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Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know July 16, 2021

881 new COVID-19 cases reported over 3-day period

Michigan COVID data as of July 16, 2021
Michigan COVID data as of July 16, 2021 (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 897,598 as of Friday, including 19,848 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update includes a total of 881 new cases and 16 additional deaths over the past three days -- an average of about 294 cases per day. On Tuesday, the state announced a total of 896,717 cases and 19,832 deaths.

Of the 16 deaths announced Friday, seven were identified through a Vital Records review.

The next data update from the state is expected Tuesday, July 20.

Testing has been steady around 10,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate just above 2% as of Friday, an increase over the last two weeks. Hospitalizations have declined over the last several weeks, now near the lowest point since the start of the pandemic.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 219 on Friday, up from 189 on Tuesday. The 7-day death average was 7 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 6,700 on Tuesday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, with 62.5% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 54.8% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 33.9 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 608,400 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 3.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 334 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 188.9 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 4 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 COVID vaccine sweepstakes: Who can enter, how to sign up, prize list, full details

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer broke down the details of Michigan’s new COVID vaccine sweepstakes, including who can enter, how to sign up, what prizes are available and more.

“This is going to be a chance for Michiganders to get registered and to be eligible for $5 million in cash prizes and college scholarships,” Whitmer said.

The governor said the sweepstakes will be “a great tool in our arsenal to fight COVID.”

Here’s what to know.

Michigan dials back COVID workplace rules

Michigan is dialing back its COVID-19 workplace rules as the state reopens.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the state’s rules will now align with Federal OSHA’s standards, starting Tuesday (June 22). The updated rules will be in effect until Dec. 22, 2021.

As a result, the emergency rules issued May 24 are rescinded. Those rules were announced two weeks after Michigan reached the milestone of 55% of eligible residents with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID patients might be present, the state announced. These workplaces might have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Read more here.

Michigan lifts all COVID restrictions on capacity, masks, gatherings June 22

Michigan is lifting all of its COVID restrictions for capacity, masks and gatherings, 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 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 July 1:

  • July 1 -- 228 new cases
  • July 2 -- 101 new cases
  • July 3 -- 109 new cases
  • July 4 -- 109 new cases
  • July 5 -- 110 new cases
  • July 6 -- 110 new cases
  • July 7 -- 224 new cases
  • July 8 -- 224 new cases
  • July 9 -- 224 new cases
  • July 10 -- 162 new cases
  • July 11 -- 162 new cases
  • July 12 -- 162 new cases
  • July 13 -- 164 new cases
  • July 14 -- 294 new cases
  • July 15 -- 294 new cases
  • July 16 -- 293 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since July 1:

  • July 1 -- 10 new deaths (14 from vital records)
  • July 2 -- 0 new deaths
  • July 3 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 4 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 5 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 6 -- 6 new deaths (16 from vital records)
  • July 7 -- 9 new deaths
  • July 8 -- 9 new deaths
  • July 9 -- 8 new deaths
  • July 10 -- 8 new deaths
  • July 11 -- 8 new deaths
  • July 12 -- 8 new deaths
  • July 13 -- 7 new deaths
  • July 14 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 15 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 16 -- 6 new deaths

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About the Authors:

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