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Last updated at 5:04 p.m. August 31

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August 31

Updated 5:04 p.m. – Central Michigan University confirmed more than 60 new coronavirus cases in just the last week.

Some students are furious they are still holding class.

The university confirmed 63 new cases between August 24 and August 30.

Since June 15, the school has confirmed 142 cases total.

Some students have been putting up signs around campus. One says, “CMU — how many lives are you willing to harm in the name of profit?”

On Friday, CMU’s president said most of the new cases came from three off-campus houses.

This week, the university began on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Starting Tuesday, the school will begin updating its case numbers every day.

Updated 4:35 p.m. – Michigan children in need will continue to be properly fed after the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended federal waivers Monday.

The USDA says they allow for flexibilities in child nutrition programs.

Meals will continue to be provided to children ages 18 and under at no cost to the families.

The waivers for the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option are being extended through the end of this calendar year, or until available funding runs out.

Updated 4:07 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified several possible COVID-19 public exposure sites.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

The Buckle at Grand Traverse Mall
August 21 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 22 from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
August 23 from 12 – 5 p.m.

Harbor Springs IGA
August 13 – 15 from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 16 from 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
August 17 – 19 from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
August 20 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Noggin Room, Petoskey
August 22 from 7 – 9 p.m.

JC Penny, Petoskey
August 23 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ace Hardware, Boyne City
August 27 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Chandler’s, Petoskey
August 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The health department is also reporting one new death due to COVID-19 in Emmet Co.

The say the individual was a man in his 70s who was hospitalized.

Updated 2:46 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 451 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 102,468 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,480 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 102,017 confirmed cases with 6,473 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 28, 76,151 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:06 p.m. – Stormcloud Brewing Company says the Stormcloud Pub and Parkview Taproom are closed after an employee tested positive or COVID-19.

Stormcloud says anyone who visited the pub on August 27 between 4 – 10:30 p.m. should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Parkview Taproom and Stormcloud Pub will be closed for the next few days.

“We have been very diligent with the COVID precautions we have taken and the safety procedures we have implemented in both our pub and taproom this summer. And we are proud of the overwhelming support from our staff who have gone above and beyond to implement those procedures and successfully work through the continual challenges they have been presented with this year. Moving forward, we are working with the Health Department’s recommendations regarding the health of our staff, in addition to following the department’s reopening guidelines for our pub and taproom,” Stormcloud said in a release posted to its website.

Updated 6:00 a.m. Detroit has a new public memorial honoring those who have died of COVID-19.

It features 900 faces on billboards, which line a bridge where 15 funeral processions will be driving past on Monday.

The processions will be paying tribute to the 1,500 who have died citywide, so far.

Detroit Arts and Culture Director Rochelle Riley, says “Look at those faces that represent the spirit of Detroit.”

Updated 5:11 a.m. The majority of the U.S. is seeing a drop in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

But as we seem to be moving in the right direction, many colleges are battling spikes on campus.

August 30

Updated 6:30 p.m. Michigan health officials say 539 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday. The state’s total COVID-19 count is now 102,017. With six additional lives lost, Michigan’s death toll is now 6,473.

August 29

Updated 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, state health officials reported 799 new cases. This makes Michigan’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases 101,478. 21 more people are also being reported as dead, making Michigan’s death toll 6,467. Seven of those were identified during a records review.

76,151 Michigan residents are listed as recovered as of Aug. 28, This is up 3,571 from last week.

August 28

Updated 4:31 p.m. Michigan health officials are reporting 741 new cases of the coronavirus and 6 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 100,699 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,446 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 5:27 a.m. The Central Michigan District Health Department has issued an emergency order limiting outdoor gatherings to 25 people.

This comes after the health department has confirmed 98 new COVID-19 cases since the return to school.

Updated 1:23 a.m. The state is sending cease and desist letters to 11 assisted living facilities that are accused of charging residents $900 COVID-19 fees.

The attorney general’s office received 37 complaints about CSIG Holding Co., which has facilities in both Petoskey and Midland. A company official told the AG’s office the fees were to offset costs from its COVID-19 response.

The company now has 10 days to respond or face a formal investigation.

August 27

Updated 6:35 p.m. The Grand Traverse County Health Department announced two more possible exposure sites.

