Yesterday’s (7/8) positive COVID-19 cases hit 610 and 11 additional deaths. Total cases in Michigan is now 67,237, including 6,015 deaths. This marks the highest sing-day tally since May 20. According to Johns Hopkins University the U.S. has surpassed three million cases and nearly 132,000 deaths. Michigan hospitals have not reported a significant increase in admitted COVID-19 patients. Please click here to read more.
Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has announced their combination antibody treatment for COVID-19, REGN-COV2, is now in phase 3 testing. Testing will include 2,000 U.S. patients at around 100 different sites. REGN-COV2 is a combination of two antibodies, or protiens the body makes to naturally fight infections. The hope is that the drug could both treat infections and maybe prevent them as well. Regeneron CEO Dr. Leonard Schleifer says, “We’re going to give people the actual antibodies. When we give you these antibodies, if you haven’t been infected, it should block you from getting infected.” Please click here to read more.
COVID Act Now, the national nonprofit group of health experts, technologists, and public policy leaders has moved Michigan into a category of high risk for an outbreak. It was less than a month ago that this group listed the state as having contained the virus. According to their website, an individual in Michigan with COVID-19 is on average infecting 1.14 other people. COVID Act Now has given the state a bleak warning that the number of cases is growing at an unsustainable rate and if the trend continues the hospital system may become overloaded again. Please click here to read more.
Governor Whitmer vetoed bills designed to further delay tax payments amid the pandemic yesterday (7/8). The legislation was has bipartisan support however Governor Whitmer said, “business-backed bills to delay sales, use and withholding payments and additional three months and to make larger businesses eligible for similar treatment we commendable but would push many local budgets over the precipice into fiscal crisis.” Please click here to read more.
The White House is threatening to cut federal aid if schools don’t reopen, and it has school teachers speaking out against the push. Eight percent of Michigan’s teachers surveyed said they would quit or retire rather than be forced back into the classroom if they don’t feel safe. Nearly a third of teachers and parents don’t feel safe returning students and staff to the classroom without a proven vaccine, mass testing, and reliable antibody testing. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Trump are pressuring schools across the nation that they will withhold funds to any district that does not deem it safe to fully reopen.
Governor Whitmer is set to give a press briefing update on COVID-19 in Michigan today at 11:30 A.M. Yesterday marked the highest single-day case count of new COVID-19 infections since May 20, and the COVID Act Now group has moved the state into a high probability of another outbreak. The Detroit Region has been moved into a “medium-high risk” level. Hospitalization rates for COVID-19 are still however remaining flat throughout the state. You can watch Governor Whitmer’s press briefing right here on Civic Center TV’s The Oakland County Megacast.
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