COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer has been sued again over her COVID-19 orders. This time it’s a couple that has an indoor wedding planned at the Baker Events Center for tomorrow. They say the current limit of ten people for such events discriminates against their plan as compared to what is allowed for restaurants and that it shouldn’t be restricted in any event because it is a religious ceremony. No comment as of this morning from the governor or her attorney general.
We reported a while back about initial approvals for a vaccine candidate being made in Michigan by Pfizer. They and their partner BioNTech, a small German firm, have now made a $1.95 billion deal with the U.S. government to supply up to 100 million doses by the end of the year. Some of that production would happen in Kalamazoo. The companies say they plan to start a Phase 2b/3 trial later this month and are anticipating enrolling up to 30,000 subjects. The say regulatory review could begin in October 2020.
The daily reports on new COVID-19 cases and deaths once again revealed a large number of new cases, but limited fatalities. Health officials reported 523 new coronavirus cases and six new COVID-19 deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 75,248 and deaths to 6,141. Seven day rolling averages are 579 new cases and eight deaths. Statewide, 493 people are now in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 120 people are on ventilators.
Numbers in our region show another splash of new cases. 13 of them. But, no new deaths. New cases are in Antrim with rwo, Charlevoix with one, Emmet with four, Grand Traverse with three, Kalkaska with two and Leelanau with one. That brings total cases in the regio since the start of the crisis to 456. Death toll remains at 24. Full details for our area are in today’s script online.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
29
0
2
0
Benzie
20
1
0
0
Charlevoix
38
2
1
0
Emmet
45
2
4
0
Grand Traverse
127
5
3
0
Kalkaska
34
4
2
0
Leelanau
53
0
1
0
Otsego
110
10
0
0
In the Traverse Region, as defined by the state, there were 16 new cases, no new deaths. The state’s safe start map still shows us in good shape for in person classes this fall for school.
No change in our island data from the Health Center. 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.
Earlier this week we reported on the seemingly never ending stream of threats facing us—some real some imagined. COVID-19 (real), murder hornets (real, but not really a threat), flame thrower armed squirrels from North Korea (not real, but funny), nuclear power plant clogging mayflies (real, and a problem), a a crock on the loose downstate (really?) and an asteroid that might hit Earth (real, but its actually going to miss). What more could there be you ask? How about carnivorous plants getting ready to invade from Wisconsin. That’s right. Those cheese heads across the lake are massing flesh eating plants on the U-P border. The English sundew, an insect-eating plant, was discovered in Ashland County for the first time in 40 years. The Wisconsin D-N-R found them and, actually, there aren’t that many, they aren’t invading, and our friends in Wisconsin like us except when we cheer for the Lions.

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