Here’s what to know Sept. 3, 2020

Here’s what to know Sept. 3, 2020

DETROIT – The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 103,710 as of Wednesday, including 6,509 deaths, state officials report.

Wednesday’s update represents 524 new cases and 14 additional deaths. On Tuesday, the state totals were 103,186 cases and 6,495 deaths.

New cases have slightly increased in the last week, 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 76,151 recoveries. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 20,700 on Tuesday. Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 682 on Tuesday. The state’s fatality rate is 6.3 percent.

Whitmer hints at decision on reopening gyms, resuming sports ‘in coming days’

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted during her Wednesday coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing that she will announce a decision on reopening gyms and resuming organized sports “in the coming days.”

“A lot of people are feeling anxious — our students and parents and coaches and small business owners,” Whitmer said. “I also know Michiganders, me included, love sports. We love to compete. It is in our DNA and it’s a part of what makes this state so special.”

Although she didn’t make a public announcement about whether gyms and organized sports would be allowed in the state, Whitmer went out of her way to address the issue at the beginning of the questioning portion of her briefing.

Whitmer, Huntington announce $5 billion commitment toward Michigan businesses, housing, community

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Huntington have announced a $5 billion commitment toward Michigan businesses, affordable housing and community efforts.

The five-year lending, investment and philanthropic plan aims to help improve financial opportunities for Michigan businesses, consumers and communities. It’s part of a $20 billion community plan Huntington Bancshares announced Sept. 1.

Michigan will stop reporting COVID-19 data on Sundays: Here’s why

Michigan health officials announced on Tuesday that the state would no longer be reporting COVID-19 data on Sundays, starting this weekend.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 6, data on cases, deaths and testing will be reported Monday – Saturday. If you follow the COVID-19 data closely, you have probably seen lower cases reported on Sunday — and at times, on Monday — due to a lower volume of tests being reported from labs on weekends.

MDHHS says it focuses its review of trends on the number of reports for each date that individuals experienced the onset of symptoms and not the daily reported cases which represent the day test results were received.

Whitmer expected to announce plan to reopen Michigan gyms, movie theaters

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to announce a plan to reopen gyms and movie theaters that have been closed since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Local 4 has learned.

COVID-19 numbers have hit a plateau in Michigan over the past few weeks, and so far, no outbreaks have been traced back to gyms in Northern Michigan, where they’ve been open since July. Gym owners say they believe Whitmer is going to talk this week about allowing them to reopen.

Gym owners expect Whitmer to hold a news conference by Wednesday. Most already have all their protocols in place. Ohio has had its gyms open since the end of May.

Parents concerned about student safety after photo of Metro Detroit school surfaces online

As students are starting to return to school across Metro Detroit, a photo online has left at least one Macomb County father worried about the school year.

The photo shows students wearing masks, but nearly nonexistent social distancing at Lutheran North High School. The private Macomb school only offered in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year.

Coronavirus headlines:

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported cases since Aug. 15:

  • 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
  • Aug. 25 — 779 new cases
  • Aug. 26 — 761 new cases
  • Aug. 27 — 758 new cases
  • Aug. 28 — 741 new cases
  • Aug. 29 — 799 new cases
  • Aug. 30 — 539 new cases
  • Aug. 31 — 451 new cases
  • Sept. 1 — 718 new cases
  • Sept. 2 — 524 new cases

Michigan COVID-19 daily reported deaths since Aug. 15:

  • 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
  • Aug. 25 — 20 new deaths (6 from vital records)
  • Aug. 26 — 7 new deaths
  • Aug. 27 — 16 new deaths (15 from vital records)
  • Aug. 28 — 6 new deaths
  • Aug. 29 — 21 new deaths (7 from vital records)
  • Aug. 30 — 6 new deaths
  • Aug. 31 — 7 new deaths
  • Sept. 1 — 15 new deaths (8 from vital records)
  • Sept. 2 — 14 new deaths

Coronavirus resources:

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

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