Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Aug. 5, 2021

2,605 new COVID-19 cases reported over 4-day period

Michigan COVID-19 data as of August 3, 2021 (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 906,538 as of Tuesday, including 19,947 deaths, state officials report.

Tuesday’s update includes a total of 2,605 new cases and 26 additional deaths over a four-day period -- an average of 651.25 cases per day. Of the 26 deaths reported Tuesday, 10 were identified during a review of records.

On Friday, the state announced a total of 903,933 cases and 19,921 deaths.

The state only reports COVID data updates on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Testing has dropped to around 10,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 5.92% as of Tuesday, slightly higher than the previous week. The positive test rate has been steadily climbing since the end of June, when it was at its lowest. Hospitalizations were declining for several weeks until last week, with a slight uptick in inpatients was reported.

Cases are rising again in Michigan. The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 694 on Tuesday, more than five times the average on July 1. The 7-day death average was 6 on Tuesday, near the lowest since March. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 14,600 on Tuesday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Monday, with 63.8% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 55.6% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 35 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 614,300 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 4.1 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 346 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Worldwide, more than 199 million people have been confirmed infected and more than 4.2 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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VIEW: Chart: Michigan COVID vaccine coverage

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CDC recommends vaccinated people wear masks in schools, some indoor settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the United States where coronavirus is surging.

The CDC on Tuesday, July 27 cited new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people. The CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC said that in the United States most new infections are among unvaccinated people. But “breakthrough” infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.

Learn more here.

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 15:

  • July 15 -- 294 new cases
  • July 16 -- 293 new cases
  • July 17 -- 257 new cases
  • July 18 -- 257 new cases
  • July 19 -- 257 new cases
  • July 20 -- 257 new cases
  • July 21 -- 432 new cases
  • July 22 --432 new cases
  • July 23 -- 431 new cases
  • July 24 -- 440 new cases
  • July 25 -- 440 new cases
  • July 26 -- 440 new cases
  • July 27 -- 442 new cases
  • July 28 -- 750 new cases
  • July 29 -- 750 new cases
  • July 30 -- 750 new cases
  • July 31 -- 652 new cases
  • Aug. 1 -- 651 new cases
  • Aug. 2 -- 651 new cases
  • Aug. 3 -- 651 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since July 15:

  • July 15 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 16 -- 6 new deaths (7 from past three days from vital records)
  • July 17 -- 4 new deaths
  • July 18 -- 4 new deaths
  • July 19 -- 4 new deaths
  • July 20 -- 2 new deaths (14 from past three days from vital records)
  • July 21 -- 7 new deaths
  • July 22 -- 7 new deaths
  • July 23 -- 7 new deaths (7 from past three days from vital records)
  • July 24 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 25 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 26 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 27 -- 4 new deaths (15 from past four days from vital records)
  • July 28 -- 6 new deaths
  • July 29 -- 6 new deaths
  • July 30 -- 7 new deaths
  • July 31 -- 7 new deaths
  • Aug. 1 -- 7 new deaths
  • Aug. 2 -- 6 new deaths
  • Aug. 3 -- 6 new deaths (10 from past four days from vital records)

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