee ballots received after the time polls close on Election Day. The ruling says the deadline remains intact despite voters’ approval of a constitutional amendment that expanded mail-in voting in Michigan, which is seen as one of the battleground states in November’s presidential election. The court in a 2-1 decision released Wednesday says it is up to lawmakers to change the deadline. The League of Women Voters of Michigan and three voters sued in May, seeking a declaration that absentee ballots be counted as long as they are mailed on or before Election Day and are received within six days of the election.