If you were at the Traverse City Meijer or the Family Fare near Chums Corner during dates and times listed below, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms for two weeks.

Meijer, Traverse City

  • 13 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 14 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 15 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 16 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 17 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.
  • August 18 from 12:30 – 9 p.m.

Family Fare, Chums Corner

  • August 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • August 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Updated 3:26 p.m. Michigan health officials are reporting 758 new cases of the coronavirus and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 99,958 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,440 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 6:23 a.m. Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—all led by Democratic governors—are being asked to send data to the Department of Justice.

The DOJ says executive orders in all four states may have endangered people in assisted living facilities.

The data request revolves around orders given to public nursing homes to accept recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

The purpose of the orders was to free up space at overflowing hospitals. But the orders were criticized for putting people who are most at risk in jeopardy.

Gov. Whitmer and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded in a joint statement calling the request nothing more than a transparent attempt to politicize the matter.

They also noted several Republican-led states made similar guidelines but were not asked for documents regarding nursing homes.

August 26

Updated 8:32 p.m.The Central Michigan District Health Department identified 106 COVID-19 cases related to those returning to the Mt Pleasant area. The health department says case counts include current students, former students and those living in the community who were identified as being associated with other cases related to return to school.

And in Gaylord, Tap Room 32 has been identified as another low-risk, public exposure site for patrons who visited on August 18 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Updated 3:15 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 761 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 99,200 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,424 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 6:26 a.m. – The COVID-19 cases among students at Central Michigan University is causing staffing shortages at Dog Central, a local restaurant.

Owner Paul McFall said his is not the only business in the area experiencing a similar problem.

August 25

Updated 3:26 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 779 new cases of the coronavirus and 20 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 98,439 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,417 COVID-19 deaths.

Updated 1:47 p.m. – On Tuesday, Governor Whitmer announced a $1.2 million donation from IKEA that will go to Michigan’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Now that schools are starting to reopen, we want to go over what Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Schools Roadmap says about students and staff wearing face masks.

Updated 6:52 a.m. – Gov. Whitmer is set to address the state at 1:30 in the afternoon for an update on the state’s coronavirus response.

You can watch it on 9&10 News, our Facebook page, website’s Watch Now page, and on the free SBTV app.

August 24

Updated 11:02 p.m. – Farmers say they’re still struggling with an Executive Order that requires mandatory COVID-19 testing of farm workers. A class-action lawsuit was filed to try to stop it, but a Court of Appeals judge has now denied the farmers request.

The legislature and governor have six weeks to put together the state’s budget for next year.

Schools depending on Zoom to help their virtual students have already had a little hiccup. Video conferencing app Zoom reported a widespread outage starting this morning across the U.S.

Updated 5:02 p.m. – Health officials say 868 new coronavirus cases and 4 deaths have been confirmed in Michigan.

As of Friday, 72,580 people have recovered from COVID-19, meaning they are still alive a month after developing symptoms.

Updated 8:22 a.m. – A turning point in the fight against COVID-19—President Trump says the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma.

Although, the FDA wants to be clear this is not a cure. This will be used as a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 patients that are in the hospital.

August 23

Updated 11:45 p.m. – Two pop-up coronavirus testing sites are coming to Northern Michigan. The first is Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Petoskey at the Emmet County Fairgrounds.

On Thursday, August 27, it is being offered at the East Jordan Middle School parking lot. Testing runs both days from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. and is a joint effort between the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and the Michigan National Guard. No appointment or referral is needed.

Updated 9:30 p.m. – Following a video of a large amount of Central Michigan University students leaving a party Thursday night, the school is speaking out. The university says they will not allow the actions of individuals to jeopardize others. In a statement, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Voisin says they will immediately fine or possibly suspend students who host or attend large gatherings. He says large parties at other schools have caused spikes in cases and even shut down some campuses. The school warns this could also happen in Mt. Pleasant if students continue “this type of reckless, irresponsible behavior.”

Updated 4:15 p.m. – Health officials say 768 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Michigan. This comes on the heels of Saturday seeing more than 950 new COVID-19 cases.

The state says single-day numbers will likely be higher for a few days following Friday’s glitch. There was an error with data entry and that night, less than 400 cases were reported.

With Sunday’s confirmed cases, Michigan’s total is now 96,792. The death toll stands at 6,393 after four additional deaths.

