News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, January 22nd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, January 22nd, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Health Department has set the follow up jab date for those who received their first COVID-19 vaccine early this week.  It’s February 17th at the time you were given when you got your shot. No word yet on whether there will be additional first rounds given on that date, too.

 

Downstate, health officials have identified another two people infected with the B-1-1-7 variant of the COVID-19 virus. Both had been in the U-K and, like the original case-were affiliated with U of M.  That brings the total known cases involving the variant in Michigan to 8. Prevention measures are the same, and so far it is believed the existing vaccines are effective to protect against the variant.

 

While the latest COVID-19 data from the state show 2,165 new cases and 20 new deaths―plus 128 reclassified deaths. Seven day running averages are 1,530 for new cases, down about 60, and 52 for deaths―up due to the undated reclassifications.  In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 49 new cases and one death. Charlevoix had 3 new cases. Benzie had the death, but Antrim had a death removed. Averages for the region are 36 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 93,535 active cases―down again this time by about 2,000.  Our region has 1,876―down about 20. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down slightly to 6.7%.  It’s 7.3% in our safe start zone, which is up half a point. The rate in Charlevoix county is down to 2.4%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down. Statewide and safe start zone hospital overall occupancy rates continue to look good―essentially normal.  About 7% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and three at McLaren in Petoskey―all in their I-C-U.  That’s down by 4 patients. 

 

On the island, no new tests or results.  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

544311

14053

2165

148

Region

8786

181

49

0

TVC Zone

14745

364

80

3

UP

15584

358

56

10

128 deaths are reclassifications. There were 20 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1530

52

 

Region

36

1

 

TVC Zone

60

1

 

UP

44

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

670

15

-1

-1

Benzie

704

28

5

1

Charlevoix

785

11

3

0

Emmet

1152

34

2

0

Grand Traverse

3376

48

29

0

Kalkaska

497

14

1

0

Leelanau

677

10

8

0

Otsego

925

21

2

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

93535

 

 

Region

1876

 

 

TVC Zone

3205

 

 

UP

1924

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

 

 

Data from January 20, 2021

 

A quick reminder that if you are 65 or older, a health care or school worker or in other special risk categories―and haven’t yet signed up to get the COVID-19 vaccine―you should do that unless you have a medical reason not to get the shot. Instructions on how to get signed up are posted on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and are available on the Health Center website.  You can also call Lonnie Anderson at the C-O-A for help. 

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 days. When they do play it is from 1 to 3, again here at the BIC Center.

 

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 from 1 to 3.  The renovation work in the Hangout is almost complete. Still working on the ceiling and then everything has to be cleaned and furniture and fixtures returned to their places.  Current plan is to resume full hours and movies on February 1st. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Meeting planner for next week:  Just one.  St. James has a finance Committee meeting set for 1:00 p.m. on Monday.  It’ll be virtual. Details and information on remote attendance are in the calendar entry.

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 C presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

Snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Patchy blowing snow between 11am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 19. Blustery, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday

Scattered flurries before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Scattered snow showers, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 17. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday

Snow showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

TRAFFIC: None nada zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Mac McPherson is celebrating today. Tomorrow is the day for Haley Pease and Sunday Ivan Martin and Barb Rakowski are celebrating.  Happy Birthday to Haley, Barb, Mac and Martin 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 1973 the U-S Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade. In a 7-2 decision, the Court finds a right to privacy in the penumbra of the 14th Amendment that protects a woman’s decision to have an abortion within the first two trimesters of pregnancy.  (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: sarcophagus (noun) [sahr-KAH-fuh-gus], which means: a stone coffin; broadly; coffin.  Body-eating coffins might sound like something out of a horror film, but flesh-eating stone? The latter plays a role in the etymology of sarcophagus; it is the literal translation of líthos sarkóphagos, the Greek phrase that underlies the English term. The phrase traveled through Latin between Greek and English, taking on the form lapis sarcophagus before being shortened to sarcophagus. It’s not clear whether the ancient Romans believed that a certain type of limestone from the region around Troy would dissolve flesh (and thus was desirable for making coffins). That assertion came from Roman scholar Pliny the Elder, but he also reported such phenomena as dog-headed people and elephants who wrote Greek. Regardless, there is no doubt that the ancient Greek word for the limestone combined sárx, meaning “flesh,” with a derivative of phagein [FAY-jin], a verb meaning “to eat.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day:  “Push yourself…because no one else is going to do it for you.”

On a lighter note: What did the dandelion take up gymnastics? To be a tumbleweed.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, January 22nd, 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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