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In the meantime, according to public health officials, the best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:  

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.   

- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.   

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.     

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.     

- Avoid contact with people who are sick.     

- If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.   

- Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.   

- Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting. 

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  

- Fever

- Cough   

- Shortness of breath

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 –Michigan is now at 314,216 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 11,511 Sunday and Monday confirmed cases, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 5,755 per day. There are also 8,543 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 65 combined during Sunday and Monday. Iosco County now has 548 cases, an increase of 24 from Saturday, and remains at 19 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 –Michigan has now eclipsed 300,000 confirmed COVID-1p cases and is now at 302,705, an increase 7,528 cases from Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 8,478 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 101 since Friday. The deaths announced today includes 59 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 524 cases, an increase of 11 from the previous day, and is now at 19 deaths, an increase of 1 since Friday.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 –Michigan is now at 295,177 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase 9,779 cases from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. The daily confirmed number of cases is a new daily high for Michigan since the pandemic began in March. It is also expected on Saturday that the state will exceed 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There are also 8,377 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 53 since yesterday. Iosco County now has 513 cases, an increase of 8 from the previous day, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 –Michigan is now at 285,398 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase 7,592 cases from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 8,324 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 134 since yesterday. The deaths announced today includes 61 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 505 cases, an increase of 9 from the previous day, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 –Michigan is now at 277,806 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase 5,772 cases from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 8,190 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 62 since yesterday. Iosco County now has 496 cases, an increase of 40 from the previous day, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 –Michigan is now at 272,034 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 7,458 cases from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 8,128 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 79 since yesterday. The deaths announced today includes 24 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 456 cases, an increase of 42 from the previous day, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 –Michigan is now at 264,576 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 12,763 cases from Sunday and Monday combined, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is  about 6,381 per day.

There are also 8,049 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 55 on Sunday and Monday. Iosco County remains at 414 cases, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 –Michigan has now at 251,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 7,072 cases from Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,994 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 65 since Thursday. The deaths announced today includes 36 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 414 cases, an increase of 19 from the previous day, and remains at 18 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 –Michigan has now again set another daily record of 8,516 confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a total of 244,741 since the pandemic began in the state, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,929 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 118 since Thursday. The deaths announced today includes 83 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 395 cases, an increase of 22 from the previous day, and is now at 18 deaths, an increase of 1 since yesterday.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 –Michigan has now again set another daily record of 6,940 confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a total of 236,225 since the pandemic began in the state, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,811 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 45 since Wednesday. Iosco County now has 373 cases, an increase of 8 from the previous day, and remains at 17 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 –Michigan now has 229,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 6,008, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,766 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 42 since Tuesday. Iosco County now has 365 cases, an increase of 13 from the previous day, and remains at 17 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 –Michigan now has 223,277 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 9,010 6,473, a new daily record beating Saturday's total of 6,225, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,724 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 84 since Monday. The deaths announced Tuesday includes 25 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 352 cases, an increase of 18 from the previous day, and remains at 17 deaths.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 –Michigan now has 216,804 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 9,010 combined on Sunday and Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is 4,505 per day. There are also 7,640 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 62 over the two days. Iosco County is at another undesirable milestone number - now at 334 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 16 since Saturday, and is now at 17 deaths, an increase of 1 since Saturday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 –Michigan now has 207,794 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 6,225 from Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. This is the highest number of daily COVID-19 positive cases since the pandemic started in Michigan, far-surpassing Tuesday’s then record daily total of 5,710. There are also 7,578 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 65 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 42 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is at another undesirable milestone number - now at 318 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 16 from Friday, but is at 16 deaths, the same number as since Tuesday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 –Michigan hit another grim milestone now having more than 200,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases. The state now has 201,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,763 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,513 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 43 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 302 total COVID-19 cases, and at 16 deaths, the same numbers as Thursday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 –Michigan now has 197,806 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 5,710 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. This is the highest number of daily COVID-19 positive cases since the pandemic started in Michigan, far-surpassing yesterday's then record daily total of 4,101. There are also 7,470 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 51 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 26 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is at another undesirable milestone number - now at 302 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from Wednesday, but is at 16 deaths, the same number as Tuesday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 –Michigan now has 192,096 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 4,101 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. This is the highest number of daily COVID-19 positive cases since the pandemic started in Michigan. There are also 7,419 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day. Iosco County is now at 297 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 10 from Tuesday, and is at 16 deaths, the same number as yesterday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 –Michigan now has 187,995 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,106 from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,400 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 43 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 17 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is now at 287 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 10 from Monday, and is at 16 deaths, an increase of 1 from yesterday, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 –Michigan now has 184,889 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 6,709 from Sunday and Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 3,354 per day. There are also 7,357 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 17 from Sunday and Monday. Iosco County is now at 277 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 11 from Saturday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, Oct. 26, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 –Michigan now has 178,180 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,792 from Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. That is the highest number of daily positive COVID-19 cases in the state since the pandemic began. There are also 7,340 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 31 from the Friday. The deaths announced Saturday includes 20 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is now at 266 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from Friday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, Oct. 26, according to the state's website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 –Michigan now has 174,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,168 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,309 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 255 total COVID-19 cases, the same as yesterday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, according to District Health Department No. 2.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 –Michigan now has 171,220 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,675 from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Note on daily counts (10/29/20): Statewide network connectivity issues delayed today's data pull past the 10 a.m. cutoff. This resulted in some cases that would have normally been counted in tomorrow's totals being included today. There are also 7,298 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 41 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 22 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 255 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 10 from yesterday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 –Michigan now has 167,545 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,271 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,257 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 18 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 245 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 3 from yesterday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 –Michigan now has 164,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,367 from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,239 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 28 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 8 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 242 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 6 from yesterday, and remains at 15 deaths, the same number since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 – Michigan now has 161,907 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 3,881 from Sunday and Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

Today’s daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the MDSS since Saturday, Oct. 24.  Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 1,940 per day. There are also 7,211 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 29 from Sunday and Monday combined.

The numbers come following Saturday’s new high daily total of 3,338 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35 new deaths related to COVID-19 bring the totals on Saturday to 158,026 cases and 7,182 deaths.

On Saturday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported more 3,300 positive test results. 

“The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan, “said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it does represent more current trends in disease occurrence. In fact, more than 96% of the test results being reported today originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days.

As information is collected by Michigan’s public health community that better describes cases, we are continuing to see clusters of illness associated with facilities, programs and schools. These cases, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have been contributing to the elevation in reports of confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Iosco County is now at 236 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 9 from Friday, and is now at 15 deaths, an increase of 1 since Friday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 –Michigan now has 154,688 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,826 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,147 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 18 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 227 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 3 from yesterday, and remains at 14 deaths, the same number since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 –Michigan now has 152,862 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,873 from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,129 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 43 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 31 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 224 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 14 deaths, the same numbers since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 – The state has now reached another grim milestone – surpassing 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Michigan now has 150,989 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,597 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,086 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 33 from the previous day. Michigan surpassed 7,000 COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday, Oct. 17. Iosco County remains at 224 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 14 deaths, the same numbers since Monday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Michigan now has 149,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,586 from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 7,053 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 22 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 1 death identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 224 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 14 deaths, the same as yesterday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 – Michigan now has 147,806 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,909 from Sunday and Monday cases, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 1,454 per day. There are also 7,031 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 21 Sunday and Monday COVID-19 total deaths. Iosco County is now at 224 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 9 from Friday, and is now at 14 deaths, an increase of 1 since Friday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 – Michigan now has 143,106 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,015 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Today marks the second day in a row with more than 2,000 daily positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. There are also 6,987 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 14 from the previous day. Iosco County is now at 215 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 3 from yesterday, and remains at 13 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 – Michigan now has 141,091 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,030 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. That is the highest daily COVID-19 case count since 1,953 positive cases were counted back on April 3.

Due to a slowdown in the reporting of electronic laboratory results, the COVID-19 case count for Oct. 15 contains additional case referrals that could have been included in yesterday’s report.  

Daily, tens of thousands of tests results are sent to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) electronically. These messages are processed through commercial software designed to act as an integrator that connects health reporting systems.   

The evening of Oct. 14, a slowdown in the processing of messages from COVID-19 testing laboratories to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System was noted. The issue has been resolved. No information was lost due to the slowdown. The processing of confirmed cases is again fully operational, according to the State Emergency Operations Center.

