COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for March 26, 2020

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan now stands at 2,295, up from 1,791 on Tuesday. There have been 43 deaths. Still no reported COVID-19 cases on the island, but the number up north continues to climb. Four now in Charlevoix, three in Grand Traverse, two in each of Kalkaska and Emmet, one in Leelanau and 6 over in Otsego.
All the layoffs have overwhelmed the Michigan system for filing unemployment claims. A system that normally handles 5,000 claims a week has been overwhelmed, with phone lines jammed and the website freezing up. If you are trying to file, the word is to keep trying-perhaps at off times.
A reminder about changes at Island Energies-the Gas Station at the Four Corners They’ve moved to curb-side service only until further notice. Orders can be placed via phone at 448-2007 or email at islandenergies@gmail.com<mailto:islandenergies@gmail.com>. They ask that you include a phone number in all emailed orders. Fuel sales will be pre-pay only. Hours will remain 10-4 Monday-Saturday, but the station will be closed on Sundays until further notice.
Those procedures mirror those in effect at McDonough’s Market, Dalwhinnie’s and the Shamrock. Call ahead with your order and pick it up at the curb. The Hardware will do the same for you if you like.
Remember that the Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority is asking that anyone arriving on the island from the mainland self-quarantine for 14 days. That includes folks on the island who make trips to the mainland.
The Health Center has established protocols for responding for patients that may have the virus. There is a separate screening room and a separate entrance will be used. If you need to visit the Health Center, you should call ahead at 2275 before coming in and follow their directions.
Michigan’s Attorney General is warning us to be on the look-out for scam COVID-19 calls and offers. Best thing to do with a call is just hang-up and ignore them. For example, some guys downstate apparently were selling patches they claimed could protect you from COVID-19. Not so much. As to what you can to do to avoid COVID-19–stay home if possible. Practice social distancing-stay at least 6 feet away from others. Carry hand sanitizer with you and disinfecting wipes. Use them. Clean frequently used services-frequently. Keep calm-and again, stay home if you can.
Looking for the latest on island info for COVID-19 response? Check the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page for details. You can find that by going to W-V-B-I dot net and scrolling down a little. There’s a button for it right there. You’ll find official information from the townships, our latest COVI-19 news and updates as well as state and federal news and resources.

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