Michigan health officials reported 722 new coronavirus cases Thursday, up from 657 cases the previous day.
In other coronavirus news: The Oakland County Health Department issued an emergency order to a Pontiac-based mortgage company after 53 employees tested positive for coronavirus, health officials in Genesee County believe a spike in Flint-area STD is indicative of loosening social distancing adherence and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is mandating masks be worn at child-care centers and camps.
Here’s all the latest on COVID-19 Michigan going into Thursday, August 6.
Michigan health officials reported 722 new coronavirus cases Thursday, Aug. 6.
The Department of Health and Human Services also announced 26 new deaths, 17 of which were identified during a vital records review conducted three times per week. Nine of the deaths were in the last 24 hours.
Throughout the pandemic, the state has tallied 85,429 known cases of COVID-19 and 6,247 deaths associated with the virus.
The state’s seven-day moving average for new cases per day had generally been on the rise since mid-June, when it reached 150 new cases per day. It reached 768 on July 29 and has since declined to 649 new cases per day.
As for new deaths per day, the state average has remained in single-digits since July 15. It sits at eight new deaths per day.
Health officials say approximately 250 people who attended a Southwest Michigan overnight camp are at risk of coronavirus exposure after several people at the camp tested positive for the virus.
Five staff members and one camper who were at Camp Michawana near Hastings have tested positive for COVID-19, and one person is considered a probable case because of their symptoms, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department announced Thursday, Aug. 6.
Health officials warn that anyone who attended Camp Michawana, a faith-based youth camp, on or after July 24 may have been exposed to the virus. The camp property includes a children’s overnight camp, a family camp and a traditional-style campground — all three of which were open during the potential exposure period.
About 250 people attended or staffed the camp in the past two weeks and are at greatest risk of exposure, health officials said. Of that total, 180 were children under the age of 18 who attended the children’s overnight camp and 70 were either staff members or attendees of the family-style camp.
An emergency order was issued in Oakland County on Wednesday after 53 employees from a Pontiac-based mortgage company test positive for COVID-19.
The order was issued to United Shore by the Oakland County Health Department, demanding the company enforce social distancing rules, require face coverings, begin daily illness screenings at the office and encourage employees to work from home, when possible.
Bill Mullan, spokesman for the Oakland County Executive’s Office, said that the company is responding appropriately to the order.
“From June 29, until the end of the day yesterday, 53 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 said they were employees at United Shore’s main campus in Pontiac,” Mullan said. “Some are working from home and some are working in person. The worksite itself is not necessarily the source of the transmission.”
Genesee County health officials think they may be seeing an early warning sign of relaxed social distancing adherence: an uptick in cases of sexually transmitted disease.
Members of the county Board of Health said Wednesday, Aug. 5, that they suspect a rise in reports of at least one category of STDs in June could be fallout from a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions and a resumption of larger gatherings like graduation parties in recent weeks.
An advisory issued by Genesee, Livingston and Oakland counties earlier this week warned that cases of coronavirus among teens 15-19 years old have spiked sharply in the region, and some health board members said it may also be time to sound a warning about the dangers of STDs as person-to-person contact becomes more common.
There were 102 cases of gonorrhea reported in the county in June, compared to an average of 79 cases during the prior five months of 2020.
Face coverings must be worn in all Michigan child-care centers and camps under an executive order issued Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Executive Order 2020-164 requires:
- All staff and children ages 2 and up to wear a mask on a school bus or other transportation.
- All staff and children ages 4 and up to wear a mask in all indoor common spaces.
- All staff and children 12 and older to wear a mask when in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor small-group settings.
The governor also strongly encourages that all children ages 2 and up wear face coverings when indoors. These rules align with the existing rules on face coverings that already apply to pre-K-12 schools across Michigan, a press release said.
COVID-19 PREVENTION TIPS
In addition to washing hands regularly and not touching your face, officials recommend practicing social distancing, assuming anyone may be carrying the virus.
Health officials say you should be staying at least 6 feet away from others and working from home, if possible.
Use disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray cleaners on frequently-touched surfaces in your home (door handles, faucets, countertops) and carry hand sanitizer with you when you go into places like stores.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has also issued executive orders requiring people to wear face coverings over their mouth and nosewhile in public indoor and crowded outdoor spaces. See an explanation of what that means here.
For more data on COVID-19 in Michigan, visit https://www.mlive.com/coronavirus/data/.