COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 News Update for Monday, October 5, 2020

Friday and the weekend were a bit of a roller coaster on the COVID-19 news front.  Things started with Governor Whitmer announcing that she was moving the U-P back a notch in the state’s reopening plan from Phase 5 to Phase 4—leaving the northern lower peninsula as the only region of the state in Phase 5.  The change, set to go into effect on the 9th, would tighten restrictions across the U-P.  But, not long after that the State Supreme Court issued a decision that it says invalidates all of the governor’s COVID-19 orders issued since April.  And, not because the governor exceeded her authority under the law—but because the 1945 law itself was invalid.

 

As the governor reacted to that—saying she was deeply disappointed and that under the rules, her orders would remain effective for a 21 day reconsideration period—state health officials released Friday’s COVID-19 numbers showing a drop day over day of more than 100 for new cases.  Meantime, the governor also pointed out that state health officials could continue to enforce a number of requirements in her orders.

 

Saturday, State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and others questioned whether the orders would be enforced even if technically they remained effective.  Shirkey said that he hoped the governor would work with the legislature to keep some restrictions in place, but that it was time to stop treating COVID-19 as a health emergency and instead start learning to manage and live with the virus. He said that while he expected people would continue to use masks, socially distance and take other preventative measures—there was simply no appetite in the legislature for masking requirements.  Meantime Health Departments across the state—which also have authority to issue pandemic related orders—started given a patchwork of answers as to whether they would issue or enforce masking orders. And, later on Saturday, Health Department officials issues their daily report with a whopping 1,158 new cases. 

 

Sunday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is generally an ally of the governor, said she would no longer enforce the governor’s orders.  She said she was worried about the future for the state without the orders in place, but that she respected the decision of the Court.  Nessel said the orders had saved many lives and that she would continue to enforce health department orders. Others questioned the efficacy of the orders and how far health department officials could go under the law.

 

So, where are we on the roller coaster?  Hard to say.  Turns out it’s a roller coaster in the dark—like Space Mountain.  We the riders don’t know where we are headed next.

 

On the island, the Health Center reported six additional tests over the weekend.  Results on some of those are back adding three to the negative total, which is now at 176.  Four tests are pending, and as we know there have previously been six back as positive—but none of those are active cases on the island.

 

Over the weekend, our region had 31 new cases, but no new deaths. One of the new cases is in Charlevoix County. Traverse saw 21 new cases. There are 320 active cases in the region. Rolling averages are 12 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 1.6%, which is in the low risk zone of the new rating scheme. The number of new cases per million is 27.5, which earns a B risk rating in the new scheme.

 

Statewide there were almost 2,000 new cases reported over the two day period—a total of 1,938. There were 20 new deaths.  That brings totals to 127,516 for cases and 6,801 for deaths. 23,121 cases are active. Averages are 870 for new cases and 13 for deaths. Safe Start numbers are 3.4% for the positive test rate, which is in the A risk zone and close to the C-D-C target. New case rate is 67.6 per million, which is in the upper third of the C level risk zone.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

If you are looking for a flu shot—which in most cases you should be—the Health Center is still reporting that they have none on hand.  But, here are two options.  On the island, you can sign up for the Department of Health of Northwest Michigan Immunization Clinic coming up on the 13th—this year at the Health Center rather than school.  Call 800-432-4121 to do that.  The number is in the calendar entry.  Or, next time you are across get a shot at one of the pharmacies.  Reports are that they have shots available.   In all events, unless you have a medical reason not to, this year of all years you want to be sure to get your flu shot.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

126358

6788

780

7

Region

1193

35

17

0

TVC Zone

1766

64

25

0

UP

2621

36

97

1

Note: 11 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

833

13

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

15

1

 

UP

98

1

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

64

0

1

0

Benzie

78

2

0

0

Charlevoix

98

3

1

0

Emmet

152

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

456

9

11

0

Kalkaska

74

4

-1

0

Leelanau

107

1

-1

0

Otsego

164

12

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

22648

 

 

Region

316

 

 

TVC Zone

440

 

 

UP

1592

Note: Look back now 27 days to adjust for 3 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/2/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

127516

6801

1158

13

Region

1207

35

14

0

TVC Zone

1787

64

21

0

UP

2730

39

109

3

Note: 11 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

870

13

 

Region

12

0

 

TVC Zone

17

1

 

UP

98

2

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

63

0

-1

0

Benzie

79

2

1

0

Charlevoix

98

3

0

0

Emmet

154

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

466

9

10

0

Kalkaska

75

4

1

0

Leelanau

109

1

2

0

Otsego

163

12

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

23121

 

 

Region

320

 

 

TVC Zone

444

 

 

UP

1673

Note: Look back now 27 days to adjust for 3 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/3/2020