August 22

Updated 5:30 p.m. – On Saturday, Michigan saw its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the last seven days. The state says 953 new single-day cases were confirmed.

On Friday, the seven-day rolling average was at 562. The state’s total confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic is now at 96,024.

With 11 additional lives lost – eight of which were identified during a vital record review – 6,389 Michigan deaths are attributed to the virus. 72,580 state residents are reported as recovered as of Aug. 21. This is up 4,802 from last week.

August 21

Updated 10:41 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 374 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 additional COVID-19 deaths, but say Friday’s number of new cases is less than expected because of an issue with the reporting of electronic lab results.

According to the state’s website, “A large number of received lab messages were improperly formatted and temporarily blocked some valid results from being processed and entered into the reporting system. This issue is currently being fixed. As the valid results enter the system over the next day or two, there will likely be higher than expected numbers of daily case counts. This lab result backlog should not affect the 7-day rolling average or the cases by date of onset in the dashboard data.”

Michigan now has 95,071 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,378 COVID-19 deaths.

Thursday the state was at 94,697 confirmed cases with 6,368 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 14, 67,778 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 5:35 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has identified two new possible COVID-19 exposure sites.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Pierson’s Grill and Spirits, Harbor Springs
August 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bob’s Place Restaurant, Alanson
August 20 from 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Centre Ice in Traverse City, TC Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament from 8/14-8/16
Friday, 8/14 from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday, 8/15 from 9am-7pm
Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-12pm

Apache Trout Grill
Wednesday, 8/12 from 10am-4pm
Thursday, 8/13 and Friday, 8/14 from 4pm-11pm
Saturday, 8/15 and Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-4pm

Updated 4:19 p.m. – Six Michigan businesses were fined after the state said they didn’t do enough to protect their workers from the coronavirus.

MIOSHA cited the six companies, all of which are located downstate, for infractions like letting employees work close together without masks, failing to do daily health screenings, and failing to develop a preparedness and response plan to COVID-19.

Updated 1:26 p.m. – The Michigan Court of Appeals says Governor Gretchen Whitmer was within her authority when she continued the state’s COVID-19 state of emergency without legislative approval.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the court ruled in Whitmer’s favor after Republican legislative leadership challenged Whitmer’s use of executive emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican leadership argued Whitmer’s decision to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency past April 30 was unconstitutional.

However, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled: “Proceeding on the assumption that the Legislature had standing to file suit, we hold that the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency, her extensions of the state of emergency, and her issuance of related EOs clearly fell within the scope of the Governor’s authority under the EPGA. We further hold that the EPGA does not violate the Separation of Powers Clause. We therefore decline to address whether the Governor was additionally authorized to take those same measures under the EMA and whether the Governor violated the EMA—those matters are moot. Finally, we hold that there is no basis to reverse the order of the Court of Claims denying the motion to intervene.”

Updated 11:22 a.m. – The free mask initiative Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced is now giving the masks out to the select groups.

Last week Governor Whitmer said four million masks will be available to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters.

The masks have already been sent to local health and human services offices, community action agencies, testing sites and low-income schools.

They are now ready for pick-up.

Anyone who is interested in receiving a free mask should first contact their local DHHS or CAA office.

Updated 11:08 a.m. – As schools are either beginning their school year or getting ready to, the state is reporting 14 outbreaks across the state in K-12 schools and colleges.

The state has not released exactly which schools are dealing with outbreaks, but none so far are in northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula.

Updated 10:47 a.m. – FEMA has approved Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request to give an extra $300 a week to unemployed workers.

The extra money will go to the more than 910,000 Michiganders unemployed.

These benefits will be retroactive to August 1, but it’s not clear how long the extra funding will last.

The hundreds of thousands of people unemployed in Michigan do not need to do anything extra to get the added money.

Updated 9:00 a.m. – Versiti Blood Center says every blood donor will be tested for coronavirus antibodies. If donors are positive, that means they either already had the virus or they’ve developed a response to it.

The antibodies are not harmful and can be safely transfused to another patient. Blood donations have slowed down due to the pandemic, which means it’s even more important than ever to donate blood.

Updated 8:44 a.m. – Buckley Community Schools says the district qualifies for a portion of the $65 million in federal CARES funding, but with the new coronavirus protocols, that money is essentially already gone.

