COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 31, 2020

Lots of discussion in the media this morning about what needs to be done to get back to school come September. TV stations in Detroit and Grand Rapids hosted a virtual town hall yesterday about that during which that state’s chief medical officer said back to school in person is possible if people across Michigan wear masks and social distance to keep COVID-19 cases from spiking. Back to school plans are due from districts across the state on August 15. Right now, a number of districts down state are signaling that they will be virtual only, including Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Ann Arbor. The Kalamazoo teacher’s union is calling back to school in person a looming disaster and demanding that all classes be online. Meantime, Catholic schools there say they will be back in person.
During the town hall, concern was expressed about the availability of funding for safety measures. Some said it was a public health crisis not to have kids in school. As to the risks for educators, one teacher on the panel noted that lots of essential service workers have been out since the start so everyone can get the supplies they need. She said, “It’s disingenuous of us to turn around and say, ‘Well I can’t teach your kids, but you can still keep doing services for me.”
On the island, the current plan is to return to class in person. Our regional numbers and the data the state says it will use for evaluating things continue to look good for that. No change in info from our Health Center. Total tests run still at 134. 129 back negative. Three pending. Two positive, but no known positive cases on the island.
In the region affecting the island, 14 new cases were reported, and three cases removed from the lists. No new deaths. New cases were in Grand Traverse with 16 and Kalkaska with one. Removals were in Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego—each down one. Total cases in our region is 518. Total deaths are still at 24. Those numbers are totals since the start of the crisis. Full county-by-county data for the region are in today’s script online.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
31
0
0
0
Benzie
25
1
0
0
Charlevoix
38
2
-1
0
Emmet
49
2
-1
0
Grand Traverse
169
5
16
0
Kalkaska
35
4
1
0
Leelanau
58
0
0
0
Otsego
113
10
-1
0
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good. Positive test rate is at 1.6 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is down again from 6.5 yesterday to 5.2 per million today. Low risk rating there, too. 16 new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. No new deaths.
Up in the U-P, the report showed 25 new cases bringing their total to 476. No new deaths.
State-wide, there was another burst of new cases with 715 reported as confirmed. 19 new deaths were also reported. Total cases now stand at 80,887 and deaths at 6,191. Seven day rolling averages are now at 706 for new cases and six for deaths. Positive test rate for the state as a whole is 3.5%. The target is three percent. Safe start zone risk levels across the state are set at medium high for all zones except ours, which is set at medium.

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