COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 22, 2020

Today, a bit of a deeper dive into the COVID-19 numbers than we usually take. First, the data we’ve been reporting on regularly: State health officials reported another big batch of cases yesterday with 573 new ones bringing the total to 74,725. New case average has started to flatten. It’s down two from yesterday at 631. There were nine new deaths bringing the total to 6,135. The average is at 8.
The majority of new cases and deaths continue to be downstate. In the counties we’ve been following since the start—places where Beaver Islanders tend to visit or that have a direct impact on health resources available to us—there were six new cases in the numbers made up of one in Charlevoix, five in Grand Traverse and one in Otsego. Leelanau went down one from a reclassification. There were no new deaths. That puts the total at 443 cases in our region. Of those, about 226 are deemed recovered by the state’s metric leaving 217 active cases. There have been 24 deaths in the region from COVID-19 throughout the crisis. Up in the UP, they have 20 new cases bringing them to 364. No new deaths. Toll is there is at 18.
[Antrim 27 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 20 cases and one death. Charlevoix has 37 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 41 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 124 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 32 confirmed cases, four deaths. Leelanau at 52, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 110 with 10 deaths.]
COUNTY
Status
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
Confirmed
27
0
0
0
Benzie
Confirmed
20
1
0
0
Charlevoix
Confirmed
37
2
1
0
Emmet
Confirmed
41
2
0
0
Grand Traverse
Confirmed
124
5
5
0
Kalkaska
Confirmed
32
4
0
0
Leelanau
Confirmed
52
0
-1
0
Otsego
Confirmed
110
10
1
0
We’ve not been reporting on the numbers for our region in the state’s Safe Start plan—which is called the Traverse City Region, but since they will drive what happens with school this fall to some extent, here’s a look at those. The region includes the counties we’ve been following plus Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee and Roscommon Counties. First, the raw numbers. There have been 738 cases confirmed in the region and 44 deaths. Day over day, 7 new cases and no deaths.
The state’s Safe Start Dashboard looks at those numbers through the ratios to the total population—and those stats have continued to look good even as the number of cases has increased. The positive test rate in the region has remained below the three percent target since May 6th. It’s worth noting, too, that other than in the first days of the crisis, it was never in what the state has labeled a high risk zone and has been trending down to flat since April 6th. Average daily testing rate is 736. That’s been climbing since early may for the most part—some dips and peaks along the way. Strikingly, though, the new case rate—the number of cases per million of population has just touched what the state deems the red zone once throughout the crisis, which was for two days in mid-April. The region almost hit it again on July 5th after a steep ramp up in new cases starting at the end of June—but the number has been plummeting since then dropping from 36.6 to 11.3. That’s in the middle of what the state classifies as a medium-High risk zone, but the number of new cases has been at the bottom of the safe zone sine the 18th.
That’s a lot of numbers, but the bottom line is that according to the state’s school restart plan, we are in very good shape for in person classes in the fall throughout the region—including on the island.
On the island, no new tests reported. Health Center has run 124 tests since the start of the crisis. All but three of those are back as negative. Two are pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.

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