COVID-19

WVBI COVID-19 Update for October 7, 2020

Confusion continues in the wake of the Michigan Supreme Court decision taking away the governor’s power to issue executive orders on COVID-19.  Rather than work with the legislature to come up with agreed standards, the governor seems to be digging in her heals.  Her Health Department director has already issued an order that purports to replace many of the tossed-out orders, and she says more are to come. She says working with the legislature isn’t efficient during emergencies and that the orders of the health department can be extended indefinitely.  She criticized State Senate Majority leader Mike Shirkey for saying there wasn’t an appetite in the legislature for statewide masking requirements.  House Leader Lee Chatfield says that the governor is refusing to work with the legislature and instead is out campaigning.  The house and senate are working on bills that address some of the components of the governors orders, but it isn’t clear what’s in those bills other than that they do not include masking requirements.

 

Among the things thrown in to question by the court’s voiding of the governor’s orders are the term and process for unemployment benefits and the ability of government units to conduct business by remote meetings.

 

Meantime, Robert Gordon, Michigan’s new czar apparent of COVID-19 rules, has issued another Health Department order.  This one requires that schools—both public and private— to notify their communities about COVID-19 outbreaks within 24 hours after they are notified by their local health department that there has been a COVID-19 case related to the school.  The health department makes the determination of what is a case related to the school.  Schools are required to keep and publish a tally of all cases.

 

On the island, no new tests or results at the Health Center. Six new cases in yesterday’s state report for our region—and no new deaths. No new cases in Charlevoix County. 311 active cases in the region. Rolling averages are 12 new cases a day and no deaths.  Zone 6 Safe Start data show the positive test flat at 2%, and the number of cases per million headed down at 21.3.

 

State report had 902 new cases and 11 new deaths.  There were also 11 reclassified deaths in the report.  There are 23,610 active cases and and 6,838 deaths. 22,717 cases are active. Averages are 885 for new cases and 15 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 68.1 per million, which is in the upper third of the C level risk zone.

 

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

129825

6838

902

22

Region

1231

35

6

0

TVC Zone

1818

64

8

0

UP

2939

45

79

3

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

885

15

 

Region

12

0

 

TVC Zone

17

0

 

UP

94

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

64

0

1

0

Benzie

79

2

-1

0

Charlevoix

101

4

0

1

Emmet

161

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

473

9

1

0

Kalkaska

76

4

0

0

Leelanau

110

1

2

0

Otsego

167

11

1

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

23610

 

 

Region

311

 

 

TVC Zone

432

 

 

UP

1828

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

 

 

Data from 10/6/2020