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Michigan Reports 1,237 New Coronavirus Cases, 30 Deaths Tuesday

MICHIGAN — Michigan is closing in on 7,000 coronavirus deaths, according to the most recent data released by state health officials.

Michigan reported 1,237 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported cases in the state to 137,702. The state also reported 30 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus, 10 of which were identified through a vital records search, the state said. Tuesday’s increase in COVID-19 deaths brought the statewide death total to 6,928.

Michigan has added more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, officials said Monday. On Saturday, the state reported that more than 104,000 people Michiganders had recovered from the coronavirus.

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Michigan is 18th in the U.S. in reported cases of the coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization. The state ranks 10th in the nation in COVID-19 deaths.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 8 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the U.S. More than 220,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus in the U.S., while over 5.2 million COVID-19 recoveries have been reported in the U.S.

Over 38.2 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. That number includes more than 1 million COVID-19 deaths and over 28.7 million COVID-19 recoveries.

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Tuesday, Oct. 13, coronavirus data by Michigan county: Southwest and south-central Michigan almost solid orange

Coronavirus transmission rates are heading into worrisome territory in large swaths of Michigan, including most of the state’s urban counties outside of metro Detroit/Ann Arbor.

That includes metro Grand Rapids and Lansing, as well as the Flint, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph areas. Twenty-two counties in the Lower Peninsula are now coded orange, based on a metric developed by the Harvard Global Health Initiative to assess coronavirus risk levels. That compares to 10 counties in the Lower Peninsula two weeks ago.

Orange signifies heightened concern, according to the Harvard Institute, which looks at the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents. The newest assessment is based on data for Oct. 6-12.

Four counties went from yellow to orange as a result of Monday’s numbers. Those counties: Allegan, Van Buren, Lenawee and Clinton.

Already in the orange zone: Kent, Ottawa, Genesee, Ingham, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Jackson, Eaton, Ionia, Berrien, Isabella, Clare, Barry, Mecosta, Newaygo, Gratiot, Cass and St. Joseph.

Meanwhile, coronavirus continues to rage in the Upper Peninsula, where 14 of the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula are red or orange

The code red counties — with dangerously high level of the virus — are Iron, Houghton, Delta, Dickinson, Menominee, Mackinac and Keweenaw. The orange counties are Marquette, Gogebic, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft, Luce, Alger and Baraga.

The only U.P. county not on those lists are Chippewa, which includes Sault Ste. Marie.

At the other of the spectrum, two Michigan counties — Alcona and Wexford — are in the green zone as of Tuesday morning, based on the Harvard Institute metric. Those counties have minimal transmission of coronavirus right now.

The map below is shaded by the average number of new cases per day per 100,000 residents. The arrows indicate whether the total number of cases between Oct. 6-12 has gone up or down compared to the previous seven days (Sept. 29-Oct 5).

Readers can put their cursor over a county to see the underlying data. If you can’t see the map, click here.

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Thirteen Michigan counties have a positive rate of at least 5% in coronavirus tests reported in the last seven days ending Oct. 11. The state is averaging almost 35,000 tests a day, and the state’s seven-day average positivity rate is 3.7%.

Dickinson County had the highest seven-day average at 19.2%, followed by Mackinac (12.8%), Luce (9.9%), Houghton (9%), Isabella (7.5%), Kalamazoo (7.4%), Delta (7.3%), Barry (6.6%), Genesee (5.9%), Macomb (5.6%), Iosco (5.4%), Calhoun (5.4%) and Mecosta (5.2%).

Note: The number of positive tests does not match confirmed cases because a single patient may be tested multiple times.

The federal Centers for Disease Control says schools are safe to open if fewer than 5% of coronavirus tests over the past week are positive.

The map below shows the seven-day average testing rate by county. Once again, readers can put their cursor over a county to see the underlying data. If you can’t see the map, click here.

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Washington Coronavirus Updates Paused Until Tuesday Afternoon

SEATTLE, WA — A glitch in Washington’s coronavirus reporting system kept the state from releasing coronavirus updates for a second day, officials announced Monday.

On Sunday, the Washington State Department of Health said a data processing issue prevented its dashboards from reflecting up-to-date information. Full reporting had been expected to resume the next day. But on Monday afternoon, the state said it would require another day to complete the fix.

On October 11, the Washington State Department of Health discovered a data issue that required a rollback of the COVID-19 data dashboard to include only data current as of 11:59 p.m. on 10/9/2020. We will need until tomorrow to fully test and implement required revisions and update this dashboard. This issue also means that the COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard reflects data current as of 11:59 p.m. on 10/8/2020.

We plan to update both dashboards tomorrow afternoon (10/13/2020). We apologize for any confusion this delay may cause.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday, 93,035 patients had tested positive in the state since the crisis began, and at least 2,190 people have died from complications linked to COVID-19. Over the last seven days, 3,988 new illnesses have been confirmed in Washington, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s case tracker.

Despite ongoing issues on the state level, county-level reporting remains functional. In King County, Public Health reported 152 new cases Monday as several “key indicators” continued to trend in the wrong direction.

