WVBI COVID-19 Update for May 22, 2020

More changes coming on the island as businesses start down the path back from shutdowns and shut-backs…
New PABI C-E-O announced yesterday that the BIC Center is re-opening today. “I’m glad to finally be ablye to greet some people here at the Community Center,” she said. “Even if it is still at six or more feet away.” Social distancing and masks will be required, and at times it may be necessary to limit the number of people in the building, she added. To help he track of the number of people in the building, everyone will be required to sign-in upon arrival and sign-out at departure. The Concession stand will be open starting today and the Welcome Center and Hangout will be available for use. Plans to resume other BIC Center activities are still under way.
Also today, both the Shamrock and Dalwhinnie’s will re-start dine-in service. You’ll be able to enjoy a meal inside at Dalwhinnie’s for the first time since mid-March. They’ll be open until 2 p.m. with the same hours for Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, they’ll be open from 8 to noon with breakfast service only. After a break on Tuesday they’ll start their regular summer hours.
Down the street at the Shamrock, dine-in service starts again today at 11:30. They’ll have reduced capacity and you’ll need to have a face mask while away from the table, just like at the Deli, but other than that things should seem pretty normal.
Yesterday, McDonough’s Market returned to limited in store shopping. Everything seemed to go mostly smoothly—though it was a new experience for everyone with direction signs in the store aisle setting a path through the market. Here are some shopping tips: Remember to bring a list with you and it’ll be best if you have it organized by where things are in the store. Check our COVID-19 Info Page for a store map. And, don’t forget your mask. That’s required. Only ten customers are allowed in at a time, with only one from each family. So, you may have to line up outside. Don’t forget about social distancing out there as well as in the store.
And Holy Cross is planning to bring congregants back in person to Mass this weekend. The order of worship familiar, but if the weather is nice the surroundings will be a little different because services are planned for outside if Mother Nature cooperates. If not, they’ll be inside with the number of folks limited.
This may be the first holiday weekend—well, since forever—that more people head to Beaver Island than Mackinac island. That’s because Mackinac is sticking with its plans to begin opening back up on May 29th. They’ll have no ferries running this weekend—no service today through Sunday.
With Memorial Day weekend approaching, Governor Whitmer continued to relax her restrictions on activities in the state in orders signed yesterday. Gatherings of 10 people or fewer are now permitted with social distancing. Starting Tuesday, May 26, retail businesses not already allowed open and auto dealerships across the state will be allowed to operate via appointment only, with no more than ten people inside. Starting Friday, May 29, health care providers can perform nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures.
The Governor won one court victory yesterday, but lost another. For the win, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Diane Stephens ruled that the governor does have the authority to continue a state of emergency without legislative approval in a lawsuit brought by the legislative Republicans. An appeal is almost certain. For the loss, Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew J. Stewart denied a request by the state Attorney General’s Office for a preliminary injunction to keep Karl Manke’s shop along West Main Street closed.
Latest data from state health officials has 501 new coronavirus cases added yesterday and 69 new deaths statewide. That puts totals at 53,510 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 5,129 deaths associated with the virus. Testing data continues to look good: Last reports on show that of 18,359 tests processed May 19, there were 1,217 positive tests (or six-point-six percent) and 17,359 negative tests.
On the island, still no confirmed cases and no change on the testing front. Still waiting on results for five tests. 38 tests for COVID-19 have been run at the Health Center. 33 are back as negative.
In the region, the confirmed case count stayed at 201. Death toll is stable at 20. County by county, Otsego has 99 cases and 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix still at 14 with one death, Kalkaska stable at 18 with two deaths, Antrim has 11 cases, still no deaths, Leelanau at 11, no deaths. And Benzie is at four cases and no deaths. Up in the U-P, they are up one to at 104 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
A few reminders. Island fire and E-M-S personnel want you to practice situational awareness. Don’t do things that put you at risk. Stay safe.
Governor’s orders now require you to wear face masks when in enclosed public spaces. Need a mask? Check with the Health Center. Probably makes sense to get in the habit of having one with you.
Keep up to date with the march back with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Just go to W-V-B-I dot net and click on COVID-19 Info in the menu at the top.