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Coronavirus Deaths Plummeted Since Stay-At-Home Order Lifted June 1

On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted her stay at home order. In the last four days of May, the average number of Michigan deaths per day linked to the COVID-19 was 39.3. The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported for each of those four days was 452.8.

Under the June 1 executive order, retail shops were allowed to open June 4, and restaurants and bars were allowed to fully reopen June 8.

But on July 1, Whitmer partially reversed course and closed dine-in services at bars, citing the number new cases on June 30 and stating, "Our progress in suppressing COVID-19, however, appears to have stalled out."

From June 27 through June 30 - the four days before Whitmer ordered dine-in services closed again on July 1 - there were an average of 344.3 new cases and 14.8 deaths per day.

From July 1 through 4, there has been an average of 463 new cases and 6.3 deaths each day related to COVID-19 in Michigan, according to the New York Times.

As of July 2, the bed occupancy rates in Michigan’s hospitals were at 73%. The median age of death from COVID-19 in Michigan is 77 and 80% of the deaths from COVID-19 have been people age 65 and over.

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