WVBI COVID-19 Update for June 23, 2020

A federal judge has effectively shut down Governor Whitmer’s order preventing gyms and fitness centers from reopening. “The court has not been presented with any evidence that shows a rational relation between the continued closure of indoor gyms and the preservation of public health,” said U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Mahoney in his order. The action comes as in a suit brought on behalf of 180 gyms across the state. The complaint argued gyms have been arbitrarily forced to remain closed without the presentation of any scientific data supporting the governor’s orders.
COVID-19 data released yesterday showed 179 new cases and seven new deaths. The daily new case rate had blipped above 200 for four days, but now it has been below for two. Before the blip there was a string of below 200 case days going back to June 12th. Totals in Michigan now stand at 61,409 confirmed cases and 5,853 COVID-19 related deaths. Weekly ‘averages reflect the blip up in new cases. That number has moved from 152 to 192. But new deaths have remained low. That number is at 12.
On the Island, no change in the data. 84 tests have been run. 83 of those are back as negative. None pending. Still only one back as positive.
In our region, looking at data from Saturday, total confirmed case count is up five to 231. Death toll steady is up one to 22. The additional death and one of the new cases were in Grand Traverse bringing them to 38 cases and six deaths. Otsego added another case taking them to 103, that after a long run with no new cases. Charlevoix has added a case bringing us to 18. And Antrim added two cases bringing them to 15. No other change in county by county data, but they are in today’s script online if you are interested. [Otsego confirmed case count is at 103 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 38 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 18 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 19 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 15 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 five to 138 confirmed cases, representing another significant jump in cases. But, the death toll steady at 16.
In re-opening news, state parks started welcoming campers yesterday. And people are ready to go. Apparently some parks on are booked on weekends through Labor Day.

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