COVID-19

WVBi COVID-19 Update for October 15, 2020

State legislative leaders have reached a deal with Governor Whitmer to extend employment benefits and provide businesses with new protections against COVID-19 lawsuits.  The governor had been resisting tying those issues together in the wake of Supreme Court decisions invalidating all of her COVID-19 orders. The bill would essentially restore the provisions of the governor’s order on unemployment benefits, extending their duration to up to 26 weeks.  On liability, it adopts a compromise on the extent to which a business can err and still avoid liability—setting the standard at diminimus non-compliance rather than substantial compliance. 

 

Other bills approved by both the senate and the house in the past few days would extend expired driver’s licenses through the end of the year, allow governments to continue holding remote meetings, add regulations for nursing homes, extend the use of electronic signatures for documents where they aren’t normally permitted and restore liability protections for healthcare provides involved in COVID-19 testing. 

Meantime, the House approved a resolution that if also approved by the Senate would extend additional subpoena power to a joint House-Senate committee looking into the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.  That panel complains that the governor and her officials have not been fully responsive to their inquiries on nursing home policy and contact tracing, among other things. 

 

Alongside those developments, the governor continues to work through the state’s executive agencies to replace her orders.  Yesterday the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues a list of emergency rules that replace various workplace safety provisions in the governor’s invalidated orders.  The new rules are valid for six months and can be extended for one six month period.  The full order is on our COVID-19 info page.

 

State health officials reported another big batch of new cases yesterday with 1,359 added to the tally.  That brings the total since the start to 139,061 with 26,449 of those active.  There were 13 new deaths bring the total there to 6,941.  Average for new cases is now at 1,174. For deaths the number is 15.  Safe start numbers for the state are 4.0% for the positive test rat—which continues to blip up—and 89.9 new cases per million, which continues its downward trend.

 

In our region there were 12 new cases and no new deaths. No new cases in Charlevoix.  Total active cases in the region is 350.  Average for new cases is 15 and the average for deaths is 0.  Safe start numbers for our zone continue to look good with a 2.1 percent positive test rate and new cases at 30.7 per million.  No change in the data from our health center. 197 tests run with 187 back negative.  Six positive tests none of which are active on the island.

 

Full county-by-county data for our 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

139061

6941

1359

13

Region

1350

38

12

1

TVC Zone

1986

67

26

1

UP

3645

60

99

2

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1174

15

 

Region

15

0

 

TVC Zone

20

0

 

UP

90

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

76

0

3

0

Benzie

90

2

2

0

Charlevoix

108

4

0

0

Emmet

167

4

3

0

Grand Traverse

533

12

3

1

Kalkaska

85

4

1

0

Leelanau

114

1

0

0

Otsego

177

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

26449

 

 

Region

350

 

 

TVC Zone

492

 

 

UP

2362

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

 

 

Data from 10/14/2020

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