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Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Aug. 14, 2020

748 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Michigan

Michigan COVID-19 data through Aug. 14, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 data through Aug. 14, 2020.

DETROIT – Here’s everything you should know about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Michigan.

Michigan health officials: Schools should require masks for all students

Michigan’s top health official is calling on superintendents to require students to wear face masks this fall amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Many Michigan school districts have opted to begin the 2020-21 school year entirely online due to the virus, but a number are still planning to offer full-time, in-person learning in the fall.

Michigan’s top health official Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), said Friday that students returning to in-person learning in the fall should be wearing face masks.

Read more here.

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Michigan’s case count

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 91,140 as of Friday, including 6,300 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update represents 748 new cases and 11 additional deaths. On Thursday, the state reported 1,121 new cases, the highest one-day case total since May 14.

New cases have plateaued in the last two weeks, while deaths remain flat in Michigan. Testing has remained steady, with an average of more than 25,000 per day, with the positive rate between 3 and 4 percent. The state reported 41,000 diagnostic tests on Aug. 12, the highest one-day testing total.

Michigan COVID-19 tests data as of Aug. 12, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 tests data as of Aug. 12, 2020. (Michigan.gov/coronavirus)

Hospitalizations have increased slightly, but remain considerably lower than in April.

Michigan has reported 63,636 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 20,400 as of Thursday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 709 on Thursday.

New order on masks -- for kids

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order requiring children and workers to wear face masks at Michigan childcare centers, camps.

Executive Order 2020-164 was issued in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks at these types of locations, Whitmer said.

Health experts said there is mounting evidence that children can contract and spread the virus.

All staff members and children ages 2 and older will now have to wear face coverings on school buses and other transportation.

Michigan COVID-19 orders enforcement

Whitmer is working to make sure her executive orders issued in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are being enforced.

On Tuesday, Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-08 to “direct state departments and autonomous agency heads to review allocation of their resources to ensure that enforcement of COVID-19-related laws is a priority,” reads a statement from her office. That includes enforcing limitations on capacity and the requirement to wear a mask when entering a Michigan business.

Read more here.


Coronavirus headlines:


Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since July 24:

  • July 24 -- 594 new cases
  • July 25 -- 437 new cases
  • July 26 -- 1,041* (cases higher due to technical glitch)
  • July 27 -- 488 new cases
  • July 28 -- 669 new cases
  • July 29 -- 996* (cases higher due to backlog of test results)
  • July 30 -- 715 new cases
  • July 31 -- 734 new cases
  • Aug. 1 -- 735 new cases
  • Aug. 2 -- 426 new cases
  • Aug. 3 -- 604 new cases
  • Aug. 4 -- 664 new cases
  • Aug. 5 -- 657 new cases
  • Aug. 6 -- 722 new cases
  • Aug. 7 -- 762 new cases
  • Aug. 8 -- 898 new cases
  • Aug. 9 -- 514 new cases
  • Aug. 10 -- 557 new cases
  • Aug. 11 -- 796 new cases
  • Aug. 12 -- 515 new cases
  • Aug. 13 -- 1,121 new cases
  • Aug. 14 -- 748 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since July 24:

  • July 24 -- 3 new deaths
  • July 25 -- 14 new deaths
  • July 26 -- 0 new deaths
  • July 27 -- 5 new deaths
  • July 28 -- 16 new deaths
  • July 29 -- 2 new deaths
  • July 30 -- 19 new deaths (14 of which are from vital records)
  • July 31 -- 8 new deaths
  • Aug. 1 -- 7 new deaths
  • Aug. 2 -- 0 new deaths
  • Aug. 3 -- 6 new deaths
  • Aug. 4 -- 7 new deaths (5 of which are from vital records)
  • Aug. 5 -- 2 new deaths
  • Aug. 6 -- 26 new deaths (17 from vital records)
  • Aug. 7 -- 0 new deaths
  • Aug. 8 -- 3 new deaths
  • Aug. 9 -- 2 new deaths
  • Aug. 10 -- 8 new deaths
  • Aug. 11 -- 7 new deaths
  • Aug. 12 -- 9 new deaths
  • Aug. 13 -- 16 new deaths (9 from vital records)
  • Aug. 14 -- 11 new deaths

Coronavirus resources:


Here is the moving 7-day average of COVID-19 cases in Michigan:


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