There are also 6,973 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 32 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 21 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is now at 213 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 13 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Michigan now has 139,061 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,359 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,941 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 13 from the previous day. Iosco County is now at 212 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 13 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Michigan now has 137,702 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,237 since Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,928 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 30 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 10 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 211 total COVID-19 cases, and now has 13 COVID-19 deaths, an increase of 1 from yesterday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 – Michigan now has 136,456 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,809 from Sunday and Monday cases, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, Sunday and Monday, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 904 per day. There are also 6,898 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 Sonday and Monday COVID-19 deaths. Iosco County is now at 211 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 6 from Friday, and remains at 12 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 – Michigan now has 133,134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,095 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,876 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County is now at 205 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 from yesterday, and remains at 12 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 – Michigan now has 132,039 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,197 from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,869 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 22 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 20 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is now at 203 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 from yesterday, and remains at 12 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 – Michigan now has 130,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,016 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,847 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 total from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 201 total COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths, the same as yesterday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Michigan now has 129,826 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 903 from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,838 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 22 total from yesterday. The deaths announced today includes 7 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is now at 201 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from the previous and remains at 12 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 – Michigan now has 128,923 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,407 total from Sunday and Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Over the two days, the average number of new confirmed cases is about 703 per day. There are also 6,816 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 total from Sunday and Monday. Iosco County is now at 196 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from Friday and remains at 12 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 – Michigan now has 126,358 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 780 from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,788 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 since yesterday. Iosco County is now at 191 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 3 from the previous day and is now at 12 deaths, an increase of 1 from yesterday, according to the state. Iosco County had remained at 11 COVID-19 related deaths since July 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 – Michigan now has 125,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 891 from Wednesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,781 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 19 since yesterday. The deaths announced today includes 11 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 188 total COVID-19 cases, the same number as the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state. Iosco County has remained at 11 COVID-19 related deaths since July 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Michigan now has 124,687 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,054 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,762 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 since yesterday. Iosco County is now at 188 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state. Iosco County has remained at 11 COVID-19 related deaths since July 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Michigan now has 123,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 898 from Monday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,751 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 20 since the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 4 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 183 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state. Iosco County has remained at 11 COVID-19 related deaths since July 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 – Michigan now has 122,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,308 from Saturday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. The number represents total confirmed cases on Sunday and Monday. Over the two days, the average number of new confirmed cases is 654 per day. There are also 6,731 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 total from Sunday and Monday. Iosco County is now at 183 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from Friday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state. Iosco County has remained at 11 deaths since July 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 – Michigan now has 120,526 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 929 from Thursday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,708 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 since the previous day. Iosco County is now at 178 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 – Michigan now has 119,597 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 982 from the previous day, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,700 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 since the previous day. The deaths announced Thursday includes 6 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is at 176 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 3 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 – Michigan now has 118,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 705 from Tuesday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,692 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 12 since the previous day. Iosco County is now at 173 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 4 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Michigan now has 117,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 504 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,680 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 since the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 3 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 169 total COVID-19 cases, which was an increase of 22 from Saturday through Monday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state. The United States today surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to multiple media reports.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 – Michigan now has 117,406 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 2,019 since Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Today’s daily case count of 1,536 represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the MDSS since Saturday, Sept. 19. Over the two days, the average number of new confirmed cases is 768 per day. There are also 6,665 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 12 on Sunday and Monday combined. Iosco County now has 169 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 22 since Friday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 – Michigan now has 115,387 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 695 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,638 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 6 since the previous day. Iosco County now has 147 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 4 since Thursday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 – Michigan now has 114,692 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 829 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,632 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 since the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 5 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 143 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 since Wednesday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Michigan now has 113,863 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 680 from the previous day, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,623 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 since the previous day. Iosco County now has 142 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 since Tuesday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Michigan now has 113,183 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 571 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,612 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 since the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 5 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 141 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 since Monday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 – Michigan now has 112,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,088 from Friday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Today’s daily case count represents new referrals of confirmed cases to the MDSS since Saturday, Sept. 12. Over the two days, the average number of new confirmed cases is 544 per day. There are also 6,601 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 10 since Friday. The 10 COVID-19 deaths are totaled from Saturday and Sunday. Iosco County now has 140 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 12 since Friday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 – Michigan now has 110,832 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,313 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,578 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 128 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 – Michigan now has 109,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 924 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,569 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 17 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 9 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 128 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 – Michigan now has 108,595 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 783 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,552 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 13 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 127 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 – Michigan now has 107,812 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 441 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,539 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 1 from the previous day. Iosco County now is at 127 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 5 from Friday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 – Michigan now has 105,377 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 982 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,526 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County is at 122 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 – Michigan now has 104,395 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 685 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,519 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 10 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 9 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County is at 121 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 from yesterday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Michigan now has 103,710 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 524 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,509 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 14 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 119 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 – Michigan now has 103,186 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 718 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,495 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 8 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 119 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 - Michigan now has 102,468 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 451 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,480 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 119 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 since Friday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 - Michigan has reached an unfortunate milestone and now has 100,699 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 741 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,446 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 6 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 117 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 - Michigan now has 99,958 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 758 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,440 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 16 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 15 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 117 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 - Michigan now has 99,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 761 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,424 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. At this rate, Michigan is expected to hit an unfortunate milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 positive cases in the next day or two. Iosco County remains at 117 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 - Michigan now has 98,439 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 779 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,417 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 20 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 6 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 117 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 - Michigan now has 97,660 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 868 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,397 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 - Michigan now has 95,071 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 374 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Today’s number of new cases is less than expected due to a recent issue with the reporting of electronic lab results, according to the state. See cumulative data page on that website for more information. There are also 6,378 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 10 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 - Michigan now has 94,697 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 419 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,368 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 11 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 - Michigan now has 94,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 616 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,349 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 - Michigan now has 93,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 477 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,340 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 7 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 - Michigan now has 93,185 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 465 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also still 6,325 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 1 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 116 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 - Michigan now has 91,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 748 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also still 6,300 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 from the previous day. Iosco County has 116 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from the yesterday and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 - Michigan now has 90,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,121 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also still 6,289 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 16 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 9 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County has 115 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from the yesterday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 - Michigan now has 89,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 517 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also still 6,273 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 from the previous day. Iosco County still has 114 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 - Michigan now has 88,756 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 796 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are now 6,264 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 2 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 114 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10 - Michigan now has 87,960 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 557 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are now 6,257 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 114 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 - Michigan now has 86,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 762 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also still 6,247 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 0 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 110 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 - Michigan now has 85,429 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 722 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,247 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 26 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 17 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 110 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 - Michigan now has 84,707 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 657 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,221 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 2 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 109 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 - Michigan now has 84,050 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 664 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,219 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 5 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 109 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 - Michigan now has 83,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 604 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,212 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 6 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 109 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, July 31 - Michigan now has 81,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 734 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,199 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 from the previous day. Iosco County is now at 109 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from the previous day, and remains at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30 - Michigan now has 80,887 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 715 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,191 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 14 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 108 total COVID-19 cases, and at 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 - Michigan now has 80,172 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 996 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Due to a backlog of test results received from a commercial laboratory, Wednesday's new daily confirmed case count contains approximately 300 that are attributable to older lab results. These cases will be sorted based on the onset (or specimen collection) date in the Daily Case tab of the dashboard. There are also 6,172 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 2 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 108 total COVID-19 cases, the same as the previous day, and now has 11 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 - Michigan now has 79,176 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 669 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,170 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 16 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 11 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 108 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 cases from the previous day, and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, July 27 - Michigan now has 78,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 488 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,154 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 5 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 106 total COVID-19 cases, and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, July 24 - Michigan now has 76,541 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 594 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,151 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 3 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 106 total COVID-19 cases, and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Thursday, July 23 - Michigan now has 75,947 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 699 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,148 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 6 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 106 total COVID-19 cases, and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Wednesday, July 22 - Michigan now has 75,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 523 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,141 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 6 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 106 total COVID-19 cases, and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Tuesday, July 21 - Michigan now has 74,725 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 573 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,135 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 4 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains 106 total COVID-19 cases, and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Monday, July 20 - Michigan now has 74,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 489 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,126 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 106 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 since Friday, and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Thursday, July 16 - Michigan now has 71,842 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 645 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,101 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 16 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 13 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 105 total COVID-19 cases and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Wedesday, July 15 - Michigan now has 71,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 891 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. Ouch. There are also 6,085 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. The good news is Iosco County again remains at 105 total COVID-19 cases and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Tuesday, July 14 - Michigan now has 70,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 584 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,081 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 6 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 105 total COVID-19 cases and at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m.  Monday, July 13 - Michigan now has 69,722 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 384 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,075 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 105 total COVID-19 cases and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, July 10 - Michigan now has 68,295 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 612 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,039 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 15 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 104 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9 - Michigan now has 67,683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 446 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,024 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 9 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 103 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 2 from yesterday, and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 - Michigan now has 67,237 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 610 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. That’s the highest daily total since May 20, when the state had 659 cases. There are also 6,015 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 10 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 101 total COVID-19 cases, and also remains at 10 deaths, both the same since Friday, July 3, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 - Michigan now has 66,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 454 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 6,005 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 30 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 20 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County remains at 101 total COVID-19 cases, and also remains at 10 deaths, both the same since Friday, July 3, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, July 6 - Michigan now has 66,173 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 297 from yesterday, according to the website www.michigan.gov/coronavirus. There are also 5,975 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, reported the same number as yesterday, yet the state notes an increase of 3 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 101 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 10 deaths, both the same since Friday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Sunday, July 5 - Michigan now has 65,676 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 343 from yesterday. There are also 5,975 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 0 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 101 total COVID-19 cases, and remains at 10 deaths, both the same since Friday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, July 3 - Michigan now has 65,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 460 from yesterday. There are also 5,969 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 3 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 101 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1 from yesterday, and remains at 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, July 2 - Michigan now has 64,675 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 543 from yesterday. There are also 5,966 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 15 from the previous day. The data includes 13 additional deaths identified via a Vital Records search. Iosco County now has 100 total COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 - Michigan now has 64,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 262 from yesterday. There are also 5,951 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 99 total COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 - Michigan now has 63,870 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 373 from yesterday. There are also 5,947 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 32 from the previous day. Iosco County has 98 total COVID-19 cases and nine deaths – the same numbers as yesterday, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 29 - Michigan now has 63,497 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 236 from yesterday. There are also 5,915 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. Iosco County now stands at 98 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of one from the previous day and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28 - Michigan now has 63,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 252 from yesterday. There are also 5,911 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. Iosco County now stands at 97 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of one from the previous day and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, June 25 - Michigan now has 62,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 353 from yesterday. There are also 5,887 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state. Iosco County’s numbers – 95-96 positive cases and nine deaths - have remained the same since June 1.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 - Michigan now has 61,953 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 323 from yesterday. There are also 5,868 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 4 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state. Iosco County’s numbers – 95-96 positive cases and nine deaths - have remained the same since June 1.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 - Michigan now has 61,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 221 from yesterday. There are also 5,864 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 11 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state. Iosco County’s numbers – 95-96 positive cases and nine deaths - have remained the same since June 1.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 22 - Michigan now has 61,409 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 179 from yesterday. There are also 5,853 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 7 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state. Iosco County numbers – 95-96 positive cases and nine deaths - have remained the same since June 1.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21 - Michigan now has 61,230 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 146 from yesterday. There are also 5,846 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 3 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state. Iosco County numbers – 95-96 positive cases and nine deaths - have remained the same since June 1.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, June 19 - Michigan now has 60,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 211 from yesterday. There are also 5,823 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 5 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, June 18 - Michigan now has 60,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 225 from yesterday. There are also 5,818 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 26 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 - Michigan now has 60,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 125 from yesterday. There are also 5,790 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 18 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, June 12 - Michigan now has 60,064 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 74 from yesterday. There are also 5,772 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 2 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 96 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, June 12 - Michigan now has 59,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 125 from yesterday. There are also 5,745 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 8 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 96 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11 - Michigan now has 59,476 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 218 from yesterday. There are also 5,737 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 26 from the previous day. Iosco County continues to remain at 95 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 - Michigan now has 59,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 171 from yesterday. There are also 5,711 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 13 from the previous day. Iosco County continues to remain at 95 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 8 - Michigan now has 58,999 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 129 from yesterday. There are also 5,673 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 17 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 95 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, June 5 - Michigan now has 58,525 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 284 from yesterday. There are also 5,615 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 20 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 95 total COVID-19 cases and at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, June 4 - Michigan now has 58,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 206 from yesterday. There are also 5,595 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 25 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 95 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 - Michigan now has 58,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 304 from yesterday. There are also 5,570 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 17 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 96 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 - Michigan now has 57,731 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 199 from yesterday. There are also 5,553 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 37 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 95 total COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, June 1 - Michigan now has 57,532 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 135 from yesterday. There are also 5,516 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 25 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 95 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, May 29 - Michigan now has 56,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 607 from yesterday. There are also 5,406 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 34 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 94 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are 27 "Cumulative Confirmed Cases" of COVID-19 positive residents at Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, the only other two listed by the state on its coronavirus website in the county are the Iosco County Medical Care Facility and MediLodge of Tawas City, each with zero COVID-19 positive residents.  According the state's michigan.gov/coronavirus website, "Michigan’s Long-Term Care data collection recently underwent a transition as MDHHS enhanced its data collection process to improve accuracy, timeliness, and to align with new guidance from the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Additional nursing facility data will be available once the it has been appropriately validated. In the reporting period between May 22, 2020 – May 28, 2020, 91 percent of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Michigan reported data to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Data will be updated daily, Monday- Friday. As of May 28, the data below represents a cumulative total of COVID-19 resident cases reported by SNFs in Michigan since January 1, 2020. Facilities that did not report data are listed as “--.” Case numbers are provisional and may change as facilities correct or add data.The cumulative data under the new reporting system includes cases from January 1, 2020 through May 28, 2020." The state’s coronavirus website also says there are 33,186 cases of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in Michigan.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28 - Michigan now has 56,014 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 406 from yesterday. There are also 5,372 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 38 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 90 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state. Despite going through a data collection transition from May 21-25, the MDHHS has not updated its long-term care data. According to the state, “Nursing facility data will be available once the transition period has ended and data appropriately validated.”

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 - Michigan now has 55,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 504 from yesterday. There are also 5,334 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 68 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 89 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 - Michigan now has 55,104 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 223 from yesterday. There are also 5,266 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 26 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 84 total COVID-19 cases and remains at nine deaths, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, May 22 - Michigan now has 53,913 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 403 from yesterday. There are also 5,158 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 29 from the previous day. Iosco County remains at 73 total COVID-19 cases and nine deaths, according to the state. Stay safe and have a great Memorial Day holiday weekend!

