WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 15, 2020

First, some news…
Two experimental coronavirus vaccines that are being manufactured in Michigan got fast track approval from the FDA yesterday. That expedites the review process at the FDA, and was granted based on preliminary data from the initial clinical studies in the U.S. The manufacturing is now happening at Pfizer’s plant in Kalamazoo County. If the ongoing studies are successful, and the vaccine candidate receives regulatory approval, the Pfizer and its partners say they expect to manufacture up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020, but not all of that would be made in Michigan. Still, good news for the fight against COVID-19 and the state’s economy.
Not so good news on the mask compliance front. Disputes over masks lead to knife fights yesterday, one at a Meijer’s leading to an arrest and another leading to the suspect being shot and killed by police. Knife fights and shootings. Over masks??
The governor has once again extended Michigan’s state or emergency due to COVID-19. The new extension runs through August 11th. The extension will allow the governor to issue further orders and keeps existing orders in effect. It does not by itself create any new requirements.
State-wide number of new cases jumped up again yesterday with 584 reported. There were six new deaths reported, a statistic that is grim but that has remained stable for the most part even as the number of new cases has been on the rise since the middle of the month. Current average new case rate is up again to 526, but the average daily death toll is down to 11 from 14. Total cases in Michigan are 70,306 with 6,081 deaths.
On the island, no change. Total tests run is 118. 109 back as negative. Eight tests pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up 14 cases to 379. Benzie up 1 to 14. Grand Traverse up 9 to 97. Leelanau up 4 to 44. No other changes. Death toll is at 21, no change there. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Antrim 25 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 14 cases and no deaths. Charlevoix has 28 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 35 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 97 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 29 confirmed cases two deaths. Leelanau at 44, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 107 with 10 deaths. NOTE: Data in yesterday’s script in this section were not updated day over day.] U-P is up 15 cases to 280. Death toll is down two to 18—where it had been for some time—apparently after the misclassification of deaths with deaths in Schoolcraft and Delta counties.
Don’t forget, today is tax day.