State reports 91 new COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths 

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Tuesday that a total of 893,582 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,662 have died from the virus — an additional 91 cases and 15 deaths since Monday.

    The deaths announced include eight that were identified during a vital records review, which is carried out three times each week. DHHS also reports that an additional 105,059 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as 1,250 probable deaths. The department began tracking probable cases on April 5, 2020.

    Combining the state’s confirmed positive cases with probable cases brings the total up to 998,641 statewide cases and 20,912 deaths.

    The virus has been detected in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. The state’s COVID-19 fatality rate is currently at 2.2%.

    As of Friday, 860,080 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the state.

    The first two cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on March 10, 2020. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency that day.

    Johns Hopkins University reports that there are more than 179 million confirmed cases worldwide and 3.9 million deaths. The United States makes up a significant portion of those, as more than 33.5 million confirmed cases and 602,275 deaths have been recorded nationally.

    In related news, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) filed COVID-19 emergency rules to align with Federal OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The updated rules are effective Tuesday and set to expire Dec. 22. The rules rescind the emergency rules issued on May 24 and focus on health care. 

    The updated MIOSHA emergency rules adopt the Federal OSHA ETS and focus on health care settings where known or suspected COVID-19 patients may be present.  The identified workplaces may have a higher exposure risk for employees and need continued protections to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to officials. 

    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.