WVBI COVID-19 Update for May 27, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an order yesterday allowing more ready access to COVID-19 testing around the state. It allows those who have been working outside their home for 10 or more days, or have COVID-19 recognized symptoms, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or who live in a group setting (like a nursing home) to get a test without first seeing a doctor. That’s been the practical approach on the island now for at least three weeks. The Health Center continues to make tests available to anyone who has the concerns identified in the Governor’s order.
Once again, no change this morning in data reported by the Health Center. 42 patients tested, 41 back as negative and that one positive. Regional data continue to look good as well, but with three additional cases. Total confirmed cases are up one to 205. 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 is up one to 12 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 108 confirmed cases. Death toll is stable at 15.
Statewide, officials reported 223 new cases and 26 new deaths. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 55,104 and total deaths to 5,266. Seven-day averages continue to look good as well. Average new case level is at 393-the lowest since March 23rd. Average for deaths is 36, the lowest since March 29th. 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.