WVBI COVID-19 Update for June 12. 2020

A discussion about the so-called “defunding” of police is going on across–mostly in down -state. Not very many seem to view that as actually eliminating police departments—though some do. Instead, the focus seems to be on reallocating funds to other resources and eliminating some purchases—like tear gas. Governor Whitmer has said that she is against defunding, but instead supports what she calls “real investments in communities.” She says the movement is really about making sure everybody is—quoting here—”safe, protected, respected, and has opportunity under the law.”
South winds brought high water into Paradise Bay earlier this week causing damage to the docks at the township’s new Marina North. Marina Manager Marlene Wiser says work on raising the docks will start next week. The rising lake levels have delayed open of the newly acquired space and have scorched electrical service at both marinas because the systems are under water. Lake Michigan set record high water levels for May—up four inches over any past high. Records are projected to be hit every month until October with up to another half-foot of Lake Level rise. Surges will be on top of that.
A big opening on the island today. The Resale Shop will be open from noon until 4 today and again tomorrow. They’ll be accepting donations in Carol’s Barn during those hours, too. Wondering if you have something to donate? They say if it is good enough to give to a friend, it is good enough to donate to the Resale Shop. All donations must be clean and in good condition. Social distancing is in effect with face masks required, so be sure to bring yours along.
Statewide data on COVID-19 continues to look good. Yesterday, 218 new cases were reported and 26 deaths. That brings totals in the state to 59,496 cases and 5,737 deaths.
Running averages continue to look good as well. Seven day moving averages stand at 179 cases 20 deaths.
Island situation remains stable. 80 tests run. 77 of those are back as negative. 2 pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, total confirmed case count is stable at 222—that after a multiple day run of small increases. Death toll remains stable at 20—no change in that since May 12th. County by county data are unchanged, but in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 102 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 34 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix has 16 cases including one from the island, and one death. Kalkaska has 20 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are steady at 125 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable, too. That’s at 16.