News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, April 26th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, April 26th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Once again we have good news on the COVID-19 front.  The numbers from Friday and Saturday continue to show that the current surge seems to be past its peak. There were an average 4,865 new cases for each day and 30 new deaths a day along with 91 reclassified deaths from prior dates. That brings the seven-day running average for new cases is down to 4,859—below the lowest it has been since the first days of April.  In our region, there were an average of 55 new cases a day and one death over both days. There were a net of nine new cases in Charlevoix. The death was in Kalkaska.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County. Positive test rate is 14.6% state-wide, 14.6% in our zone and 12.5% in the county—those numbers all down.

 

Hospital utilization data remains high and steady in the last report after some modest declines in COVID-19 utilization.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 80.1% and 80.9% for I-C-U beds. 18.8% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 27%. Numbers are steady locally with one patient at Munson in Charlevoix and 17 at McLaren in Petoskey.

 

At the health Center, no new tests.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 9.1%.

 

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

814622

17168

5031

29

Region

14025

247

78

1

TVC Zone

24291

494

158

2

UP

18735

405

48

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

4978

57

 

Region

80

2

 

TVC Zone

151

3

 

UP

57

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1189

18

10

0

Benzie

986

31

2

0

Charlevoix

1204

17

10

0

Emmet

1753

40

11

0

Grand Traverse

5224

74

26

0

Kalkaska

938

20

7

1

Leelanau

964

17

2

0

Otsego

1767

30

10

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

577

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

176977

 

30

Region

3196

 

23

TVC Zone

5734

 

5

UP

1802

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

 

Data from April 23, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

819320

17289

4698

121

Region

14078

247

53

0

TVC Zone

24394

498

103

4

UP

18792

406

57

1

91 deaths are reclassifications. There were 30 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

4859

64

 

Region

73

2

 

TVC Zone

137

3

 

UP

56

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1199

18

10

0

Benzie

991

31

5

0

Charlevoix

1203

17

-1

0

Emmet

1758

40

5

0

Grand Traverse

5239

74

15

0

Kalkaska

940

20

2

0

Leelanau

972

17

8

0

Otsego

1776

30

9

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

526

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

176451

 

37

Region

3159

 

83

TVC Zone

5651

 

2

UP

1804

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

 

Data from April 23, 2021

The group planning the 2021 Irish Féile for the island has decided to call it off. Given the crowds, small venues and lingering COVID-19 concerns, they say it isn’t possible to plan for it in a way that can both assure the event will happen and keep everyone safe.  They’ve set September 8-10 as the dates for the 2022 event. The announcement came Friday afternoon.

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

 

First, here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Township Finance Committee meets today at 1:00.  Emergency Services Authority meets Thursday afternoon at 2:00.  Details and remote attendance info are in the calendar entry online. 

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, probably outside so B-I-C-S 4th and 5th graders can work on their play.  Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow, Tuesday, 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.

 

Tuesday evening be on the East side to see a pink supermoon rise up out of the lake.  Moonrise is at 8:20 P-M.  Bearing 105 degrees, so a bit south of due east. More details are in the calendar entry online and on the Dark Sky website at dark sky island dot org.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is a superpower combo. It’s Justice League. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release: Denzel Washing and Rami Malek star in a crime drama with non-stop twists and turns as they hunt a serial killer in L-A.  It’s rated R. 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. 

 

On the shopping front, library has a DVD and T-shirt sale going on through the end of the month or until everything is sold.  Plus, they have a new supply of paperback books available—western and sci-fi stories. Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.  And, the hardware is now opening up on Sundays again as the island comes back to life for spring.

 

And, if you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. No group activities for now, but 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.

 

Speaking of shrubs and trees, island landscaper Barb Rahn want you to remember to deep soak trees and plants you love around your house.  Our drought continues, she says, and they need it.

 

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.

 

Finally, B-I-C-S is taking bids for lawn care for the season.  They are due on at 3:30 in the afternoon on May 5th. Bidding details are in the calendar entry online.

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

A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then rain and snow showers likely between 10am and 3pm, then rain showers after 3pm. High near 41. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with an east wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday

Isolated showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 9pm. Cloudy, with a low around 40. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday

Showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

ESE wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Rain and snow showers likely before 1pm, then rain showers. Waves 1 to 3 ft.

Tonight

ESE wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 1am. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Tuesday

E wind around 10 kt becoming NE in the afternoon. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

Tuesday Night

ENE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers likely. Waves around 1 ft.

Wednesday

ENE wind around 10 kt. Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Waves 1 ft or less.

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:  Krystle Ferguson, Stryder Crosswhite, Dana Hodgson, Jim McDonough and Jett Anderson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Krystle, Dana, Stryder, Jim and Jett. 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 1977, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager open a nightclub, which will become a legendary symbol of the decadent disco era and overindulgent celeb culture. Regulars at Studio 54 would include Andy Warhol, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, and yes, Donald Trump. Also on this date in 1986, An unexpected power surge causes a rupture in Reactor 4 at the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl nuclear plant. The resulting explosion is the world’s worst nuclear accident, sending radioactive contamination drifting over large swathes of the Ukraine, Belarus, and parts of Western Europe. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: epicure (noun) [EP-ih-kyur], which means: one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine. The word epicure is currently associated with indulging the appetite, but that is a long way from the teachings of the man to whom we owe the word. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught a philosophy of simple pleasure, friendship, and a secluded life. He believed in the pursuit of pleasure, but pleasure for him comprised tranquility and freedom from pain—not the indulgence of the senses. Detractors of Epicurus in his own time and later, however, reduced his notions of pleasure to material and sensual gratification. When epicure entered English in the 16th century, it was synonymous with the modern term hedonist; later use carried the notion of refinement of palate that we see in the word today. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday, April 26th

Here’s a thought for the day from Andy W9arhol: “The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.”

 

On a lighter note: What is a pirates favorite song?  Shake, shake, shake.  Shake your booty.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, April 26th, 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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