News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, March 22nd, 2021

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

First, some news…

 

Friday and Saturday’s COVID-19 data drops from the state included two big batches of new cases.  There were 3,730 on Friday and 2,660 on Saturday. There were 15 new deaths reported on Friday and 8 on Saturday, along with 39 reclassified deaths.  The numbers for deaths are up a bit, but don’t show a trend that way so far, but the new case numbers are causing concern in Lansing.  On Friday the governor announced new weekly testing requirements for high school athletes participating in sports.  This just more than a month after play was allowed to resume.  At the same time, she loosened restrictions on pro sports in a way that will let more fans in to see the Tigers play as their season begins.

 

In her remarks, the Governor seemed to lay a lot of the blame for the increase on new cases on letting restaurants and bars resume dine-in service.  Some say the increase is more a function of mutations of the virus that are more easily transmitted. Whatever the cause, both the governor and her chief medical officer say the rise is concerning and that they are watching it carefully. The new case rates in Michigan are among the highest in the nation now, and within the state the biggest spikes are in the U-P and northwest lower Michigan.

 

Statewide there are now 46,720 active cases, up about 4,500 since Thursday. Our region has 1082, which is up by 102. Our Safe Start Zone has 2,102, up by 244. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up again, this time by seven tenths to 6.9%.  It’s up three tenths to 7.1% in our safe start zone. In Charlevoix we are down two tenths to 4.9%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide, in our safe start zone and in Charlevoix.

 

Despite the rise in new cases, overall hospital occupancy data looks good with those rates at or near normal levels of 75%. And, while the number of COVID-19 patients is creeping up a bit—there hasn’t been a surge like there was the last time new case rates jumped up. Statewide, 5.2% of beds have COVID-19 patients.  I-C-U bed occupancy is at 9.2%.  Locally, no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, McLaren in Petoskey has six, all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no new tests run.  No results pending. Last positive test was 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

622151

15850

3730

15

Region

10501

214

56

1

TVC Zone

17968

430

165

2

UP

16756

393

39

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2339

16

 

Region

49

0

 

TVC Zone

112

1

 

UP

26

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

838

15

3

0

Benzie

818

31

5

0

Charlevoix

887

13

5

0

Emmet

1303

38

2

0

Grand Traverse

4104

63

17

0

Kalkaska

642

15

7

0

Leelanau

797

15

5

0

Otsego

1112

24

12

1

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

2791

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

44948

 

41

Region

1021

 

142

TVC Zone

2000

 

28

UP

517

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

 

 

Data from March 19, 2021

 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

624811

15897

2660

47

Region

10574

214

73

0

TVC Zone

18093

430

125

0

UP

16797

394

41

1

39 deaths are reclassifications. There were 8 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2482

18

 

Region

55

0

 

TVC Zone

119

1

 

UP

27

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

849

15

11

0

Benzie

819

31

1

0

Charlevoix

894

13

7

0

Emmet

1313

38

10

0

Grand Traverse

4115

63

11

0

Kalkaska

646

15

4

0

Leelanau

802

15

5

0

Otsego

1136

24

24

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

1772

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

46720

 

61

Region

1082

 

102

TVC Zone

2102

 

26

UP

543

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

 

Data from March 20, 2021

 

Here are a couple of reminders for you:  First, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is asking all island residents 16 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to complete an on-line pre-registration survey.  It’s to help the department plan their next COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the island, which will be in early April.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online and on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page.  Find it all at W-V-B-I dot net.

 

https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

 

Second…a reminder to help see that the Beaver Beacon is chosen to have all of its back issues digitized and stored as part of a C-M-U project.  You can send in a postcard for ten votes this week or vote online.  Details are in the calendar.

 

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week. St. James Finance Committee meets Monday at 1 p.m. Waste Management Committee has a meeting set for Tuesday at 1:00. B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2:00.  Remote attendance is available for all meetings.  Check the calendar entries for that info.

 

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 and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays same times. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow, Tuesday, from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.

 

Games Galore is on at the BIC Center from one to four on Thursday.  That’s in the Hangout. Resale shop is open noon to 4:00 Thursday and Friday.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout. Also, Friday, B-I-C-S students have a half day—and that’s the start of their Spring Break.

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the Disney Classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s rated G and great fun for the entire family. And at 7, it’s All My Life—a true story of romance. 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. 

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

Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 50. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night

Rain, mainly after 9pm. Low around 39. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday

Rain, mainly before 3pm. High near 49. Southeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of rain before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Friday

A chance of snow showers before 2pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Friday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers between 7pm and 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Sunday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island beltway running smoothly except at the south end where there’s a section under water. Bridges are clear.  Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Rick Speck, Rory Connagham and Donna Stambaugh are celebrating today. Happy birthday to Donna, Rory and Rick. 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 1739 India’s ‘Peacock Throne’ is stolen from Delhi.  Said to cost more than the Taj Mahal, the throne is stolen by invading Persian forces. Incalculably valuable and made of solid gold, precious gemstones, and rare pearls, it will be lost ever since. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: inimitable (adjective) [in-IM-it-uh-bul], which means: not capable of being imitated : matchless. Something that is inimitable is, literally, not able to be imitated. In actual usage the word describes things so uniquely extraordinary as to not be copied or equaled, which is why you often hear it used to praise outstanding talents or performances. (The antonym imitable describes things that are common or ordinary and could easily be replicated or surpassed.) Inimitable derives via Middle English from Latin inimitabilis. Be careful not to confuse it with inimical or inimicable, two adjectives meaning “hostile” or “harmful”; those words derive from the same Latin root that gave English enemy—inimīcus. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “When ‘I’ is replaced be ‘we,’ even illness becomes wellness.”

 

On a lighter note: What does a vampire use as payment?  Crypt-o-currency.

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