Here’s what you need to know on October 18, 2020

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DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 144,897 since Saturday, including 7,010 deaths, state officials report.

Saturday’s update represents 1,791 new cases and 23 additional deaths. On Friday, the state reported 143,106 cases and 6,987 deaths.

The deaths announced included 15 deaths identified during an examination of vital data.

The state reported a total of 109,539 recoveries on Saturday.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Michigan hospitals has been steadily increasing over the past two weeks. On Thursday, 1,064 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Michigan. That was 3.56% of active COVID-19 cases in the state, of which 253 were in critical care with 94 patients on ventilators. View the state’s COVID-19 hospital admission data here.

The seven-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases in Michigan was 1,424 cases as of Friday, the highest average in the state since April.


Coronavirus newspaper headlines in Michigan:


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VISION: Tracking cases of coronavirus outbreaks in Michigan schools


Wayne County issues an emergency order to maintain coronavirus precautions

Wayne County’s health department issued a public health emergency order on Oct. 8, requiring residents to continue to take measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Wayne County officials say the requirements listed in Thursday’s order essentially continue the health and safety measures previously ordered by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer before the state’s Supreme Court issued its emergency powers.

“We will keep the COVID-19 rules and regulations in effect before the Michigan Supreme Court ruled on the governor’s authority to issue them,” Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans said in a press release. “Wayne County’s brief is simple: keep wearing masks in public; no group events larger than 10 people or 20 percent attendance per 1,000 square feet of space; and employers are still required to conduct health screenings for employees who work in public areas or with the public. These are the rules that we are used to and they are the rules that we are going to follow until there are clearer directions from the state. “

All bottles, cans can be picked up from Michigan stores amid a pandemic

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, all Michigan retailers who return bottles and cans must immediately resume their collection service.

Michigan retailers have initially paused the empty bottle and have been able to collect because of health and safety concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Retailers had to resume their activities on June 15 certainly the collection of bottles and cans after a “phased recovery” as outlined by the Treasury.

26 schools in Michigan are reporting new coronavirus outbreaks

With an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, there is concern about the emergence of outbreaks in schools.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services requires elementary schools to report new cases within 24 hours, according to an emergency order that went into effect Monday.

Twenty-six schools in the state reported new outbreaks. The highest number is 21 cases at Kalamazoo College.

Michigan Supreme Court: Governor Whitmer’s COVID orders are no longer in effect

The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected the state’s request for a transitional period for Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders after her powers were struck down earlier this month.

On October 2 the court ruled that a law from 1945 where Governor Whitmer came from to issue orders was unconstitutional. The ruling caused confusion as to whether her orders were in effect shortly after the ruling. At the time, Whitmer’s office claimed the orders would remain in effect for 21 days.

On October 5, Governor Whitmer asked the court for clarification, suggesting the state needed a transition period. But on Monday, the court dismissed the motion, with the verdict of Whitmer’s orders no longer in effect.

Michigan again at ‘high risk’ of a virus outbreak amid concerns about the second wave, data shows

A research group has re-branded Michigan as “high risk” of a coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing in the state.

The group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders at Covid Act Now identifies each state’s level of risk for the spread of COVID-19 – which has recently deteriorated in most parts of the US

On Thursday, Michigan’s risk level for a coronavirus outbreak rose from “medium risk” to “high risk” for the first time since July 31. The state’s new risk level is largely due to an increased infection rate and a rapid increase in daily new COVIDs – According to the data, 19 cases.

Michigan was previously labeled a “controlled disease growth”.

Michigan health officials are enacting coronavirus rules that mirror Governor Whitmer’s previous orders

Michigan health officials have enacted several coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations that mirror those previously put in place by Governor Gretchen Whitmer before they were shot by the state Supreme Court.

Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, issued the new order to limit the size of meetings, require face masks in public areas and childcare facilities, limit capacity in businesses, and create safer workplaces, announced officials.

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It’s in effect until at least October 30th, according to MDHHS.

Movie theaters in Michigan, bowling alleys can reopen today

After being closed for more than six months, movie theaters and bowling alleys can finally reopen in Michigan on Friday.

But the capacity won’t be anywhere near pre-COVID-19 numbers. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Emergency order requires schools in Michigan to disclose coronavirus cases within 24 hours

Michigan schools are now required to notify the public within 24 hours of likely or confirmed cases of COVID-19 under a new emergency order.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) director Robert Gordon issued an emergency order on Tuesday requiring K-12 schools to disclose all probable or confirmed virus cases on their website within 24 hours of becoming aware of the cases .

The order will take effect on Oct. 12, officials said.

Michigan’s health department issues emergency orders restricting visits to nursing homes

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued orders to essentially reinstate restrictions on long-term care and other amenities due to the coronavirus.

The orders come after Governor Whitmer’s previous Executive Order was repealed by the state’s Supreme Court last week, saying she drew authority from a 1945 law that is unconstitutional.

MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said this new warrant rests on authorities first issued after the 1918 Spanish Flu, which were not addressed in the Michigan Supreme Court decision.

MDHHS issues a new order that requires masks

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new injunction limiting the number of collections, requiring face coverings, and restricting some businesses statewide, citing an authority not covered by the recent Supreme Court decision.

This order restores three aspects of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s earlier emergency orders:

  • Masks are required for indoor and outdoor gatherings involving people from different households.
  • Specific Collection Limitations.
  • Bars must close indoor communal areas and indoor gatherings are prohibited in most areas where alcohol is sold.

This warrant is effective immediately and will remain in effect through Oct. 30, according to MDHHS officials.


Headlines about the coronavirus:


Michigan COVID-19 Cases Reported Daily Since Oct. 1:

  • October 1 – 891 new cases
  • October 2 – 780 new cases
  • October 3 – 1,158 new cases
  • October 4 – 703 new cases
  • October 5 – 703 new cases
  • October 6 – 903 new cases
  • October 7 – 1,016 new cases
  • October 8 – 1,197 new cases
  • October 9 – 1,095 new cases
  • October 10 – 1,522 new cases
  • October 11 – 904 new cases
  • October 12 – 904 new cases
  • October 13 – 1,237 new cases
  • October 14 – 1,359 new cases
  • October 15 – 2,030 new cases
  • October 16 – 2015 new cases
  • October 17 – 1,791 new suitcase

Michigan COVID-19 reported deaths daily since Oct. 1:

  • October 1 – 19 new deaths (11 from vital records)
  • October 2 – 7 new deaths
  • October 3 – 13 new deaths (11 from vital records)
  • 4 – 8 new deaths
  • October 5 – 7 new deaths
  • 6 – 22 new deaths (7 from vital signs)
  • October 7 – 9 new deaths
  • October 8 – 22 new deaths (20 from vital records)
  • October 9 – 7 new deaths
  • October 10 – 15 new deaths
  • October 11 – 4 new deaths
  • October 12 – 3 new deaths
  • October 13 – 30 new deaths (10 from vital records)
  • October 14 – 13 new deaths
  • October 15 – 32 new deaths (21 from vital records)
  • October 16 – 14 new deaths
  • October 17 – 23 new deaths (15 from vital records)

Coronavirus Sources:


Here is the seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases in Michigan:


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