WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer says that warding off a second wave of COVID-19 spread could once again shutter schools and businesses. The way to avoid that, she says, is for everyone to wear masks. There were 891 new cases confirmed yesterday by state health officials. Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun says that number is “very concerning.” She also noted that that the state-wide positive test rate has gone from 2.8% last week to 3.4%. It bears mention that that jump is entirely driven by events down state. The positive test rate in what t5he state calls the Traverse City region, which includes us has moved up a little, but remained well under the 3% at around 2%. The latest number is 1.9%. Up in the U-P, there was a more noticeable rise because they had been at an almost 0 positive rate for a month. They peaked at almost 2% the week of July 4th, but are now back down to a 1.1 percent positive test rate.
In addition to 891 new cases, the state reported 4 new deaths yesterday, putting the running average at 6, well within the range that statistic has been since Mid-June, which is the lowest it has bee since the start of the crisis. New case ticked up again, though, to 526 and will continue to climb with yesterday’s big jump in cases. Total confirmed cases across the state are now at 71,197. Total deaths at 6,085.
On the island, four new tests reported as run bringing the total to 122. Eight more tests are back as negative bring that number to 117. Four tests pending. Still, only one test has come back as positive, and that test would now be classified by the state as recovered.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up 19 cases to 398, and there have been two new deaths reported bring the total to 23. One of the newly reported deaths was in Benzie, which is their first. 10 of the new cases were here in Charlevoix County with a total now of 38. Emmet added two cases bringing them to 37. Grand Traverse added four for a total of 101. Kalkaska added one case , plus one new death-so they now have 30 cases and 3 deaths. Leelanau added one new case bring them to 45. And, after a long run with no new cases Otsego county added another for 108 total cases. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Antrim 25 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 14 cases and one death. Charlevoix has 38 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 35 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 101 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 30 confirmed cases three deaths. Leelanau at 45, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 108 with 10 deaths.] U-P is up 11 cases to 291. Death toll remains the same at 18.
If you’ve been down to grand Rapids, you’ve probably noticed the big building with the wave design on its side along the highway. Built in 2004 its been a newspaper print facility for many Michigan news papers. It’s owners announced yesterday that they are closing it and will move all printing for their eight Michigan newspapers to – Cleveland, Ohio. They say Michigan papers will still arrive at the same time barring traffic problems, which could never happen in Ohio. What with all the driving skill there. And bad football teams.