News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, May 7th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Friday, May 7th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

COVID-19 numbers from the state continue to look good over all.  There was a blip up in new cases, but a big drop in the number of new deaths. There were 3,514 up almost 600 from yesterday. But, there were 23 new deaths—that number almost cut in half. There were 92 reclassified deaths from prior dates in the report, too. Average for new cases is now 2,934 a day—dropping below 3,000 for the first time since late March.  A month ago, the average was more the 7,000 new cases a day. For deaths, the average is at 68—including reclassified deaths. In our region, there were 51 new cases and one new death. Charlevoix had two new cases. The death was in Benzie. Averages for our region are 43 new cases and one death a day.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County for more than 25 days each. Active case counts are down, too. Positive tests rates are dropping.  Only real dark cloud out there in COVID-19 data is are hospitalization rates—that’s new cases 30 or fewer days old. There are 150,587 active cases statewide.  That’s down by about 1,400. In our region the count is 2,650, down by 53.  Positive test rate is 11.8% state-wide, 12.3% in our zone and 7.3% in the county. Target is 3% or less.

 

Hospital utilization data continues to run high, and I-P-R news radio has a story about the impact that’s having on nurses down in T-C.  You can find a link to that in today’s script online.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 81.1% and 82.1% for I-C-U beds. In our zone, those numbers are higher at 84.1% for regular beds and 84.7% for the I-C-U. Normal is in the mid 70s.  Statewide, 13% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 23.7%. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix has no COVID-19 patients; McLaren in Petoskey has 12.

 

IPR Story on TC Nurses: https://www.interlochenpublicradio.org/2021-05-04/munson-nurses-struggle-after-latest-covid-surge-ive-never-cried-so-much-in-my-career?utm_source=ica&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ipr&utm_content=ipr_this_week

 

At the health Center, no new tests. One still pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  [There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 8.3%.]

 

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

858050

18054

3514

115

Region

14685

262

51

1

TVC Zone

25572

529

119

3

UP

19392

414

60

2

92 deaths are reclassified from prior dates. There were 23 new deaths.

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2934

68

 

Region

43

1

 

TVC Zone

88

2

 

UP

48

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1245

21

6

0

Benzie

1033

33

5

1

Charlevoix

1242

20

2

0

Emmet

1850

40

10

0

Grand Traverse

5465

77

20

0

Kalkaska

998

21

2

0

Leelanau

999

18

3

0

Otsego

1853

32

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

1450

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

150587

 

53

Region

2650

 

57

TVC Zone

4855

 

17

UP

1863

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

 

Data from May 6, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for next week: School Board meets Monday evening at 7. BIA Board meets next Tuesday at 4. And, Peaine Township Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 5.  Details and remote attendance info are in the calendar entries online.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the BIC Center today Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30—up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday, but Sunday hours will start in June.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the first of two Eighties Flashbacks we have this month. It’s The Breakfast Club—the film that brought you the brat pack—or at least one of them—as an odd mix of high school students discover there is a lot to learn in detention, but it is rate R, so for the grownups at your house. At 7, it’s the story of a women who heads to the wilderness to recover from trauma. It’s Land, another new release film at the BIC Center. Rated PG-13—a great story for the family. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews, and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

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

 

Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.

 

The Wildlife Club and the B-I-A want you to be aware that there is a highly communicable disease spreading among rabbits.  It’s no risk to humans, but it could do real damage to the rabbit population on the island were it to spread here.  So, be aware and check with your vet before bring any rabbit to the island.  More info is in a post on the B-I-A website at beaver islabd association dot org.

 

If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

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

Rain and snow showers likely before noon, then scattered rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Widespread frost, mainly after 5am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday

Widespread frost, mainly before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Light northeast wind becoming north 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Tuesday Night

Areas of frost after 1am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 53.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

ENE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming N in the morning. Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog between 10am and 11am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Sunday

NE wind 5 to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Monday

NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Tuesday

W wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temperatures: Up at White Shoal its 45.  41 at Mackinac.  Rest of the buoys are still out of the water.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Jacque LaFreniere, Dave Avery, Tessa Jones and Jackson Kirby are celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Jacque, Tessa, Dave and Jackson. 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 1965, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has placed a tape recorder next to his bed in a Clearwater, Florida, motel room, and he awakes to find that at some point in the early morning he’d laid down the opening riff of ‘Satisfaction.’ The Stones will record the song, with its distinctive guitar hook, just days later and it will make them superstars.  And, don’t forget, we’re in the midst of National Nurses week. Be sure to thank the nurses you know for everything they do. (Bing.com)

Why you should thank a nurse today

WORD OF THE DAY: archipelago (noun) [ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh], which means: an expanse of water with many scattered islands; a group of islands; something resembling an archipelago; especially : a group or scattering of similar things.  And, for us on Beaver Island, home.  The Greeks called it the Aegean Pelagos and the Italians referred to it as Arcipelago (meaning “chief sea”), but English speakers now call it the Aegean Sea. Numerous islands dot its expanse, and 16th-century English speakers adopted a modified form of its Italian name for any sea with a similar scattering of islands. In time, archipelago came to refer to the groups of islands themselves, and now it is often used figuratively, as in, for example, “an archipelago of high-rise buildings.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Rolling Stones front-man Keith Richards: “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use both feet.”

 

On a lighter note: What’s a librarian’s favorite mushroom? Shhhhhhhh-take.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Friday, May 7th, 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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