COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for February 19, 2021

Michigan restaurant and bar owners were in Lansing yesterday testifying about the impact of the state’s continue limits on their businesses. Republicans and at least one Democrat in the legislature have called on the governor to ease the restrictions which they say are killing the industry.  The governor says her restrictions saved 2,000 lives since the were imposed in November, but the businesses dispute the causal relationship saying that they can operate safely. Meantime, the owner of an advertising and broadcasting company has put up a billboard in Indiana just south of the state line congratulating the governor as Indiana Businessperson of the year. In response, Governor Whitmer says she is working to provide aide to businesses that have been hurt by the restrictions—and that the results of the restrictions on health speak for themselves.

 

State had another good COVID-19 data report yesterday in terms of trends. There were 888 new cases and 14 new deaths in the report. It also had 72 reclassified deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is 845. For deaths, the average is 32 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 14 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had no new cases. The single death was in Grand Traverse. Seven day running averages for our region are 14 new cases a day and one death. 

 

Statewide there are now 37,976 active cases—down by 850. Our region has 827—down by 17. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to move in the right direction. Statewide rate is at 3.4%, down a tenth.  It’s 3.4% in our safe start zone, too. That’s down two tenths. And the rate in Charlevoix county is up three tenths to 1.8%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 3.7% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 6.7%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and four at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. That’s down four patients.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th.

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

578091

15273

888

85

Region

9492

202

12

1

TVC Zone

15991

403

23

2

UP

16254

380

15

1

72 deaths are reclassifications. There were 13 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

845

32

 

Region

14

1

 

TVC Zone

29

1

 

UP

15

1

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

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

738

15

0

0

Benzie

770

30

0

0

Charlevoix

822

13

0

0

Emmet

1239

36

3

0

Grand Traverse

3699

58

7

1

Kalkaska

539

15

0

0

Leelanau

723

14

2

0

Otsego

962

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

37976

 

 

Region

810

 

 

TVC Zone

1408

 

 

UP

800

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

Data from February 18, 2021

 

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