News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, February 15th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, February 15th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The bitter cold and, probably, the lack of community activities limited the number of folks who turned out for the fishing tournament on Saturday…but there were folks there on and off during the day. Gina Mangra took home both prizes with a 20″ Walleye and an 18″ Pike. Plans are to get back to a full tournament next year with food, kids games and more.

 

 

Both Dalwhinnie and the Shamrock served up special Valentine’s dinners…with Dalwhinnie on Friday and the Shamrock yesterday. Culinary critics gave rave reviews to both…and there were good turnouts for both. And, fur brunch fans, the Shamrock has added that back to their repertoire.

 

COVID-19 data from the weekend continues to show good trends. There were 1,023 new cases a day on average and 49 deaths including reclassifications. Seven-day running average for new cases is down to 939. For deaths, the average is 37 a day with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were an average of 21 new cases a day over the weekend and two deaths overall. Charlevoix had three new cases total. The deaths were in Emmet and Kalkaska with one each.  Seven day running averages for our region are 19 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Statewide there are now 43,220 active cases—down by about 3,300 over the two-day period. Our region has 974—down by 131. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to look good. Statewide rate is down two tenths at 3.9%.  It’s down two tenths as well to 4.1% in our safe start zone. The rate in Charlevoix county is up four tenths to 1.9%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates are on a steady slope down. Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 4.5% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 8.1%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, but three more at McLaren in Petoskey bringing them to eight COVID patients—all in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since December 7th.

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

574200

15141

2021

89

Region

9437

200

41

2

TVC Zone

15872

399

83

3

UP

16185

377

36

1

55 deaths are reclassifications. There were 20 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1081

49

 

Region

22

1

 

TVC Zone

40

1

 

UP

20

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

736

15

4

0

Benzie

766

30

2

0

Charlevoix

818

12

3

0

Emmet

1230

36

9

1

Grand Traverse

3670

57

16

0

Kalkaska

537

15

4

1

Leelanau

720

14

0

0

Otsego

960

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

45894

 

 

Region

1069

 

 

TVC Zone

1745

 

 

UP

1027

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

 

Data from February 12, 2021, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

574224

15150

24

9

Region

9437

200

0

0

TVC Zone

15872

399

0

0

UP

16185

377

0

0

55 deaths are reclassifications. There were 20 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

939

37

 

Region

19

0

 

TVC Zone

35

1

 

UP

18

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

736

15

0

0

Benzie

766

30

0

0

Charlevoix

818

12

0

0

Emmet

1230

36

0

0

Grand Traverse

3670

57

0

0

Kalkaska

537

15

0

0

Leelanau

720

14

0

0

Otsego

960

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

43220

 

 

Region

974

 

 

TVC Zone

1647

 

 

UP

975

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

 

Data from February 13, 2021, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Waste Management Committee meets at 1:00 on Tuesday. St. James Public Works meets at 11 on Wednesday.  Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 on Thursdays.  Details and information 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 from 1:00 to 3:00. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on tomorrow —10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturdays.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be The Croods: A New Age—great animated fun for the whole family.  And at 7, it’s Woody Allen’s latest file—a Rainy Day in New York with Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez. Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater. Concession stand will be open for snacks, a meal or both.  Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar.

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:

Washington’s Birthday

Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 10. Wind chill values as low as -13. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -18. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -4. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 28.

TRAFFIC: None.  It’s quite out there. But, there is fresh snow and the roads are slick.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Ireland McDonough is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Ireland, 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 1946, the University of Pennsylvania formally dedicates their room-filling computer that the press has dubbed a ‘Giant Brain.’ The six main programmers, all women, have initially programmed ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) to run computations on the feasibility of the hydrogen bomb (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: durable (adjective) [DUR-uh-bul], which means: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; also : designed to be durable. Something durable lasts a long time, so it’s no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning “to last.” Other descendants of durare in English include during, endure, and durance (which now mostly turns up in the phrase “in durance vile,” a fancy way of saying “in prison”). Durable even has a near synonym in the much rarer perdurable, which combines durare with the prefix per- (meaning “throughout”) to create a word that can mean “lasting a very long time or indefinitely” or “eternal.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Andrew Hamilton, whi was a writer for Popular Mechanics back in 1946: “Where a calculator like the ENIAC today is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1½ tons.”

On a lighter note: How much does a Grandpa weigh?  Just a little more than a gram.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Monday, February 15th, 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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