COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2021

A petition drive to repeal the 1945 law that Governor Whitmer used to issue executive orders shutting down the state is one step closer to success. Michigan’s Elections Bureau says proponents have exceeded the number of signatures required and is recommending certification of the petition by the State’s Board of Canvassers. Once that happens, the measure will become law if passed by the legislature with no option for the governor to veto it.  If the legislature doesn’t act, the matter will wind up on the next state-wide ballot as a proposal.

 

The law it would repeal was significantly limited by the state supreme court shortly after the petitions were filed, but this would take it completely off the books. The law now being used by the governor to impose limits through the health department would remain in effect.  Still, supporters say they hope the action will send a clear message to the governor about working with the legislature.

 

Meantime, the governor continues to resist pressure from Dr. Facui and others to reimpose lockdowns—and increasingly the numbers are showing signs that the surge in Michigan may be ending.

Yesterday’s report, which covered two days, has an average of 4,287 new cases a day and 31 new deaths. That puts the state running average for new cases at 6,598, down slightly again, and 56 for deaths (including reclassifications), which is up by seven. In our eight-county region there were an average of 80 new cases but a total of five new deaths–the most in a single report in quite some time. Charlevoix had 23 total new cases. The deaths were in Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego—each with one. Averages are at 114 new cases and two deaths a day. 

 

There are now 171,730 active cases statewide and 3,223 in our region—both of those numbers still building, but not as quickly as they had been. Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 15.9% state-wide, 16.2% in our zone and 14.1% in the county.

 

Overall hospital bed utilization statewide is at 78.8% overall and 82.5% for ICU beads. Our safe start zone is at 72.5% for all beds, and 82.5% for the I-C-U—down for regular beds and up for the I-C-U.  Meantime, COVID-19 occupancy rates continue to run at higher rates: Statewide it is 18.8% for all beds and 27% for I-C-U beds. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix has one COVID-19 patient and McLaren in Petoskey has 17, with 12 in their I-C-U. Those numbers all steady.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 11.5%.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

793881

16901

8574

61

Region

13724

239

160

5

TVC Zone

23731

480

296

6

UP

18486

405

85

1

30 deaths are reclassifications. There were 9 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6598

56

 

Region

114

2

 

TVC Zone

222

3

 

UP

80

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1158

17

4

0

Benzie

961

31

7

0

Charlevoix

1174

15

23

0

Emmet

1718

40

25

1

Grand Traverse

5129

72

58

1

Kalkaska

918

17

15

1

Leelanau

952

17

7

1

Otsego

1714

30

21

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

4844

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

171730

 

104

Region

3223

 

131

TVC Zone

5763

 

46

UP

1730

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from April 19, 2021