Saturday June 27: Latest developments on coronavirus in Michigan

389 new cases, 1 new death

Michigan’s daily report on new cases of coronavirus increased on Friday, June 26 for the fifth consecutive day.

State health officials reported 389 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 death in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The additions brought the Michigan total to 62,695 known cases and 5,888 deaths related to infectious respiratory disease.

Coast Guard at Jobbie Nooner

The US Coast Guard patrols the annual Jobbie Nooner boat party on Lake St. Clair.United States Coast Guard

Jobbie Nooner proceeds amid a pandemic

Jobbie Nooner, who annually draws thousands of boats and people to Lake St. Clair each summer, was officially scheduled to start at noon on Friday.

Many sailors docked around the submerged island of Gull in County St. Clair. Sergeant Marty Stoyan of the county’s marine sheriff’s division told Detroit News that social distancing would depend on the participants.

Quiet St. Patrick's Day at MSU

Harper’s in East Lansing is closed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. A generally scandalous St. Patrick’s Day in the university town was very mild due to concerns about the coronavirus and many students who left the city.J. Scott Park |

37 new cases traced to the East Lansing bar

An outbreak of coronavirus derived from an East Lansing bar has increased to 51 cases in a matter of days.

Health officials first warned of the exposure site on Tuesday, June 23, when there were 14 known cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus associated with visits to the Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub between June 12 and 20. On Wednesday, the total number of cases increased to 25. On Thursday night, June 25, 51 cases had been identified, including two in people who did not visit the bar but contracted the virus from someone who did, reports ClickOnDetroit.

Oceana County Agriculture

Oceana County has seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases that health officials attribute to outbreaks on local farms and businesses. (MLive file photo)

Oceana County Outbreak Linked to Farms

At least 127 cases of coronavirus in Oceana County are linked to outbreaks among workers at five farms or manufacturing facilities in rural county, health officials say.

That’s about 60 percent of the county’s 214 confirmed positive cases, according to data from the District # 10 Health Department, which serves 10 counties in northwest Michigan, including Oceana, Newaygo, and Mecosta.

Health officials held a press conference on Friday, June 26 to discuss a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Oceana County. The number of new daily cases tripled this week compared to the previous week.

Nursing home view

Nursing home coronavirus

Whitmer moves to protect nursing homes

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued two executive orders Friday, June 26, to protect residents and staff of nursing homes, which were disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

As of June 25, the state had recorded 7,304 confirmed cases and 2,064 deaths related to nursing home residents, in addition to 21 staff deaths and 3,207 cases. Nursing home patients account for more than a third of Michigan’s 5,887 deaths.

Whitmer on Friday ordered the formation of a 20-member nursing home preparedness working group to analyze and report nursing home data, issuing recommendations to Whitmer on a possible “plan of action on preparing nursing homes. for any future wave of COVID-19 cases. ” “, Among other duties.

Motor City Casino with different colored lights at night

All three Detroit casinos temporarily shut down on March 16, 2020 due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Edward Pevos | MLive)

Detroit casinos prepare to reopen

The next date for Michigan’s move to phase 5 of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 is coming up next week, and that could mean the reopening of Detroit casinos.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said earlier this month that she would like to open businesses like gyms by July 4. The gyms, along with state-licensed casinos and movie theaters, are part of Phase 5 of Michigan’s economic reopening plan.

Long road stills

Long Road Distillers, at 18 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven, closed on Friday, June 26, after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. (Kayla Renie | Renie |

Grand Haven distillery closes due to infection

An employee at a Grand Haven distillery tested positive for the coronavirus, causing the business to temporarily close until all of its employees are screened.

Long Road Distillers, 18 Washington Ave., announced on Facebook that the employee last worked a shift at the bar on Thursday, June 18.

The employee showed no symptoms of COVID-19 and passed a required wellness checkup at the start of her shift, Kyle VanStrien, co-owner of the distillery, told MLive on Friday, June 26. The employee wore a mask during her shift, which is required of all distillery employees, she said.

Coronavirus cases continue to decline in Muskegon

Despite businesses reopening across the state and residents venturing out of their homes, the number of new coronavirus cases has not changed since its downward trajectory in Muskegon County, health officials say.

County residents continued to do “incredible” work to contain the virus, said Kathy Moore, director of the Muskegon County Health Department.

Health officials reported 41 new positive cases in Muskegon County in the past week, with an average of 5.86 new cases per day. That compares to a month ago, when the county reported 70 new coronavirus cases between May 21-27, or an average of 10 new cases per day.

Coronavirus stops bank acquisition

Ann Arbor Bank is terminating its contract to acquire First National Bank in Howell, the company announced this week.

Ann Arbor Bancorp, Inc., the holding company, announced in February that it would acquire Howell Bank, but the two decided to terminate the deal in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Thursday.

The merger would have brought together $ 2.2 billion in assets and 300 employees at 17 locations in Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne and Oakland counties, the company said previously.

Kent County to offer free trials

The Kent County Health Department is hosting a free COVID-19 Community Trial Day on Monday, June 29 in association with the Black Impact Collaborative and LINC UP.

The community testing event is scheduled for 2 to 7 pm at the LINC UP Gallery, located at 1167 Madison Ave. SE, according to a press release on Friday, June 26.

Health officials say African-Americans have 19.25% of COVID-19 cases, but represent 10% of Kent County’s population, while the Latino community represents 39.4% of COVID-19 cases and they also comprise 10% of the population.

Grand Rapids Triathlon

Competitors go swimming in the Grand Rapids Triathlon. (File: Randy Riksen for Grand Rapids Triathlon)

Traverse City IRONMAN reprogrammed

It was a tough decision for Traverse City Tourism President and CEO Trevor Tkach, but it is one of many annual events and celebrations that have been given up due to the current global coronavirus pandemic.

Tkach released a statement Friday morning announcing the official cancellation of the IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City 2020 Triathlon in response to health and safety issues that would arise during a large gathering, such as the popular North Michigan competition.

Whitmer extends eviction restrictions

The ongoing suspension of eviction proceedings in Michigan will last until July 15, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered Friday.

The new order, which extends a temporary ban on eviction of tenants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also establishes a new “Eviction Diversion Program” to help people still struggling with rent to obtain financial assistance or establish a manageable payment plan.

Under the new program, $ 50 million in rental assistance will be available beginning July 16, according to a press release from the Whitmer office. Funding for the program comes from federal coronavirus aid awarded to the state and passed in a spending bill passed by the Michigan Legislature on June 17.


In addition to washing their hands regularly and not touching their faces, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone can carry the virus.

Health officials say you should stay at least 6 feet away from others and work from home, if possible.

Use sanitizing wipes or sanitizing spray cleaners on frequently touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, countertops) and bring hand sanitizer when you go to places like stores.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also issued an executive order requiring people to cover their faces with their mouths and noses while inside closed public spaces.

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