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Michigan on Friday crossed the threshold of 100,000 cases of the coronavirus confirmed since March.

Deaths related to COVID-19 reached 6,446 after six more were recorded, the state health department said.

Most people usually recover from the virus. It can cause mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and lead to death.


Michigan on Thursday reported more than 1,100 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in one day in nearly three months.

The state health department also recorded 16 deaths, including nine that occurred days or weeks earlier following a review of death certificates.

The 1,121 daily cases of coronavirus were the most since May 14 except for July 26, when a spike was attributed to cases that should have been reflected in the previous day’s count.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Previously, child care centers and camps were exempt from her order to wear a face covering inside enclosed public spaces and crowded outdoor places, though masks had been highly recommended at camps when small groups cross paths and cannot socially distance.

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Kent County’s Health director is asking residents to resist from stigmatizes individuals and groups who have recovered from COVID-19.

In Kent County, 149 residents have died from COVID-19. Of the 6,645 residents have contracted the disease, 5,204 have survived it.

Dr. Adam London, Director of the Kent County Health Department says many of them who have fully recovered are being stigmatized – shunned by some in the community.


Officials say an indoor wedding reception in southeastern Michigan that had more than 100 people in attendance has been linked to five confirmed COVID-19 cases. Wayne County health officials are investigating the July 18 event at Crystal Gardens Banquet Hall in Southgate. Those confirmed to have the coronavirus have been instructed to self-isolate. Wayne County's communicable disease team is reaching out to others who attended the reception for more potential cases. The county says the reception was in violation of Gov.

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The daily U.S. count of new coronavirus cases stood near an all-time high Thursday. It's hovering close to the late-April peak when 36,400 were reported. The Kent County Health Department is watching with concern after a jump in cases reported Thursday.

In early May, Kent County experienced its COVID-19 outbreak peak with161 cases reported on average each day. Between may 2nd and June 10th cases declined to an average of 26 new cases.


Another 314 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan has pushed the state’s total to 54,679, health officials announced Sunday.

The number of deaths attributed to the disease caused by the coronavirus rose by just five to 5,228, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.

The number of additional deaths was the lowest since March 22, the Detroit Free Press reported.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

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The number of new coronavirus cases in Michigan grew slowly again Monday, rising less than 1% to a total of nearly 47,560 since March, the state health department said.

Deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, increased by 33 to 4,584, the state said.

In hard-hit Detroit, 41 residents died from May 2 through May 8, compared to 167 from April 18-24, Mayor Mike Duggan said. Nearly 10,000 people have been infected.

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Video conferencing isn't always easy. Michigan's chief justice apologized after a colleague on the Supreme Court was put on mute while trying to speak to a lawyer. Justice Richard Bernstein is blind and says he can't use Zoom, putting him at a disadvantage. He participated by phone Wednesday. But Bernstein says he doesn't want any justice to be muted before they've ended their questions. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack says it was her fault. The Supreme Court in April began using video conferencing to hear cases because of the coronavirus.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan is probably a month away from reaching the apex of the coronavirus outbreak that already has infected at least 9,300 people and contributed to the deaths of 337. She said Thursday that everyone must act as though we could be carrying the virus and stay home because just one person with it can infect another 40. The state's top health official says the trajectory of the spread of COVID-19 means there likely will be a need for additional field hospitals for Michigan patients beyond one being established at the TCF Center in Detroit.