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, May 21 - Michigan now has 53,510 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 501 from yesterday. There are also 5,129 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 69 from the previous day. The deaths announced today includes 31 deaths identified during a Vital Records review. Iosco County now has 73 total COVID-19 cases and now has nine deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, Michigan’s Long-Term Care data collection is undergoing a transition May 21-25 as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services enhances its data collection process to improve accuracy, timeliness, and to align with new guidance from the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 - Michigan now has 52,350 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 435 from yesterday. There are also 5,017 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 102 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 65 total COVID-19 cases and still has eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there remains 23 COVID-19 positive residents at Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center, as listed again today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, the only other two listed by the state on its coronavirus website in the county are the Iosco County Medical Care Facility and MediLodge of Tawas City, each with zero COVID-19 positive residents. The state’s coronavirus website also says there are 28,234 cases of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in Michigan.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, May 18 - Michigan now has 51,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 773 from yesterday. According to the state, 513 of the cases being announced today are due to enhanced testing occurring in Michigan Department of Corrections  facilities. There are also 4,915 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 24 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 59 total COVID-19 cases and still has eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again 23 COVID-19 positive residents at Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, the only other two listed by the state on its coronavirus website in the county are the Iosco County Medical Care Facility and MediLodge of Tawas City, each with zero COVID-19 positive residents.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, May 15 - Michigan now has 50,079 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 497 from yesterday. There are also 4,825 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 38 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 57 total COVID-19 cases and still has eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

• The COVID-19 case count being reported today is a significant increase over reports from previous days. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), several factors are contributing to this increase including backlogged results being reported electronically into the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) and increased testing at correctional facilities across the state. 

Here’s the numbers as of 3 p.m. Thursday, May 14 - Michigan now has 49,582 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 1,191 from yesterday. There are also 4,787 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 73 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 56 total COVID-19 cases and remains at eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

Today’s report of 1,191 cases includes cases from commercial labs Garcia, a lab with significant presence in Michigan’s correctional facilities and corporate environment, Orchard Technology and P4.  Results from these labs were being entered manually, which led to a backlog, and are now being reported electronically into MDSS, the MDHHS said in a news release. 

This backlog in reporting did not result in delays of notification to individuals with positive results as those results were transmitted separately to health care providers who are responsible for notifying individuals about their test results. 

In addition, today’s report includes 73 deaths, 35 of which were identified during a Vital Records review of death certificates. Reviews of death certificate data are conducted by MDHHS staff three times per week. As a part of this process, records that identify COVID-19 infection as a contributing factor to death are compared against all laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in MDSS. If a death certificate is matched to a confirmed COVID-19 case and that record in the MDSS does not indicate the individual died, the MDSS record is updated and these deaths are included with mortality information posted on the website. 

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 - Michigan now has 48,371 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 370 from yesterday. There are also 4,714 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 40 from the previous day. Iosco County again still has 55 total COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 - Michigan now has 48,021 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 469 from yesterday. There are also 4,674 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 90 from the previous day. Iosco County still has 55 total COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, May 11 - Michigan now has 47,552 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 414 from yesterday. There are also 4,584 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 33 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 55 total COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, according to the state. And, according to the state, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

• Due to COVID-19, Tawas Veterans of Foreign Wars will not conduct a Memorial Roll Call Ceremony at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Tawas City on Memorial Day.  

The VFW, however, will be decorating veterans’ graves with flags and posting the military service flags on the new flag poles at the cemetery. 

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7 - Michigan now has 45,646 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 592 from yesterday. There are also 4,343 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 93 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 54 total COVID-19 cases and eight deaths, according to the state. According to the state, for the second day a row, there are again no COVID-19 positive residents at the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website. Although there are other long-term care facilities in Iosco County, those are the only three listed in the county by the state on its website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 - Michigan now has 45,054 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 657 from yesterday. There are also 4,250 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19, an increase of 71 from the previous day. Iosco County now has 53 total COVID-19 cases and eight deaths (six females and two males) due to the disease, according to the District Health Department No. 2 website. The website does not list the age range of those who have tragically passed from the virus. There have also been 178 contacts traced to date. According to the state, there are now no COVID-19 positive residents listed at  the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center and MediLodge of Tawas City, as listed today on the state’s coronavirus website.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 - Michigan now has 44,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 4,179 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County has 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths due to the disease, according to the state.

• Due to a software issue, COVID-19 case and death counts are delayed for May 4. Daily, thousands of tests results are sent to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) electronically. These messages are processed through software designed to act as an integrator that connects health reporting systems. The evening of May 3, the integration software malfunctioned and stopped processing messages from COVID-19 testing laboratories to the Michigan Disease Surveillance System  The malfunction has been resolved. No information was lost and all of the messages were retained. However, processing the backlog of messages will take a significant amount of time. Therefore, today’s data will be delayed and information will not be reported out until this evening and may not represent all data being processed. MDHHS understands many people and programs rely on this information and is working to resolve this issue in as timely a manner as possible.

• Officials with District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) have anounced the status of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Iosco County. 

According to DND2, as of Friday, May 1, there are 51 COVID-19 positive cases in Iosco County. Of those, 45 are traced back to long-term care facilities, with the majority being tied to one facility. 

In addition, DND2 officials said they are saddened to report three additional deaths related to long-term care in Iosco County, bringing the total to seven for the county. DHD2 and the community grieves the loss of these lives and condolences are being sent to family and friends.

DHD2 said it remains committed to ensuring facilities have access to the support and resources they need to care for their highly vulnerable populations. 

Also, DHD2 said it would like to reinforce that even though the largest number of cases are related to long-term care facilities, COVID-19 is present in the community and all residents must remain diligent to control the spread. Out of the total number of cases for Iosco County, there are three that have not had their source of exposure clearly identified, leading to likely community spread.

In addition, DHD2 continues to urge residents to follow the governor’s stay at home order and the following guidelines.

• Please limit public gatherings and only leave home for essential needs and as infrequently as possible

• Limit the number of individuals who leave your home (designate one person to get groceries, pick-up medicine, etc.)

• If you do have to go out, wear a face covering, stay at least 6 feet apart, and avoid gatherings

• When recreating outdoors, maintain social distancing and do not congregate

• Wash your hands frequently for at least twenty seconds

• Avoid touching your face

• Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

• Check on others – by calling loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk to see how they are doing and if they need help

Recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has made available positive COVID-19 case count information by long term care facility. The information in the Michigan Cumulative Data section of the Michigan COVID-19 webpage is at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30 - Michigan now has 41,379 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 3,789 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases and continues to have four deaths due to the disease, according to the state. Alcona County now has its first COVID-19 death, a male, according to a chart on the District Health Department No. 2’s website. No age of the male is given, nor any other information on the person. Of the 52 COVID-19 positive cases in Iosco County, 21 are patients located at Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center in Tawas City, according to the state’s website, Michigan.gov/coronavirus. The website also only listed two other long-term care facilities in the county including the Iosco County Medical Care Facility and MediLodge of Tawas City, each of which have zero cases of COVID-19 positive patients. None of this information has been provided by District Health Department No. 2, which continues to offer very limited information regarding where the cases are located within the county as well as any other information regarding those who have tragically passed as a result of the virus - such as their age, if they had any underlying health conditions or if they had any recent history of travel. All we know of the four deaths in Iosco related to COVID-19 is that they were two males and two females, according to the DHD2 website. The limited information on the DHD2 website shows that in Iosco County there have been 301 COVID-19 tests, with 48 of them testing positive, 214 as testing negative, 39 are pending and zero are recovered, in addition to the four deaths. The DHD2 does say there have been 137 contacts traced to date. This information is as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 - Michigan now has 40,399 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 3,670 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases and continues to have four deaths due to the disease, according to the state. Of the 47 COVID-19 positive cases in Iosco County, 20 are patients located at Lakeview Manor Healthcare Center in Tawas City, according to the state’s website, Michigan.gov/coronavirus. The website site also only listed two other long-term care facilities in the county including the Iosco County Medical Care Facility and MediLodge of Tawas City, each of which have zero cases of COVID-19 positive patients. None of this information has been provided by District Health Department No. 2, which continues to offer very limited information regarding where the cases are located within the county as well as any other information regarding those who have tragically passed as a result of the virus - such as their age, if they had any underlying health conditions or if they had any recent history of travel. All we know of the four deaths related to COVID-19 is that they were two males and two females, according to the DHD2 website. The limited information on the DHD2 website shows that in Iosco County there have been 283 COVID-19 tests, with 47 of them testing positive, 205 as testing negative, 31 are pending and zero are recovered, in addition to the four deaths. The DHD2 does say there have been 117 contacts traced to date. This information is as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, April 27 - Michigan now has 38,210 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 3,407 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, April 24 - Michigan now has 36,641 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 3,085 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 29 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 deaths due to the disease, according to the state. According to District Health Department No. 2’s (DHD2) website, the third COVID-19-releated death in Iosco is a female as there have been four deaths in DHD2’s jurisdiction (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties), all in Iosco County. Again, the DHD2 offers no other information about the male, including his age, any underlying health conditions and if he had a recent history of travel.

• Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders, Oscoda, in conjunction with, Owner Herb Travis of Travis Sanitation and Owner John Smith of Northeastern Window and Door will be handing out free large pepperoni pizzas on Monday, April 27, at 4 p.m. until they run out. Staff asked that patrons line up behind the building from the Cedar Lake Road entrance.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23 - Michigan now has 35,291 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 2,977 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths due to the disease, according to the state. According to District Health Department No. 2’s (DHD2) website, the third COVID-19-releated death in Iosco is a male as there have been three deaths in DHD2’s jurisdiction (Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw and Oscoda counties), all in Iosco County. Again, the DHD2 offers no other information about the male, including his age, any underlying health conditions and if he had a recent history of travel.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 - Michigan now has 33,966 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 2,813 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County still has 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 - Michigan now has 32,967 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also exactly 2,700 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, April 20 - Michigan now has exactly 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 2,468 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, April 17 - Michigan now has 30,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 2,227 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has eight confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16 - Michigan now has 29,263 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 2,093 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has six confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 (tax day) - Michigan now has 28,059 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 1,921 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County still remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 - Michigan now has 27,001 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 1,768 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, April 13 - The state now has 25,635 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 1,602 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, April 10 - The state now has 22,783 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 1,281 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 - Michigan now has 21,504 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 1,076 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• DTE Foundation has generously offered to double the donation of any gift made to the Michigan Community Action Emergency Needs Fund between March 30 and midnight on Thursday April 16 (tomorrow). To make a gift benefitting NEMCSA visit mcac.memberclicks.net/greatestneeds#/ or contact Whitney at whitnef@nemcsa.orgor 358-4690 for more information.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 - The state now has 20,366 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 959 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County remains at four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 - The state has 18,970 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are also 845 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19. Iosco County now has four confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state. Stay safe.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, April 6 - The state now has 17,221 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are also 727 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The City of Detroit now has with 5,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 193 deaths related to the disease; Oakland County now has 3,380 confirmed cases (185 deaths) and Wayne County has 3,247 cases (153 deaths). Also in Michigan Macomb County, 2,159 (100 deaths) has surpassed 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Genesee County, 586 (26 deaths); Washtenaw County, 539 (10 deaths); Ingham County, 178 (1 death); Kent County, 177 (5 deaths); Livingston County, 143 (2 deaths) and Monroe County, 117; Saginaw County, 139 (2 deaths); and Jackson County, 103 (4 deaths).

Iosco County now has three confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death due to the disease, according to the state (see separate story).

