COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for August 7, 2020

A Leelanau County road commissioner is under fire today after he used a racial slur in explaining why he wasn’t wearing a mask at a public meeting. Displaying ignorance on multiple levels commissioner Tom Eckerle said, quoting here except for an obvious change: “Well this whole thing is because of them (N-words) down in Detroit.” Residents in the area have called for his resignation, but, somewhat amazingly, M-live reports that Eckerle says he stands by that comment.
Governor Whitmer issued another masking order yesterday. This one requires use of face coverings at all Michigan kids camps and child-care that are not in a Phase five Zone. Specifically, the order requires all staff and children ages 2 and up to wear a mask on a school bus or other transportation. Staff and kids four and up must do that in all indoor common spaces, and staff and kids 12 and up must wear a mask when in classrooms, homes, cabins or other indoor small group settings. In Phase Five zones, which right now are out zone and the U-P, the order is a “strong” a recommendation rather than a requirement. The new requirement apparently is the result of an outbreak of 50 to 63 cases at a youth camp near Hastings. The text of the order is on our COVID-19 Info page.
State health officials reported 722 new cases yesterday and 26 new deaths. Seven day running average is up one for new cases to 649. It’s up one for deaths to 8. Totals since the start are 85,429 cases and 6,247 deaths. Positive test rate running average for the state is 3.5%. The target is three percent. Average new case per capita rate state-wide is 35 per million, which is at the top of the medium high-risk zone. It is still headed down. Safe start zone risk levels across the state are set at medium high for all zones except ours, which is set at medium.
On the island, no change: 134 tests. 128 back as negative. Two positives. Three pending. No known active cases on the island.
Our region, there were new cases in Grand Traverse with three and Leelanau with two, but one taken off the list in Benzie—making for a net of four new cases. No new deaths. In the U-P there were 16 new cases and no new deaths. Total cases in our region since the start are 549 with 24 deaths. Rolling averages are four new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P, there are 602 total cases with 18 deaths. Averages are 18 news cases a day, no deaths.
Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
37
0
0
0
Benzie
26
1
-1
0
Charlevoix
41
2
0
0
Emmet
52
2
0
0
Grand Traverse
178
5
3
0
Kalkaska
37
4
0
0
Leelanau
65
0
2
0
Otsego
113
10
0
0
Data from 8/6/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good—which is good for school in-person next month. Positive test rate running average is at point nine percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is at 5.3 per million today, which is in the low risk category. Average for that is 12, which is medium high risk. Nine new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. No new deaths. Rolling averages in the zone are 9 for new cases and 0 for deaths.
In the seemingly unending run of bizarre threats to safety in 2020—which has included COVID-19, murder hornets and a nuclear power plant shut down by a Mayfly attack—plus unknown, unordered seeds arriving from China, you can add this: Marijuana is being recalled across the state after a worker licked a joint in a Bay City processing plant. That’s right. Whacky-tabacky smokes, a product that is still illegal under federal law, being recalled statewide. Because someone licked a joint. Can the year get more bizarre? Probably can.