COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for November 12, 2020

 

As COVID-19 cases surge around the country and in Michigan, some hospitals around the state are sounding alarm bells about capacity.  In some cases, the issue is beds.  In others its staff.  The immediate issues, though, are not what you might expect. Hurley Hospital in Flint is at 98 percent occupancy, compared to an overall state rate of 70%–but they say that right now they aren’t overburdened with COVID cases.  They say they typically have a high rate because they are the areas primary Level 1 trauma center, but that their concern is that if COVID cases continue to rise, they’ll have to pause elective procedures.

 

The other problem can be staffing.  As more hospital workers get sidelined with COVID, that is putting additional pressure on the system.  At Mercy Health in Muskegon, more than 125 staffers are out according to a report from MLive this morning.

 

In the T-C region, bed occupancy is at 69.7% and ICU occupancy is 80.5.  487 of just over 3,400 beds have COVID patients.  There are 108 COVID patients in ICUs out of 306 overall. 46 people are on ventilators.

 

State health officials reported 6,008 new cases and 42 new deaths yesterday.  Average for new cases is now 5,313 a day and 52 for deaths. Average positive test rate statewide is 10.7% with the daily new case rate at 403.5 per million.  In our region, there were 119 new cases and one death. 10 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  The death was in T-C. Average positive test rate is 9% and the daily new case tally is at 228.7 per million.  Both of those are peaks for the region, though the daily testing rate at the last peak was about 400 per million as opposed to about 3,000 per million now.

 

Here on the island, the health center is reporting 12 new tests with nine results pending, three more back as negative—no new positives.

 

Full county-by-county data for region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

229285

7766

6008

42

Region

3088

59

119

1

TVC Zone

4633

105

180

5

UP

8317

149

226

8

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

5313

52

 

Region

105

3

 

TVC Zone

162

5

 

UP

218

4

Note: Look back now 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sun. data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

207

1

7

0

Benzie

180

3

4

0

Charlevoix

292

5

10

0

Emmet

591

16

44

0

Grand Traverse

1020

15

13

1

Kalkaska

189

4

10

0

Leelanau

205

2

8

0

Otsego

404

13

23

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

92820

 

 

Region

1766

 

 

TVC Zone

2695

 

 

UP

4853

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

 

 

Data from 11/11/2020