Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know July 1, 2020

262 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday

Michigan COVID-19 data as of July 1, 2020 (WDIV)

Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 64,132, Death toll now at 5,951

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 64,132 as of Wednesday, including 5,951 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update represents 262 new confirmed cases and four additional deaths. Tuesday’s total was 63,870 confirmed cases and 5,947 deaths.

Coronavirus news:

New cases have increased slightly in the last week, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has increased slightly in the last week, with an average of more than 15,000 per day. After an uptick last week, hospitalizations have declined again.

Michigan has reported 51,099 COVID-19 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 6,900 as of Tuesday. The 7-day average jumped from 177 (June 15-21) to 290 (June 22-28) last week for new daily cases.

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
  • June 26 -- 389 new cases
  • June 27 -- 314 new cases
  • June 28 -- 252 new cases
  • June 29 -- 236 new cases
  • June 30 -- 373 new cases
  • July 1 -- 262 new cases

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

No Phase 5 before July 4 weekend

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state will not be moved to the fifth phase of her reopening plan by the Fourth of July weekend, as she had originally planned.

“My hope was that we would be into phase five by the Fourth of July,” Whitmer said Tuesday during her coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing. “That’s not going to happen. I just think we need to take that off the table right now.”

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

Six of the state’s eight geographical regions -- the Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Saginaw regions -- will remain in phase four of the plan. The Upper Peninsula and Traverse City Region are both in phase five.

“The numbers that we’re seeing are increasing across the state,” Whitmer said. “Does that mean that we have to rethink and reanalyze and perhaps take a more conservative approach? Maybe, but I’m not announcing that today.”

Whitmer said she would anticipate being able to offer more clarify about the state’s next steps in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Read more here.

Whitmer reveals plan for schools to return to in-person learning this fall

Whitmer also released the “MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap” on Tuesday, calling it a “comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall” as the state navigates reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-142 requires school districts to adopt a “COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan” in which they lay out how they will protect students and educators across the various phases of the “Michigan Safe Start Plan.”

Last week, Michigan Republicans laid out their plans for school to return in the fall.

Meanwhile, a report from the University of Michigan found one-third of parents surveyed don’t plan to send their children back to class in the fall.

Potential COVID-19 exposure reported at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak

Three people who tested positive for COVID-19 reported being at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak on June 19 during the evening, prior to the start of their symptoms.

The COVID-19 potential exposure was identified through case investigations conducted by the Oakland County Health Division.

The individuals reported crowded conditions at the establishment, which describes itself as catering to sports and entertainment patrons.

Fifth Avenue is located at 215 W. 5th Ave. in Royal Oak.

2020 Woodward Dream Cruise is canceled due to coronavirus

The 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise has been canceled.

The annual event usually attracts an estimated 1.5 million people to the Woodward Corridor in Oakland County. This year’s Dream Cruise was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15.

Birmingham City Manager Joe Valentine had expressed his concerns about the event proceeding during the pandemic.

“The timing right now is not right for this,” said Birmingham City Manager Joe Valentine. “What we are trying to avoid are people coming in from out of town, the state and the world that are attracted by promoting. We advise them now is not the time to come to Birmingham and Woodward Corridor.”

Michigan Republicans call on state to investigate use of nursing homes as care facilities

In a new letter to Attorney General Dana Nessel, each of Michigan’s congressional Republicans called on the state of Michigan to investigate its use of nursing homes as care centers for recovering COVID-19 patients.

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities have accounted for more than 1 in 5 coronavirus deaths here in Michigan and have become a major point of contention within the state.

Signing with five other leading congressional Republicans who sit on the House Subcommittee on the coronavirus, they demanded answers about why the state ignored advice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which warned not to release COVID patients into long-term care.

See the full report here.

City officials concerned over rising COVID-19 cases in Grosse Pointe Park

Officials in Grosse Pointe Park expressed concern over the growing cases of COVID-19 in the city.

“Everybody was feeling good about the situation,” said city councilperson Aimée Fluitt. “And then on Wednesday, we had two more cases.”

A new wave of COVID-19 appeared and the Wayne County Health Department said there are a few dozen recent cases making its way through the Grosse Pointe communities.

“Then on Friday yesterday, we had 12 Market Park cases, so that was a 25% increase in our cases just in one day,” Fluitt said. “So, in the last four days we’ve gone from 48 cases to 68 cases.”

See the full report here.

Michigan Republican legislators unveil plans for school to return this fall

Michigan Republicans laid out their plans for school to return in the fall as the state waits for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s to release her own guidelines.

The Republican arm of the ‘Return To Learn’ plan pledged an appropriation of $1 billion, ostensibly to stop the bloodletting of frightened, desperate school distracts that have seven days to turn in budgets and are opting for worst-case scenarios with layoffs.

They proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if necessary.

Meanwhile, Gov. Whitmer is expected to reveal her own return-to-school plan on Tuesday, June 30.

Read more here.

Wayne County COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths; City-by-city breakdown

Tracking COVID-19 cases in Wayne County, outside of Detroit.

Here’s a look at the Wayne County data:

About the Authors:

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

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.