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The latest coronavirus updates: Monday, June 15, 2020

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Posted at 4:30 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 04:20:08-04

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4:37 p.m.

New numbers released from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday show just how deadly the coronavirus is in Michigan nursing homes.

According to the MDHHS, as of Monday, there have been 7,163 cases and 1,947 deaths among patients in nursing facilities. In the entire state, there are now 60,064 cases and 5,772 deaths.

Nearly 34% of the deaths from COVID-19 and 12% of the cases in the state state came from nursing facilities. More than 1 in 4 people who contracted COVID-19 in a nursing facility died.

For nursing home staff, there have been 3,133 cases and 20 deaths, and this represents date recorded since the beginning of the year.

4,919 patients have recovered from the virus as of Sunday, according to the state.

4:04 p.m.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it is now requiring "regular testing and timely and accurate reporting of cases, deaths" related to COVID-19. Additionally, Michigan nursing homes must also report personal protective equipment and staffing shortages.

More specifically, the Order requires nursing facilities to conduct the following COVID-19 testing for residents and staff:

  • Initial testing of all residents and staff.
  • Testing of all new or returning residents during intake unless tested within 72 hours of intake.
  • Testing of any resident or staff member with symptoms or suspected exposure.
  • Weekly testing of all previously negative residents and staff in facilities with any positive cases among residents or staff, until 14 days after the last new positive result.
  • Weekly testing of all staff in regions of medium or higher risk on the MI Safe Start Map [lnks.gd].
  • Testing of all staff in Regions 1 through 5 and 7, at least once between the date of this order and July 3, 2020.

More here.

2:30 p.m.

Michigan reported just two new coronavirus deaths and 74 new cases, bringing the total to 60,064 cases and 5,772 deaths.

The increase in deaths was the lowest since March 21, according to numbers from the state, just 11 days after the first confirmed cases in the state.

The increase in cases is also the lowest since March 18, when the number of new cases was at 15. The next day, it spiked to 254.

Nearly 45,000 people have recovered from the virus, according to the state.

1:05 p.m.

The Michigan Department of State is allowing groups to run voter registration drives digitally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The state is now allowing civic groups and other organizations to register voters and connect their electronic program to the online voter registration system through an application programming interface which allows data to be transferred securely.

Additional Coronavirus information and resources:

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View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

Find out how you can help metro Detroit restaurants struggling during the pandemic.

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