News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, April 12th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, April 12th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

State health officials reported another big batch of new cases over the weekend—an average of 7,363 a day—plus 43 new deaths and 57 reclassified deaths from prior dates.  Our eight-county region had a whopping 365 total new cases over the weekend, or 183 a day on average. There were two total deaths in our region over the weekend—one here in Charlevoix County and one in Grand Traverse. There are now 136,548 active cases in the state…and 2,619 in our region.

 

In the face of the surge of cases, Governor Whitmer is urging high schools to shift to online instruction and a pull back from high school sports and in house serving at restaurants and bars across the state.  She is also urging residents to be vigilant by avoiding unnecessary trips, wearing masks and social distancing. But, for now at least, she says she will not mandate those changes. 

 

Here on the island, the plan at BICS is to continue with in-person learning (except for a few students with contacts arising from the single positive test last week).  Islander teams have concluded their spring sports schedules, so there is no decision to be made on that front.

 

Overall hospital bed utilization statewide continues to run high.  It’s 79.5% overall and 81.4% for ICU beads. Our safe start zone is closer to normal at 74.4% for all beds, but is running high at 82.7% for the I-C-U.  Typical utilization should be in the mid-seventies according to C-D-C articles. Meantime, COVID-19 occupancy rates continues to run at higher rates, though they did not change much in latest report. Statewide it’s 15.7% for all beds and 22.2% for I-C-U beds.

 

New case numbers are shown heading up on the dashboard for the state and Charlevoix County, but steady for our Safe Start Zone.

 

The health Center is reported another five COVID-19 tests run there, but they are also reporting all of those back at negative.  The total number of tests run since the one for the positive test on March 25 is 14.  Three of those are back as positive. All of the others—11 total—are back as negative.

 

A reminder that the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has scheduled another vaccination clinic at the school for Tuesday. There will be about 150 shots given and, apparently, there are still unclaimed appointments.  If you haven’t already preregistered, do so right away.  The link is in today’s script online.  [https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM]. The second dose will be delivered on May 4th.   

 

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

737898

16487

14601

87

Region

12719

226

358

2

TVC Zone

21856

459

597

5

UP

17849

401

180

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

7729

47

 

Region

151

1

 

TVC Zone

259

2

 

UP

68

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1089

16

44

0

Benzie

893

31

16

0

Charlevoix

1059

14

37

1

Emmet

1574

39

45

0

Grand Traverse

4793

70

91

1

Kalkaska

821

16

26

0

Leelanau

910

16

17

0

Otsego

1580

24

82

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12285

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

136614

 

306

Region

2677

 

507

TVC Zone

4881

 

162

UP

1292

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

 

Data from April 9, 2021
(extracted from updated running tallies released April 10)

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

738023

16500

125

13

Region

12726

226

7

0

TVC Zone

21866

459

10

0

UP

17859

401

10

0

43 deaths are reclassifications. There were 30 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6545

40

 

Region

138

1

 

TVC Zone

232

2

 

UP

62

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1089

16

0

0

Benzie

894

31

1

0

Charlevoix

1063

14

4

0

Emmet

1575

39

1

0

Grand Traverse

4793

70

0

0

Kalkaska

821

16

0

0

Leelanau

911

16

1

0

Otsego

1580

24

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

1966

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

134648

 

58

Region

2619

 

111

TVC Zone

4770

 

0

UP

1292

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

 

Data from April 9, 2021

 

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

Here’s your meeting planner for the week:

 

BIA Board meets Tomorrow at 4:00.  All are welcome to attend. Peaine Township Planning Commission meets at 5:00.  The regular transportation Authority meeting has been canceled. On Thursday, the Library Board meets at 9:00. St. James Planning Commission meets at 11. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30. Meeting details including info on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

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

 

Wednesday, first boat of the season departs at 8:20. Return trip of the Emerald Isle leaves the Charlevoix dock at 11:30. We wish her and the Beaver Islander fair winds and following seas for the 2021 season!

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The Great Gatsby—a special presentation for Ms. Biehl’s class, but all are welcome to attend.  Leonardo DiCaprio stars along with Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release stary Tom Hanks: News of the World.  Hanks is a Civil War veteran who agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. Great story with outstanding critical reviews.  And did we mention that it is a new release. Rated PG-13.  Both shows 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. 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. 

 

Finally, a special program note for you.  This weekend’s Songs from the Trail on Saturday evening generated a lot of interest with an interview about the island’s own piano man Ed Palmer.  We expect to get an extended version of that interview posted as a podcast in the next few days.  In the meantime, if you’d like to help Ed and his family with his battle against cancer, there’s a link to the go fund me page set up for that in today’s script online, or find it on the Beaver Island This and That Facebook page. [https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-edward-palmers-cancer-battle?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf%20share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR1rpWJRHZ6B2sfh4M6QBVmf4E9Q1hXfYez1LtX0cWR6QcpuHI8OxmWb_r8]. 

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

Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Widespread fog, mainly before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 53. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday

Isolated showers before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Fire Danger Level: Low. Marine forecasts return tomorrow ahead of the first boat trip.

TRAFFIC:  None. Nadda. Zip. Roads are in good shape. Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  John Albin, Kevin “Barry” McDonough and Jimmy Kenwabikise are celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to John, Kevin and Jimmy.  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 1606, by royal decree of England’s King James I, the English St. George’s Cross, and Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Cross, are brought together in one design to symbolize the new unity of their two nations. The Union Jack still flies over the United Kingdom today.  Also on this date in 1861, the first shots of the U-S Civil War ring out as Confederate forces fire upon the Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. General P.G.T. Beauregard’s shore batteries bombard Major Anderson’s federal troops. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: gallant (adjective) [GAL-unt], which means: showy in dress or bearing : smart; splendid, stately; spirited, brave; nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing; courteously and elaborately attentive. Gallant exists in modern English primarily as an adjective, but it entered the language first as a noun. In the 14th century, when tales of Camelot populated the mythology of English speakers, a gallant was a young man of fashion—imagine perhaps a young and smartly dressed Arthur or Lancelot. The word had been borrowed in the from Middle French, the ultimate source being Middle French galer, a verb meaning “to squander in pleasures, have a good time, enjoy oneself.” Galer also bestowed upon English the adjective gallant, which joined the language in the 15th century. A verb gallant meaning “to pay court to a lady” entered the language in the late 17th century as a derivative of the English adjective, but it is rarely encountered today. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “In a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.”

 

On a lighter note: What kind of dogs listen to punk rock?  Hard-corgis.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, April 12th, 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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