Coronavirus in Michigan: Day 83

Whitmer eases up on statewide lockdown orders

Bars and restaurants to reopen next week — with precautions

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MONDAY, June 1 — Michiganders must still stay safe, but they no longer need to stay home.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today several rescissions to her stay-at-home executive order. Among them: Bars and restaurants across Michigan can reopen dining rooms next Monday. And outdoor gatherings of 100 people or fewer can resume immediately.

Michigan is ready to “carefully” reopen additional sectors of its economy, but residents “owe it to our brave frontline heroes to get this right,” Whitmer announced at a press briefing earlier today.

Whitmer said social distancing precautions still cannot be ignored. Face masks must be worn when people cannot keep a six-foot distance from others. And indoor gatherings are still limited to 10. But retail businesses and other in-home services can resume business on Thursday.

And the revised order makes no reference to asking nonessential employees to stay at home. Office work that cannot be completely remotely can resume. It’s still recommended that employees work remotely as much as possible, but it’s no longer a legal requirement.

“Economic issues have been very challenging in Lansing and across the state, but we know it was necessary to save lives,” Lansing Mayor Andy Schor said in a press release. “Now we are ready to get back to growing our city here in Lansing and the economy throughout the state.”

Bars and restaurants will still be required to limit dining rooms to half of their usual capacities. Retailers statewide will also be able to reopen to customers — without an appointment-only model — beginning on Thursday, with similar capacity limits based on square footage.

Day camps for children, outdoor public swimming pools, libraries and museums can also reopen with limited capacities on June 8 under Whitmer’s latest order. Gyms and fitness centers can offer various outdoor-only and socially distant classes. Drive-in movie theaters can also reopen.

The Detroit Free Press reports that businesses that require close contact — like gyms, hair salons, barbershops, indoor movie theaters and casinos — must remain closed. Whitmer, however, has said those businesses could be phased back in as early as the Fourth of July.

“Hospitalization numbers are down, our frontline workers have PPE to last them several weeks, and the number of positive cases and deaths are declining,” said Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “We will continue to monitor the data and work closely with local health departments to ensure Michiganders practice safe social distancing. On behalf of our health care professionals and first responders on the front lines, we must all be smart and be safe.”

In the numbers…

One more coronavirus-related death and three cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Greater Lansing today, edging up the regional death toll to 44 with at least 1,070 cases reported to date.

Ingham County tracked two new cases and one death today. Eaton County held steady at 190 cases and six deaths.  Clinton County tracked one more case and no additional deaths. More than half of local patients — about 565 people — have recovered from the virus, records show.

Michigan tracked at least another 135 coronavirus cases statewide this afternoon with another 25 virus-related deaths, pushing the case count past 57,500 with more than 5,500 reported dead. About two-thirds of cases, or 38,099 patients, have tracked a full recovery from the virus.

Ingham County                     

Cases — 740 (+2)

Recovered Cases — 400

Recovery Rate — 54.1%

Deaths — 27 (+1)

Fatality Rate — 3.6%

As of yesterday, zip code 48911 tracks 221-230 cases. Zip code 48910 tracks 81-90 cases. Zip code 48823 tracks 71-80 cases. Zip code 48854 and 48906 tracks 51-60 cases. Zip code 48864 tracks 41-50 cases. Zip codes 48842 and 48912 each track 31-40 cases. Zip code 48915 tracks 21-30 cases. Zip codes 48917, 48840, and 48895 each track 11-20 cases. Zip codes 48285, 48819, 48827, 48892, 48933, 49251, 49264 and 49285 each track 10 cases or fewer.

Eaton County                 

Cases — 190 (No change)

Recovered Cases — 165

Recovery Rate — 86.8%

Deaths — 6 (No change)

Fatality Rate — 3.2%

Clinton County                                                                                                                   

Cases — 140 (+1)

Deaths — 11 (No change)

Fatality Rate — 7.9%

The Mid-Michigan County Health Department does not report recovery statistics.                   

Michigan                        

Cases — 57,532 (+135)

Recoveries — 38,099 (as of 5/29/20)                

Recovery Rate — 66.2%

Deaths — 5,516 (+25)

Fatality Rate — 9.6%

U.S.                  

Cases — 1,778,515

Deaths — 104,051

Fatality Rate — 5.9%

Source: CNN

Michigan still reports the eighth most cases of any state, behind New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas and fifth in the country in virus-related deaths, behind New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

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