COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for March 23, 2021

Monday’s COVID-19 report from the state, which includes data from two days, showed a little back off in new cases, but that is more likely just a normal fall off in weekend reporting rather than indicative of a trend.  There were an average of 2,402 new cases a day over the two days, and six total deaths statewide.  The seven day rolling average for new cases has pushed up by 1,000 in just over a week to 2,719. The average number of daily deaths is 17 with reclassifications included. In our region, the report showed 36 cases a day on average and one death. There were three new cases in Charlevoix.  The death was in Grand Traverse.

 

The surge in numbers has caused a rift of sorts between Governor Whitmer and White House COVID-19 advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Over the weekend he expressed concerns about the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, including in Michigan. The governor responded to the criticism yesterday saying that unlike other states where limits had been outright dropped, Michigan had just made slight adjustments. Fauci says that once the overwhelming majority of the population is vaccinated, the risk from the virus is miniscule.  After a stumbled start, Michigan is doing well compared to many other states on the vaccination front—but still has a ways to go to reach an overwhelming majority and has among the highest current new case rates—well above some states with less restrictions.

 

Statewide there are now 50,331 active cases, up about 3,600 since Saturday. Our region has 1,129, which is up by 47. Our Safe Start Zone has 2,242, up by 140. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up again, this time by none tenths to 7.8%.  It’s up 1.6 to 8.7% in our safe start zone. In Charlevoix we are up five tenths to 5.4%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide and in our safe start zone, but down in Charlevoix.

 

Despite the rise in new cases, overall hospital occupancy data looks good with those rates at or near normal levels of 75%. COVID-19 occupancy rates have moved up, but not dramatically. Statewide, 5.3% 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

629615

15903

4804

6

Region

10646

215

72

1

TVC Zone

18272

431

179

1

UP

16844

394

47

0

39 deaths are reclassifications. There were 8 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2719

17

 

Region

55

0

 

TVC Zone

122

1

 

UP

30

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

850

15

1

0

Benzie

819

31

0

0

Charlevoix

897

13

3

0

Emmet

1321

38

8

0

Grand Traverse

4137

64

22

1

Kalkaska

652

15

6

0

Leelanau

807

15

5

0

Otsego

1163

24

27

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3611

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

50331

 

47

Region

1129

 

140

TVC Zone

2242

 

27

UP

570

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

 

 

Data from March 22, 2021

 

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