News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, March 19th, 2021

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

First, some news…

 

There’s another big batch of new COVID-19 cases in yesterday’s state report—2,629 of them and COVID-19 related cases in hospitals are creeping up—we’ll get to that in a bit…But, there was just one new death statewide, and that’s after none yesterday. There were also 24 reclassified deaths reported. Seven day rolling averages are 2,149 for new cases—that’s up again—and 15 for deaths with reclassifications included—that’s unchanged. In our region there were 48 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had six new cases. Seven day running averages for the region are 48 new cases a day and no deaths.

 

Statewide there are now 42,157 active cases, up about 1,800. Our region has 980, which is up by 56. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up three tenths to 6.2%.  It’s up two tenths to 6.8% in our safe start zone. In Charlevoix we are down a tenth to 5.1%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide and in Charlevoix. Our Safe Start Zone is shows headed down. 

 

Overall hospital occupancy data looks good with those rates at or near normal levels of 75%. But for COVID-19 patients, the statewide percentage of regular beds occupied is creeping up. It’s 5.2%.  I-C-U bed occupancy is at 9.2%.  A week ago those numbers were 45 amd 7.2% respectively. Locally, No COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, but McLaren in Petoskey has doubled its patient count to 6, all in their I-C-U.  

 

On the island, no new tests run.  No results pending. Last positive test was 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

618421

15835

2629

25

Region

10445

213

68

0

TVC Zone

17803

428

147

1

UP

16717

393

27

2

24 deaths are reclassifications. There was 1 new death.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2149

15

 

Region

48

0

 

TVC Zone

101

1

 

UP

21

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

835

15

10

0

Benzie

813

31

2

0

Charlevoix

882

13

6

0

Emmet

1301

38

1

0

Grand Traverse

4087

63

26

0

Kalkaska

635

15

8

0

Leelanau

792

15

2

0

Otsego

1100

23

13

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

1854

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

42157

 

56

Region

980

 

121

TVC Zone

1858

 

8

UP

489

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

 

Data from March 15, 2021

 

Here are a couple of reminders for you:  First, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is asking all island residents 16 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to complete an on-line pre-registration survey.  It’s to help the department plan their next COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the island, which will be in early April.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online and on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page.  Find it all at W-V-B-I dot net.

 

https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

 

Second…a reminder to help see that the Beaver Beacon is chosen to have all of its back issues digitized and stored as part of a C-M-U project.  You can send in a postcard for ten votes this week or vote online.  Details are in the calendar.

 

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week. St. James Finance Committee meets Monday at 1 p.m. Waste Management Committee has a meeting set for Tuesday at 1:00. And that’s it for the week.

 

At the BIC Center today, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout Games. And, Pickleball is on in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays same times. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.

 

Island Treasures is open from noon to 4 today.  Their winter hours are noon to 4 Thursdays and Fridays.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is Rango—a city lizard is lost in the desert. Great animation from Nickelodeon with Johnny Depp as Rango.  Rated PG and great for the entire family. And at 7, it’s Promising Young Woman—a whacky story of revenge that’s won critical acclaim. Rated R. 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.  Also Sunday, there’s a virtual presentation called Ladies of the Lights—all about Great Lakes lighthouse keepers who were women—including Elizabeth Whitney VanRiper Williams, who was a keeper of the Whiskey Point Lighthouse. Details on how to join the presentation are 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

Sunny, with a high near 40. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

Clear, with a low around 33. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 49. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Monday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Monday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Tuesday

A chance of showers before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 36.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island beltway running smoothly except at the south end where there’s a section under water. Bridges are clear.  Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Hilary Palmer, Coleen Martin and Elsie Burton are celebrating today. Larry Kubic celebrates tomorrow. And Moe Butler, Sierra Woodring and Stanley Rosema celebrate on Sunday. Happy birthday to Hillary, Colleen, Elsie, Sierra, Larry, Moe and Stanley. 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.  By the way, do you suppose Larry, Moe and Stanley would consider getting together to start an auto parts store? Or maybe they could make movies.

ON THIS DAY in 1941 the Tuskegee Airmen squadron is activated. The 99th Pursuit Squadron is the first all-Black unit in the US Army Air Corps. The squad of enlisted men will become the core of other Black squadrons, collectively nicknamed the Tuskegee Airmen, that will go on to serve with great distinction in World War II’s North African and Italian campaigns—and make famous the bright red painted tails on their planes. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: prevaricate (verb) [prih-VAIR-uh-kayt], which means: to deviate from the truth; equivocate. Prevaricate and its synonyms lie and equivocate all refer to playing fast and loose with the truth. Lie is the bluntest of the three. When you accuse someone of lying, you are saying that person was intentionally dishonest, no bones about it. Prevaricate is less accusatory and softens the bluntness of lie, usually implying that someone is evading the truth rather than purposely making false statements. Equivocate is similar to prevaricate, but it generally implies that someone is deliberately using words that have more than one meaning as a way to conceal the truth. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Lt. Col. Hiram Mann: “They said blacks couldn’t be pilots and wouldn’t make good military men. We proved them wrong. We distinguished ourselves in every way possible. We made that Red Tail famous.”

 

On a lighter note: A man walks in to a pet store and says he wants a dog.  The clerk says what kind of demeanor are you looking for? The man says, I want a guard dog.  The meaner the better.

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