WVBI COVID-19 Update for July 8, 2020

After sliding down day-over-day for four days, new COVID-19 case reports spike up again yesterday to 454, up from 297 the day before. State officials say it is best to look at the running average, which is up slightly from 382 to 394. Health officials also reported 30 more COVID-19 related deaths yesterday, but 20 of those were reclassifications from prior periods. Average for that is now down to 8. Total cases in Michigan is now 66,627 with 6,006 deaths. The cumulative positive test rate has moved up to 3.3 percent after dipping down to 2.4 percent in recent days.
On the island, no change in the data. Still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results back. 92 negatives. Still only one back as positive. Three tests still pending.
In our region, the confirmed case count is up three cases to 311. Grand Traverse up three to 67. Emmet up one to 27, but Leelanau down one to 26, so a net increase of three. Death toll is stable at 21. Full county by county data are in today’s script. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 106 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 27 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 67 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 26 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 28 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 22 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 26, no deaths. And Benzie is at 9 cases and no deaths.] U-P is up 10 to 219. Death toll is stable at 18.
Looking at recovered cases, which by the states count is any case more than 30 days old that hasn’t resulted in a death, the counties we’ve been tracking in northwest Michigan have 196 recoveries and 20 deaths (based on data from June 8), leaving 95 active cases. In the U-P, its 104 recoveries and 16 deaths leaving 99. State-wide, officials report 52,841 recoveries. Taking into account deaths, that leaves 7,780 active cases.
Michigan is suing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education over the distribution of emergency education funding under the federal coronavirus relief package. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says regulations adopted by the department improperly requires allocation of funds to private schools. Commenting on the suit, the governor said “Students have missed out on graduations and proms and seeing their friends at school every day. They’ve done their part to protect one another… now it’s time for the federal government to do their part.” It’s not clear how that is more true for students in public schools than in private. Public school advocates say the funds were intended for and are needed most in public schools. Education Secretary DeVos, who is from Michigan, said the relief funds are for all students, teachers, and families and that there is nothing in the law that allows districts to discriminate against private schools in distributing the relief funds.
Island vet Dr. Jeff Powers wants you to be on the lookout for ticks on your pets—and yourself. A tick borne disease called anaplasmosis can cause COVID-19 like symptoms in people. It is still relatively rare, but apparently present on the island in deer ticks as Jeff has seen six positive tests in pets for the disease. If you find a tick on yourself, best bet is to be in touch with the health center for assistance. For more info on the disease, check today’s script online for a link to an article posted by Dr. Powers.
And, while you’re not watching out for coronavirus, murder hornets, power station attacking mayflies and flame throwing squirrels from North Korea, if you head to southeast part of the state, be on the lookout for an alligator on the loose. It escaped from a home in Clinton township and is looking for a meal.