In recent weeks, the state’s most populous county briefly fell to the low end of the moderate range for case counts reported over 14 days. But the latest update shows King County back above the threshold for the highest bracket, at 86 cases per 100,000 residents, and well above the target range. Public Health – Seattle & King County has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss COVID-19 spread.

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Here are the statewide totals, broken down by county, from the last available update:

County

Confirmed Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Adams

887

52

10

Asotin

146

16

5

Benton

4,797

402

132

Chelan

1,908

76

16

Clallam

243

8

1

Clark

3,667

305

69

Columbia

14

3

1

Cowlitz

719

44

7

Douglas

1,202

60

9

Ferry

30

1

0

Franklin

4,476

319

66

Garfield

13

0

0

Grant

3,115

158

23

Grays Harbor

573

39

11

Island

330

38

12

Jefferson

76

11

0

King

23,805

2,492

784

Kitsap

1,356

107

16

Kittitas

593

24

22

Klickitat

202

11

3

Lewis

621

45

8

Lincoln

63

3

1

Mason

464

25

8

Okanogan

1,069

48

10

Pacific

95

8

3

Pend Oreille

104

7

0

Pierce

8,648

894

210

San Juan

29

2

0

Skagit

1,160

99

22

Skamania

65

6

1

Snohomish

7,434

836

218

Spokane

7,830

534

178

Stevens

213

19

3

Thurston

1,269

113

20

Wahkiakum

7

0

0

Walla Walla

945

57

6

Whatcom

1,448

102

48

Whitman

1,509

12

1

Yakima

11,566

802

263

Unassigned

344

8

3

Total

93,035

Nurses at Backus Hospital in Norwich plan to strike Tuesday in protest over contract talks

Nurses at Backus Hospital in Norwich are set to strike Tuesday and Wednesday to protest what they say is the company’s refusal to negotiate a contract.

The hospital and Backus Federation of Nurses, part of AFT Connecticut that represents more than 400 nurses have been in contract talks since June. The two sides differ on compensation, improved distribution of personal protective equipment and recruiting and keeping new nurses, according to the union.

A spokeswoman for parent company Hartford HealthCare did not immediately respond to questions about staffing at Backus Hospital during the walkout. Donna Handley, president of the hospital, said earlier this month Backus will remain open during a strike and will work to reach an agreement.

Union President Sherri Dayton said recent negotiations led to progress on improved protective gear policies, expanded access for breastfeeding by new mothers and accountability for safe patient limits.

But the company has not yielded on calls by the union to improve recruitment and retention of nurses, the union said.

The union has organized a rally Tuesday at the hospital and will be joined by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and other labor leaders and elected officials.

Nurses at the not-for-profit hospital are seeking higher pay and more staff to relieve nurses who often work hours after the end of their shifts, the union said. They also say they are forced to reuse personal protective equipment kept in paper bags until it’s compromised or soiled and are demanding Hartford Healthcare keep a three-month supply of N95 masks.

Hartford HealthCare insists personal protective equipment is always available to patients and staff.

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Bars near WVU can open Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that bars around West Virginia University in Morgantown can reopen next Tuesday, a month after images of maskless college students packing bars led them to be shut down.

Police and state alcohol regulators will step up enforcement in the college town, Justice said at a coronavirus press briefing. The Republican governor abruptly ordered Monongalia County bars to close indefinitely on Sept. 2 — just two days after allowing them to reopen — as many patrons lined up without social distancing.

The owners of 12 restaurants and bars sued the governor and local officials in Morgantown last month in federal court over the shutdown.


“Bars that don’t enforce these guidelines, where we see a bunch of people packed in with no mask wearing … you will be shut down again,” Justice said, adding establishments risk having their licenses suspended.

County officials previously required bars to cut indoor seating occupancy by half, close dance floors and discontinue live performances and entertainment. Restaurants in the county had been able to continue dine-in service without operating their bars. Morgantown city officials did not immediately return a request for comment.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— President Trump credits antibody drug for quick recovery

— Spain declares state of emergency in Madrid to contain surge

— As virus fills French ICUs anew, doctors ask what went wrong

— British government will announce more support for businesses to retain staff in the coming months if they are forced to close because of lockdown restrictions.

— President Donald Trump says he wants to try to hold a campaign rally in Florida on Saturday, despite his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.

— Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

OKLAHOMA CITY — The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surged to a record one-day high of 749 on Friday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The number hospitalized either with the virus or under investigation for infection surpassed the previous high of 738 reported on Wednesday.

The department also reported 1,524 newly confirmed cases of the virus, the second highest daily increase since 1,7,14 new cases were reported on July 21, and 97,088 total cases. There are six additional deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, bringing the total to 1,091. There were 13,515 active cases of the virus on Thursday, and 82,482 people have recoverd, according to the health department.

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NATCHEZ, Miss. — A brother and sister in Natchez have both died of the coronavirus, Adams County Coroner James Lee said.

On Friday, Oct. 2, a 73-year-old woman died of the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus, and her 69-year-old brother died two days later, Lee told the Natchez Democrat.

“I’ve seen an increase in COVID deaths in Adams County in the past month and it’s very scary to me,” Lee told the Democrat earlier this week. Lee