COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for October 22, 2020

Governor Whitmer says the state is at what she calls a “dangerous moment” if residents don’t take COVID-19 prevention measures seriously.  “Our numbers are not good,” she says. Her comments were echoed by Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical officer who urged people to limit in-person interactions.  She says you should dine out only with family members and watch movies at home.  Meantime, a group of Michigan business leaders has sent an open letter to the governor and the state legislators urging them to work together to address the ongoing surge in cases. While urging unity, their letter also is somewhat oriented to a one-size fits all approach, which is part of the cause of the division between the governor and the legislature.  Republican leaders are working on a proposal that would allow local governments to opt out of some requirements for areas that are meeting targets.

 

As that debate continues, statewide numbers continue their climb. State officials reported 1,597 new cases yesterday and 33 new deaths.  That pushes the average to 1,704 new cases a day and 23 deaths.  There have been 33,583 new cases in the last 30 days, case that the state treats as active.  Safe Start stats are 4.9% for the positive test rate—same as yesterday–and 121.2 cases per million—up just slightly from yesterday.

 

In our region, there were 30 new cases and no new deaths.  No new cases in Charlevoix.  14 in Grand Traverse. There are 451 active cases in the region with averages at 25 new cases a day and no deaths. Safe start data for our zone show the positive test rate up to 3.2%, up another tenth of a percent and above the 3% target.  New case rate is 57.9 per million—up five from yesterday. 

 

Here on the island, no change in the data from the health center.

 

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

150989

7086

1597

33

Region

1527

40

30

0

TVC Zone

2245

70

35

0

UP

4491

79

78

5

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1704

23

 

Region

25

0

 

TVC Zone

37

1

 

UP

121

3

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

95

0

6

0

Benzie

102

2

2

0

Charlevoix

123

4

0

0

Emmet

180

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

608

13

14

0

Kalkaska

99

4

1

0

Leelanau

127

2

2

0

Otsego

193

11

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

33583

 

 

Region

451

 

 

TVC Zone

651

 

 

UP

2886

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

 

 

Data from 10/21/2020