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, April 3 - The state now has 12,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There are also 479 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The City of Detroit now has with 3,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 117 deaths related to the disease; Wayne County now has 2,546 confirmed cases (106 deaths); and Oakland County has 2,540 cases (136 deaths). Also in Michigan Macomb County, 1,560 (65 deaths) has surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Washtenaw County, 477 (8 deaths); Genesee County, 422 (11 deaths); Ingham County, 152 (1 death); Kent County, 136 (2 deaths); and Livingston County, 121 (2 deaths). Monroe (95), Saginaw (90), and Jackson (69, 3 deaths) counties have the next highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state. A new confirmed case of COVID-19 was added today in Arenac County and now joins nearby Oscoda County with two confirmed cases each. Iosco and Ogemaw counties have one each.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2 - Michigan has now eclipsed the 10,000 mark in the number of confirmed coronavirus (CORVID-19) cases. The state now has 10,791 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

There are also 417 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The City of Detroit now has with 2,858 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 101 deaths related to the disease; Wayne County now has 2,211 confirmed cases (93 deaths); and Oakland County has 2,183 cases (119 deaths). Also in Michigan Macomb County, 1,332 (58 deaths) has surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Washtenaw County, 438 (8 deaths); Genesee County, 349 (10 deaths); Ingham County, 128 (1 death); Kent County, 125 (2 deaths); and Livingston County, 113 (2 deaths). Saginaw (82), Monroe (79), and Jackson (67, 2 deaths) counties have the next highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state. A new confirmed case of COVID-19 was added two days ago in Arenac County and now joins Iosco and Ogemaw counties with one each. Nearby Oscoda County now has two confirmed cases, as of yesterday.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 - Michigan now has 9,334 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There are also 337 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The City of Detroit now has with 2,472 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 83 deaths related to the disease. In Michigan, Wayne County, with 1,998 (63 deaths), Oakland County, with 1,910 (99 deaths), and Macomb County, 1,088 (51 deaths) have surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Washtenaw County, 401 (8 deaths); Genesee County, 249 (8 deaths); Ingham County, 121 (1 death); Kent County, 119 (2 deaths); and Livingston County, 101 (2 deaths). 

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state. A new confirmed case of COVID-19 was added yesterday in Arenac County and now joins Iosco and Ogemaw counties with one each. Nearby Oscoda County now has two confirmed cases, as of today.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 - Michigan now has 7,615 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There are also 259 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The City of Detroit now has with 2,080 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths related to the disease. In Michigan, Wayne County, with 1,655 (45 deaths), and Oakland County, with 1,591 (70 deaths), have surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Macomb County, 853 (38 deaths); Washtenaw County, 305 (7 deaths); Genesee County, 187 (7 deaths); and Kent County, 108 (1 death). 

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state. A new confirmed case of COVID-19 was added today in Arenac County and now joins Iosco and Ogemaw counties with one each.

• Michigan companies need to fill thousands of critical, immediate vacancies to support work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in logistics, healthcare, manufacturing and agribusiness industries. 

The state’s employment search engine – Pure Michigan Talent Connect – provides job seekers and employers with an online portal at MiTalent.org to post, search and connect to these job openings.  

Thousands of new jobs are being posted to MiTalent.org each day. Employers looking to hire during the COVID-19 pandemic should use the COVID-19 On-Demand Hiring Intake Form to ensure their postings appear in the search results.  

“Michiganders are tough and hardworking, especially in times of crisis,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Tens of thousands of open jobs are available right now with more than 2,000 Michigan companies and organizations hiring to continue providing critical services.” 

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is encouraging jobseekers to visit MiTalent.org where enhanced search functionality has been added to the homepage to better connect job seekers with these critical opportunities. Please note, several job postings feature multiple positions available.  

“While many Michiganders are being displaced from work, thousands of employers have immediate job openings,” said LEO Director Jeff Donofrio. “We encourage those who are currently unemployed to search available jobs at MiTalent.org.”  

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is a launch pad to new jobs, careers and talents. It’s a tool for connecting Michigan’s job seekers and employers and serves as a central hub linking all public and private stakeholders who support the state’s workforce.  

Job seekers visiting Pure Michigan Talent Connect who create free profile will be able to upload or create a resume, as well as customize their job preferences so they are seen by employers that are searching for talent. They will have access to store employment-related documents, manage their job searches, and sign up for job notifications from their customized dashboard. A profile is not required to search for jobs.  

• President Trump authorized on Monday, March 30 the use of National Guard members under Title 32, United States Code, section 502(f), granting Governor Whitmer’s request for a formal Mission Assignment (MA) to allocate and order up to 3,000 members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard for up to 90 days to perform humanitarian missions across the state.  

Michigan’s National Guard, under Whitmer’s command and control, will perform humanitarian missions across the state, such as helping run mobile screening facilities, distributing food and medical supplies, ensuring resiliency of supply lines, disinfecting public spaces, and supporting public safety when required. 

“This is good news for Michiganders everywhere who are worried about COVID-19’s impact on their community,” said Whitmer. “Now, our dedicated National Guardsmen and women can help ensure access to meals for families who need them, or medical supplies for our health care professionals. They’ll help us get Michiganders tested and keep our public places clean. I’m happy that the federal government granted this request, and will continue to work closely with them as we slow the spread of COVID-19 together.”

“The Michigan National Guard is ready and eager to assist Governor Whitmer as she works to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state,” said Major General Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Our number one priority is protecting Michigan families from harm, and the federal government’s action today (March 30) will help us do just that. We look forward to working closely with the governor to ensure our families are protected during this crisis.” 

Whitmer first requested Title 32 authorization on March 18. The president granted to governor’s request after she sent a letter earlier today to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper outlining how Michigan meets required criteria for approval to utilize 32 U.S.C. §502(f) in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

The use of federal funding for Title 32 will not federalize command of the activated National Guard personnel. Each state’s National Guard is still under the authority of the governor and is working in concert with the Department of Defense. 

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Monday, March 30 - Michigan now has 6,498 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There are also 184 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

Three areas in Michigan, the City of Detroit, with 1,801, Wayne County, with 1,394, and Oakland County, with 1,365, have surpassed 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Other areas in Michigan that have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases include Macomb County, 728; Washtenaw County, 266; and Genesee, 150. Kent County is close to triple digits with 96 confirmed cases. 

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state.


• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 3 p.m. Friday, March 26 - Michigan now has 3,657 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There are also 92 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

One area in Michigan, the City of Detroit, now has 1,075 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Four others areas in Michigan, all located in southeast Michigan, have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases including Oakland County, 824; Wayne County, 735; Macomb County, 404; and Washtenaw County, 150. Genesee County is close to triple digits with 91 confirmed cases. 

There still remains one confirmed COVID-19 case in Iosco County, according to the state.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Michigan now has 2,856 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There has now been a confirmed COVID-19 case  in Iosco County, according to the state (as reported yesterday, see separate story on this website).

Four areas in Michigan, all located in southeast Michigan, have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases including the City of Detroit, 851; Oakland County, 668; Wayne County, 538; and Macomb County, 347. 

There are 60 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president Thursday, March 26 requesting a major disaster declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If granted in full, among other things, a major disaster declaration would help the state provide meals to families who need them and provide rental assistance and temporary housing to families. It would also allow the state to provide counseling and therapy for Michigan residents whose mental health is affected by COVID-19, whether they or a loved one gets sick or hospitalized. 

Additionally, the declaration would provide much-needed additional capacity and funding to the state in the event Michigan needs to quickly set up field hospitals or other facilities.

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from teachers finding new and creative ways to reach out to their students,” said Whitmer. “While the people and businesses of the great State of Michigan have shown incredible resilience and cooperation throughout this difficult time, we cannot weather this storm alone. 

“I am hopeful that the president will grant my request for a major disaster declaration in full and within a matter of days so we can provide more services to Michiganders who need them.”

The programs the governor requested to assist Michiganders during this time include, but are not limited to the following categories of individual assistance: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Disaster Crisis Counseling, Disaster Case Management, Individuals and Households Program, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Disaster Survivor Assistance, Disaster Legal Services, and Voluntary Agency Coordination. If approved, these programs would provide direct assistance to Michiganders through state, tribal, and local partnerships with FEMA other agencies.

The governor also requested critical public assistance programs like debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks, recreation, and other facilities. The strain on Michigan’s infrastructure during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has been great, and assistance is required to continue providing a safe and healthy Michigan for all, the governor said in a press release.

Additionally, the governor requested Hazard Mitigation assistance to help provide relief during planning for recovery in the long-term, as the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated this state’s vulnerability to future pandemics. If granted, the governor said she plans to take the lessons learned from this virus and apply them prospectively.

• Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Thursday, March 26 issued an urgent consumer alert urging Michiganders to be on high alert for bad actors aiming to coerce them out of their personal information in a new federal stimulus payment scam.    

According to Nessel, scammers are using the news that the federal government will send one-time payments to millions of people across the country as part of the federal economic relief response to COVID-19 to steal personal information. 

She said the Michigan Department of Attorney General has already received reports that residents are getting emails from websites appearing to be official demanding that they provide PayPal, bank account or other financial information to receive the $1,200 federal stimulus payment immediately.  

The Attorney General’s office is reminding anyone who receives a text, email or phone call from someone claiming to be from the government with a check for them — DO NOT FALL FOR IT. Nessel said these fake phishing scams will likely ask for a person’s bank account information and insist $1,000 or more will be deposited directly into his or her bank account.  

Personal information should not be given to anyone unless the provider of that information is absolutely certain of the identity of the person requesting it, according to the Attorney General’s office.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the federal stimulus payment and specific disbursement details, only visit the IRS website.

• In response to generous community outreach and in anticipation of caring for an increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, starting Wednesday, March 25, Ascension Mid-Michigan hospitals in Saginaw, Standish and Tawas City are accepting donations for personal protective equipment.

Donations will be accepted Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main entrance of each hospital including Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, 200 Hemlock Rd., Tawas City. The other two hospitals are Ascension Standish Hospital, 805 W. Cedar St., Standish; and Ascension St. Mary’s, 800 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw.

Supplies being accepted for donation include:

- Surgical Masks

- Isolation Masks

- N-95 Masks

- Isolation Gowns

- Surgical Gowns

- Full Length Plastic Face Shields

- ¾ Length Plastic Face Shields

- Goggles

 “The safety of our patients, care teams and the community is our top priority as we all work to slow the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and care for all those in need,” said Christine Bergman, marketing communications manager, Ascension Michigan. “Ascension Michigan will always follow the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding the use of personal protective equipment. 

“We are accepting donations from businesses and members of the community as a precautionary measure for unpredictable circumstances as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19. Ascension Michigan thanks our communities for their support as we continue to all come together to care for our most vulnerable during these unprecedented times.”

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Michigan now has 2,295 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

There has now been a confirmed COVID-19 case  in Iosco County, according to the state (see separate story on this website).

Four areas in Michigan, all located in southeast Michigan, have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases including the City of Detroit, 705; Oakland County, 543; Wayne County, 417; and Macomb County, 281. 

There are 43 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

• Effective Monday, March 30, food distribution through Oscoda Area Schools will have pickup times that vary each day. OAS will distribute food on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following five satellite locations including, the parking lots at Oscoda High School, Camp Inn Lodge, Fresh Start Fellowship, the former Glennie Township Hall, Mikado Civic Center and Greenbush Baptist Church on March 30 at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Wednesday pickup time is expected to change.

• Pure Michigan is going virtual. From live cams featuring beautiful beaches to virtual tours of unique exhibits, Pure Michigan is helping bring the state’s educational, outdoor and cultural experiences to life at home through its new #VirtualPureMichigan campaign. 

New virtual experiences will be posted regularly across Pure Michigan’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels in the coming weeks as people are being encouraged to Stay Home and Stay Safe to combat the continued spread of COVID-19.

“During these extraordinary times, we want to continue to do what Pure Michigan does best – inspire people – while offering alternative ways to experience the stay at home and follow social distancing guidelines,” said Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 

“By sharing the tremendous virtual offerings our travel partners across the state have available, we are hoping that individuals can enjoy, learn and explore our beautiful state from the comfort of their own homes as they look ahead to future adventures.”

Organizations around the state are offering virtual experiences for all to enjoy, including:

- Pure Michigan is providing live web camera viewings for people to take a peek at destinations including Alpena, Holland, Frankenmuth, West Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge.  

- The Ann Arbor Film Festivalis going virtual now through March 29. The entire festival will be live-streamed for free, including all submitted films and follow up discussions with participating filmmakers. The full festival schedule can be found at https://www.aafilmfest.org/live-stream-schedule.  

- The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is an internationally recognized cultural destination that immerses visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. In addition to exploring the digital collections made available on the museum’s website, virtual visitors can now explore the Mathematica exhibit online.   

