News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, November 20th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, November 20th, 2020. 

First some news…

 

The Health Center is reporting 8 more tests run in their latest update—bringing to 16 the number of new tests run since a hunter left the island with COVID-19 symptoms and then tested positive on the mainland.  Those events began over the weekend.  Since the Health Center has said you should wait 5 days from exposure before getting a test—unless you have symptoms—it appears that a number of folks who had been in close contact with our unlucky hunting visitor have experience symptoms sufficient to warrant a test before the five days ran. Now it is a waiting game to see if any of those tests come back positive and, if they do–have a repeat of the contact trace, isolate, wait and test process.

 

While that process is apparently repeating itself by orders of magnitude on the mainland, the standoff between our political leaders on how to respond continues.  Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he is open to some state-wide mandates to address the current surge in cases but continues to call out Governor Whitmer for what he sees as a continued unilateral approach to the problem.  He says he’s not had even one call or meeting with the governor since the Michigan Supreme Court invalidated her prior orders—even though has repeatedly reached out. In response, a spokesman for the governor had this to say: “The governor is ready to collaborate with the legislature once they return from their hunting break…” 

 

Some communications experts interviewed by Bridge Michigan are suggesting that the stand-off on mandates and the failure to communicate effectively about risks are part of the cause for the current rise in cases. Matt Seeger, a professor and dean at Wayne State University and an expert in crisis communications says that messaging on public health is tough, and that it is a lot easier to get it wrong that get it right. In an interview with Bridge Michigan, he said “It’s difficult to get people’s attention around risk issues. Consider how long we’ve been trying to convince people to stop smoking.” Mix that difficulty up with political stand-offs and you have a real mess. He points to specific mandates on the type of Thanksgiving gatherings people should consider and says that advice simply doesn’t work for everybody.  A more nuanced approach is tough, but it’s a must, he said.

 

State health officials reported more than 7,592 new cases in their latest report. There were 134 new deaths.  Average for new cases is now 7,025 a day and 80 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 136,006—based on the count of new cases less than 30 days old.  In our region, there were 102 new cases and six new deaths. 11 of the new cases were in Charlevoix.  Four of the deaths were up in Emmet with Antrim and Benzie each reporting 1. There are now 2,565 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 117 new cases a day and 3 deaths a day. 

 

Full data for our region and summaries, averages  and active case estimates for the state, the UP, and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online—all of those numbers calculated by W-V-B-I everyday the state releases data.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

285398

8324

7592

134

Region

4062

77

102

6

TVC Zone

6254

136

178

7

UP

10286

175

293

6

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

7025

80

 

Region

117

3

 

TVC Zone

204

4

 

UP

230

4

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

282

5

5

1

Benzie

240

4

11

1

Charlevoix

379

5

11

0

Emmet

762

26

20

4

Grand Traverse

1317

17

22

0

Kalkaska

253

4

6

0

Leelanau

280

2

12

0

Otsego

549

14

15

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

136006

 

 

Region

2565

 

 

TVC Zone

4044

 

 

UP

5873

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

 

Data from November 19, 2020

Now, here’s the short list of what’s happening on your island… 

 

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is back on the island today with another Flus Shot Clinic. It’s between 11:30-3:30 at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  If you would like to get your flu shot please call 800-432-4121—or just drop in.  It would be a very bad year not to get your flu shot.

 

Christian Church is proceeding with services this weekend at 10 on Sunday.  Presumably Holy Cross will have mass on Saturday and Sunday, too.  Times and details are in the calendar entries.

 

Meeting planner for next week has just one entry. St. James Finance Committee has a meeting set for 1 on Monday.  It will be online.  Details are in the calendar entry.   Other than that, it’s quiet next week save for whatever plans you may have for a meeting on Thursday.  Don’t forget, it is Thanksgiving.

 

[And, don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.]

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.  We are still working on updating new hours and services for everyone, but that should be complete by midday.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

A chance of sprinkles before 10am, then a chance of showers after 4pm. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight

A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Tuesday

A chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 41.

Tuesday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 9pm, then a chance of rain showers between 9pm and 5am, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 32.

Wednesday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Thanksgiving Day

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Out on the big drink…

Today

WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers after 4pm. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Saturday

NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Sunday

S wind around 10 kt. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Monday

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

Tuesday

SSE wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: 42 at White Shoal and 49 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with 2 foot waves out there this morning, down from 10 footers at the same time yesterday.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Vince Beilman is celebrating today. Tomorrow, Skylar Marsh and Connie Wojan, and Dan Burton and Gail Gruenwald on Sunday.  Happy Birthday to Skylar, Connie, Gail, Vince and Dan, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1945 Nazi leaders go on trial for World War II atrocities.  Judges from the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union preside over the military tribunals in Nuremburg opening today to try Nazi officials for crimes against humanity, among other charges. Twelve Nazi leaders will be sentenced to death. Adolf Hitler won’t be among them, having already shot himself.  The island’s Donald Cole was there to witness part of it.  Ask him about the experience the next time you see him at Dalwhinnies.  (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: emigrate (verb) [EM-uh-grayt], which means: to leave one’s place of residence or country to live elsewhere. Migrate, emigrate, and immigrate are all about being on the move. The source of all three is the Latin word migrare, which means “to move from one place to another.” Emigrate and immigrate sound alike, and both involve leaving one location and arriving in another, but they are applied differently: emigrate stresses leaving the original place, while immigrate focuses on arriving in the new one. You won’t have trouble keeping them straight if you remember that the prefix e- means “away,” as in eject, and the prefix im- or in- means “into,” as in inject.

(Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “It takes two flints to make a fire.”

On a lighter note: How did a dictionary end up staring on Broadway?  In a play on words.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, November 20th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island 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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