News Update

Community Calendar for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th, 2020

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th, 2020. 

First, Happy Thanksgiving!  Now, some news…

 

Health Center yesterday reported six more negative tests results, and 12new tests—but no more positive results. Since this first real outbreak on the island started when a hunter left the island with symptoms, the center has run 69 tests.  10 of those are back positive, 37 negative and 22 are pending.

 

Yesterday, we reported that a group of Lapeer restaurants had joined together with some others around the state to defy the state’s order restricting dine-in operations.  Yesterday afternoon, the state suspended liquor licenses and issued fines to restaurants and bars it says have violated its orders, including one of those in Lapeer that has re-opened. The places cited were from across the state from Fenton, to Newago to Calumet. There’s a hearing on Monday in the case restaurants are bringing against the new restrictions, but the judge in that matter refused to enjoin enforcement of the order ahead of that.  Meantime, a west Michigan Republican member of the state house has broken rank with party leadership and is calling for a state-wide mask mandate. Representative Tommy Brann from Wyoming says he is simply advocating what health professionals advise.  Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey has repeatedly said such a mandate is not necessary because of requirements already in place.

 

Meantime, six Michigan hospitals say they are at 100% capacity and another 18 are at 90% or more—that according to data released by the state on the 24th.  That’s according to an M-Live analysis of the data.  But, the data also show that overall, hospital bed occupancy across the state, though up, is not far off from historical norms.  Currently, 70% of available in-patient beds are occupied—pretty close to normal according to CDC and other reports.  82.4 percent of ICU beds are occupied, and 35.3 percent of ventilators are in use—all of those numbers for all patients, not just COVID patients.

 

Yesterday’s state reports had 4,273 new cases and 73 deaths—both of those numbers well below the current 7 day rolling averages, which stand at 6,710 for new cases and 90 for deaths. The number of active cases in the state is at 162,872.  In our region, there were 103 new cases and one new death. 10 of the new cases and the new death were in Charlevoix.  That brings number of COVID-19 deaths in our county since the crisis began to seven.  There are now 3,049 active cases in our 8 county region, which is averaging 119 new cases a day and 2 deaths a day.  Positive test rate state-wide is 13.4 percent. Our zone is at 10.4 percent.  Meantime, the average number of new cases per million has dropped back substantially from a peak of 495 mid-month to 191.  That’s still well above the rates we ran through the summer at around 30 new cases per million—but it is a big drop. That number id dropping state-wide, too, but not as dramatically. There’s an interesting graph showing the trend in today’s script online.

 

MI Safe Start Map Data

Full data for our region and summaries, averages  and active case estimates for the state, the UP, and our Safe Start Zone are in today’s script online—all of those numbers calculated by W-V-B-I every day the state releases data.

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

324779

8761

4273

73

Region

4793

87

103

1

TVC Zone

7575

156

181

4

UP

11206

202

134

11

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6710

90

 

Region

119

2

 

TVC Zone

214

4

 

UP

173

5

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

350

5

12

0

Benzie

306

5

9

0

Charlevoix

468

7

10

1

Emmet

843

28

21

0

Grand Traverse

1581

19

28

0

Kalkaska

300

5

8

0

Leelanau

322

3

3

0

Otsego

623

15

12

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

162872

 

 

Region

3049

 

 

TVC Zone

4991

 

 

UP

6042

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

 

Data for November 25, 2020

 

In our Polar Plunge department, Hillary Rose will be taking a swim this morning—over in Charlevoix.  Donation sto the Beaver Island Food Pantry soared past the $5,000 goal yesterday so once again the challenge was met and Hilary is headed to the beach.  You can watch live this morning on Facebook at 10:50.  And, you can still donate.  Maybe if the total gets to $6,000 she’ll swim a little longer.  BTW, water temp at White Shoal this morning is a pretty polar 41.  Brrrrrrr.  

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

 

Nothing.  Except for your ten person or less two family Thanksgiving celebration. But, comin gup on Monday is the drawing for the Tracker fishing and sport boat that’s been sitting out in front of the BIC Center all since May.  Remember, your purchase of a tickets helps support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I and could set you up for many seasons of fun on the water.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  The drawing will be at 8:00 p.m. on Monday.  Because of COVID restrictions, only the official drawer, a witness and a PABI rep will be at the Shamrock for the draw.  So, don’t wait until the last minute to buy your ticket.

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:

Thanksgiving Day

Cloudy, with a high near 44. Light southwest wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 25.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Blustery.

Wednesday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Out on the big drink…

Thanksgiving Day

NW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming WSW 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers between 1pm and 4pm. Waves 1 ft or less building to 3 ft.

Friday

W wind 10 to 15 kt. Patchy fog between 11am and 2pm. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Saturday

WSW wind 15 to 20 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Sunny. Waves 3 to 4 ft.

Water Temps: 41 at White Shoal and 47 at the mid-lake buoy southwest of Gull Island—with one footers out there. Nice shot from the bouy cam in today’s script.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

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

BIRTHDAYS:  Eula Thomas is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Laura and Carol, and if we missed you on our list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1941, FDR backpedals, abandons “Franksgiving.” After bowing to public pressure, US President Franklin Roosevelt signs a bill to set Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday in November. Two years prior, in a bid to boost retail sales, Roosevelt had shifted the holiday a week earlier, a move met with public outrage and derided as the creation of “Franksgiving.” So, you see, 2020 could have been worse.(Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: victual (noun) [VIT-ul], which is spelled V-I-C-T-U-A-L (yep, go figure) and  means: food usable by people; or when plural : supplies of food : provisions.  If you’re hungry for the story behind victual, get ready to dig into a rich and fulfilling history. The word derives via the Middle English and Anglo-French vitaille from the Late Latin plural noun victualia (“provisions”), and ultimately (by way of victus, meaning “nourishment” or “way of living”) the Latin verb vivere, meaning “to live.” Vivere is the source of a whole smorgasbord of other English words, such as vital, vivid, and survive. It’s also the root of viand [VYE-end], another English word referring to food. There’s also vittles, a word that sounds like it might be an alteration of the plural victuals (both are pronounced /VIT-ulz/) but which is actually just an earlier development of the Middle English vitaille that was served before victual. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this vittles filled Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from President Ronald Reagan: “Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. Let us pause from our many activities to give thanks to almighty God for our bountiful harvests and abundant freedoms. Let us call upon Him for continued guidance and assistance in all our endeavors.”

On a lighter note: Why did the borth on Thanksgiving taste funny?  It was a laughing stock.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thanksgiving Day,  Thursday, November 26th, 2020, 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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