COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for October 6, 2020

Confusion continues about the impact of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that essentially invalidates all of Governor Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders.  She claims they remain effective for 21 days, but that is unclear and the Attorney General Dana Nessel, an ally of the governor, says she won’t enforce them.  But, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services yesterday issued an order that essential mirrors the restrictions on public gatherings, limits on occupancy and requirements on masking in the governor’s latest orders.  The department relies upon the Michigan Health Code for its authority to issue the order rather than the law invalidated by the Supreme Court.  It says violations of the order are subject to $1,000 civil fines.    It is important to remember, though, that the court found the current orders invalid because they were made pursuant to an unconstitutional delegation of authority to the governor.  Could that be an issue as well with the authority held by state and local health officials?  How can it not be O-K to delegate broad authority to the governor, but OK to delegate similar authority to her unelected appointee?  Some professors at the U- of M law school say it works, but other legal experts say otherwise.  Time will tell whether it is, but that is a legal question. From a health standpoint, our Northwest Michigan health officials encourage us to maintain social distancing, use masks inside and—wash your hands.

 

On the island, no new tests or results at the Health Center. They’ve run 186 tests throughout the crisis so far. 176 back as negative.  Four tests are pending. Six back as positive—but none of those are active cases on the island and as far as we know all of those folks have recovered.

 

Monday’s state COVID-19 reports—which covered two days of results had 1,407 new cases reported for an average of about 700 cases a day. There were 15 new deaths.  That brings totals to 128,923 for cases and 6,816 for deaths. 22,717 cases are active. Averages are 884 for new cases and 13 for deaths. Safe Start numbers are 3.4% for the positive test rate, which is in the A risk zone and close to the C-D-C target. New case rate is 67.0 per million, which is in the upper third of the C level risk zone.

 

Our region had 18 new cases in the report—so nine a day—and no new deaths. Three of the new cases are in Charlevoix County. There are 305 active cases in the region. Rolling averages are 13 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 1.8%, which is in the low risk zone of the new rating scheme. The number of new cases per million is 25.2, which earns a B risk rating in the new scheme.

 

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

128923

6816

1407

15

Region

1225

35

18

0

TVC Zone

1810

64

23

0

UP

2860

42

130

3

Note: 11 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

884

13

 

Region

13

0

 

TVC Zone

17

0

 

UP

97

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

63

0

0

0

Benzie

80

2

1

0

Charlevoix

101

3

3

0

Emmet

159

4

5

0

Grand Traverse

472

9

6

0

Kalkaska

76

4

1

0

Leelanau

108

1

-1

0

Otsego

166

12

3

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

22717

 

 

Region

305

 

 

TVC Zone

424

 

 

UP

1749

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

 

 

Data from 10/5/2020

 

Another island tradition has fallen victim to COVID-19.  Word is out that the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Christian Church has been cancelled this year.  Organizers hope to see it back in 2021.  No word right now on whether the Christmas Bizarre or Cookie carnival will continue.