COVID-19 information update

September 21, 2020

September 21 (Monday):


Oakland County, for a seven-day period ending Saturday, September 18, had an average of 4.1 percent positive results on diagnostic testing for COVID-19. During that seven-day period, positive test scores ranged from a low of 3.71 percent to a high of 4.65 positive diagnostic tests results. The state of Michigan was just over three percent positive results through September 18. Oakland County health department figures reported over the weekend showed 428 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with three deaths, in the past week.




Michigan launches $10 million grant program for wastewater surveillance to help detect COVID-19. Program details here.




CDC reverses its position on testing for those having contact with an infected person. (David Lim/Politico)




Pandemic food aid for millions of low-income children threatened to end at month’s end due to new regulations imposed by current federal administration. (Helena Bottemiller Evich/Politico)




How to tell if remote learning is working for your child. (Kim Bosch/The New York Times)




Millenials and Get Z are being blamed for spreading the virus through bars and parties but there’s more to the story than just that. (Rebecca Renner/National Gepographic)




Here’s the latest take on the risk of spreading the virus while traveling by air. (Ian Duncan/The Washington Post)




Released emails show the attempt to silence the CDC and question its science about the pandemic. (Noah Weiland/The New York Times)




Trump administration scrapped plan in April to send hundreds of millions of cloth masks to Americans so not to conflict with president’s public message that did not encourage wearing of masks. (Laura Strickler, Geoff Bennett/NBC News)




Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temps during shipping will be key too mass distribution. (The Conversation)




The heated politics surrounding the race to find a vaccine negatively impacts the percent of population that is willing to get it once approved. (Lisa Lerer/The New York Times)




Top communications official at HHS takes temporary leave after public remarks about  “insurrection” after election, and his top aid leaves permanently. (Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawseyk, Lena Hl Sun/The Washington Post)




Bleach “miracle cure” still being hawked by snake oil salespersons on Amazon. (Paula Froelich/New York Post)



(The COVID-19 Diary is issued on a periodic basis with Downtown newsmagazine staff curating news from dozens of publications and online news sources to keep residents informed about the coronavirus in Oakland County, the state of Michigan and nation. We attempt to provide links to news sources that do not have a paywall.) 












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