Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Aug. 19, 2020

616 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Michigan

Michigan COVID-19 data through Aug. 19, 2020.
Michigan COVID-19 data through Aug. 19, 2020. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 94,278 as of Wednesday, including 6,349 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update represents 616 new cases and nine additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state totals were 93,662 cases and 6,340 deaths.

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 its highest one-day testing total with more than 41,000 diagnostic tests on Aug. 12.

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

Michigan has reported 67,778 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 19,400 as of Tuesday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 706 on Tuesday.

Read more: Here’s how coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are trending in all 8 of Michigan’s regions

Michigan announces $65M in CARES Act funding for schools

Michigan is using $65 million in federal funding to support school districts that are most significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement Monday about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars for schools. The money is for school districts, higher education institutions, and “other education-related entities that have been most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the governor’s office.

The governor says the money is going to disadvantaged districts and will help address the digital divide that has served as a barrier to remote learning for students and educators across the state. The funding comes from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer gives insight on gyms reopening

Governor Gretchen Whitmer hinted at gyms possibly opening back up at limited capacity.

“I would like to get some people back in the gyms. We’re just trying to make sure that we’ve got the protocol to keep people safe,” Whitmer said.

As of right now, having gyms move their members outside is only temporary, so the governor is hoping to find a more permanent solution.

“When you’re breathing heavily, that’s is one of the more dangerous factors around the spread of COVID, when you’re in closed quarters and inside. So we would have to have some very serious and tight protocol around it. But we are working with the industry,” Whitmer said.

Undergraduate classes at Michigan State University will be taught remotely this fall

Michigan State University is asking undergraduate students who planned to live on campus to stay home and take their classes remotely due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any classes that were in person or hybrid will be transitioned for remote learning. There will be exceptions for colleges of Law, Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine as well as all graduate programs.

“As president of Michigan State University, it is my ultimate responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. That has been my guiding principle since I arrived at this great university last year, and even more so since the coronavirus pandemic turned our lives upside down,” president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. said.

Outdoor events limited to 25 people in part of East Lansing

Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail signed an emergency order on Tuesday that restricts outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people in the city of East Lansing amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The state of Michigan currently restricts indoor public gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 100 people under Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

Vail’s new emergency order is specific to East Lansing -- which is home to thousands of college students who attend Michigan State University (MSU).

Coronavirus headlines:

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Aug. 1:

  • 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
  • Aug. 15 -- 1,015 new cases
  • Aug. 16 -- 565 new cases
  • Aug. 17 -- 465 new cases
  • Aug. 18 -- 477 new cases
  • Aug. 19 -- 616 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Aug. 1:

  • 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
  • Aug. 15 -- 18 new deaths
  • Aug. 16 -- 6 new deaths
  • Aug. 17 -- 1 new death
  • Aug. 18 -- 15 new deaths (7 from vital records)
  • Aug. 19 -- 9 new deaths

Coronavirus resources:

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

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