COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 29, 2020

Yesterday, the Health Center reported another positive COVID-19 test—only the second during the course of the crisis. The Center has confirmed to us that they are working with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan on tracing contacts and getting those contacts tested. We’ll pass along additional information on this as we get it with posts to the WVBI COVID-19 Info Page.
There was another blip up in the state’s daily case count yesterday with 669 new cases added to the tally. That brings the total for the pandemic to 79,176. There were 16 new deaths reported—quite a bit above the trend. Total deaths are now at 6,170. Seven day rolling averages are now at 636 for new cases and five for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.4%. The target is three percent.
In the region affecting the island, seven new cases were reported. No new deaths. New cases were Charlevoix with two, Emmet with one, Grand Traverse with three, Leelanau with three and Otsego with one. Total cases in our region is 499. Total deaths are still at 24.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
31
0
0
0
Benzie
25
1
0
0
Charlevoix
39
2
2
0
Emmet
48
2
1
0
Grand Traverse
151
5
3
0
Kalkaska
34
4
0
0
Leelanau
59
0
0
0
Otsego
112
10
1
0

Our safe start zone numbers continue to look good for in person school this fall. Positive test rate is at 1.5 percent which is in the low risk classification in the plan. The new case rate is at 7.1, just above the the lowest risk zone. There were nine new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday.
Up in the U-P, they reported 14 new cases bringing their total to 442. No new deaths.
On the island, as we noted at the top, the Health Center this morning reported another positive test result and an additional test. 129 are back as negative. Three pending. There have been two positive tests so far.
Governor Whitmer moved the Grand Rapids Zone down to Medium Risk yesterday for purposes of the Michigan Safe start program. It had been at high risk along with the Lansing zone after a burst of new cases. Lansing dropped back to medium a while back. Now, every zone in the state is set at medium risk except for ours. We are set at low for the Traverse City Zone.

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