COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for November 20, 2020

The Health Center is reporting eight more tests run in their latest update—bringing to 16 the number of new tests run since a hunter left the island with COVID-19 symptoms and then tested positive on the mainland.  Those events began over the weekend.  Since the Health Center has said you should wait five days from exposure before getting a test—unless you have symptoms—it appears that a number of folks who had been in close contact with our unlucky hunting visitor have experience symptoms sufficient to warrant a test before the five days ran. Now it is a waiting game to see if any of those tests come back positive and, if they do–have a repeat of the contact trace, isolate, wait and test process.

 

While that process is apparently repeating itself by orders of magnitude on the mainland, the standoff between our political leaders on how to respond continues.  Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he is open to some state-wide mandates to address the current surge in cases but continues to call out Governor Whitmer for what he sees as a continued unilateral approach to the problem.  He says he’s not had even one call or meeting with the governor since the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated her prior orders—even though has repeatedly reached out. In response, a spokesman for the governor had this to say: “The governor is ready to collaborate with the legislature once they return from their hunting break…” 

 

Some communications experts interviewed by Bridge Michigan are suggesting that the stand-off on mandates and the failure to communicate effectively about risks are part of the cause for the current rise in cases. Matt Seeger, a professor and dean at Wayne State University and an expert in crisis communications says that messaging on public health is tough, and that it is a lot easier to get it wrong that get it right. In an interview with Bridge Michigan, he said “It’s difficult to get people’s attention around risk issues. Consider how long we’ve been trying to convince people to stop smoking.” Mix that difficulty up with political stand-offs and you have a real mess. He points to specific mandates on the type of Thanksgiving gatherings people should consider and says that advice simply doesn’t work for everybody.  A more nuanced approach is tough, but it’s a must, he said.

 

State health officials reported more than 7,592 new cases in their latest report. There were 134 new deaths.  Average for new cases is now 7,025 a day and 80 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 136,006—based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 102 new cases and six new deaths. 11 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  Four of the deaths were up in Emmet with Antrim and Benzie each reporting 1. There are now 2,565 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 117 new cases a day and 3 deaths a day. 

 

Full data for our region and summaries, averages  and active case estimates for the state, the UP, and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online—all of those numbers calculated by W-V-B-I everyday the state releases data.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

285398

8324

7592

134

Region

4062

77

102

6

TVC Zone

6254

136

178

7

UP

10286

175

293

6

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

7025

80

 

Region

117

3

 

TVC Zone

204

4

 

UP

230

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

282

5

5

1

Benzie

240

4

11

1

Charlevoix

379

5

11

0

Emmet

762

26

20

4

Grand Traverse

1317

17

22

0

Kalkaska

253

4

6

0

Leelanau

280

2

12

0

Otsego

549

14

15

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

136006

 

 

Region

2565

 

 

TVC Zone

4044

 

 

UP

5873

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

 

Data from November 19, 2020

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