COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for March 22, 2021

Friday and Saturday’s COVID-19 data drops from the state included two big batches of new cases.  There were 3,730 on Friday and 2,660 on Saturday. There were 15 new deaths reported on Friday and 8 on Saturday, along with 39 reclassified deaths.  The numbers for deaths are up a bit, but don’t show a trend that way so far, but the new case numbers are causing concern in Lansing.  On Friday the governor announced new weekly testing requirements for high school athletes participating in sports.  This just more than a month after play was allowed to resume.  At the same time, she loosened restrictions on pro sports in a way that will let more fans in to see the Tigers play as their season begins.

 

In her remarks, the Governor seemed to lay a lot of the blame for the increase on new cases on letting restaurants and bars resume dine-in service.  Some say the increase is more a function of mutations of the virus that are more easily transmitted. Whatever the cause, both the governor and her chief medical officer say the rise is concerning and that they are watching it carefully. The new case rates in Michigan are among the highest in the nation now, and within the state the biggest spikes are in the U-P and northwest lower Michigan.

 

Statewide there are now 46,720 active cases, up about 4,500 since Thursday. Our region has 1082, which is up by 102. Our Safe Start Zone has 2,102, up by 244. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up again, this time by seven tenths to 6.9%.  It’s up three tenths to 7.1% in our safe start zone. In Charlevoix we are down two tenths to 4.9%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide, in our safe start zone and in Charlevoix.

 

Despite the rise in new cases, overall hospital occupancy data looks good with those rates at or near normal levels of 75%. And, while the number of COVID-19 patients is creeping up a bit—there hasn’t been a surge like there was the last time new case rates jumped up. Statewide, 5.2% of beds have COVID-19 patients.  I-C-U bed occupancy is at 9.2%.  Locally, no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, McLaren in Petoskey has six, all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no new tests run.  No results pending. Last positive test was December 7th.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

622151

15850

3730

15

Region

10501

214

56

1

TVC Zone

17968

430

165

2

UP

16756

393

39

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2339

16

 

Region

49

0

 

TVC Zone

112

1

 

UP

26

1

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

838

15

3

0

Benzie

818

31

5

0

Charlevoix

887

13

5

0

Emmet

1303

38

2

0

Grand Traverse

4104

63

17

0

Kalkaska

642

15

7

0

Leelanau

797

15

5

0

Otsego

1112

24

12

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

2791

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

44948

 

41

Region

1021

 

142

TVC Zone

2000

 

28

UP

517

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from March 19, 2021

 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

624811

15897

2660

47

Region

10574

214

73

0

TVC Zone

18093

430

125

0

UP

16797

394

41

1

39 deaths are reclassifications. There were 8 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2482

18

 

Region

55

0

 

TVC Zone

119

1

 

UP

27

1

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

849

15

11

0

Benzie

819

31

1

0

Charlevoix

894

13

7

0

Emmet

1313

38

10

0

Grand Traverse

4115

63

11

0

Kalkaska

646

15

4

0

Leelanau

802

15

5

0

Otsego

1136

24

24

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

1772

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

46720

 

61

Region

1082

 

102

TVC Zone

2102

 

26

UP

543

Note: Look back now 26 days to adjust for 4 Sundays with no data.

 

Data from March 20, 2021

 

Here’s a reminder for you:  The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is asking all island residents 16 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to complete an on-line pre-registration survey.  It’s to help the department plan their next COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the island, which will be in early April.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online and on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page.  Find it all at W-V-B-I dot net.

 

https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM