Yesterday (7/5) Michigan had no confirmed deaths connected to COVID-19. This marks the first time that’s happened since March. Cases are still on an upward trajectory however. Michigan reported 343 new COVID-19 confirmed cases yesterday, and 398 new cases on Saturday. The new seven day average for new cases is at 374; two weeks ago it was at 177. The total number of cases for Michigan is 65,876 and 5,972 deaths.
As Michigan COVID-19 case counts are seeing an uptick in numbers, the Wayne County public Health Division confirmed a total of 13 cases connected to the Playhouse Club in Romulus. 12 were employees or patrons of the club, and one confirmed case was an employee of a Checkers. Wayne County Public Health Officer Carol Austerberry said, “It is imperative all people who visited these two establishments during the exposure window call and cooperate with our communicable disease team so that we can understand the extend of the outbreak.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a national shortage of pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters. Coin box supplies for retailers at banks are low, and banks have cut down on giving boxes of change out. The Federal Reserve announced a nationwide coin shortage in mid-June saying, “In the past few months, coin deposits from depository institutions to the Federal Reserve have declined significantly and the U.S. Mint’s production of coin also decreased due to measure put in place to protect its employees.” Please click here to read more.
As Michigan school districts develop their plans for students to return to class in the Fall, there will likely be an increase in the need for substitute teachers. President of Kelly Services (school staffing division of Troy-based Kelly Services, Nicola Soares says, “It is a mathematical certainty that we are not going to have enough teachers to reopen schools.” Increased teacher absences are expected due to COVID-19. Please click here to read more.
Michigan colleges and universities have seen a 4.5% drop in applications for financial aid since last year. Overall applications for financial aid throughout the nation were down 70,000 as of June 19, which represents a 3.7% drop for the entire application cycle. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required for students to be eligible for federal Pell grants and student loans. Please click here to read more.
Michigan health officials are worried that people who went to a garage sale near the community if Charlotte last weekend may have been exposed to COVID-19. As the garage sale season heats up across the state, health officials are urging visitors to sanitize all bought items and to thoroughly wash and dry any clothes.
Diamond Lake Sandbar out of Cass County Michigan saw hundreds of crowded individuals over the holiday weekend. Videos of the party have been circulating social media and national news sources. Crowding like this, when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Michigan, could be extremely dangerous for yourself and the people around you. Health officials urge us to keep social distancing and wearing face coverings.
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