News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, January 11th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, January 11th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The second group of folks eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can now sign up for a time to receive. That group includes those over 65 and teachers—and additional essential workers.  On the island, you can sign up by calling across to the health department. Details on how to do that are in today’s script and in a post on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 Info Page.  If you tried to follow those procedures over the weekend and didn’t get anywhere, you weren’t alone.  Lots of folks had the impression the process was automated and would work any time.  The Health Center says that you can only call in during the health department’s regular hours.

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 2,706 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 16 new deaths.  That’s 1,353 and 8 a day respectively.  There were also 207 reclassified deaths in the report.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 2,423.  For deaths it is up to 101—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 50 new cases and one new death. Charlevoix had one of the new cases. 27 were in Grand Traverse, and that was the location of the single death as well. Averages for the region are 52 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 124,046 active cases—down again this time by about 3,200.  Our region has 2,233—down by just over 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is pretty much steady at  9.9% and it is up again by almost half a point to 9.4% for our safe start zone.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 2.6%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there are no COVID-19 patients at Munson Charlevoix and eight at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, the Health Center reports two test results back as negative.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

519082

13355

2706

223

Region

8169

172

50

1

TVC Zone

13792

343

88

5

UP

14951

337

65

3

207 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 16 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2423

101

 

Region

52

1

 

TVC Zone

92

4

 

UP

61

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

619

12

2

0

Benzie

642

27

5

0

Charlevoix

739

10

1

0

Emmet

1110

34

5

0

Grand Traverse

3077

46

27

1

Kalkaska

480

14

1

0

Leelanau

607

8

9

0

Otsego

895

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

124046

 

 

Region

2233

 

 

TVC Zone

4016

 

 

UP

2278

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s a planner for the week: School Board meets Monday evening at 7. On Tuesday, the Transportation Authority meets at noon.  Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for 5:00 and the Peaine Township Board is set to meet at 7. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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 showers, mainly between 10am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 27.

Friday

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 23.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

TRAFFIC: None, Nada, Zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  My daughter Erin Boyle is celebrating today. Happy birthday Pumpkin and, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1964 Surgeon General reports risks of cigarette smoking. In a publication that will spur the first major anti-smoking campaign in US history, Dr. Luther Terry reports that smoking tobacco is implicated in hazardous health outcomes, including cancer. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: mimesis (noun) [muh-MEE-sis], which means: imitation, mimicry. Mimesis is a term with an undeniably classical pedigree. Originally a Greek word, it has been used in aesthetic or artistic theory to refer to the attempt to imitate or reproduce reality since Plato and Aristotle. Mimesis is derived from the Greek verb mimeisthai, which means “to imitate” and which itself comes from mimos, meaning “mime.” The English word mime also descends from mimos, as do mimic and mimicry. And what about mimeograph, the name of the duplicating machine that preceded the photocopier? We can’t be absolutely certain what the folks at the A. B. Dick Company had in mind when they came up with Mimeograph (a trademark name that has since expired), but influence from mimos and its descendants certainly seems probable. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Elvis Presley: “It’s hard to fail, but worse never to have tried to succeed.”

On a lighter note: Why don’t oysters share their pearls?  Their shellfish.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, January 11th, 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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