COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for February 25, 2021

Governor Whitmer says the state may soon roll back some of its COVID-19 restrictions. In remarks at a press conference yesterday she said the COVID-19 numbers and metrics look good, and that she was feeling optimistic.  M-Live says one change might be loosening restrictions on visitors at nursing homes. Limits on indoor residential gatherings—now at no more than 10 people from two households—could also be lifted. As for the 25% limit on restaurants and bars, she seemed to signal that there will not be changes there for now.

 

Meantime, the governor is praising schools for going back to in-person learning.  Reports are that 97 percent of schools across the state will at least over it by March 1st. Governor Whitmer says that keeping school buildings closed to students isn’t sustainable, and that getting teachers vaccinated isn’t a prerequisite to safely opening schools.  Here on the island, B-I-C-S has conducted in-school classes all school year—save for a few weeks when the governor ordered high school students home—all without any COVID-19 cases developing there.

 

Overall signs of good trends continue in the state’s COVID-19 data released yesterday, but the running averages for new cases a creeping up a bit. The report had 1,245 new cases and 9 new deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is 966, which is up slightly now for three days in a row. For deaths, the average is 31 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 22 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had a case removed from the list. Seven day running average for our region for new cases is 22, that number now up slightly day over day for three days in a row. Average for new deaths is zero. 

 

Statewide there are now 32,884. Our region has 708—with both counts headed own. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up a point to 4.5%.  It’s 3% in our safe start zone. That’s down five tenths. In Charlevoix we are unchanged at 1.6%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

 

Overall hospital occupancy rates look good—both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  COVID-19 occupancy rates look good, too. 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.

 

On the island, no new tests.  None pending. Last positive test was 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

583964

15405

1245

9

Region

9631

203

29

0

TVC Zone

16240

405

69

0

UP

16360

383

24

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

966

31

 

Region

22

0

 

TVC Zone

39

1

 

UP

17

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

750

15

3

0

Benzie

778

30

3

0

Charlevoix

826

13

-1

0

Emmet

1251

37

-1

0

Grand Traverse

3758

58

17

0

Kalkaska

556

15

4

0

Leelanau

740

14

3

0

Otsego

972

21

1

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

32884

 

 

Region

708

 

 

TVC Zone

1244

 

 

UP

611

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

 

 

Data from February 23, 2021