Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know June 18, 2021

162 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday

Michigan COVID data as of June 18, 2021
Michigan COVID data as of June 18, 2021 (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 893,164 as of Friday, including 19,612 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update includes a total of 162 new cases and 14 additional deaths. On Thursday, the state reported 893,002 total cases, including 19,598 deaths

Testing has been steady around 20,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate below 1.5% as of Thursday, the lowest on record. Hospitalizations have declined over the last several weeks, now at the lowest point since July 2020.

NOTE: State of Michigan COVID data is no longer being updated on Saturday/Sunday. The next web update will occur on Monday, June 21.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 176 on Friday -- the lowest since June 2020. The 7-day death average was 17 on Friday, the lowest since March. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 21,600 on Friday.

Michigan has reported more than 8.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, with 60.8% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 52.5% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 33.5 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 600,900 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 2.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 314 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 177.5 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 3.8 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. The true numbers are certainly much higher, because of limited testing, different ways nations count the dead and deliberate under-reporting by some governments.


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Michigan to lift all COVID restrictions on capacity, masks, gatherings June 22

Michigan is lifting all of its COVID restrictions for capacity, masks and gatherings next week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced.

On Tuesday (June 22), both indoor and outdoor settings in Michigan will increase to 100% capacity, and face masks will no longer be required.

Michigan was originally supposed to fully reopen July 1, but with more than 9 million vaccines administered and COVID cases plummeting, that timeline has been accelerated.

“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” Whitmer said.

Read more here.

Curfew on Michigan restaurants, bars lifted June 1

The curfew on Michigan restaurants and bars were lifted on June 1, the first step of the state’s new plan for fully reopening.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office outlined a new version of the “MI Vacc To Normal” plan in May, which included the end of the curfew requirement for restaurants and bars, starting June 1.

Previously, all bars and restaurants were required to stop offering indoor dining by 11 p.m. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services initially implemented a 10 p.m. curfew in November.

Additionally, restaurants don’t have to limit individual table capacity, which was at a maximum of 6 people per table.

More: Michigan lifts more COVID restrictions: What’s changing

“So June 1, and then July 1 -- those are the two steps,” Whitmer said. “We’ve collapsed the Vacc To Normal (plan) because it became very clear that it was important for us to give people sure dates and confidence that we can be safe doing this. So that’s why we’ve reconfigured the plan.”

Michigan announces updated workplace rules

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spoke about the steps and rules residents will have to follow as they return to in-person work across the state.

On May 10, Michigan surpassed the milestone of 55% of people ages 16 and up receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, in-person work was set to resume two weeks later: on May 24.

Whitmer spoke from a Grand Rapids business Monday to outline MIOSHA’s rules for returning to the workplace.

“Back in October 2020, MIOSHA issued emergency COVID rules, laying out specific mitigation measures, helping businesses keep patrons and their workplace safe,” Whitmer said. “These emergency rules had an expiration date of October 2021, meaning they would expire automatically unless formalized into permanent rules.”

Read more here.

Whitmer outlines Michigan’s new schedule for lifting COVID rules

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer officially revealed Michigan’s new schedule for eliminating COVID restrictions and returning to normal.

Last month, the governor’s office hinted that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would update its pandemic order after the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention made changes to its recommendations for fully vaccinated people.

Less than 24 hours later, Whitmer held a COVID briefing and announced a revised MI Vacc To Normal plan as cases decline and the number of vaccinated residents rises.

Here’s what’s changing -- read here.

Michigan lifts mask requirements for fully vaccinated residents

Michigan is lifting mask requirements for most indoor and outdoor settings for fully vaccinated residents, matching newly issued guidance from the CDC.

The new order took effect on Saturday, May 15.

Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Mask Order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not vaccinated, or have not completed their vaccinations, must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others.

After July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire.


Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since June 1:

  • June 1 -- 288 new cases
  • June 2 -- 420 new cases
  • June 3 -- 510 new cases
  • June 4 -- 446 new cases
  • June 5 -- 388 new cases
  • June 6 -- 210 new cases
  • June 7 -- 209 new cases
  • June 8 -- 293 new cases
  • June 9 -- 257 new cases
  • June 10 -- 301 new cases
  • June 11 -- 318 new cases
  • June 12 -- 198 new cases
  • June 13 -- 169 new cases
  • June 14 -- 169 new cases
  • June 15 -- 182 new cases
  • June 16 -- 179 new cases
  • June 17 -- 172 new cases
  • June 18 -- 162 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since June 1:

  • June 1 -- 5 new deaths
  • June 2 -- 33 new deaths
  • June 3 -- 57 new deaths
  • June 4 -- 27 new deaths
  • June 5 -- 72 new deaths (66 from vital records)
  • June 6 -- 5 new deaths
  • June 7 -- 6 new deaths
  • June 8 -- 56 new deaths (37 from vital records)
  • June 9 -- 7 new deaths
  • June 10 -- 40 new deaths (28 from vital records)
  • June 11 -- 8 new deaths
  • June 12 -- 53 new deaths (50 from vital records)
  • June 13 -- 4 new deaths
  • June 14 -- 4 new deaths
  • June 15 -- 26 new deaths (7 from vital records)
  • June 16 -- 4 new deaths
  • June 17 -- 20 new deaths (18 from vital records)
  • June 18 -- 14 new deaths

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.