- Get a sense of spring with a live stream of the butterfly exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

- Take a virtual field trip of the Detroit Institute of Arts with Detroit Public Television.

- The Michigan History Museum offers information about Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest people to the late 20th Century. The five-floor museum offers a virtual tour for folks to explore and learn about Michigan’s first people, the Anishinaabe and ending at the mid-20th century.  

- The Michigan Science Center offers a virtual tour for kids of all ages to explore and makes for an educational experience adhering to STEM guidelines, which many schools practice. Kids can explore the health and wellness gallery to learn about the human body, the lunar and space gallery to learn about space travel and more.  

- The Menominee Range Historical Museums in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula encompasses three different museums for guests to explore. Each museum offers a virtual tour including The Menominee Range Historical Museum, which features more than 100 exhibits depicting local history from Native American inhabitants through the early years of the 20th Century; The World War II Gilder and Military Museum, which features one of only seven fully-restored CG-4A gliders in the world, as well as extensive displays highlighting military service in the area; and the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum, which showcases the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the United States.  

- Paddle out into the St. Mary’s River from Voyager Island and Rotary Park in Sault St. Marie on this 360 virtual guided tour. This water trail gives you a front row seat to Great Lakes freighters passing through the channel on their way to and from the Soo Locks.

- Manistee County in Northern Michigan is rich with history and natural beauty that can be explored through the Visit Manistee Natural Wonders Tour.

- PBS television program Under the Radar Michigan features the people, places and things that make Michigan a great place to be. Michiganders can check out episodes that feature Michigan’s Museums, stories from the U.P., downtown Detroit and more.

The michigan.org website continues to be a resource for future trip planning, featuring unique destinations throughout the state, road trip and itinerary suggestions and the ability to order the free Pure Michigan Summer Travel Guide – also available digitally. Additionally, michigan.org is now featuring ways to Travel Michigan Virtually While Planning Your Vacation.

In the coming days and weeks, the Pure Michigan social channels will be posting virtual experiences all across the state using the #VirtualPureMichigan hashtag. Follow along, or share your favorite Virtual Pure Michigan experience, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

• The State of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) on Wednesday, March 25 provided updated information for workers affected by COVID-19. 

Workers are encouraged to apply online at Michigan.gov/UIA or over the phone at 866-500-0017, but due to the tremendous call volume, certain callers may receive a busy signal.  

“The UIA is working hard and fast to handle the influx of applications for unemployment benefits as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. While an unprecedented number of calls and clicks has challenged the system, particularly during peak hours, we want to assure Michiganders that the system is providing emergency financial relief,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. “Our website may be operating a little slower, and phone queues are full resulting in busy signals for some callers, so the UIA is urging patience and recommending that workers go first to the online system at Michigan.gov/UIA.” 

In addition, Gray said applying online in off-peak hours will expedite the process. The 24-hour website operates faster when there are fewer people on the site at any given time. The UIA also urges Michiganders using the website to expect longer load times. It may take several minutes for a page to load at this time. Users are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits. 

Off-peak hours: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.  

Applicants with questions can also access information on the website Michigan.gov/UIA, including frequently asked questions about the process and current challenges due to COVID-19.  Checking the website for answers may help alleviate pressure on the phone line. A downloadable handout on the filing process can be found here

“Though it is best to file your claim as efficiently as possible, and we understand residents are eager to receive their checks quickly, the UIA wants to remind Michiganders that the eligibility window to apply has been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage,” added Gray. “The UIA is shifting as many resources as possible to handle the increase in applications and is exploring further solutions to help Michiganders get the assistance they need as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.”

Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 on March 16, 2020 to expand unemployment benefits to eligible workers: 

• Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 

• Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off

The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:

• Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to up to 26 weeks. 

• Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days. 

• Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.

• Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday, March 24 sent a cease and desist letter to two related Rockford-based businesses for marketing to consumers the “Coronavirus Defender Patch,” which the companies falsely claim will help protect people from contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Meanwhile, price-gouging complaints related to COVID-19 filed with the Attorney General’s office are nearing 1,600. 

The businesses, Frequency Apps Corp. and Biores Technologies Inc., claim the patch will “help aid the immune system to defend itself against exposure to the virus,” and “can help lessen the effect of the virus if you already have” it. The patch was priced at $49.99, but the companies stated that consumers could receive a 30-day supply of the patch for free when they buy a 45-day supply of any patches the companies sell. 

“Providing consumers with a false sense of security that these patches could somehow protect them from this virus is simply wrong,” Nessel said. “I will not tolerate deceptive and misleading business practices at any time, but especially not during this time of uncertainty surrounding Michigan’s battle with COVID-19.” 

Nessel said the companies are likely in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act because they may be: 

- Representing that goods or services have sponsorship, approval, characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits or quantities that they do not have, or that a person has sponsorship, approval, status, affiliation or connection that he or she does not have. 

- Failing to reveal a material fact, the omission of which tends to mislead or deceive the consumer, and which fact could not reasonably be known by the consumer. 

- Causing coercion and duress as the result of the time and nature of a sales presentation. 

- Making a representation of fact or statement of fact material to the transaction such that a person reasonably believes the represented or suggested state of affairs to be other than it actually is. 

The companies have 10 days to respond to the letter by agreeing to not market or sell the patches to Michigan consumers and to provide contact information for all consumers who purchased the patches. 

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, the Attorney General’s office had received a total of 1,578 complaints of price-gouging related to COVID-19, which includes 649 complaints filed electronically through the office’s Consumer Protection website and 929 complaints taken by telephone.  

A total of 97 price-gouging complaints were received by phone Monday, March 23 out of 169 calls to the Consumer Protection tip line. Calls may pertain to topics other than COVID-19-related price-gouging. 

The Consumer Protection tip line usually receives around 80 phone calls daily. However, between March 16 and Friday, the intake team received an average of 280 calls per day – though there were extended hours of operation in place last week.  

Consumers can file a complaint online or by calling the Consumer Protection tip line, 877-765-8388. Hours of operation are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

• The Huron-Manistee National Forests (HMNF) is issuing firewood permits through the mail only, for the foreseeable future.

During this time of social distancing, firewood permits will be free until further notice. Call your nearest U.S. Forest Service office requesting the free firewood permit. The telephone number for the Huron Shores Ranger Station, Oscoda, is 739-0728. 

You will need to provide your full name, address, license plate number, and amount of firewood desired up to 12 cords. Your permit will be filled out by Forest Service staff and mailed to you at the stated address. Your permit will come fully signed and ready for you to harvest your firewood.

• School meals will continue to be served to Michigan children throughout the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday, March 23 the Michigan Department of Education reiterated Wednesday, March 25.

“Families will still be able to access meals for their children through this challenging time,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “I thank all of the school employees and volunteers for continuing their commitment to feeding the children of our state.  Ensuring Michigan’s children continue to get the food they need every day is vitally important.”                     

Executive Order 2020-21 directed residents of Michigan to remain at home, prohibiting public and private gatherings among non-family members, and barring non-essential work activities. The executive order took effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24.  

The work of food provision is considered critical infrastructure, which is exempted from these prohibitions. In a message released to the public Monday, Governor Whitmer affirmed that she “is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order makes specific allowances for food and agriculture work to continue. This includes food service operations at schools, childcare institutions and centers, and emergency feeding operations across the state. 

School meals will continue to be provided by school districts currently doing so until further notice. More than 1,400 school meal sites around the state can be found at Meet Up and Eat Up Site Locator Map at www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/.

• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday, March 23 that, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, it will close state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters, effective now through at least April 13. 

State parks and recreation areas will remain open to provide residents with opportunities to get outdoors, provided all visitors adhere to the requirement for proper social distancing – at least 6 feet between yourself and another person – in all areas of the parks.

Gov. Whitmer issued the “stay home, stay safe” order earlier March 23 in an effort to “suppress the spread of COVID-19, to prevent the state’s health care system from being overwhelmed, to allow time for the production of critical test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, and to avoid needless deaths.”

The DNR will not be able to honor camping reservations for dates between March 23 and April 13. Reservations for that time frame will automatically be canceled. Those reservation holders will receive full refunds, including the reservation fee paid at the time reservations were made. No cancellation/modification fees will be charged.

Reservation holders will receive email notifications once cancellations are processed. Refunds will be applied to the original payment method.

For questions about reservation cancellations, call 800-447-2757.

Collective DNR closures, 

cancellations

Since March 13, the DNR has announced a series of facility and event closures, cancellations and modifications. Many public meetings have been postponed or moved to a webinar or conference call format. State parks, recreation areas, trails and other state-managed public lands are open, but with provisions to decrease the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

Follow the DNR’s COVID-19 response webpage for the latest closure information about facilities, events and meetings.

What the EO means 

to outdoor recreation

State and federal health officials repeatedly have pointed to the physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors, especially at a time when many are feeling house-bound. DNR Director Dan Eichinger stressed that while Michigan state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forests and other state-managed resources are open to help meet those needs, he wants to make sure those options remain open.

“Gov. Whitmer’s executive order requires people to follow the CDC guidelines and stay at least 6 feet away from other people when outside of their own households, to the greatest extent possible,” Eichinger said. “We want residents to use and enjoy our public outdoor spaces, but we ask them to do so responsibly and safely, whether in a forest, on a trail or in a parking lot.

“If it becomes evident that people are not practicing effective social distancing while visiting these state-managed resources, we will close them to protect the health of our visitors and our staff.”

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

• Here's the latest numbers from the state, as of 2 p.m. Monday, March 23, Michigan now has 1,791 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Iosco County, as of Monday afternoon.

Four areas in Michigan, all located in southeast Michigan, have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases including the City of Detroit, 563; Oakland County, 428; Wayne County, 310; and Macomb County, 225. 

There are 24 confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

• Today, Monday, March 23, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

 “In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.” 

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. 

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT). 

• The governor also announced this morning, Monday, March 23, 1,232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and 15 deaths. State officials bumped the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan up to 1,328 at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

• According to the latest numbers released by the state, as of 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, Michigan now has 549 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

That’s up from 549 confirmed cases, the state reported on Friday, March 20, and 334 from the day before.  

No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Iosco County, as of Sunday afternoon.

Four areas in Michigan, all located in southeast Michigan, have triple-digit confirmed COVID-19 cases including the City of Detroit, 325; Oakland County, 277; Wayne County, 152; and Macomb County, 40. 

There are eight confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19 – four in Detroit and one each in Kent, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties.

Another update is expected to given by the state after 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23. That will follow an announcement by the governor at 11 a.m.

• As thousands of employees across Michigan are impacted by COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order signed on Monday, March 16 to expand unemployment benefits continues to provide emergency relief to the state’s working families. While experiencing a tremendous increase in demand, Michigan’s unemployment system continues to serve customers.

“We understand that COVID-19 has caused economic harm to our workers as sacrifices are made to protect all of our residents. Extending and expanding unemployment benefits has provided emergency relief to many Michiganders,” said Jeff Donofrio, director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “Even though we’ve seen an unprecedented need for emergency financial assistance, Michigan’s unemployment system, and its hardworking staff, continue to provide critical help online and over the phone. Michiganders impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic should continue to visit michigan.gov/UIA  or call 866-500-0017 to apply for benefits.”

The latest data shows 108,710 unemployment claims were filed between last Monday, March 16 and Friday, March 20, compared to a normal average of around 5,000 claims – an approximate 2,100% increase. States from around the country have experienced similar increases in unemployment claims as a result of COVID-19. Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) benefits are funded by a $4.6 billion trust fund which has been built up over the last 10 years. 

Eligible employees are strongly encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online at Michigan.gov/UIA  or by calling 866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found online.

UIA offices will continue to serve the public, but lobbies are only open to residents with appointments.

The governor’s Executive Order 2020-10 also expands unemployment benefits to: 

  • Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off. 
  • Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
  • First responders: Individuals working in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.

