News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, August 10th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, August 10th, 2020.
First, some news…
Governor Whitmer says the executive order that President Trump signed Saturday do nothing to protect unemployed Americans. Among the orders the president signed was one extending enhanced unemployment benefits at a rate of $400 a week instead of $600, but his plan requires states to kick in $100 of that. Other orders extended the federal eviction moratorium and created a payroll tax holiday for those earning less than $104,000 per year. The governor says the president is more focused on his reelection than in fighting COVID-19.
On Friday, the governor signed another executive order of her own extending the Michigan’s emergency and disaster declaration until Friday September 4. She said that every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in cases over the past few weeks. That’s true in terms of absolute numbers, but the state’s safe start data shows cases dropping since mid-July. Check out today’s script for a copy of today’s graph on that from the Safe Start Site. A case by Republican in the state legislature challenging the governor’s authority to keep unilaterally extending the declaration was lost in trial court, but remains pending on appeal.
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State health officials reported no new deaths on Friday and two over the weekend. 762 new cases were reported on Friday and 1,212 over the weekend. Seven day running average is up one for new cases is up slightly to 661. For deaths the number has dropped from 8 to 6. Totals since the start are 87,403 cases and 6,249 deaths. 63 thousand cases were marked as recovered by the state on Friday, leaving about 18 thousand current cases after taking into account deaths. Positive test rate running average for the state is down again to 3.2%. The target is three percent. Average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 34.6 per million, which is at the top of the medium high-risk zone. It is still headed down. Safe start zone risk levels across the state are set at medium high for all zones except ours, which is set at medium.
On the island, some more tests run—another 13 bring the total to 147 tests. 6 of the new ones are back as negative bring that total to 138. 7 pending. Two old positives. No known active cases on the island.
In our region, the reports from the state since Thursday show 12 net new cases and no new deaths. New cases in Antrim with one, Charlevoix with four, Emmet one, Grand Traverse with three, Kalkaska one, Leelanau with two amd Otsego with one, but one taken off the list in Benzie. In the U-P there were 42 new cases over the three day period and no new deaths. Total of cases in our region since the start is 571 with 24 deaths. Rolling averages are six new cases a day and no deaths. In the U-P, there are at 660 total cases with 18 deaths. Averages are 18 news cases a day, no deaths.
Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online.
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
37
0
0
0
Benzie
27
1
1
0
Charlevoix
41
2
0
0
Emmet
53
2
1
0
Grand Traverse
184
5
6
0
Kalkaska
38
4
1
0
Leelanau
65
0
0
0
Otsego
114
10
1
0
Data from 8/7/2020
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
38
0
1
0
Benzie
26
1
-1
0
Charlevoix
45
2
4
0
Emmet
54
2
1
0
Grand Traverse
187
5
3
0
Kalkaska
39
4
1
0
Leelanau
67
0
2
0
Otsego
115
10
1
0
Data from 8/8/2020
COUNTY
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
38
0
0
0
Benzie
26
1
0
0
Charlevoix
45
2
0
0
Emmet
54
2
0
0
Grand Traverse
187
5
0
0
Kalkaska
39
4
0
0
Leelanau
67
0
0
0
Otsego
115
10
0
0
Data from 8/9/2020
Our M-I safe start zone numbers continue to look good—which is good for school in-person next month. Positive test rate running average is at 1.1 percent which is in the low risk classification for the plan. The new case rate is at 4.9 per million today, which is in the low risk category. Average for that is 11, which is medium high risk. Nine new cases reported in the Traverse City Safe Start Zone yesterday. No new deaths. Rolling averages in the zone are 6 for new cases and 0 for deaths.
