News Update

Community Calendar for Monday, October 5th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 5th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Friday and the weekend were a bit of a roller coaster on the COVID-19 news front.  Things started with Governor Whitmer announcing that she was moving the U-P back a notch in the state’s reopening plan from Phase 5 to Phase 4—leaving the northern lower peninsula as the only region of the state in Phase 5.  The change, set to go into effect on the 9th, would tighten restrictions across the U-P.  But, not long after that the State Supreme Court issued a decision that it says invalidates all of the governor’s COVID-19 orders issued since April.  And, not because the governor exceeded her authority under the law—but because the 1945 law itself was invalid.

 

As the governor reacted to that—saying she was deeply disappointed and that under the rules, her orders would remain effective for a 21 day reconsideration period—state health officials released Friday’s COVID-19 numbers showing a drop day over day of more than 100 for new cases.  Meantime, the governor also pointed out that state health officials could continue to enforce a number of requirements in her orders.

 

Saturday, State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and others questioned whether the orders would be enforced even if technically they remained effective.  Shirkey said that he hoped the governor would work with the legislature to keep some restrictions in place, but that it was time to stop treating COVID-19 as a health emergency and instead start learning to manage and live with the virus. He said that while he expected people would continue to use masks, socially distance and take other preventative measures—there was simply no appetite in the legislature for masking requirements.  Meantime Health Departments across the state—which also have authority to issue pandemic related orders—started given a patchwork of answers as to whether they would issue or enforce masking orders. And, later on Saturday, Health Department officials issues their daily report with a whopping 1,158 new cases. 

 

Sunday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is generally an ally of the governor, said she would no longer enforce the governor’s orders.  She said she was worried about the future for the state without the orders in place, but that she respected the decision of the Court.  Nessel said the orders had saved many lives and that she would continue to enforce health department orders. Others questioned the efficacy of the orders and how far health department officials could go under the law.

 

So, where are we on the roller coaster?  Hard to say.  Turns out it’s a roller coaster in the dark—like Space Mountain.  We the riders don’t know where we are headed next.

 

On the island, the Health Center reported six additional tests over the weekend.  Results on some of those are back adding three to the negative total, which is now at 176.  Four tests are pending, and as we know there have previously been six back as positive—but none of those are active cases on the island.

 

Over the weekend, our region had 31 new cases, but no new deaths. One of the new cases is in Charlevoix County. Traverse saw 21 new cases. There are 320 active cases in the region. Rolling averages are 12 new cases a day and no deaths.  Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test at 1.6%, which is in the low risk zone of the new rating scheme. The number of new cases per million is 27.5, which earns a B risk rating in the new scheme.

 

Statewide there were almost 2,000 new cases reported over the two day period—a total of 1,938. There were 20 new deaths.  That brings totals to 127,516 for cases and 6,801 for deaths. 23,121 cases are active. Averages are 870 for new cases and 13 for deaths. Safe Start numbers are 3.4% for the positive test rate, which is in the A risk zone and close to the C-D-C target. New case rate is 67.6 per million, which is in the upper third of the C level risk zone.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

If you are looking for a flu shot—which in most cases you should be—the Health Center is still reporting that they have none on hand.  But, here are two options.  On the island, you can sign up for the Department of Health of Northwest Michigan Immunization Clinic coming up on the 13th—this year at the Health Center rather than school.  Call 800-432-4121 to do that.  The number is in the calendar entry.  Or, next time you are across get a shot at one of the pharmacies.  Reports are that they have shots available.   In all events, unless you have a medical reason not to, this year of all years you want to be sure to get your flu shot.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

126358

6788

780

7

Region

1193

35

17

0

TVC Zone

1766

64

25

0

UP

2621

36

97

1

Note: 11 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

833

13

 

Region

11

0

 

TVC Zone

15

1

 

UP

98

1

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

64

0

1

0

Benzie

78

2

0

0

Charlevoix

98

3

1

0

Emmet

152

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

456

9

11

0

Kalkaska

74

4

-1

0

Leelanau

107

1

-1

0

Otsego

164

12

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

22648

 

 

Region

316

 

 

TVC Zone

440

 

 

UP

1592

Note: Look back now 27 days to adjust for 3 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/2/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

127516

6801

1158

13

Region

1207

35

14

0

TVC Zone

1787

64

21

0

UP

2730

39

109

3

Note: 11 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

870

13

 

Region

12

0

 

TVC Zone

17

1

 

UP

98

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

63

0

-1

0

Benzie

79

2

1

0

Charlevoix

98

3

0

0

Emmet

154

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

466

9

10

0

Kalkaska

75

4

1

0

Leelanau

109

1

2

0

Otsego

163

12

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

23121

 

 

Region

320

 

 

TVC Zone

444

 

 

UP

1673

Note: Look back now 27 days to adjust for 3 Sundays with no data.