The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:

  • Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks. 
  • Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days. 
  • Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.  

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer Saturday evening signed Executive Order 2020-20, which makes clear that all facilities that provide non-essential personal care services must temporarily close. These services include hair, nail, tanning, massage, spa, tattoo, body art and piercing services, and similar services that require individuals to be within 6 feet of each other. This order does not apply to services necessary for medical treatment as determined by a licensed medical provider.

The order also reaffirms the other temporary closures of places of public accommodation that were required by Executive Order 2020-9. The order takes effect no later than March 22 at 9 a.m. and remains in effect until April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

"COVID-19 has created an unprecedented challenge to our way of life as Michiganders," said Gov. Whitmer. "That's why we are making decisions based on science and facts to protect public health and keep people safe. I know these changes will be hard, but they are temporary, and they are necessary to slow the spread of the virus and help save lives."

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer Friday afternoon signed Executive Order 2020-19, which allows tenants and mobile home owners to remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic even if they are unable to stay current on their rent. The order also relieves courts from certain statutory restrictions to enable them to stay eviction-related proceedings until after the COVID-19 emergency has passed. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until April 17 at 11:59 p.m. 

• Effective Saturday, March 21, Indian Trails, Inc., is suspending all of its daily scheduled bus service, which includes routes throughout Michigan, and into Chicago, Milwaukee and Duluth, as well as connections with the Greyhound and Amtrak national transportation networks. Approximately 80 communities served by these bus runs are affected. The difficult decision to temporarily suspend service is based on a number of different factors, including a sharp decline in passenger demand as business and government authorities at all levels impose restrictions on non-essential travel.  Additionally, many terminal locations served throughout Michigan are closing as a result of COVID-19 and the concerns for the safety of employees and staff.  Another factor taken into account was the ongoing schedule changes of connecting carriers, which raises the concern that passengers might possibly become stranded before reaching their final destinations.

Passengers holding unused tickets for travel on any of these routes can call (800) 292-3831 for ticket reissues or refunds. Indian Trails expect the suspension of daily scheduled service to continue at least until April 20, but will continue to provide updates as this situation unfolds.

• According to the latest numbers released by the state, as of 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, Michigan had now has 549 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19.) 

That’s up from 334 confirmed cases, the state reported on Thursday, March 19, and 80 from the day before.  

No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Iosco County, as of Friday afternoon.

Six areas in Michigan have double-digit confirmed COVID-19 including Oakland County, 184; the City of Detroit, 149; Macomb County, 86; Wayne County, 67; Washtenaw County, 16; and Kent County, 12. 

There are three confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19 – two in Detroit and one in Wayne County.

• The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is working with its network of partners in the Thumb region to provide expanded services for people in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 22 counties in Michigan. The Northern Region includes Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon counties. The Food Bank and local partners have scheduled mobile food pantries in each county and will continue to add to this schedule as resources become available: 

 Otsego County Food Pantry, Multiple sites and times in Gaylord Community Schools, call (989) 705-3040 for details, Gaylord - March 23 

 Oscoda Assembly of God, 3550 E. River Road, Oscoda – March 24, 11 a.m. 

 Roscommon Area Christian Ministries, 301 W. Sunset Drive, Roscommon – March 26, 11 a.m. 

 Alcona Commission on Aging at Alcona Community Schools, 51 N. Barlow Road, Lincoln – March 26, 4 p.m. 

 West Branch Little League, 2490 W. State Street, West Branch – March 27, 11 a.m. 

 Salvation Army/Feed the Need at East Campus, 801 W. Miller Street, Alpena – March 27, 3 p.m. 

 God Loves You Food Pantry at Posen Consolidated Schools, 10575 Michigan Ave (M65), Pose – March 26, 12:30 p.m. 

 “Our distributions give community members the opportunity to pick up produce, protein, and shelf-stable items,” said Kara Ross, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. “We know that the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to cause disruptions in the lives of families in our service area, and we are committed to working with partners in all 22 of our counties to provide additional resources to alleviate burdens on our neighbors. In our 11 northern counties, there has not be one agency closure or canceled truck as of this moment, which speaks to the commitment of agency partners and volunteers to follow safety protocols and ensure people are able to get food.” 

The Food Bank's mobile distributions have been refocused as a drive-through style. The Food Bank and partner organizations are providing bags and briefing agencies and volunteers prior to distributions to ensure compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing. 

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan relies on and appreciates the donated food it receives from approximately 70 retail grocery partners. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has increased overall demand for food nationally from retailers and manufacturers, so donations to food banks have declined as people purchase and stock up on food. Due to the decline in donated items, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has to purchase significantly more food now to distribute into the communities it serves, which has made monetary donations vital. Contributions can be made online at www.FBEM.org

The Food Bank’s North Region Outreach Coordinator Melissa Burns is available to assist organizations interested in partnering with the Food Bank, individuals in need of assistance, and answer questions about the Food Bank. She can be reached at meburns@fbem.us or (810) 922-1187. 

The Food Bank’s website, www.FBEM.org, has calendars with scheduled food distributions, a map to search for food pantries by zip code, and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

• The count of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Thursday, March 19 includes results from commercial and clinical labs who recently began providing COVID-19 testing. These results increased the state’s positive case count to a total of 334.

“We are pleased to announce that we are now able to provide testing results from hospitals and other entities outside of our state laboratory,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We knew there were additional people in Michigan with COVID-19 that had not yet been tested. This emphasizes the need to continue to practice social distancing and other community mitigation practices to help slow the spread of this disease.” 

Two of the cases initially included in today’s results have been removed; one from Genesee County and one from Isabella County. The Genesee County case was changed in the Michigan Disease Surveillance System from a positive case to not a case after data was pulled to create the tables used on the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus website. The Isabella County case is being removed as it tested indeterminate and has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional testing. 

MDHHS is currently receiving reports from commercial labs LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics and several clinical labs including Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, the Beaumont Hospital Network, Henry Ford Health System and the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL).

Michiganders with questions about COVID-19 can get information in several ways.

• Tawas City Hall will be closed to public entry beginning Monday, March 23. Payments may be placed in the drop box, which is located at the entrance to the parking lot behind the building. Payments may also be made online, at tawascity.org, or by calling 1-855-894-2404. Should anyone need to converse with staff at city hall, they are asked to either send an e-mail to info@tawascity.org, or call 362-8688. Appointments may be scheduled if necessary.

• The Michigan Department of Attorney General has surpassed 800 consumer complaints of price-gouging related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as the office Thursday, March 19 received a complaint of a new COVID-19 scam making an appearance in Michigan. Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s office has sent another business a cease and desist letter for selling high-priced face masks.  

An Oakland County resident reported being contacted via phone by scammers who said they could provide a COVID-19 test kit, so long as the individual prepaid for the item. The person immediately recognized it as a scam and contacted the Attorney General’s office.  

“Pre-paying for products that never arrive is only one method scammers will use to rob people of their hard-earned money or to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims,” Nessel said. “We may start to see more scams related to COVID-19, and I urge Michiganders to remain vigilant. We must not fall victim to these predatory practices.” 

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Attorney General’s office had received 823 complaints of businesses price-gouging, up from the 572 that were recorded by 11 p.m. Tuesday.   

Michigan residents are urged to report any violation of the Consumer Protection Act online or by calling 877-765-8388. 

• According to the latest figures released by the state Thursday afternoon, March 19, Michigan now has 336 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

That’s up from 80 confirmed cases, the state reported on Wednesday, March 18.  

No COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Iosco County.

Five areas in Michigan have double-digit confirmed COVID-19 including Oakland County, 195; the City of Detroit, 75; Macomb County, 55; Wayne County, 44; and Washtenaw County, 14. There are also 10 confirmed cases “not reported,” according to the state.

Media reports say there are three confirmed deaths in the state caused by COVID-19.

The confirmed cases are updated by the state at 2 p.m. daily. Today’s numbers were delayed.

• The Aging & Adult Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to consider how they can help people over the age of 60 deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Older adults need our support now more than ever, as they are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, the agency’s director. “Aging & Adult Services Agency wants Michiganders to think about how they can step up and help – whether it’s by donating money, volunteering, or calling their older neighbors to make sure they are OK.”

Because older adults are at higher risk of serious illness due to COVID-19, it is particularly important for them to stay home unless it’s necessary to go out. That creates challenges for the agencies that support seniors that they are attempting to address. They can use your help.

For example, you can help older adults by:

*Contacting your local Area Agency on Aging to volunteer or donate. Volunteers to deliver meals and make friendly reassurance calls are of highest need.

*Donating the following items to your local food bank: (Please note: Area Agencies on Aging do not have the capacity to accept donated goods and food.)

*Shelf-stable, non-perishable food items.

 Personal care items.

 -Household supplies. (Please note: Area Agencies on Aging do not have the capacity to accept donated goods and food.)

 -In addition to calling or checking on elderly relatives, neighbors or community members, offering to pick up food or supplies.

-Please note: Volunteers should not be in high-risk groups (such as elderly or with an underlying medical condition) to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Eight out of 10 COVID-19 deaths reported in the U.S. have involved adults age 65 and older.

If you’re 60 and over and looking for support or services, call your local Area Agency on Aging.

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday, March 19 the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved her request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA.     “This designation unlocks critical financial resources for small businesses across the state impacted by the tough, but necessary steps we have taken to mitigate the spread of coronavirus here in Michigan,” Whitmer said. “While access to these loans is vital, we are continuing to look at every resource available to support our businesses, communities and entrepreneurs around the state impacted by coronavirus.”  The EIDL designation means that Michigan small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak will now have the ability to apply for low-interest loans as part of $1 billion in funding made available to the SBA by Congress earlier this month. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19.

• DNR: Michigan’s outdoors are here for you. Enjoy getting outside, but be ‘COVID-19 smart, safe and solo.’

We know there’s been a steady stream of “closure” information and messaging about self-isolating to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s true, we are in uncharted territory, and such steps are critical in protecting Michigan residents from coronavirus risk. Safeguarding mental health is just as important, and spending time outdoors – whether in your backyard, on your balcony or in big, open spaces – can boost mind, body and spirit.

Although the public contact areas (restroom buildings, shooting ranges, visitor centers) at many DNR-managed facilities are temporarily closed, people are still welcome to enjoy the public outdoor areas at state parks and recreation areas, state game and wildlife areas, state forests, state trails and, of course, our lakes, rivers and streams. For the duration of the COVID-19 situation, we’re waiving the need for the Recreation Passport for entry at state parks and other destinations.

Whether you want to hike or bike a new trail, scout your next hunt, paddle the open water or find a favorite fishing spot … Michigan’s outdoors are here. Explore things to do on our website for inspiration; check out our YouTube channel for how-to videos; and get hunting and fishing licenses at our new license system website. Closer to home, you could soak up some sun on the back deck, walk around the block or jog the nearest local trail.

No matter how you enjoy the outdoors, we urge you to practice effective “social distancing” and other measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep you, your family and your community safe:

–Go out only if you’re feeling healthy.

–Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting, including the outdoors.

–Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If those aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

–Minimize UV sun exposure by properly applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.

–When driving, keep windows slightly open to provide air flow.

Before you head outdoors, be sure to check the latest on facilities and state COVID-19 recommendations.

• Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning that scammers are spoofing phone numbers of at least one local public health department and calling residents to offer medication while asking for their Medicaid and Medicare numbers for billing purposes. Incoming calls to the local health department are then jamming up phonelines and delaying official business in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  

Reports so far have been focused on the Ionia County Health Department. The Attorney General’s office issued a consumer alert making residents aware of the situation earlier today. 

“Scammers will not hesitate to gain access to your private information, and false promises of medications will not be fulfilled,” Nessel said. “As a result of this scam, the number of calls to local public health departments are also hindering their ability to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Never provide any personal information over the phone unless you have first independently confirmed who you are talking to.” 

