WVBI COVID-19 Update for May 25, 2020

No additional fallout so far from the weekend news of an active COVID-19 case on the island. Concern for a few about what was being done in response seems to have settled after it became clear that those responsible had a response plan and were implementing it. No change this morning in data reported by the Health Center. 42 patients tested, 41 back as negative and that one positive.
While there was more activity than there has been for many Mondays, it was relatively quiet in town for a Memorial Day. The AMVETs conducted a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, but with far fewer vets and observers in attendance. That was as planned according to Post Commander Bob Tidmore. “We were seeking to comply with the Governor’s orders while still providing an appropriate tribute,” he said. As a result, the AMVETS isolated themselves in to two groups of less than 10 and asked that people attend by watching on social media or listening on the radio. Islanders, who normally turn out in large numbers for such events, heeded that request and stayed away. Afterwards, the Hodgsons provided free burgers to all veterans who cared to have one at Daddy Franks.
At Holy Cross over the weekend, mass-goers had the chance to celebrate the Mass outside. Father Jim says everything went well for services on both Saturday and Sunday. The Bishop has given special disposition to hold mass outside the church through the end of the summer to avoid people being too close together while allowing all to attend.
The story off the island was similar. More people around than in a long time, but far from the usual crowds. M-Live reports say that people were out enjoying themselves on Monday, but cautious. Many businesses were still not open, apparently not having had enough time to get ready for the holiday given the Governor’s notice just a few days before the weekend.
Resistance to the Governor’s stay-at-home orders for all in Michigan continued as she extended the order on Friday to June 12. A group of gym owners joined to long list of those suing her. They along with hair salons, barber shops, theaters remain closed throughout the stay as do bars, restaurants, and other non-essential business downstate.
The single island COVID-19 case showed up in local numbers yesterday. It was the only addition in the region with the confirmed case count in the counties we’ve been following jumping up that single case to 204. Death toll remains stable at 20-no change in that since May 12th. County by county, Otsego confirmed case count is table at 100 and still 10 deaths. Emmet is stable at 21 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 23 cases with five deaths. Charlevoix up the one island case to 15 with one death, Kalkaska had the other reported addition, up one confirmed case to 19 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 three to at 107 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Statewide, 202 new cases were reported and 12 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 54,881 and total deaths to 5,240. Meantime, Michigan has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation at 22.7%. Only Nevada is higher. That’s more than one million people out of work in Michigan-up by 800,000 people since February.
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 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.