News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, November 30th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, November 30th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Health Center is reporting three more negative tests in their latest update—and no new positives.  From Friday afternoon through Saturday, they reported three positive test results and 14 negatives.  Totals for the current outbreak on the island show 16 positive tests, 62 negative and 4 tests still pending. 73 tests have been run since the first case was reported with some negative results included in our tally coming from tests run before that. 

 

State-wide, a majority of counties in Michigan continue to show declines in their seven-day averages as of the last data on Saturday.  That according to an M-Live report. But, they note that there are still 32 counties with positivity rates above 15%.  Right now that rate for Charlevoix County stands at 8.8 per cent. For our safe start zone its 11.3 percent.  Meantime, hospital capacity in our zone continues to look good.  The occupancy rate is 61.6 percent for beds overall and 78.6 percent for I-C-U beds. Ventilator occupancy is at 33.3 percent.  Two percent of E-R visits in our zone present COVID-19 symptoms.

Saturday’s COVID-19 report from state health officials included 8,080 cases and 103 deaths. Their Friday afternoon report, which covered two days included 17,162 cases.  There are now an estimated 182,476 active cases in the state.  Average number of new cases a day now stands at 7,835 and the average number of daily deaths is 102. In our region, the latest report had 161 new cases and no new deaths. Fridays report had 261 new cases and one death. For that period, 47 of the new cases were in Charlevoix, and the single death was there as well.  There are 3,352 active cases in our region with averages of 144 new cases and two deaths each day.

 

Complete data for our region plus summaries for the state, the T-C safe start zone and the UP are in today’s script.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

341941

8933

17162

172

Region

5054

88

261

1

TVC Zone

8072

161

497

5

UP

11577

215

371

13

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

8078

106

 

Region

142

2

 

TVC Zone

260

5

 

UP

184

7

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

376

5

26

0

Benzie

338

5

32

0

Charlevoix

494

8

26

1

Emmet

867

28

24

0

Grand Traverse

1675

19

94

0

Kalkaska

321

5

21

0

Leelanau

335

3

13

0

Otsego

648

15

25

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

177667

 

 

Region

3241

 

 

TVC Zone

5397

 

 

UP

6303

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

 

Data from November 28, 2020

 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

350021

9036

8080

103

Region

5215

88

161

0

TVC Zone

8353

166

281

5

UP

11736

222

159

7

70 of the state-wide deaths are reclassifications.

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

7835

102

 

Region

144

2

 

TVC Zone

262

4

 

UP

182

7

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

389

5

13

0

Benzie

354

5

16

0

Charlevoix

515

8

21

0

Emmet

878

28

11

0

Grand Traverse

1740

19

65

0

Kalkaska

329

5

8

0

Leelanau

342

3

7

0

Otsego

668

15

20

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

182476

 

 

Region

3352

 

 

TVC Zone

5610

 

 

UP

6286

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

 

Data from November 28, 2020

 

In Dark Sky news today, the latest full moon is this evening into Tuesday.  It’s the Cold Moon or the Beaver moon.  Clouds may obscure it tonight but the forecast for Tuesday night looks good for a peak.  Meantime, you can also be on the lookout for a temporary moon—a deep space object that will orbit the earth a few times before spinning back out into an orbit around the sun.  When first observed, it was thought to be an asteroid, but now experts say it is probably the second stage of the rocket use to send Surveyor 2 to the moon in 1966. It will pass earth at a relatively slow 8,000 mph and come well within the moon’s orbit at about 30,000 miles.  There’s a link to an article with more info in today’s script: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/earth-may-have-captured-a-1960s-era-rocket-booster.

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

 

Today, PABI will conduct the drawing for the BIC Center and W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  That’ll be at 8:00 Monday evening at the Shamrock—perhaps out front to comply with COVID-19 rules. No need to come to watch though, because the event will be livestreamed on Facebook and we’ll announce the winner right here on WVBI, too.  On your meeting planner for the week, just two items: St. James Planning Commission is set to meet Tuesday evening at 7.  B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets Wednesday at 4:00.  Both of those meetings will be virtual. Details including remote attendance info are in the calendar online.  Speaking of the school board, they have an open seat.  If you are interested in filling it, the deadline to do so is 3:30 on the 7th.  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:

No accumulating snow in the forecast for us, but it is called for in southeast Michigan and the thumb in the next several days. Maybe 2 to 4 inches.  For us:

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a north wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Blustery, with a north wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 29.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy.

Out on the big drink…

Today

Gale warning in effect through tonight.  N wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Scattered flurries before 10am. Waves 5 to 6 ft.

Tuesday

N wind around 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 5 to 6 ft.

Wednesday

NNW wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Sunny. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Water Temps: 40 at White Shoal and 47 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with six footers out there.

TRAFFIC: None, nada, zip.  But, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Lynn Cary and Brody Timsak are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Lynn abd Brody, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1872, First official international soccer match played in Scotland. About 4,000 spectators watch as the Scottish and English national teams play in the town of Patrick, near Glasgow, Scotland. The match, played on St. Andrew’s Day, ends in a 0-0 draw, though Scotland nearly scores when it hits the ‘crossbar’—a piece of tape attached to the goalposts.  (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: ambient (adjective) [AM-bee-unt], which means: existing or present on all sides : encompassing; of electronic music : quiet and relaxing with melodies that repeat many times. Biologists explore the effects of ambient light on plants; acoustics experts try to control ambient sound; and meteorologists study ambient pressure, air, or temperature. All this can make ambient seem like a technical term, but when it first saw light of day, that all-encompassing adjective was as likely to be used in poetry as in science. John Milton used it in Paradise Lost, and Alexander Pope wrote of a mountain “whose tow’ring summit ambient clouds conceal’d.” Both poets and scientists who use ambient owe a debt to the Latin verb ambire, meaning “to go around,” the grandparent of our English word. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from soccer player Abby Wambach: “I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.”

On a lighter note: What was the best dance move at Thanksgiving dinner?  The Twerky.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, November 30th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI 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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