WVBI COVID-19 Update, June 24, 2020

The Trump administrations temporary freeze on visas is causing trouble for up north Michigan businesses that rely on seasonal workers from overseas. Employers stung by moths of government imposed shutdown are now finding they can’t find workers as they try to restart their businesses. That according to reports this morning from UpNorthLive. The biggest reported impact is around the straights area. No word of any troubles on the island.
The latest COVID-19 data continues to show a slight uptick in the number of cases reported. 221 new cases were reported yesterday. That will push the average daily reported cases higher. At 210, that number has hit its highest point since June 5th. State health officials haven’t said whether this is from increased testing or some other cause. Officials also reported 11 new deaths yesterday, which remains in line with recent numbers. The running average stands at 11 as well. The Tuesday numbers bring total confirmed cases in Michigan to 61,630. Deaths stand at 5,864.
On the Island, five more tests are reported since yesterday. All five of those are pending. 84 tests results are back. 83 of those are back as negative. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is steady at 231. Death toll steady at 22. That’s after an additional death reported yesterday and five new cases reported then as well. But, no changes today…so no change in any of the county by county data, but the numbers are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 103 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are steady at 138 confirmed cases after adding five yesterday. The majority of cases are in Marquette County, which has 63. Meantime, Ontonagon County remains the only county in the state with no cases. Death toll in the UP is steady at 16.

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