WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 27, 2020

The weekend saw the biggest batch of new COVID-19 cases reported we’ve seen in quite a while. Two days of reports brought a net increase of 2072 new confirmed cases in Michigan. That apparently included a number of reclassifications. The total since the start of the crisis is now 78,019. There was rejiggering of the death count, too, with 14 new deaths reported, but a net increase of just 1 bringing the total to 6,149. 55,162 cases are now marked as recovered, leaving almost 17,000 cases after considering deaths.
Looking at the averages, the new case count 7 day moving average is at 577. For deaths it is down to 6. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.4%. The target is three percent.
In our region, 15 new cases were reported over the weekend. No new deaths. New cases were in Antrim with two, Charlevoix with four, Grand Traverse with six and Leelanau with three. Total cases in our region is 482. Total deaths are 24.
Looking at our safe start zone, the numbers continue to look good for in person school this fall. Positive test rate is 1.7 percent which is in the low risk classification in the plan. The new case rate has fallen again to 4.9 per million of population—which puts the region in the low risk classification for that metric, too. There were 19 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone over the weekend and one new death.
Up in the U-P, they reported 32 new cases bringing their total to 414. No new deaths.
On the island, 9 more tests have been run bringing that total to 133. 125 are back as negative. 7 pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.