To seem more official, scammers often use a process known as “spoofing” – when a call appears to be coming from a legitimate government phone number. The caller may also sound professional and be very persuasive. 

Anyone who receives a phone call they suspect to be a scam should hang up the phone. No one should give out personal information to an unsolicited caller. 

Residents should also be aware of online coronavirus scams selling bogus products and providing false information on COVID-19 tests and treatments. These attempts to obtain the personal information of consumers may include emails or online posts pitching unreliable products, advice, fake tests and cures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Those who wish to make a report about potential scams, price-gouging and any other violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act can do so with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team by filing a complaint online or by calling 877-765-8388.

• FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: President Donald J. Trump is signing a legislative package that provides extensive assistance to Americans impacted by the coronavirus.

*Today, (Thursday, March 19)President Trump is signing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ensuring that American families and businesses impacted by the virus receive the strong support they need.

*This legislation provides strong economic assistance to American businesses, workers, and families, alleviating financial burdens experienced by those affected by the virus.

*The act provides free coronavirus diagnostic testing for the American people, regardless of their economic circumstances or health coverage.

*The President and his Administration have worked tirelessly with Congress to secure this legislative package.

- The Administration’s negotiation efforts were highly effective and resulted in substantial improvements from the initial bill brought by House Democrats.

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES, WORKERS, AND FAMILIES: This package delivers on President Trump’s commitment to provide strong economic support to Americans harmed by the virus.

*This legislation builds on the Administration’s longstanding commitment to take every step necessary to provide economic relief and support for Americans affected by the virus.

*The act establishes tax credits to provide paid sick and family leave for coronavirus-related employment interruptions.

- Eligible workers who are sick with the virus, quarantined, taking care of someone affected or caring for a child whose school has closed, will continue to be paid.

- Employees will receive pay directly from their employers, rather than from a less-efficient government-run program.

*Though every dollar of required paid leave will be offset by tax credits for eligible employers, the act protects small businesses by offering an exemption in the rare event that paid leave requirements would jeopardize their business.

*The legislation incentivizes states to ease access to unemployment benefits, assisting Americans who may be unemployed due to the impact of the virus.

*To support families and the most vulnerable, the bill also provides funding and flexibility for emergency nutritional aid for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families.

TESTING FOR ALL AMERICANS: This legislation helps to realize President Trump’s primary goal of ensuring coronavirus testing is accessible to every American.

*The President is committed to ensuring that every American who needs to be tested for the coronavirus is able to do so, regardless of their circumstances.

*To that end, this legislation offers free coronavirus testing – including free testing through commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Indian Health Service, and TRI-CARE.

*President Trump continues to work tirelessly with the Federal government and the private sector to protect expand Americans’ access to coronavirus testing.

-As a result of the President’s efforts, testing is now available in all 50 states and we are testing faster than ever.

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-15 on Thursday, March 19 to order a temporarily change to the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct their meetings electronically, while also facilitating public participation, until April 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM. 

“We are taking every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families, but recognize that public bodies still have an obligation to conduct business as usual,” Whitmer said. “During this crisis, we must ensure that public officials can do their job to meet the needs of residents, while also ensuring that meetings remain open, accessible and transparent to the public.”  

Under Executive Order 2020-15, public bodies that are subject to the Open Meetings Act, including boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, councils, and nonprofit boards, can use telephone- or video- conferencing methods to continue meeting and conducting business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, so long as they follow certain procedures to ensure meaningful access and participation by members of the public body and the general public. 

In order to maintain the level of transparency that Governor Whitmer has sought under previous executive actions taken during her first month in office, public bodies must meet the following criteria when holding a public meeting electronically: 

– Ensure two-way communication for members and the public to hear and address each other. 

– Provide adequate notice to the public of the meeting. 

–Post a public meeting notice on their website. 

–Permit participants to record or broadcast the public meeting.  

–Allow participants to address the public body during a public comment period. 

The order also temporarily authorizes public bodies, departments, and agencies to use technology to enable remote participation in public comment and hearings, and temporarily excuses school boards from monthly meeting requirements. 

• Walmart U.S. stores, including Tawas City, will adjust operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This will further help associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store. While the store hours change for customers, Walmart associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.

From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. The Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time. 

Walmart stores will have limits for customers in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

To help support its associates and focus on the most critical areas of the store right now, Walmart will temporarily shut down its Auto Care Centers to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.

Also, Walmart Vision Centers will operate on its normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders. Walmart will have at least one associate to serve the needs of our Vision Care customers, while the other associates will help in the rest of the store.

• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed shooting ranges and will restrict general public walk-in traffic at facilities statewide. The restrictions took effect at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19. Fishing and hunting licenses, camping reservations and other items will remain available for purchase online. Hunting and fishing guides and digests are also available online. Burn permits are available free at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. The affected DNR offices will be open by appointment only to customers who need services such as obtaining hunting, fishing and charter licenses. Regular deliveries will continue.  These facilities include DNR fisheries research stations and hatcheries, forestry and wildlife field offices and visitor centers. Earlier today, the same provisions were put in place for DNR customer service centers and certain field offices. The Archives of Michigan is closed to walk-in traffic, but will continue to provide service via phone and email. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Visitor Center and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offices are closed to the public, along with other state museums. State-managed lands, trails and parks remain open. However, numerous provisions affecting visitor services are being put in place for state parks and recreation areas. 

These measures include:

–The opening of the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area is delayed until May 1.

–State park headquarters buildings and contact stations are closed to the public.

–A requirement that a Recreation Passport is needed for state park and recreation area entry has been suspended.

–Mini-cabins, cabins, yurts, shelters and lodges are closed until May 15.

–Campgrounds at state parks remain open with visitors using self-check-in via personal phones. Campers should plan ahead to have a reservation before reaching the park. All modern campgrounds become semi-modern with toilet-shower buildings closed. Vault toilets remain open. 

–State Forest Campgrounds remain open with self-registration continued and vault toilets open.

–At day-use areas and boating access sites, vault toilets are open, no organized events are being held. 

Check the latest updates for DNR facilities at Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.

• Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday evening the call up of the Michigan Army National Guard to assist the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with assembling and loading critical personal protective gear, such as gloves, gowns, and face shields. Once packaged, MDHHS will deliver the supplies to various local public health departments. “The Michigan National Guard has been involved with the COVID-19 response from a planning and coordination standpoint since the SEOC was stood up,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The men and women of the Michigan National Guard are part of the fabric of our communities and I am confident they are ready to support state and local agencies as this response continues.” “The members of the Michigan National Guard are experienced and proven professionals,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general.  “Our units frequently train and respond side-by-side with state and local emergency responders, making them well suited for domestic operations.  The National Guard has unique capabilities, providing local first responders with additional resources to combat COVID-19.”

• Public access to Oscoda Township Hall will be shut down as of Wednesday, March 18. A tentative date of Wednesday, April 8 has been given for the building to re-open. The Robert J. Parks Library will remain closed through Monday, April 13. Officials recommend checking the township website for the most up-to-date information, at www.oscodatownshipmi.gov. Additionally, drop-off boxes and online options will still be available for customers who need to make bill payments to the township during this time.

• Due to growing concern about COVID-19, the Loaves and Fishes Cafe have regretfully decided to close their doors for the season until November. Meals are typically served Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oscoda United Methodist Church.

• All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17.  According to Social Security officials, this decision protects the population they serve – older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions – and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Social Security is still able to provide critical services. Its online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.  We are working closely with the 

If you need help from Social Security:                                                      

- First, use its secure and convenient online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices.  We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.

– If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office.  Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.

– If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, Social Security will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, Social Security will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. The call may come from a private number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Remember that Social Security employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment. 

– If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, call the national 800 number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). The national 800 number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

• As the situation surrounding the spread of Coronavirus continues to evolve, all Michigan Works! service centers remain open. To slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the number of visitors to Michigan Works! offices is being limited. In order to ensure Michigan Works! clients continue to be served in a timely manner; the service centers are moving to an appointment-based system. Clients can make an appointment by contacting their local Michigan Works! service center.  A list of those service centers can be found on the Michigan Works! website. Customers should make an appointment for services related to RESEA notices and required participation programs, such as PATH – Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope., and the Food Assistance Employment and Training program. Customers are still required to register for employment on Pure Michigan Talent Connect (PMTC). Clients making appointments should be prepared to answer questions about what services they need. If clients need to provide documentation, they can use an application called Tiny Scanner so they do not have to bring the documentation into a Michigan Works! office. Unemployment claims can be filed online at Michigan.gov/UIA or by calling 1-866-500-0017. Impacted workers were formerly required to appear in-person at a Michigan Works! service center but that requirement has been waived because of the public health emergency.“The top priority of the Michigan Works! Association is the health and safety of our communities and the Michigan Works! staff,” said Michigan Works! Association CEO Luann Dunsford. “We know this is a very uncertain time for both clients and staff. We continue to monitor the situation and update the approach to service delivery in cooperation with guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities. Michigan Works! service centers are committed to assisting all Michiganders who need assistance during this difficult time. We are in regular communication with our counterparts at the State of Michigan and will provide further updates as they become available.”

• Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Tuesday evening, March 17, announced that MDHHS will close its lobbies to visits from the public, except for appointments, and will stop requiring residents to visit MDHHS offices in order to receive state assistance benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. MDHHS offices continue to serve the public and will conduct telephone interviews with all public assistance clients and applicants.  As always, individuals who are applying for or receiving benefits can use www.michigan.gov/MIBridges to submit paperwork, review benefit information, report changes, apply for benefits and complete the process for redetermining eligibility for assistance.  Individuals unable to use MI Bridges can call MDHHS offices to get assistance.  Individual workers will schedule in-person meetings only as needed. In addition, under a temporary policy change, families who receive or apply for cash assistance under the Family Independence Program will not be required to attend orientations at Michigan Works! offices or to engage in subsequent employment activities. These changes are effective Wednesday, March 18, and will remain effective only as long as necessary for public health. “Michigan is doing all it can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” Whitmer said. “We are asking residents to make smart choices by not going into group settings unless necessary. Closing MDHHS lobbies to unnecessary visits and eliminating requirements to visit offices are necessary steps in this emergency.” About 15,000 low-income Michigan families receive monthly cash assistance through the Family Independence Program.  About 7,500 beneficiaries must engage in job search or readiness activities, which require individuals to congregate in groups for orientations and then to make additional public contacts for purposes of training and employment. A typical family receives about $350 per month through the Family Independence Program. “We’re committed to protecting public health and supporting families through this emergency,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Closing lobbies except for appointments and eliminating requirements to visit offices accomplish these objectives. We will reduce infection rates and continue to deliver financial support to families who need it.” Michigan had identified 65 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, March 17.

• In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) will not accept cash transactions starting March 21. Until further notice, Mackinac Bridge customers will need to pay with a credit or debit card, or use a MacPass card or windshield sticker. The MBA and toll staff will be encouraging transition to non-cash payments for the next few days until cash is no longer accepted. “We realize this change may be an inconvenience for many of our customers, but eliminating the handling of cash between drivers and our employees is one more way we can help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said MBA Executive Secretary Kim Nowack. “We’ll reevaluate this policy as the situation evolves.” If drivers wish to pay with credit or debit cards, the toll collector will hold the credit card device out to the driver so they can insert their card. Drivers will not need to hand their cards to the toll collector. Information on this new payment policy will be posted on the MBA website, www.MackinacBridge.org, and on the toll plaza marquee. So far this month, about 64 percent of customers have paid the bridge tolls with cash, 7 percent with credit/debit cards, and 29 percent with MacPass cards or windshield stickers. Frequent users of the bridge may wish to open a MacPass account at https://MacPass.MackinacBridge.org/Login. The MBA previously announced suspension of its driver assistance program and snowmobile, passenger and bicyclist transportation programs as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

• In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources closed to general public traffic numerous customer service centers and field offices statewide. The closures took effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18. Fishing and hunting licenses, camping reservations and other items will remain available for purchase online. Hunting and fishing guides and digests are also available online. Burn permits are available free at Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. The affected DNR offices will be open for regular deliveries and by appointment only to customers who need services such as obtaining hunting and fishing licenses, burn permits and charter licenses.

