COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for December 28, 2020

The first round of COVID-19 vaccines are scheduled to arrive on the island tomorrow.  Health Center staff and island first responders will get the first doses. No word yet on how many doses are coming or when additional supplies will arrive.  Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are included in the first batch coming over. 

 

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. Despite this—and plenty of anecdotal evidence around the state that in-person school can proceed safely, many districts around the state plan remote classes when they come back from break.  Teacher unions remain concerned about exposure despite the fact that teachers will receive priority in access to vaccines because for now, now vaccines are available for children under 16.  Plus, even when they are available, many parents say they won’t have their children vaccinated.

 

New case numbers on the COVID-19 front continue to look good state-wide. Yesterday’s report, which covered three days,  and had 3,443 new cases or just 2,447 a day. There were 254 deatsh in the report, but 188 of those were reclassifications—so after backing those out that is 22 a day.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down again to 2,623 and for deaths it is 81—that number still lagging high because of deaths reclassified from prior dates. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 132 new cases over the period or 44 a day, and two new deaths—less than 1 a day.  Charlevoix had four new cases.  The deaths were in Antrim and Grand Traverse with one each. Averages for the region are 44 new cases and two deaths a day.

 

Statewide there are now 163,053 active cases.  Our region has 2,796.  Both of those tallies are going down.

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down to 8.9% and it is 8.2% for our safe start zone—also down.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 2.9%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  The hospital occupancy report hasn’t been updated since the 23rd.  It 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, with both in regular rooms.  At McLaren in Petoskey, they have 14 patients–all of them are in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no changes in the report from the Health Center.  There is one test pending. No new tests run since the 23rd. No new positives since the 7th.

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in the table below.

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

477269

12029

7341

254

Region

7383

151

132

2

TVC Zone

12429

283

268

3

UP

14088

320

140

4

188 of the total deaths are reclassifications.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2623

81

 

Region

44

2

 

TVC Zone

203

5

 

UP

43

2

Note: Look back 4 days to adj. for no 12/25-16 & no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

522

9

13

1

Benzie

551

23

5

0

Charlevoix

717

9

4

0

Emmet

1053

33

4

0

Grand Traverse

2687

41

71

1

Kalkaska

451

11

11

0

Leelanau

544

6

15

0

Otsego

858

19

9

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

163053

 

 

Region

2796

 

 

TVC Zone

5236

 

 

UP

3130

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

 

Data from December 26, 2020