COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for December 24, 2020

Good news from the Health Center on COVID-19 vaccines for the island.  The first batch will arrive on the 29th.  First “jabs” as our friends in the U-K lik eto say will go to health care workers and first responders on the island.  That’s in accord with the priorities worked out by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. Next are workers in essential and critical industries, and then people at high risk for COVID-19 including those 65 or older. Then general vaccinations will begin. Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are included in the first batch coming over.  No word yet on how many doses are in that first batch.

 

Michigan State University researchers say there’s no evidence that in-person classes contribute to community spread of the virus –if there are relatively low levels of pre-existing cases in the community.  The researchers used data from Michigan and and Washington state to reach their conclusions.  There’s a link to the report in today’s script.

 

New case numbers on the COVID-19 front continue to look good state-wide. Yesterday’s report had 3,443 new cases and there were 70 new deaths.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down again to 3,311 and for deaths it is 108—that number still lagging high because of deasths reclassified from prior dates. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 59 new cases—a jump up from yesterday—and five new deaths.  Charlevoix had three new cases.  Two of the deaths were in Benzie and two were in  Grand Traverse. Otsego had one. Averages for the region are 58 new cases and three deaths a day.

 

Statewide there are now 167,223 active cases.  Our region has 2,892.  Both of those tallies are going down.

 

Average positivity rate statewide is down to 9.6% and it is 8.2% for our safe start zone—also down.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 2%–finally below 3% since late October. The C-D-C target is 3%.  The latest hospital occupancy report shows 73.6% of in-patient rooms in use statewide and 70.6% in our region.  For I-C-Us, the rate is 78.1% for the state and 66.8% locally. All of those numbers look good according to state officials.  No change in our local occupancy numbers. Munson Hospital in Charlevoix has two COVID-19 patients both in a regular rooms.  At McLaren in Petoskey, they have 14 patients–all of them are in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, there’s been another test run and three test results are back—all of them negative.  It’s been almost three weeks since the last positive test.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

469928

11775

3443

70

Region

7251

149

59

5

TVC Zone

12161

280

92

6

UP

13948

316

0

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

3311

108

 

Region

58

3

 

TVC Zone

107

5

 

UP

51

3

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

509

8

3

0

Benzie

546

23

4

2

Charlevoix

713

9

3

0

Emmet

1049

33

2

0

Grand Traverse

2616

40

28

2

Kalkaska

440

11

3

0

Leelanau

529

6

12

0

Otsego

849

19

4

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

167223

 

 

Region

2892

 

 

TVC Zone

5423

 

 

UP

3271

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

 

 

Data from December 23, 2020