In the COVID-19 cancellation department, it’s looking like the big 10 football season is on the postponing block. M-live says Big 10 presidents are meeting tonight on that, and that majority favor postponing until the spring. Meantime the Mid-American Conference cancelled their fall season on Saturday also with hopes of playing in the spring.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Here’s your meeting planner for the week: B-I-C-S School Board Meets on this evening at 7:00 at school. Beaver Island Transportation Authority meets tomorrow at noon at their H-Q across from the ferry dock. B-I-A is holding its annual meeting tomorrow at 4. That’ll be out at the golf course under a tent. All are welcome to attend. Full disclosure. I’m the current president of B-I-A. Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting on the books for 5 Tuesday evening. Peaine Township Board meets at 7. And that’s it for the week on the meeting front.
South end lighthouse is open today and every day for self-guided tours.
Tomorrow, Pickleball 10 to noon on the municipal courts. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the hangout here at the BIC Center. Wednesday, Marine Museum and the Print Shop will be open today from 11 to 5. Bingo Wednesday evening at the Greg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.
Thursday, Pickleball from 10 to noon. Games Galore from 1 to 4.
Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout.
Saturday, movies are on again at the BIC Center. 4:00 show is Artemis Fowl. It’s the story of a young criminal prodigy. From Disney. Rated PG. And at 7, an interesting film shot in Ireland. It’s End of Sentence – a coming together story that’s won a splash of awards. Probably for teens and up, but it has no rating. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Capacity is limited to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing in family pods applies. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow the BIC Center on Facebook to see them.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross on Saturday and Sunday, and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar
Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle. A lot of auction items ended earlier this week, but there are still lots of items available, including some naming rights. Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets. You can also bid and get tickets 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. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 61. North wind around 5 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind around 10 mph. Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Saturday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Saturday Night A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Sunday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Out on the big drink…
Today SW wind around 15 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Waves around 2 ft. Tuesday W wind around 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Wednesday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Water Temps: 68 at the mid-lake buoy and at the bridge. No reports so far this year from White Shoal or Little Traverse Bay.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: W-V-B-I virtual octocopter is flying high in the blue skies above the island—so high you virtually can’t see it—and it spies….no delays inbound or out bound to the airports, the island beltway and bridges clear. But, let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: None on our list today, but if we missed you on our birthday list, happy birthday to youfrom all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1937 Electric guitars get their start in a Hawaiian-music craze. America’s love affair with exotic Hawaiian music gives musician George Beauchamp a reason to turn up the volume, as acoustic guitars just aren’t loud enough to please large crowds. He receives a patent on his ‘Frying Pan,’ a cast-aluminum guitar with amplifying electric pickups, which he had created in 1931. And on this day in 1987, President Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act into law, offering about $20,000 in reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. 80,000 people affected by internment will receive the payments. (bing.com)
WORD OF THE DAY: midriff (noun) [MID-riff], which means: the mid-region of the human torso : midsection; a section of a garment that covers the midriff; a garment that exposes the midriff; a body partition of muscle and connective tissue; specifically : the partition separating the chest and abdominal cavities in mammals : diaphragm. Midriff is now most commonly encountered in the mid-torso or clothing-related senses. These senses are relatively young, having appeared, respectively, in the early 19th and mid-20th centuries. For most of its history, however, midriff has been used to refer to the diaphragm (a large flat muscle separating the lungs from the stomach area). The diaphragm sense has been with us for more than 1,000 years, with the earliest known uses being found in Old English manuscripts such as Bald’s Leechbook, a medical text that is believed to date back to the 9th century. The riff in midriff comes from Old English hrif – that’s H-R-I-F, which means belly or womb. Hrif is akin to Old High German href—with an “E”—which also means womb and probably also to Latin corpus (“body”). If you want to have a look at Bald’s Leechbook, there’s a link to a digital copy in today’s script. It’s full of remedies most of which don’t involve leeches. (Merriam-Webster). www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_12_D_XVII
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…
Here’s a thought for the day “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Boy, that’s been true this year. On a lighter note: Where do chocolate and peanuts meet up? At the candy bar.
IMAGINE A SAD TROMBONE SFX
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, August 10th, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control 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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