Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know June 26, 2020

Michigan COVID-19 data June 26, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 data June 26, 2020. (WDIV)

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 62,695 as of Friday, including 5,888 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update represents an increase of 389 confirmed cases and two additional deaths. Thursday’s total was 62,306 confirmed cases and 5,886 deaths.

New cases and deaths have seen a slight bump after remaining mostly flat throughout June in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 14,000 per day in the last two weeks. There has been a slight uptick in hospitalizations in recent days.

Michigan has reported 49,290 COVID-19 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 7,000 as of Thursday.

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New cases per day since June 15:

  • June 15 -- 74 new cases
  • June 16 -- 125 new cases
  • June 17 -- 204 new cases
  • June 18 -- 225 new cases
  • June 19 -- 211 new cases
  • June 20 -- 255 new cases
  • June 21 -- 146 new cases
  • June 22 -- 179 new cases
  • June 23 -- 221 new cases
  • June 24 -- 323 new cases
  • June 25 -- 353 new cases

Here’s a look at the overall COVID-19 data in Michigan:

Michigan’s ban on evictions extended until July 15

Michigan’s ban on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic has been extended until July 15.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to temporarily ban evictions was set to expire June 30, but on Friday her office announced she signed Executive Order 2020-134 to extend the temporary suspension of evictions until July 15.

The governor’s order also created the Eviction Diversion Program, which her office said outlines a “process for renters to get fast rental assistance or establish a manageable payment plan to keep Michiganders in their homes.” Rental assistance under the Eviction Diversion Program will be available beginning July 16, according to Whitmer’s office.

“No Michigander should have to worry about losing their home during a global health pandemic and, at the same time, landlords and management companies need rent from their tenants to sustain their businesses,” Whitmer said. “This innovative new program will save lives, save money, and save businesses by keeping families in their homes and providing immediate financial relief to landlords for back rent they’re due.”

51 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases now linked to outbreak at East Lansing bar

Health officials have now linked 51 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to the outbreak at a bar in East Lansing.

On Tuesday, a notice was issued that 14 people who went to Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing had tested positive for the coronavirus. By the end of the day, the number increased to 18. On Thursday morning, it had ballooned to 43.

8 possible COVID-19 exposure locations identified in Traverse City after group fails to follow rules

Officials have identified eight possible coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure locations -- including bars and vineyards -- in Traverse City after they were visited by a group of people who tested positive for the virus and admitted to not following any of the safety guidelines.

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Officials from the Grand Traverse County Health Department said a group of people visited the area last week and admitted they didn’t practice any social distancing or COVID-19 prevention measures.

As a result, anyone who went to the following eight locations at the corresponding times might have been exposed:

  • Mari Vineyards: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 18.
  • Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 18.
  • Bowers Harbor Vineyards: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18.
  • Amical restaurant: 7 p.m. to 8:39 p.m. June 18.
  • Rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 19.
  • Little Fleet food trucks: 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 19.
  • Low Bar: 10:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Kilkenny’s Irish Public House: 11:45 p.m. to 1:45 pm. June 19 into June 20.

Tracking Michigan COVID-19 nursing home cases and deaths

In the reporting period between June 15, 2020 - June 23, 2020, 98 percent of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Michigan reported data to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (note: new facilities are included in the following tables but do not have reporting capabilities at this time). Facilities that have completed partial reports are included in this figure. Data will be updated daily, Monday- Friday.

As of June 23, the data below represents a cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 resident cases, cumulative total of suspected and confirmed resident deaths, cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 staff cases, and cumulative total of suspected and confirmed staff deaths reported by SNFs in Michigan since January 1, 2020. Case numbers are provisional and may change as facilities correct or add data. The cumulative data under the new reporting system includes cases from January 1, 2020 through June 23, 2020.

Appeals court grants Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s motion to keep gyms closed

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s motion to keep gyms in Michigan closed.

Gyms have been closed for months as a result of the governor’s executive order.

“We sympathize deeply with the business owners and their patrons affected by the governor’s order. Crises like COVID-19 can call for quick, decisive measures to save lives. Yet those measures have extreme costs -- costs that often are not borne evenly. The decision to impose those cost rests with the political branches of government, in this case, Governor Whitmer. Her motion for emergency stay is thus granted,” the court ruled.

On June 19, a federal judge ruled that indoor gyms could reopen in Michigan. The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in the Western District of Michigan after a lawsuit was filed by the League of Independent Fitness Facilities.

Whitmer says Michigan won’t move to phase 5 of reopening plan this week

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed to Local 4 that the rest of the state won’t be moving to phase five of her coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening plan this week.

Click here to read about what it takes to get to phase five of the reopening plan.

“My hope was to do it this week, (but) we’re not going to do it this week,” Whitmer told WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick. “We’re not in a position to do that yet. We’ve got to get more data, because we are concerned.”

A spokesperson from Whitmer’s office said a move to phase five could still happen by July 4. They are continuing to monitor the data.

Six of the state’s eight regions -- divided up in Whitmer’s reopening plan -- are in phase four, or “Improving.” Only the Upper Peninsula and the Traverse City Region are in phase five.

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