COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for August 28, 2020

Health Center released some news about vaccines yesterday. For some time there has been a shortage of shingles vaccine, but the Health Center now has it in stock. The vaccine Shigrix is recommended by the C-D-C for healthy adults over 50 years old. That’s a change from the prior shingles vaccine called Zostavax, which was recommended for healthy adults over 60. More information from the C-D-C is here: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html. Call the Health Center at 2275 to learn about your situation and schedule an appointment.
Governor Whitmer issued another executive order yesterday that tightens the conditions that allow workers to call in sick for COVID-19 without facing repercussions. Now, a worker must have a fever, uncontrolled cough or shortness of breath to stay home from work – or at least two of the following symptoms: loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, sore throat, severe headache, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Under the governor’s prior order essentially any of those symptoms would be sufficient. You’re also protected if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for up to 14 days or until you have a negative COVID-19 test.
Meantime, no news today on anything the governor might be doing on getting still shuttered downstate businesses back to work.
State health officials reported 758 new cases and 16 new deaths in their data yesterday-but 15 of the deaths were reclassification of old data. That brings totals to 99,958 cases and 6,440 deaths. Although the state releases recovery data only once a week, simple math can compare the number of cases that are more than 30 days old-which is the state’s metric for recovery. Doing that leaves just shy of 21 thousand active cases in the state. New case seven day running average is up again to 752. Average for deaths is down one to 10. M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from Sunday shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.2%, which is in the medium risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 46.8 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.
On the island, no change. 65 total tests run. 155 back as negative, four pending and six positives-with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old.
Our region has 18 new cases-most of them in Grand Traverse with 23. There were also six in Emmet, two in Leelanau and one in each of Benzie, Kalkaska and Otsego. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is 803 of which 304 are defined as active-that is less than 30 days old. There have been 28 deaths overall. Rolling averages are 18 new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P there were 7 new cases and no new deaths. They now have 931 total cases with 489 active and 18 deaths. Averages are 11 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.
Totals
State
99958
6440
758
16
Region
803
28
34
0
TVC Zone
1219
54
38
-1
UP
931
18
7
0

7 Day Rolling Averages
State
752
10

Region
18
0

TVC Zone
23
0

UP
11
0

County
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths

Antrim
47
0
0
0

Benzie
39
2
1
0

Charlevoix
64
2
0
0

Emmet
104
2
6
0

Grand Traverse
298
6
23
0

Kalkaska
50
4
1
0

Leelanau
79
1
2
0

Otsego
122
11
1
0

Active Cases
State
20782

Region
304

TVC Zone
413

UP
489

Data from 8/26/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers have the positive test rate is at 2.1 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate average is 30.7 per million, which is medium-high risk. 24 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday for a total of 1,181 since the start of which 384 are active. One new death. Rolling averages in the zone are 19 for new cases and one for deaths.
Here’s some COVID-19 stress relieving news for you: You can watch something blow up real good (some of you will get that reference) by tuning in to the Consumer’s Energy Facebook page tomorrow morning around 7:45 to watch the implosion of the company’s Weadock coal plant down in Saginaw. The rain date is Sunday morning. Here’s the link: www.facebook.com/ConsumersEnergyMichigan. And, if you are wondering about the reference: https://youtu.be/HPrHxPvsj4M.