News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, February 19th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, February 19th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Michigan restaurant and bar owners were in Lansing yesterday testifying about the impact of the state’s continue limits on their businesses. Republicans and at least one Democrat in the legislature have called on the governor to ease the restrictions which they say are killing the industry.  The governor says her restrictions saved 2,000 lives since the were imposed in November, but the businesses dispute the causal relationship saying that they can operate safely. Meantime, the owner of an advertising and broadcasting company has put up a billboard in Indiana just south of the state line congratulating the governor as Indiana Businessperson of the year. In response, Governor Whitmer says she is working to provide aide to businesses that have been hurt by the restrictions—and that the results of the restrictions on health speak for themselves.

 

State had another good COVID-19 data report yesterday in terms of trends. There were 888 new cases and 14 new deaths in the report. It also had 72 reclassified deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is 845. For deaths, the average is 32 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 14 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had no new cases. The single death was in Grand Traverse. Seven day running averages for our region are 14 new cases a day and one death. 

 

Statewide there are now 37,976 active cases—down by 850. Our region has 827—down by 17. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to move in the right direction. Statewide rate is at 3.4%, down a tenth.  It’s 3.4% in our safe start zone, too. That’s down two tenths. And the rate in Charlevoix county is up three tenths to 1.8%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 3.7% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 6.7%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and four at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. That’s down four patients.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th.

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

578091

15273

888

85

Region

9492

202

12

1

TVC Zone

15991

403

23

2

UP

16254

380

15

1

72 deaths are reclassifications. There were 13 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

845

32

 

Region

14

1

 

TVC Zone

29

1

 

UP

15

1

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

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

738

15

0

0

Benzie

770

30

0

0

Charlevoix

822

13

0

0

Emmet

1239

36

3

0

Grand Traverse

3699

58

7

1

Kalkaska

539

15

0

0

Leelanau

723

14

2

0

Otsego

962

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

37976

 

 

Region

810

 

 

TVC Zone

1408

 

 

UP

800

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

Data from February 18, 2021

 

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

 

At the BIC Center today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. Pickleball is on in the theater, too, from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Also tomorrow,.  BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturdays.

 

Resale shop is open today.  Hours are noon to four every Thursday and Friday for the remainder of the winter season.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be The Croods: A New Age—great animated fun for the whole family.  And at 7, it’s Woody Allen’s latest film—a Rainy Day in New York with Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

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

 

C-O-A’s February Bingo game is wrapping up on the 26th.  Cards are at the C-O-A office. Info on how to play is in the calendar entry online. On the 25th, C-O-A is planning a Not so Newlywed game here at the BIC Center.  They are looking for couples over 60 to join some couples who have already volunteered.  Contact Lonnie at 2124 to sign up. Finally, C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. Contrary to what we reported yesterday, it is a take-away meal and just 50 are available. Call Lonnie to sign up.

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week:  Right now just one on the books: B-I-E-S-A is meeting on Thursday at 2.  Remote attendance info is available in the calendar entry online.

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 snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight

Isolated snow showers before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. West wind around 5 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of snow after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Breezy.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

TRAFFIC: None.  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges clear. Island Beltway running smoothly except for the part that’s in the water down at the south end.  Roads are still mostly snow covered and slick, and the warming temps during the day are making for icey patches when things refreeze at night. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Britta Dabakey and Maryellen Dawson   are celebrating today. Saturday, Brad Coffell, Kathy Brouard and Jennifer Wojan all have birthdays. And Sharon Cole is celebrating on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Britta, Maryellen, Kathy, Jennifer, Sharon and Brad, 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 1942, responding to paranoia after the Pearl Harbor attack, President Roosevelt signs an order that will lead to some 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, including American citizens, to be forced into internment camps. In 1988, the Civil Liberties Act will pay $1.6B to internees and their families as a token of compensation for the wrong. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: anodyne (adjective) [AN-uh-dyne], which means: serving to alleviate pain; not likely to offend or arouse tensions : innocuous. Anodyne came to English via Latin from Greek anṓdynos (meaning “free from pain, causing no pain, harmless, allaying pain”), and it has been used as both an adjective and a noun (“something that soothes, calms, or comforts”) since the 16th century. It has sometimes been used of things that dull or lull the senses and render painful experiences less so. British statesman Edmund Burke used it this way, for example, in 1790 when he referred to flattery as an “anodyne draft of oblivion” that renders one (in this particular case, the deposed King Louis XVI) forgetful of the flatterer’s true feelings. Nowadays, in addition to describing things that dull pain, anodyne can also refer to that which doesn’t cause discomfort in the first place.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Henry David Thoreau: “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.”

On a lighter note: How do you contact an Amoeba? By cellular phone.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Friday, February 19th, 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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