State health officials report most COVID-19 cases since May 14


Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — State health officials today are reporting the most amount of daily cases since May 14.

Today, there are 891 new cases and four additional deaths due to COVID-19 in Michigan. On May 14, 1,200 cases were reported.

The highest number of administered tests also coincided with this day, with 35,261 total tests administered compared with May 14 when 21,905 tests were administered.

The total cases in the state is 71,197 with 6,085 total deaths.

Wayne County still leads the state with the most COVID-19 cases with 23,382 cases followed by Oakland, 9,822, and Macomb, 7,783 . These three counties are the most populated counties in Michigan.

In a live press briefing today about the state of the pandemic in Michigan, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun outlined some key findings in the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Young people are not immune to COVID-19

She said that young people ages 20-29 followed by 30-39 year-olds are testing positive for COVID-19 at higher rates now compared to the elderly at the beginning of the pandemic.

Young people have to understand they are not immune to this disease,” Khaldun said. “They are not immune. They can be hospitalized. And they can die.”

In East Lansing, at least 174 COVID-19 cases were traced to the popular college bar, Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub. The people diagnosed with COVID-19 were between the ages of 16 and 28.

Khaldun mentioned there are long-term impacts of the coronavirus, many of which are unknown. Some of those impacts that have been discovered include: persistent lung damage, possible long-term brain damage and psychiatric damage.

“Even if you don’t get ill, think about people you can spread it to,” she said.

Most COVID-19 cases reported today since May

Today, state health officials reported 891 new cases, the most since May 14 when 1,200 new cases were reported.

“That is very concerning,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said.

Khaldun noted what’s different now compared to March and April is that the state has more testing capabilities. Six weeks ago, the state health department expanded testing and now, anyone who wants a COVID-19 test in Michigan can get one.

“No one should be sitting at home wondering if they can get a test,” Khaldun said.

About 21,000 tests are being administered on average and testing continues to increase.

But something that should be noted is that as testing is increasing, so is the percentage of tests coming back positive.

Last week, 3.4% of tests came back positive compared to the previous week, 2.4%.

Khaldun said 3.4% is the threshold states should be under, according to national health experts.

Outbreaks in bars, churches, offices, and gyms long-term-care facilities, weddings, family dinners and parties can be attributed to the rises in statewide cases.

“There are also many cases where we don’t know the source of spread,” Khaldun said, stressing the importance of wearing a mask.

“This means it’s spreading in the community and more importantly shows why we should be wearing a mask,” Khaldun said.

Region-by-region breakdown

Across the state, Michigan is seeing increases in coronavirus cases, and each region looks a bit different.

Grand Rapids has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases at 53 cases per million.

The Kalamazoo and Detroit area regions have 30 or more cases per million. Saginaw, Jackson, Lansing and the Upper Peninsula are all recording upwards of 20 cases per million.

In the Upper peninsula, cases have been rising for the past six weeks. Khaldun said this is the highest rise the U.P. has seen during the entire outbreak.

In Traverse City, there are 15 or more cases per million, with a specific increase in the past three weeks.

For the full break-down of COVID-19 cases visit:

Michigan State Police’s COVID-19 Summary

Locally, Ingham County officials relaxed restaurant capacity restrictions.
That softened restriction was made today by rescinding the current Ingham County emergency order that reduced restaurant capacity to 50 percent or no more than 75 people.

It has been replaced with a new order that reduces restaurant capacity to 50 percent or no more than 125 people, whichever is less.

The emergency order was put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Executive Order 2020-143 already restricts restaurant capacity to 50 percent of normal seating, but it does not impose a limitation. The county’s emergency order directly affects large licensed food service establishments with capacities of more than 250. With the new order (Ingham2020-12), no food service establishment may have more than 125 patrons at one time.

“Since I issued the original emergency order, cases have trended downward,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “We’ve had time now for restaurant inspectors to work with our large capacity establishments, and these establishments have had time to adjust. New executive orders with more restaurant safeguards have also been issued. I hope we can loosen capacity restrictions again in the coming weeks, but we could tighten them once again if cases increase.”

State law provides Vail with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453). Those who disregard the order could be subject to a misdemeanor that includes up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $200.

Wearing a mask has become a controversy for some.

Yesterday, a 43-year-old man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after a fight at the Diamondale Quality Dairy Store where police said the argument between two men began over wearing a mask inside the store.

This wasn’t the first time in Michigan that someone was shot over wearing a mask — and the Michigan Retailer’s Association says that businesses should not physically prevent someone from entering a store without a mask, but to prepare a plan for when someone does.

In other coronavirus news, Walmart announced on Wednesday it will require all customers to wear masks starting July 20.

“To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20. This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

In Michigan masks already must be worn inside public buildings following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order last week.

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