Here’s what to know Aug. 25, 2020


DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 97,660 as of Monday, including 6,397 deaths, state officials report.

Monday’s update represents 868 new cases and four additional deaths. On Sunday, the state totals were 96,792 cases and 6,393 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. 21.

Hospitalizations have increased slightly over the last month but remain lower than in April.

Michigan has reported 72,580 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 18,600 as of Monday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 639 on Monday.

Eastern Michigan delays dorm move-in

Eastern Michigan University is delaying residence hall move-in and transitioning the first three weeks of most fall classes to an online format, officials said.

Students were scheduled to start moving into residence halls Thursday (Aug. 27), but move-in has been pushed back to Sept. 17.

Nearly all fall semester classes will be transitioned to an online format through Sept. 20, the university announced. Courses begin Aug. 31.

6 Michigan businesses fined for ‘serious violations’ of COVID-19 safety protocols

Six businesses in Michigan have been fined for “serious violations” of coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols and potentially endangering workers, state officials said.

READ: Here’s what the businesses did to get fined

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration performed its first round of inspections to make sure workers are being protected from the spread of COVID-19. Six businesses earned “general duty” citations for “failing to uphold safe and healthy practices.”

FEMA approves Michigan for additional $300 in weekly unemployment payments

Michigan submitted an application for federal funding that would provide an additional $300 per week to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. FEMA approved it on Friday.

The additional $600 payments included in the first federal relief bill ended on July 31. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) submitted an application to the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for funding on Tuesday, according to a release.

The UIA estimates that under the program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25% matching funds required for participation. Eligible claimants will be paid benefits retroactive to August 1. It is unclear at this time how long funding for the program will last.

Michigan health officials report 14 coronavirus outbreaks at schools

Michigan health officials reported 14 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks at K-12 schools and universities as of Thursday, Aug. 20.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said the outbreaks are reported to them by local health departments. Here’s where the outbreaks are:

  • 1 in Region 1
  • 8 in Region 2S
  • 2 in Region 2N
  • 3 in Region 3

You can find the regions on the Michigan Emergency Preparedness Regions map here.

Washtenaw County restricts outdoor gatherings in Ann Arbor, Ypsi to 25 people

Washtenaw County Health Department issued a public health emergency order to limit the size of social gatherings or events Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

County officials are not allowing more than 25 people to gather at outdoor events. The local order enhances existing state orders and further restricts social gathering in areas at increased risk for COVID-19 outbreaks as the student population returns to local universities.

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.

What Whitmer said about allowing businesses that are still closed to reopen

Whitmer was asked Wednesday what she needs to see to allow businesses that are still closed due to the pandemic. The question was posed during her COVID-19 press briefing. While she didn’t offer specifics in terms of where the state’s statistics would need to be to reopen certain businesses, Whitmer offered the following answer:

“So, right now, we are working with (the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) to drill down on that, and I think that you’re asking an important question, and I want to give you an answer with as much specificity as I can, but I’m hampered right now because we’ve asked them to articulate — all of the businesses that still have zero presence in terms of economic reopening — where we can do another assessment on risk mitigation and determine if we might consider making some improvements in the policy. We’ve learned a lot, of course. This still is a novel virus. There still is no vaccine and no cure at this juncture, and we’re learning a lot about it every single day, and we have the benefit of learning what is happening in other states, what’s happening that’s bad that we don’t want to do, but perhaps some things that they’ve done that have been successful, and so I would anticipate I’ll be able to share a little bit more on that front with you next week as that work is happening right now.”

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.

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
  • Aug. 20 — 419 new cases
  • Aug. 21 — 374 new cases
  • Aug. 22 — 953 new cases (higher number due to backlog)
  • Aug. 23 — 768 (higher number due to backlog)
  • Aug. 24 — 868 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
  • Aug. 20 — 19 new deaths
  • Aug. 21 — 10 new deaths
  • Aug. 22 — 11 new deaths
  • Aug. 23 — 4 new deaths
  • Aug. 24 — 4 new deaths

Coronavirus resources:

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

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