COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for November 18, 2020

First some news…

 

The joint Township COVID-19 Task Force updated their COVID-19 guidance yesterday in the wake of news that another island visitor has tested positive for COVID-19.  On the island for several days, the hunter had contact with others in his party and visited both the Shamrock and the Beachcomber.  After getting the positive test result, this person promptly notified those with whom he was in contact on the island as well as the Shamrock and Beachcomber. Shamrock and Beachcomber management promptly spoke to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and, on their advice temporarily closed while notifying persons who had been on the premises while the person now diagnosed was there.

 

In connection with this positive case and related exposures as well as new state Health Department orders, the Task Force urges the following precautions:

·       Limit your interaction with others as much as possible.

·       Wear a Mask.

·       Respect Social Distancing and Avoid Gatherings

·       Wash your Hands.

·       Monitor your Health.

·       Pay attention for COVID-19 symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath,

 

To implement the new state order, St. James Township Supervisor Kitty McNamara has adopted a statement requiring that all township meetings be conducted by teleconference or cancelled, limiting access to township buildings, and specifying that all township work be conducted from home to the extent possible, among other things. These measures are in effect through December 8th, and may be extended through the end of the year.

 

The Health Center says that if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for five days from the date of the exposure and get tested. They report having plenty of test kits and say that results are generally available in two days.

 

Shamrock is back open for curb-side service after their one day shutdown to make sure everything was OK.  They are open from 4 to 7.  Dalwhinnies is open for curbside service for breakfast and lunch until 2:00.  And the BIC Center has breakfast, lunch and dinner items available for take out from 9 to 4.

 

B-I-C-S high school students had their last day of in person classes yesterday before going to virtual learning for at least three weeks.  For now, the school intends to continue in-person classes for pre-school through 8th grade.  The School Board’s Return to School Committee is meeting today to review next steps.

 

State health officials reported more than 12 thousand new cases in their latest report, which covered two days. There were 56 new deaths over the same period.  Average for new cases is now 6,825 a day and 61 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 121,470—that based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 208 new cases and seven new deaths. 11 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  Deaths were in Antrim with one, Emmet with four and Grand Traverse with two. There are now 2,313 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 125 new cases a day and 2 deaths a day. 

 

Full data for our region and summaries for the state, the UP data and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online.

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

272034

8128

7458

79

Region

3840

70

121

2

TVC Zone

5865

127

231

6

UP

9759

170

182

4

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6965

70

 

Region

124

3

 

TVC Zone

202

5

 

UP

238

5

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

268

3

8

1

Benzie

222

3

3

0

Charlevoix

347

5

22

0

Emmet

725

22

32

0

Grand Traverse

1262

17

34

0

Kalkaska

241

4

12

0

Leelanau

263

2

5

0

Otsego

512

14

5

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

127137

 

 

Region

2418

 

 

TVC Zone

3767

 

 

UP

5446

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