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The Kent County Health Department has issued a Public Health Warning.

The 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases is 682 cases per day. That’s 100 more cases per day on average than last week. With test positivity rates climbing to 16.2% the Kent County Health Department says its reaching “dangerous levels” 

“And most concerning of all, our death rate is continuing to increase. We’re now at 263 deaths here in Kent County and we’re seeing an average of 6.2 new deaths each day here in Kent County. And that’s, of course, the most concerning of all of these measures.”

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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.

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At a convent near Detroit, 13 nuns have died of COVID-19. The toll is seven at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York, and six at a Wisconsin convent that serves nuns with fading memories.

Each community perseveres, though strict social-distancing rules have made communal solidarity a challenge as the losses are mourned.

Only small, private funeral services were permitted as the death toll mounted in April and May at the Felician Sisters convent in Livonia, Michigan — a spiritual hardship for the surviving nuns.

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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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Michigan has signed off on $20 million in grants and loans to thousands of small businesses harmed by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the number of cases in the state has risen dramatically to 336, including three deaths. The state health department says it's now able to combine numbers from its own lab with statistics from hospitals and private labs. About 117,000 businesses were directly hit by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's order to close or greatly limit service at bars, movie theaters, fitness centers and restaurants. Some could qualify for grants of up to $10,000.

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A man who was under the influence of drugs has been convicted of second-degree murder in a crash that killed five bicyclists in southwestern Michigan. The verdict against Charles Pickett was returned Tuesday in Kalamazoo County court. 

There was no dispute that Pickett had swallowed painkillers and other drugs before driving his pickup truck, although his lawyer argued that murder charges were excessive.

Pickett's truck plowed into a pack of bicyclists on a narrow rural road near Kalamazoo in June 2016. Nine people were hit, including five who died from their injuries.

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Police agencies in Michigan are disputing a report by federal safety regulators who say better communication by 911 dispatchers might have prevented a crash that killed five bicyclists.

The Kalamazoo County sheriff and two police chiefs say the National Transportation Safety Board has done "a disservice" to everyone involved in the 2016 tragedy, including victims and survivors.

A group of bicyclists was struck by a pickup truck in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township.

The driver is charged with second-degree murder and driving under the influence of drugs.

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Authorities say a boater has apparently drowned and a fisherman has died along separate stretches of the Muskegon River in western Michigan over the weekend.

The Mecosta County sheriff's department says 47-year-old Lee Cooley of Big Rapids was boating Sunday near Stanwood with his 21-year-old daughter when they hit a large sunken log and were thrown from the boat. Cooley was killed in the accident and his daughter was taken to a hospital for treatment.