WVBI COVID-19 Update for September 4, 2020

With the headline “It’s About Time,” MLive reports that reporting Governor Whitmer has finally decided it is safe for gyms to open downstate. Indoor pools are also allowed open and organized sports can resume statewide if guidance from the Health Department is followed.  At gyms, patrons must wear masks while exercising. Bowling alleys, roller rinks and skating rinks can open, but only for organized sports—apparently competitions where only the team members and guests can be present. Movie theaters and other entertainment venues remain shuttered. 


The order lets fall sports get underway for high school students across the state—including football, though the Health Department is discouraging contact sports.  Now, downstate schools can join up north schools in proceeding with their fall seasons.


Along with her gym and sports order, the governor issued another order extended the current state of emergency until October 1.


State health officials reported 685 new confirmed cases yesterday.  There were 10 new deaths. There are now 104,395 confirmed cases since the crisis began.  Of those 20,345 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,519. New case seven day running average is down again to 634.  Average for deaths is down one to 11.  M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from last Saturday shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.0%, which is just slipping into the low risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 43.9 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone. 


Our region had 10 new cases in yesterday’s reports. Four in Benzie, five in Grand Traverse, one in Kalkaska and Otsego. Emmet removed a case. No new deaths reported. Overall total of cases in our region is 887 of which 345 are less than 30 days old. There have been 31 deaths overall.  Rolling averages are 12 new cases a day and no deaths.  In the U-P there were 28 new cases and no new deaths in yesterday’s report. They now have 1,057 total cases with 479 active and 19 deaths. Averages are 18 new cases a day, no deaths. 


Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and region totals, plus rolling averages. 

 Data from 9/3/2020


Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.2%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 18.1, which is medium risk and still dropping quickly.


Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. No more tests run to add to the total so far of 168.  Of those, 160 are back as negative, two pending and six positives—with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old.