News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, April 9th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, April 9th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

State health officials reported another big batch of new cases yesterday—7,819—plus 30 new deaths and 43 reclassified deaths from prior dates.  There were 91 new cases reported in our region with 13 of them in Charlevoix.  There was one death.  That was in Grand Traverse. There are now 124,329 active cases in the state…and 2,371 in our region.

 

Overall hospital bed utilization statewide continues to run high.  It’s 79.4% overall and 82.2% for ICU beads. Our safe start zone is closer to normal at 72.6% for all beds and 77.5% for the I-C-U.  Typicall utilization is around 75%. Meantime, COVID-19 occupancy rates continue to creep up. Statewide it’s 15.7% for all beds and 22.3% for I-C-U beds. As mentioned yesterday, while patients are not dying at the same rates as they were in the spring, the total number hospitalized could exceed the spring peak by next week.

 

Statewide positive test rate is at 17.7%. It’s 18.2% in our Safe Start Zone and 12.8 percent for Charlevoix County—those numbers up except in Charlevoix. New case numbers are shown heading up on the dashboard for the state and Charlevoix County, but steady for our Safe Start Zone.

 

A reminder that the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has scheduled another vaccination clinic at the school for April 13th. The Department has been reaching out to those who have signed up for vaccinations that will be getting the jab on that day.  The second dose will be delivered on May 4th.  There will be about 150 shots given and, apparently, there still may be room.  If you haven’t already preregistered, you should do so right away.  The link is in today’s script online.  [https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the U-P are in today’s script online.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

723297

16400

7819

73

Region

12361

224

142

1

TVC Zone

21259

454

252

0

UP

17669

400

87

0

43 deaths are reclassifications. There were 30 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

4696

28

 

Region

91

1

 

TVC Zone

154

1

 

UP

39

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1045

16

19

0

Benzie

877

31

5

0

Charlevoix

1022

13

13

0

Emmet

1529

39

11

0

Grand Traverse

4702

69

53

1

Kalkaska

795

16

14

0

Leelanau

893

16

13

0

Otsego

1498

24

14

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

6865

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

124329

 

111

Region

2371

 

199

TVC Zone

4374

 

80

UP

1130

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

 

Data from April 8, 2021

Now, a look at what’s happening on your island… 

 

At the BIC Center today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available from 10:30 to 11:30 also up in the Deerwood Lodge Hangout. Pickleball is on in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

It’s national library week this week.  Drop by library to see what is in store for you there. 

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is one of Tom Hank’s first.  It’s BIG. Rated PG and lots of fun for the entire family.  At 7, it’s another new release—a story of friendship and perseverance in Our Friend.  It’s rated R.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 

Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 Info in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Scattered showers. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight

Scattered showers, mainly before 11pm. Patchy fog before 10pm, then patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 39. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. East wind around 5 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

Fire Danger Level: Low. Marine forecasts return next week.

TRAFFIC:  None. Nadda. Zip. Roads are in good shape. Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Kathy Speck is celebrating today. Tomorrow is for Liam Hodgson and Olya Stebbins. Sunday Bailey McDonough, Melissa Coffel and Theresa Stirvaitis are celebrating.  Happy birthday to Kathy,  Olya,  Bailey, Melissa, Theresa and Liam.  And, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1860, the oldest surviving recording of a human voice is made. Parisian bookseller Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville sets up his invention, the phonautograph, and records someone singing ‘Au Claire de la Lune.’ It will predate Thomas Edison’s more famous first recordings by 28 years. The M-P-3 won’t arrive for another 133 years. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: vendetta (noun) [ven-DET-uh], which means: a feud between different clans or families : blood feud; an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful, or hostile acts or exchange of such acts. Vendetta has been getting even in English since the 19th century, when it first was used to refer to feuds between different clans or families. It later extended in meaning to cover acts that are known to feature in feuds of all kinds. English speakers borrowed vendetta, spelling and all, from Italian, in which it means “revenge.” It ultimately traces to the Latin verb vindicta, of the same meaning. That Latin word is also in the family tree of many other English terms related to getting even, including avenge, revenge, vengeance, vindicate, and vindictive. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Thomas Edison: “Fools call wise men fools. A wise man never calls any man a fool.”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the baker go out of business.  His pay…roll kept rising.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, April 9th, 2021. I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from W-V-B-I’s Langford Family Studios wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, thanks for listening. 

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