21 restaurants around the state have received cease and desist orders or had their food licenses suspended for violations of the state’s order shutting down dine in operations and other health orders. Six places have suspensions. Meantime, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has suspended licenses at 39 businesses and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited or fined 86 business for violations. Those subject to censure are from all four corners of the state, though predominantly from rural areas. Closest places are the Iron Pig Smokehouse in Gaylord and the Cast Iron Kitchen in Manton.
COVID-19 concerns have led to a cancellation of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day games on the island. Organizers say they will return in 2022 and be better than other. Reaction on the island was largely supportive.
Monday’s COVID-19 data report from the state—which covers two days—continues the general good trend in those numbers. There were, on average 885 new cases and 6 deaths each day. Seven-day running average for new cases is 1,159. For deaths the average is 42 a day—that number still being driven up by reclassifications. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 12 new cases on average for the two days and no deaths. Charlevoix had one new case for the two days. Seven day running averages for our region are 24 new cases a day and one death.
Statewide there are now 53,041 active cases—down by about 1,800. Our region has 1,212—down by 69.
Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to look good. Statewide rate is down two tenths point to 4.3%. It’s 4.5% in our safe start zone—down six tenths. The rate in Charlevoix county is down six tenths, too, to 1.8%. The C-D-C target is 3%. New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down—that’s been the trend now for over a month across the board. Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal. Statewide, 5.2% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 9%. There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and five at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. That’s up one.
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.
Data from February 8, 2021, 2021