News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, January 15th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, January 15th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

President-elect Biden has picked Governor Whitmer to serve as a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.  The president-elect says the governor represents the very best of the Democratic party. She has risen in national prominence over the course of the COVID-19 crisis —speaking at the Democrat’s convention and giving the reply to President Trump’s 2020 State of Union address.  

 

Meantime, nine current and former state and city employees were arraigned yesterday on charges arising out of the Flint water crisis. [A scroll through the mugshots with a look at the positions held and charges made might give the current administration pause in considering how the next one will treat them in connection with their COVID-19 response at the state’s nursing homes—among other things.]

 

On the COVID-19 data front, the yesterday’s report from state officials shows continued good trends.  There were 2,698 new cases statewide yesterday and 32 new deaths along with 107 reclassified deaths.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 2,090.  For deaths it is 79—that number still being affected by reclassifications of past deaths that are not tied to a disclosed time. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 95 new cases and one death. Charlevoix had seven of the new cases. 47 were in Grand Traverse. The death was in Antrim, the second day in a row they’ve had a death. Averages for the region are 49 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 109,867 active cases—down again this time by about 3,000.  Our region has 2,083—which is up again, this time by about 15. 

 

No update to the positivity rates on the Safe Start Dashboard. Last reported average positivity rate statewide is steady at 9.1%.  It is steady in our safe start zone, but still higher than it had been at 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 3.4%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Case per million rates seem to have plateaued a bit starting the last week of December, but they appear to be dropping again now. Latest statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy rates continue to look good.  Locally, there are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and there are seven at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no changes.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th—so there are now no known cases on the island classified as active.

 

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

531004

13672

2698

139

Region

8463

177

95

1

TVC Zone

14225

357

98

1

UP

15210

343

52

5

107 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 32 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2090

79

 

Region

49

1

 

TVC Zone

74

3

 

UP

46

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

646

15

9

1

Benzie

664

27

6

0

Charlevoix

766

10

7

0

Emmet

1125

34

8

0

Grand Traverse

3221

47

53

0

Kalkaska

485

14

0

0

Leelanau

642

9

9

0

Otsego

914

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

109867

 

 

Region

2083

 

 

TVC Zone

3662

 

 

UP

2052

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

 

Data from January 14, 2021

 

Small businesses that closed at some point during the pandemic can apply for up to $20,000 from the state of Michigan starting next week.  The state Legislature approved $55 million for the program in December and details of the plan were approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation yesterday.  Unlike a similar program that operated on a first come first served basis, this one will accept applications from next Tuesday through Friday and then allocate the funds among qualified applicants.  There’s a link for details on the program in today’s script online: http://michiganbusiness.org/survival.

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

 

Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center. Players say they are coming in on an impromptu basis until things get back on schedule at the BIC Center, so until then you’ll need to check social media posts for times.

 

Resale shop will be open today from noon to four.  Their winter hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week. Given that and the fact that the governor’s latest orders prohibit the consumption of snacks while watching a movie until at least February 1st, it looks like movies are off again this weekend—and probably until February. We’ll keep you posted.

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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

Drizzle and snow likely before 1pm, then rain and snow. Patchy fog. High near 37. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Snow, possibly mixed with rain before 11pm, then snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing rain. Areas of fog. Low around 29. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Saturday

A chance of drizzle and snow before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow after 4pm. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind around 10 mph.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. North wind around 10 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

M.L.King Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Tuesday

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

Tuesday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Bridges clear.  Island Beltway running smoothly.  But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  David LePow is celebrating today. Happy birthday to David and, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 2009 Captain “Sully” safely lands jetliner on Hudson River.  US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, and both engines fail. Captain Sullenberger quickly decides to land the jet on the Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: vulcanize (verb) [VUL-kuh-nyze], which means: to treat crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material with chemicals to give it useful properties (such as elasticity, strength, and stability). Vulcanize might sound like something Spock from Star Trek might do, but the explanation behind this word has more to do with ancient mythology than it does with science fiction. Vulcanization in its simplest form consists of heating rubber with sulfur in order to improve the rubber’s qualities. The Roman god Vulcan was the god of fire and of skills that used fire, such as metalworking. So when Charles Goodyear discovered that high heat would result in stronger rubber, he called the process “vulcanization” after the god of fire. Goodyear developed the idea in 1839 and acquired a patent for it in 1844. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

First, a special program note.  This evening after our news from FSN at five, a special edition of Beaver Island Perspectives will feature Christie Heller Perdue and the opening keynote she planned to give at the Beaver Island Player’s performance of Our Town last year—that to have been part of the Bige Read Our Town Our Island project. Of course COVID-19 did that in, but you can still hear Christie’s thoughts this evening on Beaver Island Perspectives or, if you miss that, as a podcast on WVBI dot net.  Then tomorrow morning, the Top Ten plus Five is taking a break so we can bring you a special music program called Our Town Our Island Our Music.  It’s a look at island musicians and the music they create—from early Alan Lomax recordings to current performaers. Jacque La Freniere hosts the show with lots of backgrounf information on the songs and the artists.  That’s Saturday morning—tomorrow morning—at 10:00 with a repeat next Wednesday at 7:00 right here on W-V-B-I. And don’t worry.  As is the case with James Bond, the Top Ten plus Five will return.

 

Now, here’s a thought for the day from Captain Sully Sullenberger: “Everything is unprecedented until it happens for the first time.”

On a lighter note:  Why did the candle read Shakespeare? He liked to wax poetic.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, January 15th, 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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