 

 

Data from 10/3/2020

 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for the week: Saint James Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for Tuesday evening at 7 at the Township Hall.  B-I-C-S Board Committee of the whole meets Wednesday at 4:00 at school. Monthly Saint James Township Board meeting is Wednesday evening at the Township hall at Whiskey Point.

 

On the fun front, quiet today except for fun you make on your own.  Tomorrow, Pickleball from 10 to noon on the municipal tennis courts if the weather holds—otherwise indoors here at the BIC Center.  Also, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Wednesday is the first Cyber generations cyber security class from the C-O-A—taught by seasonal island resident Chris Sorenson.  It’s at 5:30 online.  Check with Lonnie at the C-O-A for links.  Also Wednesday, it’s the last BINGO game of the season—or at least the last one on the schedule at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open at 6;15 for fellowship.  Games at 7:00.

 

Thursday: Pickleball 10 to noon.  Games Galore up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00.  Euchre at the Shamrock starting at 7:00.  Friday, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is n up in the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.   

 

Saturday—Pickleball in the morning from 10 to noon.   And there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Superman: Man of Tomorrow.  It’s a great new animated episode done in the classic style—good old fashioned Saturday cartoon fun for the kids and nostalgia for mom and dad even though this is a brand new show.  It’s rated PG-13. And at 7:00 the movie pickers have found another great reprise for you.  This week its American Hustle—a wild ride through the disco era a a con man gets wrapped up with the CIA and the Mafia.  Excellent film with great reviews.  Rated R. Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

C-O-A is spinning up a fall recipe contest next week. Start submitting your winners today.  Deadline to enter is the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.

 

Medicare open enrollment is coming up.  If you have question about that, Lonnie Allen at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

LAKESHORE FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tonight

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 49. Breezy, with a south wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Tuesday

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. West wind around 15 mph.

Tuesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Out on the big drink…

Today

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT

SSW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 3 to 5 ft.

Tonight

SSW wind 25 to 30 kt, with gusts as high as 40 kt. A chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Waves 6 ft building to 9 ft.

Tuesday

W wind 15 to 20 kt. A chance of showers before 7am. Waves 6 ft subsiding to 3 ft.

Tuesday Night

WSW wind around 15 kt, with gusts as high as 30 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Wednesday

WNW wind around 20 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 4 to 5 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: 55 at White Shoal.  57 at the mid-lake buoy. 57 at the bridge. 56 at Mackinac City. Down south, Sleeping Bear is at 59. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, they are clinging to the 60s at 61.  .

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: Don’t forget about the road closures on the way out to Whiskey Point by the Little Traverse Band fishing dock while storm drains are being replaced.  Other than that, no traffic issues.  But lets’ be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  Joe McDonough is celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Joe 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 1969 BBC-TV premieres something completely different.  Five Brits and one American write and star in the BBC’s new sketch comedy show, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus.’ Their particular brand of silly, surreal mayhem will change the comedy landscape over 45 episodes that at first garner a cult following before achieving worldwide fame.  And yes, that parrot is dead.  Deceased. Finished.  He has ceased to be.  (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: appreciable (adjective) [uh-PREE-shuh-bul], which means: capable of being perceived or measured. Appreciable, like the verb appreciate, comes from the Late Latin verb appretiare (“to appraise” or “to put a price on”). It is one of several English adjectives that can be applied to something that can be detected, felt, or measured. Specifically, appreciable applies to what is highly noticeable or definitely measurable, whereas perceptible, which is often paired with barely or scarcely, applies to what can be discerned to a minimal extent. Sensible refers to something that is clearly perceived; a sensible difference in someone’s expression is easily detected. Palpable applies to something that, if it doesn’t have actual physical substance, is nevertheless quite noticeable via the senses (“a palpable chill in the air”). Tangible is used for something capable of being handled or grasped, either physically or mentally (“tangible evidence”). (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday …

Here’s a thought for the day: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

On a lighter note: Where do couples argue at the mall?  In the Feud Court.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 5th, 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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