“We’ve actually spent more than that just in PPE,” says Superintendent Jessica Harrand. Read more here.

August 20

Updated 11:55 p.m. –The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity held a virtual meeting to speak with Mount Pleasant business owners about the fall influx of students.

Updated 11:50 p.m. – If you need to renew your license, the Secretary of State is offering special appointments and extended hours get it done.

It’s for those with a driver license or state ID card that expires between January first of this year and September 30.

Many driver’s licenses and IDs can be renewed online or by mail.

To make an appointment, click here or call 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Updated 4:21 p.m. – District Health Department #10 and Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department are reporting possible COVID-19 exposure at Crystal Mountain golf course locations in Thompsonville.

The say the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 wore a mask and social distanced, so the potential exposure is considered low risk.

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Crystal Mountain’s Mountain Ridge Course
August 13 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
August 14 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Crystal Mountain’s Betsie Valley Course
August 14 from 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Kilwin’s Bay View location
August 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
August 8 from 12 – 10 p.m.
August 9 from 12:30 – 9:30 p.m.
August 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 14 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
August 15 from 12 – 10 p.m.
August 16 from 12 – 9:30 p.m.
August 18 12 – 9:30 p.m.

Apache Trout Grill
August 9 from 4 – 9 p.m.
August 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
August 13 from 4 – 10 p.m.
August 14 from 4 -10 p.m.
August 15 from 4 – 10 p.m.

Updated 3:09 p.m. – Michigan health officials are reporting 419 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 additional COVID-19 deaths. Eleven of the deaths were identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 94,697 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,368 COVID-19 deaths.

Wednesday the state was at 94,278 confirmed cases with 6,349 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 14, 67,778 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 1:40 p.m. – Organizers have canceled the 2020 Bell’s Brewery Iceman Cometh Challenge.

They say crews spent hours making plans to implement precautions for the health and safety of participants, but could not secure the needed permitting for the 31st edition of the Iceman Cometh Challenge.

Organizers ask that you defer registration to 2021 or donate the fee to the Iceman Cometh Challenge to help them continue to host events for the community.

Any donated registration fee will be 100% tax deductible, they will hold your spot for the 2021 event, and you will be entered into a drawing for some ‘cool swag.’

Updated 12:38 p.m. – The number of first-time unemployment claims has moved back above the 1 million mark amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Labor Department reports first-time claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 1.1 million claims last week.

It was 971,000 the week before that.

Economists hoped it would stay below that 1 million line, indicating the labor market is on a steady path to recovery.

Continued claims declined to 14.8 million, down from 15.5 million the week before.

The latest figures suggest that more than five months after the viral outbreak erupted the economy is still weak, despite recent gains as some businesses reopen and some sectors like housing and manufacturing have rebounded.

Updated 8:05 a.m. –A federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of about 170 farms and orchards against Gov. Whitmer’s office and the MDHHS claiming the order mandating testing for migrant workers was discriminatory. 9&10 News spoke with West Wind Orchards owner David Smeltzer and one of his workers about the lawsuit.

Updated 7:08 a.m. – Some Northern Michigan residents are still having a hard time catching up on rent amid the pandemic. Now, the state is coming in with aid in order to help ease that burden.

August 19

Updated 11:35 p.m. –  Schools have the plan from the state to reopen amid COVID-19 concerns, now that they approved the Return to Learn plan. It also comes with a price tag.

State Representative Michele Hoitentga introduced legislation in Lansing that would require the governor to make county designations instead of regional ones during a state of emergency.

And The Michigan Health Department issued an emergency order requiring testing of state prison staff.

Updated 2:55 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 616 new cases of the coronavirus and 9 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Michigan now has 94,278 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,349 COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday the state was at 93,662 confirmed cases with 6,340 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 14, 67,778 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced $60 million in additional federal coronavirus relief funds will be going to Michigan schools with the most need due to COVID-19.

The money will be used to help schools bridge the digital divide for students learning remotely and will be divided based on the number of economically disadvantaged students, English language learners and special needs students.

Updated 11:29 p.m. – District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is reporting the first death from COVID-19 in Manistee County.

DHD#10 says a Manistee County woman in her 50s passed away at her home on Friday.

