News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, March 26th, 2021

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, March 26th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The island has its first positive test since December posted yesterday in the Health Center’s update.  No details right no on the circumstances.  There aren’t any other tests reported as pending right now, but lately there has been no delay in a new test being reported as run and the results.

 

Statewide, there was another huge batch of new COVID-19 cases in yesterdays health department data—5,224 new cases the most in a single day since December 10th.  The state also reported 19 new deaths and 30 reclassified deaths. Seven day running averages are now 3,493 for new cases and 21 for deaths. 

 

In the eight-county region we’ve been following now for more than a year there were 90 new cases, and no new deaths. Two of the new cases were in Charlevoix.

 

Active case counts continue to go up. There are now 60,150 statewide, up by almost 4,000, and 1,317 in our region, up by 60.  Positivity rate statewide is up one point five to 10.2%. For our Safe Start Zone is down four tenths to 8.6%. For Charlevoix County it’s steady at 5.1%. New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide, flat in our safe start zone, and down in Charlevoix. 

 

The latest hospital occupancy data from the state continue to show over all utilization at typical rates, but COVID-19 occupancy is continuing to increase—for regular beds its now at 7.8% and for I-C-U beds its 12%.  We’re seeing additional hospitalizations locally, too.  McLaren in Petoskey now has 11 patients—all in I-C-U beds.  That’s up by three since last week. After a long stretch with no COVID-19 patients, Munson in Charlevoix had one in a regular bed. But, they are back down to no patients.

 

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

642869

15984

5224

49

Region

10919

216

90

0

TVC Zone

18743

436

186

1

UP

16988

397

55

2

30 deaths are reclassifications. There were 19 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

3493

21

 

Region

68

0

 

TVC Zone

134

1

 

UP

39

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

894

15

12

0

Benzie

832

31

4

0

Charlevoix

911

13

2

0

Emmet

1346

38

8

0

Grand Traverse

4219

65

24

0

Kalkaska

676

15

13

0

Leelanau

824

15

8

0

Otsego

1217

24

19

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3908

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

60150

 

60

Region

1317

 

135

TVC Zone

2572

 

33

UP

652

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

 

Data from March 25, 2021

 

In other news, the U-S Air Force has joined Line 5 operator Enbridge in delcaring that it need not comply with Michigan environmental law. In a proposed cleanup plan filed in an obscure administrative record site, the Air Force’s plan for cleanup its former Wurtsmith base near Oscoda says they don’t need to comply with state PFAS discharge limits. The comment period on the plan, which just came to light, closes April 17th.

 

Meantime, Enbridge’s line five was the topic of a hearing in the Michigan Senate earlier this week that critics say was one-sided. Michigan News Connection’s Mary Schuermann has the story.

LINE FIVE CRITICS CALL FOR EQUAL TIME.mp3 TRT: 2:09

Here are a couple of reminders for you:  First, the if you live on the island, are 16 or older, haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccine yet and haven’t completed the reregistration process with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, you need to get that done. 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.  Today is the deadline. Details are in the calendar.

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week. None, which is perfect since both B-I-C-S and the Community Calendar will be on Spring Break.

 

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

 

Resale shop is open noon to 4:00 today.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the Disney Classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s rated G and great fun for the entire family. And at 7, it’s All My Life—a true story of romance. Rated PG-13. [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. 

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

Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind around 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Showers, mainly between 9pm and 3am. Low around 30. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a chance of snow showers between 7am and 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Breezy.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers between 9pm and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Breezy.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Blustery.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

TRAFFIC:  None.  Road crews have been out grading the roads and they are looking good—both the crews and the roads.  Watch out for them and give them room to work.  And, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Joan LaFreniere, Charley Pop, Larissa McGinnity, Maria Lodico and Rebecca Eicher are all celebrating today.  Happy birthday to Joan, Larissa, Maria, Rebecca and Charley.  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 1979, seven months after meeting with US President Jimmy Carter for peace talks at Camp David, Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel sign a treaty ending decades of conflict between their two countries. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: sesquipedalian (adjective) [sess-kwuh-puh-DAIL-yun], which means: having many syllables : long; using long words. Horace, the ancient Roman poet known for his satire, was merely being gently ironic when he cautioned young poets against using sesquipedalia verba—”words a foot and a half long”—in his book Ars poetica, a collection of maxims about writing. But in the 17th century, English literary critics decided the word sesquipedalian could be very useful for lambasting writers using unnecessarily long words. Robert Southey used it to make two jibes at once when he wrote “the verses of [16th-century English poet] Stephen Hawes are as full of barbarous sesquipedalian Latinisms, as the prose of [the 18th-century periodical] the Rambler.” The Latin prefix sesqui- is used in modern English to mean “one and a half times,” as in sesquicentennial (a 150th anniversary). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Anwar Sadat: “Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.”

 

On a lighter note: What happens if you cover a Pickleball paddle in ice cream?  You get soft serve.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, March 26th, 2021. The Community Calendar will be taking a spring break next week, but will return on April 5th.  Until then, 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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