MICHIGAN — More than 88,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Michigan, according to the most recent data provided by the state’s health officials.
The state added 796 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing Michigan’s total coronavirus cases load to 88,756. Michigan health officials also reported that seven more people have died due to the respiratory illness, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 6,264.
The state reported 557 new cases on Monday, adding eight more deaths.
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Tuesday’s numbers update comes as schools around Michigan continue to make decisions on how they will return in the fall.
Monday night, Dearborn schools voted to return all virtually, until at least until the first week of October.
The board will reevaluate conditions in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms, the district said.
“The decision to start online is not for the entire school year, or even for the entire semester,” Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said. “Our hope continues to be to return most students to in-school learning when we feel we can ensure reasonable safety. We know most students learn better in a classroom.”
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Decisions regarding in-person or virtual classes are being made while pediatric coronavirus cases are spiking, according to a recently released report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
According to the report, there has been a 40 percent increase in pediatric coronavirus cases nationwide. The latest public health data in Michigan — current as of July 30 — shows more than 6,200 people under 19 having been diagnosed with COVID-19, making up 7.1 percent of the state’s confirmed cases to date.
Read More: Report Shows Pediatric Coronavirus Cases Soaring; How MI Is Doing
Michigan ranks 18th in the U.S. in coronavirus cases, according to data provided by the World Health Organization. Michigan is ninth in the nation in deaths attributed to the virus, according to the group.
This article originally appeared on the Across Michigan Patch