News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, February 22nd, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, February 22nd, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

President Biden visited Michigan on Friday and, among other things, highlighted the state’s role in the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines.  He said he thinks will be approaching normalcy by the end of the year because of the vaccination effort. He was visiting the Pfizer plant in Portage Michigan where one of the two vaccines now approved for use in the U-S is made.  During the visit, Pfizer said it was ramping up production of its vaccine from five million to ten million doses a week.  Islanders have received both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

 

COVID-19 data from Friday and Saturday afternoon show continued good trends. There were averages of 914 new cases a day and 43 deaths a day.  That includes 57 reclassified deaths in Saturday’s report. Seven-day running average for new cases is 814. For deaths, the average is 30 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there was an average of 21 new cases a day and one death overall. Charlevoix had one new case. The single death was in Emmet. Seven day running averages for our region are 14 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Statewide there are now 35,608 active cases—down by about 2,300 over the two day period. Our region has 748—down by 62. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is at 3.6%, up two tenths.  It’s 3.6% in our safe start zone, too. That’s up two tenths as well. And the rate in Charlevoix county is down six tenths to 1.1%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

 

No update in overall hospital occupancy rates, but they were looking good on Friday—both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  COVID-19 occupancy rates looked good, too. [Statewide, 3.7% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 6.7%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and four at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U.]

 

On the island, one new test.  It’s the only one 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

579284

15296

1193

23

Region

9517

203

25

1

TVC Zone

16030

404

39

1

UP

16274

381

20

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

726

22

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

23

1

 

UP

13

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

739

15

1

0

Benzie

773

30

3

0

Charlevoix

823

13

1

0

Emmet

1243

37

4

1

Grand Traverse

3712

58

13

0

Kalkaska

539

15

0

0

Leelanau

724

14

1

0

Otsego

964

21

2

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

37138

 

 

Region

780

 

 

TVC Zone

1365

 

 

UP

746

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

 

Data from February 19, 2021

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

579919

15359

635

63

Region

9534

203

17

0

TVC Zone

16056

405

26

1

UP

16287

382

13

1

57 deaths are reclassifications. There were 6 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

814

30

 

Region

14

0

 

TVC Zone

26

1

 

UP

15

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

741

15

2

0

Benzie

774

30

1

0

Charlevoix

823

13

0

0

Emmet

1244

37

1

0

Grand Traverse

3719

58

7

0

Kalkaska

539

15

0

0

Leelanau

728

14

4

0

Otsego

966

21

2

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

35608

 

 

Region

748

 

 

TVC Zone

1311

 

 

UP

703

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

 

 

Data from February 20, 2021

 

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

 

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; practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4.

 

Emergency Services Authority has a meeting set for Thursday at 2:00. Details are in the calendar entry online.  That’s the only meeting on the books this week. C-O-A had a Not-so Newlywed game planned for Thursday and Friday, but they have postponed that.  Stay tuned for the new date.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The War with Grandpa.  Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, Cheech Marin and Christopher Walken for a Grandpa gang. It’s PG and fun for the whole family. And at 7, it’s the latest Marvel superhero flick—still showing in theaters on the mainland: Super Woman 1984.  Get ready for 1980s style.  Rated PG-13. 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.

 

C-O-A’s February Bingo game is wrapping up on the 26th.  Cards are at the C-O-A office. Info on how to play is in the calendar entry online. C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. Contrary to what we reported yesterday, it is a take-away meal and just 50 are available. Call Lonnie to sign up.

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 30 percent chance of snow before 9am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

Snow, mainly after 9pm. Patchy blowing snow before 11pm. Steady temperature around 32. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Tuesday

A chance of snow before 8am, then a slight chance of snow showers between 8am and 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night

Snow likely, mainly between 11pm and 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Wednesday

A chance of snow before 8am, then a chance of snow showers between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy.

Friday Night

A chance of snow after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Saturday

Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges clear. Island Beltway running smoothly except for the part that’s in the water down at the south end.  Roads are changing up with the warmer temps, though. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Nick Olson, Mila Mooney and Kayla Anderson are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Mila, Kayla and Nick, 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 1980, in Lake Placid, New York, a U-S Olympic hockey team made up of amateur and college players takes on the mighty juggernaut of the Soviet crew and, in a shockingly unexpected turn that came to be called a Miracle on Ice, wins their medal-round match 4-3. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: retarget (verb) [\ree-TAHR-gut\], which means: to direct (something) toward a different target. The verb retarget first appeared in 20th-century English with the basic meaning “to direct toward a different target.” In digital advertising, retargeting has to do with directing people who have left your website back to the site by displaying ads that remind them of your site on other sites they subsequently visit. The base word target is from the early French noun targe [tarj], which was used for a light shield carried especially by footmen and archers. French targette [tar-jet], a diminutive form of targe, was taken into English as target in the early 15th century with its French sense. In the 18th century, the word acquired the extended sense of “a shieldlike object to shoot at for practice.” In the following century, the figurative senses referring to a thing or person that is marked for attack (especially of ridicule or criticism) begin to develop. The sense of “a goal to be achieved” originated in the 20th century, often in connection with a quantity or date (as in “production targets” or “target dates”). (Merriam-Webster)

 

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “To play the game is good. To win is better. But to love the game is best of all.”

On a lighter note: Why do hockey players wear numbers? Because you can’t always identify the body with dental records.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Monday, February 22nd, 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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