WVBI COVID-19 Update for September 2, 2020

MLive is reporting this morning that the Michigan Attorney General is investigating a Traverse City 3D printing company for predatory business practices. DreamLab says it just couldn’t keep up with orders, but the state says they were misleading customers and falsely claiming their product had a certification—that the state says it didn’t have.


Meantime, COVID-19 outbreaks continue to be a problem for at least some campuses as students try to head back to college in person.  BridgeMI says CMU has surpassed 200 cases on campus and Adrian College says more than six percent of its students and staff have been found to be infected.  Up north, so far, there are no reports of material problems.  Northwestern Michigan College in TC still has limited in-person teaching. North Central in Petoskey plans in person classes—or F2F as they bill it—and has students headed back next week.  Up in the UP, Lake State and NMU are headed back with in-person classes and have been in session.  Both are reporting just a handful of cases.  Lake state has 3 and NMU has 4.  Michigan Tech has students on campus as well with a hybrid approach to classes. They are reporting 9 active cases. 


Things continue to look good for school on the island in F2F mode.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.1%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 17.1, which is medium risk and still dropping quickly. Health Center report this morning shows nothing new. No more tests run to add to the total so far of 168.  Of those, 160 are back as negative, two pending and six positives—with five of those for folks who’ve left the island and the remaining one more than 30 days old. 


State health officials reported 718 new confirmed cases yesterday.  There were15 new deaths, including 8 reclassifications. There are now 103,186 confirmed cases since the crisis began.  Of those 20,407 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,495. New case seven day running average is down again to 678.  Average for deaths is down one to 11.  M-I Safe Start Map which is still based on data from last Saturday shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.0%, which is just slipping into the low risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 45.7 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.  It look slike that number will move down a risk zone in the next few days if its current downward dive continues. 


Our region had eight new cases in yesterday’s reports. Two in Emmet, three in Grand Traverse, one in Leelanau and two in Otsego. Two new deaths. It’s unclear if those were new events or reclassifications. Overall total of cases in our region is 864 of which 334 are defined as active—that is less than 30 days old. There have been 30 deaths overall.  Rolling averages are 16 new cases a day and no deaths.  In the U-P there were 12 new cases and no new deaths in yesterday’s report. They now have 1,006 total cases with 458 active and 19 deaths. Averages are 12 new cases a day, no deaths. 


Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state and region totals, plus rolling averages. 


Data from 8/31/2020



Versiti, the folks who now run blood donations in northern Michigan, has announced that the will be running COVID-19 anti-body tests on all blood that they collect—and they’ll let donors know if the test is positive.  That means that if you donate blood you’ll also learn whether you have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection.  If you do, you may also be eligible to donate COVID-19 convalescent plasma.  Learn more about the test here: Learn more about the Versiti process here: