Morning Briefing June 18, 2021: Police seek I-75 shooter that killed toddler, hurt child; severe storms possible Friday afternoon

Here are this morning’s top stories

Police seek gunman who fired shots on I-75, killing 1 child, injuring another
Police seek gunman who fired shots on I-75, killing 1 child, injuring another

Detroit freeway shooting: 2-year-old killed, 9-year-old hurt on I-75

Police are searching for a shooter who reportedly killed a 2-year-old boy and seriously injured a 9-year-old boy after shooting at their vehicle on I-75 Thursday night in Detroit.

See the report here.

Report: Canada to launch first phase of vaccine certification for cross-border travelers in July

Canada’s federal government is planning to roll out the first phase of its COVID vaccine certification program for travelers entering the country as soon as next month, CBC News reports.

Read the report here.

The Latest: CDC: Delta variant expected to be dominant in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky says she expects the delta variant will become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States. The delta variant, first detected in India, has become dominant in Britain.

Read more here.

🚨 Police: Wrong-way driver, likely drunk, crashes into deputy’s car in Pontiac

Fire danger rises in parts of Michigan as hot, dry weather continues

Dry and hot weather stretches in Michigan have elevated potential fire dangers in parts of the state, mostly in the Upper Peninsula.

Most of Michigan is currently experiencing drought conditions, with parts of the Lower Peninsula, from Kalamazoo to Iosco, in the D2 Severe Drought category. Most of the Lower Peninsula is seeing some rain on Friday morning, but the state is well below average rain totals.

Learn more here.

🦖 7 things to do this weekend in Southeast Michigan

Weather: Tracking Friday storms -- some severe ⛈️

Metro Detroit weather forecast for June 18, 2021 -- 7 a.m. Update
Metro Detroit weather forecast for June 18, 2021 -- 7 a.m. Update

2 hospitalized in Southfield Freeway shooting in Detroit

Michigan State Police say two people were taken to the hospital following a shooting on the Southfield Freeway late Thursday night.

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Rodents and roaches: How Metro Detroit ranks, and how pets can help (or not)

Good news: The chance of spotting a roach or rodent in a Metro Detroit home is well below the national average. The bad news: There is a chance.

In the United States, roach sightings (11.3% of households) were slightly less prevalent than rodent sightings (11.9%) nationwide. In Metro Detroit, those figures were 1.3% for roaches and 6.5% for rodents.

See the data here.

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

Ann Arbor woman freed using Jaws of Life after ‘stuck fetish’ video goes wrong

An Ann Arbor woman needed help from the fire department’s Jaws of Life after getting stuck in a folding chair while making a “stuck fetish” video.

Sydney Jo, 27, was 30 minutes into filming a video for her audience when she realized she was actually stuck, BuzzFeed News reported.

See more here.

COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 893,002 as of Thursday, including 19,598 deaths, state officials report.

Thursday’s update includes a total of 172 new cases and 20 additional deaths, of which 18 deaths were identified during a review of records. On Wednesday, the state announced a total of 892,830 cases and 19,578 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 Wednesday, the lowest in several months. Hospitalizations have declined over the last several weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 198 on Thursday -- the lowest since June 22, 2020. The 7-day death average was 20 on Thursday, the lowest since March. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 21,200 on Wednesday.

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.

Here’s a look at more of the data:

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