WVBI COVID-19 Update for June 30, 2020

The BICS School Board held its annual budget hearing last evening setting a budget of 2.1 million for next year. That includes funds to build a reserve to cover anticipated maintenance costs. The board was able to avoid drastic changes to the school budget. That hasn’t been the case in other communities around the state. For example, the Grand Rapids School Board has cut 10.6 million from its budget and Kalamazoo Schools 7.4 million. After several months of meeting remotely, the board decided that it will resume in-person meetings with proper social distancing. That includes committee meetings starting tomorrow. The board also elected Vicki Smith to serve as president. She replaces Susi Meyers, who has resigned from the board after many years of service.
Meantime, in Lansing, political leaders have reached a deal on balancing the state’s budget using a combination of cuts and help from the federal government to close the gap. The COVID-19 shutdown mandated by the governor to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 2.2 billion dollar shortfall.
In other COVID-19 related mainland news, Meijer is suspending cash payments at self-checkout lines. This because there is a coin shortage arising from decreased economic activity, according to a report on MLive yesterday. Apparently only stores around Grand Rapids are affected. Similar issues have arisen on the island with small bills.
Daily COVID-19 data reported by state health officials blipped back a bit. There were 236 new cases, down from over 300 yesterday) and four new deaths, down from 19 yesterday. Total cases in Michigan now stand 63,497 with 51,009 recovered. After accounting for 5,915 total COVID-19 deaths in the state, that leaves just over 6,000 active cases. Seven day moving average of cases is up again to 298. But even with the spike over the weekend, average for deaths is down to 7.
On the Island, still at 96 tests run. 93 tests results are back. 92 of those are negative. Still only one back as positive. Three tests pending.
In our region, there’s been another jump in total confirmed cases. After being up 13 over the weekend, we are up another five to 252. Death toll is stable at 21. Case increases were in Grand Traverse, where they are up three to 44 and Benzie where they are up two to seven. Here’s the full county by county rundown. Otsego confirmed case count is at 104 with 10 deaths. Emmet is at 22 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 44 cases with six deaths. Charlevoix has 22 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Kalkaska has 20 confirmed cases two deaths. Antrim 17 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 16, no deaths. And Benzie is at seven cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up another four cases after adding nine over the weekend bringing the total to 153. Death toll in the UP is stable at 18.

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