U.S. Circuit Court Judge Paul Maloney ruled that gyms and fitness centers across Michigan can reopen this Thursday (6/25). According to the federal judge, Governor Whitmer’s administration failed to provide scientific evidence justifying the continued closure while the state’s COVID-19 case counts continue to decline. Judge Maloney wrote, “Counsel could not articulate a reason beyond the bare assertion that gyms are dangerous.” The governor is planning an immediate appeal citing that keeping gyms closed makes sense due to their “heavy respiratory activity, shared indoor spaced, and shared surfaces.
The World Health Organization reported more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. WHO reports that Brazil led the way with 54,771 cases tallied, the U.S. with 36,617, and over 15,400 in India. Reports include 461,715 deaths worldwide with a daily increase of 4,743. More than two-thirds of new deaths were reported in the Americas. Please click here to read more.
The short answer is no, Michigan is not seeing large spikes in COVID-19 cases. National news coverage shows an increase in case counts, however they remain slower in Michigan, deaths have plummeted in the last few weeks, and hospitalizations have not greatly increased. Some days may have higher case counts than others, however Michigan has not had a daily case count over 300 since May 31. This does not mean we are out of the woods just yet though. Please click here for more information.
The state announced yesterday (6/21) that we had three more deaths tied to COVID-19; taking the toll to 6,090 deaths, which includes 244 probable deaths. Probable deaths are recorded from indivduals who didn’t test positive but whose death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause of death or significant condition contributing to death. Even though Michigan is one of three states currently “on track to contain” the coronavirus, it is also ninth in the nation for most cases and sixth in the nation for most deaths. Please click here to read more.
State park campgrounds have officially reopened today after a three-month shutdown, and they will resume collecting admission fees. The recreation passport costs $12 when renewing a plate registration through SOS, or $17 at park entrances. The passport allows residents to visit over 100 state parks and recreation areas. Camping, overnight lodging facilities and day-use shelters in state parks also reopen today.
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