News Update

Community Calendar for Friday, October 23rd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, October 23rd, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Hospital leaders around the state are calling for Michiganders to follow COVID-19 safety protocols to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed in the near future. As of Wednesday, the state was reporting 1,221 COVID-19 cases in hospitals with 273 of those in the ICU and 112 on ventilators. There’s been an 80% surge in hospitalizations.  110 of 137 hospital leaders joined in the letter.  In our region, there are 154 total COVID-19 hospitalizations with 45 patients in the ICU and 12 on ventilators. As for capacity in our region, there are a bit more than 1,500 open hospital beds, 100 open ICU beds and about 400 unused ventilators.

 

While there is concern about increasing COVID-19 cases, unemployment stats seem to be headed in the right direction.  The insure unemployment rate in the state has dropped to 7%.  That’s the lowest it has been since March 21st. Part of that is apparently people transitioning from state to federal assistance, but even allowing for that the number is down dramatically from its peak of almost 23% in mid-May.

Governor Whitmer signed a slew of bi-partisan bills yesterday that reinstate many provisions in her voided executive orders, but also implement a number of provisions that Republican leaders have been seeking for some time.  The governor had previously said that legislative oversite of her COVID-19 response plans would hinder timely action, but it now appears that many issues have been resolved in less than two weeks. Issues linger about masking requirements and, should cases continue to grow, a reversion to lock down requirements—but so far so good it appears.

 

State officials reported 1,873 new cases yesterday and 43 new deaths.  The rolling average for new cases dropped a bit to 1,682 but the average for deaths is up four to 27 deaths a day.  There have been 34,952 new cases in the last 30 days—cases that the state treats as active.  Safe Start stats are unchanged because they haven’t been updated.

 

In our region, there were 30 new cases and no new deaths.  Two cases in Charlevoix.  21 in Grand Traverse. There are 477 active cases in the region with averages at 25 new cases a day and no deaths. No change in our region’s Safe Start numbers because they haven’t been updated, and

no change in the data from the health center.

 

Full county-by-county data for region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

152862

7129

1873

43

Region

1557

40

30

0

TVC Zone

2289

70

44

0

UP

4667

83

176

4

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1682

27

 

Region

25

0

 

TVC Zone

37

0

 

UP

122

3

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

96

0

1

0

Benzie

102

2

0

0

Charlevoix

125

4

2

0

Emmet

181

4

1

0

Grand Traverse

629

13

21

0

Kalkaska

100

4

1

0

Leelanau

127

2

0

0

Otsego

197

11

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

34952

 

 

Region

477

 

 

TVC Zone

688

 

 

UP

3021

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

 

 

Data from 10/22/2020

 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Just one meeting on the planner right now for next week.  It’s on Monday.  St. James Finance Committee meets at 1:00 at the Governmental Center.  More info including details on how to join is in the calendar entry for each meeting.

 

Today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.  Today and Saturday are the dates for the Medicare Open enrollment meetings set up by the C-O-A.  9 to 6 on today and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

Tomorrow, Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event.  Their plans include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

 

Also, Saturday— Pickleball is on from 10 to noon.  And just one movie this weekend as the Elks are having an induction ceremony here at the BIC Center tomorrow afternoon. Evening movie is Beckman. It’s a high energy action flick with good guys and bad guys.  Rated R.  Concession stand will be open—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.  And, if you were waiting to see the Good Dinosaur—which originally had been set for Saturday afternoon—don’t worry, it’s coming in November.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

[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. 

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

Today
Flood Watch in effect through this evening.

Showers. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 47. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. That’s after about an inch of rain on the island last night.  Some places on the mainland got 5 inches of rain. Overnight.

Tonight

Rain showers likely before 10pm, then scattered rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Saturday

Isolated showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 31. Calm wind.

Sunday

Showers likely after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night

Rain showers likely before 10pm, then rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Out on the big drink…

Today
Gale Warning in effect through this evening.

N wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers. Patchy fog. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Tonight

NNW wind 15 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Showers likely, mainly before 7pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Saturday

NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers before 7am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday Night

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Sunday

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Rain likely after 2pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: This morning: 49 at White Shoal and   54 at the mid-lake buoy.

TRAFFIC: None, but the roads are a slurry of sand in places down-island.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Erin Wiser is celebrating today. Tomorrow Bill Markey and Hannah O’Connor are celebrating, and Sunday Brigid Cushman and Quinn Koziej have a special day. Happy birthday to Erin, Hannah, Brigid, Quinn and Bill, 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. 

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WORD OF THE DAY: guttersnipe (noun) [GUTT-er-snype], which means: a young vagabond : an outcast boy or girl in the streets of a city; a person of the lowest moral or economic station. “Unfurl yourselves under my banner, noble savages, illustrious guttersnipes,” wrote Mark Twain sometime around 1869. Twain was among the first writers to use guttersnipe for a young hoodlum or street urchin. In doing so, he was following a trend among writers of the time to associate gutter (a low area at the side of a road) with a low station in life. Other writers in the late 19th century used guttersnipe more literally as a name for certain kinds of snipes, or birds with long thin beaks that live in wet areas. Gutter-bird was another term that was used for both birds and disreputable persons. And even snipe itself has a history as a term of opprobrium; it was used as such during William Shakespeare’s day. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Friday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

On a lighter note: Why isn’t there an opera about onions?  There wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house?

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Friday, October 23rd, 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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