Here is a list of the facilities closing to general public traffic and contact information for making appointments:

Customer Service Centers:

Baraga - 906-353-6651

Bay City - 989-684-9141

Cadillac - 231-775-9727

Detroit - 313-396-6890

Escanaba - 906-786-2351

Gaylord - 989-732-3541

Lansing - 517-284-4720

Marquette - 906-228-6561

Newberry - 906-293-5131

Plainwell - 269-685-6851

Roscommon - 989-275-5151

Sault Ste. Marie - 906-635-6161

Traverse City - 231-922-5280

Field Offices:

Crystal Falls - 906-875-6622

Gwinn - 906-346-9201

Naubinway - 906-477-6048

Norway - 906-563-9247

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-11, announced Monday evening, March 16, to prohibit all events over 50 people or assemblages in shared indoor spaces over 50 people beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 9 a.m. The new restrictions on events and assemblages go into effect on March 17, 2020 at 9:00am, and will remain in place, like the school closure restrictions, until April 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

• Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-13, on Tuesday evening, March 17, to temporarily lift regulatory requirements on hospitals and care facilities and help ensure an adequate number of health care providers available to patients during the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Under the executive order, effective immediately and until Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59pm, The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) may take steps to ensure more people receive care. Executive Order 2020-13 grants LARA and DHHS authority to waive or defer certain requirements in order to expedite the process of bringing additional care facilities online during the COVID-19 emergency. The order also empowers LARA to ensure an adequate supply of care providers during the emergency by granting the department additional flexibility in its decisions about licensing, registration, and workflow requirements. 

• One additional positive case of COVID-19 was reported also on Monday evening, March 16 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, an adult female from Macomb County with history of domestic travel.

 • With Iosco County offices and building closed to the general public through April 5, here’s how to reach county officials by phone or by email:

 Iosco County Clerk (989) 362-3497 countyclerk@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Board of Commissioners (989) 362-4212 mschirmer@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Trial Court (989) 362-4441 ioscotrialcourt@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County IT Department (989) 362-3281 jmontgomery@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Register of Deeds (989) 362-2021 register@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Treasurer (989) 362-4409 ioscotreasurer@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Equalization (989) 984-1111 tcrawford@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Prosecuting Attorney (989) 362-6141 prosecutor@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Building Department (989) 362-6511 ioscobuilding@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Friend of the Court (989) 362-2573 ioscofoc@ioscocounty.org

Iosco County Sheriff Department (989) 362-6164 ioscosheriff@ioscocounty.org If an emergency, call 911

Iosco County Drain Commissioner (989) 984-1052 lwilson@ioscocounty.org

MSU Extension (989) 362-3449 msue.iosco@county.msu.edu

Iosco County Veterans Counselor (989) 362-6571 veteranscounselor@ioscoannex.com

Michigan Department of Corrections (989) 362-2966 or email your individual agent

Iosco County Housing Commission (989) 984-1000 drasch@ioscocounty.org

The county clerk’s office will not be accepting any “new” CPL applications during this shut down.  However, current CPL applicants can apply for a renewal online.

• The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be closing the information lobbies at all Michigan Welcome Centers until further notice. At locations where it is possible, restrooms will remain open to the public. A contact phone number will be posted at each location for visitors who need additional information. For travel information, visit www.Michigan.gov/Drive.

• Lakeview Manor’s Durable Power of Attorney workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 26 has been postponed to a later date as nursing home facilities are in lock down mode and are not allowing visitors into the facility.

• Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-12, temporarily lifting weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The executive order is effective immediately and extends until Monday, April 13 at 11:59pm. Under the governor’s executive order, all state and local seasonal load restrictions are suspended for deliveries that meet immediate needs for: medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and the prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants; food for the emergency restocking of stores; equipment, supplies, and people necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to the COVID-19 emergency; people designated by federal, state, or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and people necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 emergency. 

• Hale, Tawas Area, Oscoda and Whittemore-Prescott – have released information on how they are distributing food to students during COVID-19.

– Hale Area Schools, The food service program will continue to make meals available to all students.  These meals will be available for pick-up only. This week, March 16-20, meals will be available Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 - 4:30. The following two weeks, March 23-April 3, meals will be available Tuesday and Friday 12:00 - 4:30.  We are encouraging students and families to pick up meals and instructional materials at the same time if possible. Meals will include all students and families served by Hale Area Schools, including Early Head Start and Great Start School Readiness students. Meals will be made available to all children. Our Food Pantry at the school will be open and available to any students and families that would like to receive food items.  Days and time for the Food Pantry will be the same as pick up times for meals, however entry into the Pantry will be in the front of the building at the southeast entrance. If you are in need at a time other than posted times call the school office at 989-728-3551.

– Tawas Area Schools, With the help of Tawas Area School employees and community volunteers, Tawas Area Schools is providing take home breakfasts and lunches for its students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 17, March 19, March 24, March 26, March 31 and April 2. The school district will have families of its students access the high school/middle school parking lot, where school staff and volunteers will deliver packaged food to their vehicles. School officials said their efforts are to support needy families during this time when the school is closed based on the COVID-19 mandatory school closure. 

– Oscoda Area Schools, “We will be distributing pre-packaged breakfasts and lunches at Oscoda High School on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 from 10am – 1:00pm. This will be a curb side pickup wherein bags of food will be distributed into cars resulting in no need for the public to exit their vehicle. These bags will include up to 2 breakfasts and lunches per student. This will continue each Monday and Wednesday at Oscoda High School from 10am – 1:00pm until further notice. In addition, we will be working with the backpack program and the pastoral community food giveaway at these times to distribute additional, non-perishable, food to help families get through these difficult times. We are also planning to distribute food from 5 different ‘satellite’ sites beginning Monday March 23, 2020 and continuing every Monday and Wednesday thereafter between 11:00am and 1:00pm. These satellite sites will include the former Glennie Township Hall, the Greenbush Baptist Church, the Mikado Civic Center, the Camp Inn Lodge in Oscoda, and the Fresh Start Fellowship Parking Lot on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Attached you will find a signup sheet which should be completed and emailed to barnhartm@oscodaschools.org if you prefer to pick up your food from one of these locations. Additionally, if you are in more immediate need of food delivery, please include your name, the number of students in your household, your physical address, and a good telephone number at which you can be reached in your email to barnhartm@oscodaschools.org or call (989)739-2033. We will be working with various community groups to attempt to make food deliveries while we formalize our own plans for food delivery to these satellite sites. Further, we are seeking community support in obtaining clean, sanitary, 120 quart coolers that can be temporarily donated to assist in our food delivery efforts. If you have a cooler please stop by Oscoda High School between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday – Friday to drop your cooler off outside the main entrance of OHS. Make sure that you write, in permanent marker, your name, address, and telephone number somewhere in the cooler so we can make every attempt to return your cooler once our food delivery service is ended. We are also still taking names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of interested volunteers via email to barnhartm@oscodaschools.org.”

– Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools, 

*March 16-20, Monday thru Friday

11:00 am - Rosati’s Parking Lot

11:30 am - 3 County Club

12:00 pm - Prescott Library

12:30 pm - Whittemore Chamber of Commerce

*March 23-27, Monday thru Friday

11:00 am - Rosati’s Parking Lot

11:30 am - 3 County Club

12:00 pm - Prescott Library

12:30 pm - Whittemore Chamber of Commerce

*March 30-April 3, Monday thru Friday

11:00 am - Rosati’s Parking Lot

11:30 am - 3 County Club

12:00 pm - Prescott Library

12:30 pm - Whittemore Chamber of Commerce

• The Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting that was set for Wednesday, March 18, in the Shoreline Players Theater, will be rescheduled. As reported, in light of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, the idea was to possibly hold the RAB gathering as a webinar. According to Beth Place of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), a teleconference for the RAB will be rescheduled and there will be no meeting or webinar on the 18th. Place says representatives of EGLE and the Air Force are currently working out the details.

 • As part of its commitment to helping contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Huron Pines will not hold the Better Stories by Design workshop that was scheduled for April 15, 2020 in East Tawas. All of the Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series workshops that were scheduled for April 2020 are canceled and will be rescheduled later in the year. Anyone who has already registered will receive an email from Huron Pines making arrangements for a refund. Email jill@huronpines.org if you have any questions.

• In an effort to comply with Governor Whitmer’s executive orders in an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all activities at the Tawas Bay Playhouse will be suspended until further notice. This includes rehearsals, performances, set construction, etc. Once the “all clear” is given by the health department, the board will re-evaluate and make a decision as to when activities at the theater will resume.

• To limit the risk of COVID-19, Consumers Energy is not accepting walk-in payments at our 13 direct payment offices starting today, Tuesday, March 17. This is a precautionary measure to help protect the health and safety of its workforce and the customers we serve. A drop box is available at each location, and drive-throughs remain open during normal business hours in Flint and Traverse City. Payments dropped in drop boxes will be processed same day, and receipts will be mailed to customers’ homes. Customers can learn about alternative payment locations at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/paymentlocations and customers can visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/waystopay to learn about online payment options. Additionally, Consumers Energy announced that it is suspending shutoff’s of both natural gas and electrical customers beginning today March 16th until April 5th and these dates could be adjusted depending on the severity of the COVID-19.

Consumers Energy has made the following decisions to better serve its customers:

 – Senior citizens and qualifiedlow-income customers already enrolled in the WinterProtection Program have had their end dates extended through May 3, 2020,without any additional actions required on their part.This will ensure that ourmost vulnerablecustomers have the services they need during this state of emergency. All shut-offnotices will be withheld to prevent any additional stress for these customers. 

– Modified current medical hold policy to cover thoseinfected or quarantined byeither the COVID-19 orInfluenzavirus.Impacted customers will be eligible for a 30-daymedical hold.

Lastly, Consumers Energy is referring anyone needing of assistance, to contact 211 or partnering agencies.   

• Ascension Michigan Emergency Preparedness in response to COVID-19  

Visitor Guidelines 

To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Michigan, including Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas City, is enforcing patient visitor restrictions effective immediately for all of its hospitals and ambulatory sites. This mandate is aligned with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order, EO 2020-7, regarding visitors in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 

No visitors are permitted at Ascension Michigan hospitals except for:

One visitor permitted for support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating for pediatric (under 21) and special needs patients

One visitor for a surgery patient

One visitor for a hospice patient

One visitor for patients at end of life

One visitor for patients in serious or critical condition

One birth partner

One visitor required to make decisions on behalf of the patient (patient’s medical durable power of attorney, court appointed guardianship)

No visitors are permitted at Ascension ambulatory (outpatient) sites except for:

One accompanying person that is necessary to support the delivery of care to the patient

One accompanying person for a surgery patient

One accompanying person for patients in serious condition

One birth partner

 In addition, as part of Ascension Michigan’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health emergency, and with respect to our visitor restrictions and the call for social distancing, until further notice, special events planned or hosted by the hospital facilties have been postponed, including the Medical Mission at Home event scehduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For the safety of all people, if a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and has developed a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, they should call their health care provider immediately for instructions or contact the Emergency Department prior to coming for direction on next steps.

Virtual care is another option to meet the needs of our patients and communities. Ascension Online Care is available and provided at a $20 cost with the use of the coupon code: HOME in the app. This is an opportunity for individuals to receive care in the convenience and comfort of their home. GetAscensionMichiganCare,com

The best ways to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 are to follow all recommended precautions including social distancing, washing hands, staying home when you’re sick and avoiding contact with anyone who is sick.

 

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