“We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family who lost their loved one,” said Dr. Jennifer Morse, DHD#10 Medical Director. “We continue to urge the public to be vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a proper face covering, social distancing, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands often.”

Updated 7:48 a.m. – New COVID-19 cases are popping up at colleges like Oklahoma State University, where an entire sorority house is now under quarantine after 23 members of the sorority tested positive.

And in Indiana, where there are now more than 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases at Notre Dame eight days after term began, causing the school to stop in person classes for at least two weeks. The previous count of confirmed cases was 60.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns there are really troublesome signs the virus can cause long-term health effects even for those college aged students.

August 18

Updated 11:38 p.m. – Michigan State University is going online for the fall and is encouraging students to stay home.

Restaurants are having to close on days they would normally be open because of staff shortages.

Updated 4:38 p.m. – The LMAS District Health Department identified two possible COVID-19 exposure sites in Mackinac County.

Captain’s Quarters Wash & Dry Dock Coin Laundromat, St. Ignace
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Friday, August 14
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 15

Bentley’s B-M-L Café, St. Ignace
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 15

If you were at any of these locations at the times listed, you’re asked to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure.

Updated 3:08 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 477 new cases of the coronavirus and 15 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Tuesday’s data includes 7 deaths identified during a vital records review.

Michigan now has 93,662 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,340 COVID-19 deaths.

Monday the state was at 93,185 confirmed cases with 6,325 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 14, 67,778 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 12:45 p.m. – New numbers are spotlighting the growing issues with coronavirus in nursing homes across the country.

An industry report shows COVID-19 cases jumped almost 80% in nursing homes earlier this summer.

From June 21 to July 26 cases surged to a 77% increase across the country in nursing homes.

The study also found weekly deaths rose by 25%.

Long-term care facilities account for less than 1% of the U.S. population, but more than 40% of COVID-19 deaths.

There’s also more concern for nursing homes in Sunbelt states as cases continue to rise.

Back in July, the White House released $5 billion for nursing homes and launched a program to equip each home with a fast-test machine to screen residents and staff for the coronavirus.

Updated 8:33 a.m. – Ten states are experiencing rising COVID-19 cases, and deaths due to the virus are up in nine states.

Health officials are advising schools to not open unless infection rates are lower than 5%—more than half the country is reporting rates over 5%.

Within one week of in-person classes starting at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, they are already getting moved to online learning. Right now, 526 UNC students are in isolation or quarantine because of the coronavirus.

August 17

Updated 5:12 p.m. – The Health Department of Northwest Michigan announced several more possible COVID-19 exposure sites Monday.

City Park Grill, Petoskey
August 10 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 11 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 12 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 13 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
August 15 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
August 16 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Charlevoix Community Pool
August 11, 12 & 13

Palette Bistro, Petoskey
August 14 from 8 – 9 p.m.

Chandler’s, Petoskey
August 14 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Beaver Island Ferry
2:30 p.m. departure to Beaver Island on August 14

North Perk, Petoskey
August 16 from 9:45 – 10 a.m.

Updated 4:35 p.m. – A student at Petoskey High School and a member of the football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a letter sent to families and staff, the school’s superintendent says those who were directly involved with the student will receive additional communication from school staff or the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

The superintendent says the school district will cooperate with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan regarding the implementation of screening and testing protocols for students and staff.

Updated 2:37 p.m. – Michigan is reporting 465 new cases of the coronavirus and 1 additional COVID-19 death.

Michigan now has 93,185 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 6,325 COVID-19 deaths.

Sunday the state was at 92,720 confirmed cases with 6,324 deaths.

The state is now providing weekly updates on the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19. These numbers will be updated every Saturday.

As of August 14, 67,778 are being reported as recovered in Michigan.

The state defines ‘recovered’ as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Updated 8:05 a.m. –Monday, August 17, is the first day back for students at Northern Michigan University.

They will head back to class in person. University President Fritz Erickson says masks, testing and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

Updated 7:50 a.m. – Students are starting to return back-to-school, but 34 states are reporting infection rates higher than 5%, causing backlash from educators across the country.

Nationally, there are teachers choosing to retire or resign because their school is reopening during the pandemic.

And The Food and Drug Administration is granting emergency authorization for a new saliva-based test that delivers COVID-19 results faster.

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