WVBI COVID-19 Update for June 16, 2020

State health officials have ordered COVID-19 testing for all nursing home residents and staff. There are 447 such facilities in the state. They must complete a first round of testing by July 3rd and then complete testing each week after that. The requirement comes in the wake of the discovery that 34 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the state—that’s 1,947 deaths—have occurred in nursing homes. Early on in the crisis, the state implemented a policy of sending COVID-19 patients to nursing homes. With respect to that, M-D-H-H-S Director Robert Gordon said that “hindsight is always 20-20…I think there has been a tremendous amount of Monday morning quarterbacking.”
Salons and barber shops opened across the state yesterday. Also permitted are nail, tattoo, and piercing services. Don’t know about you, but I have a lot that needs to be attended to.
COVID-19 numbers continue to look good. There were 180 new cases and 22 deaths reported yesterday. That brings the state totals to 59,801 cases and 5,767 deaths. Almost 45-thousand have recovered in the state, leaving just over 15-thousand cases. Running averages continue to look good as well. Seven day moving averages stand at 150 cases 16 deaths. That’s down from prior week numbers of 266 and 27 and are again the best since the crisis began to take hold in mid-March.
On the Island, four more tests have been run. That brings the total to 84. 83 of those are back as negative. None pending. Still only one back as positive. Remember, the Health Center has plenty of test kits. So, if you have any symptoms, a test is easy to get.
In our region, total confirmed case count is stable at 224 after rising by two over the weekend. Death toll steady at 21 after ticking up by one with a death in Charlevoix County over the weekend—that after being stable since May 12th. County by county, Leelanau and Kalkaska seem to have swapped a case with Leelanau up one to 12 and Kalkaska down one to 19. Otherwise, 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 35 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix has 17 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 12 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 12, no deaths. And Benzie is at five cases and no deaths.] Up in the U-P, they are up one case to 127 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 16.