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Community Calendar for Thursday, April 8th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, April 8th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The Health Center Reported another two positive COVID-19 tests yesterday after running another four tests.  Two came back negative, and there are none pending. One of the positive tests appears to have been for a grade school student at Beaver Island Community School. Parents received an email yesterday afternoon from principal and superintendent Wil Cwikiel alerting then of the positive test and stating that the student along with all other students who had been in contact at less than six feet for more than 15 minutes would need to quarantine through April 20th. Those students will shift to remote learning, but school will otherwise remain open for in person learning for all students.  If you have questions or concerns, you should contact the school office.

 

Along side that news comes an announcement that the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has scheduled another vaccination clinic at the school for April 13th. The Department has been reaching out to those who have signed up for vaccinations that will be getting the jab on that day.  The second dose will be delivered on May 4th.  There will be about 150 shots given and, apparently, there still may be room.  If you haven’t already preregistered, you should do so right away.  The link is in today’s script online.  [https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

Unless you have a medical reason not to get the vaccine, please sign up. Don’t be the person that puts the health and economy of the island at risk by failing to get a shot that has proven both overwhelmingly effective and safe.

 

Those vaccinations are especially important as new infections seem to be continuing at a stampeding rate.  8,015 new cases were reported for the state yesterday along with 30 new deaths. That brings the running averages to 6,174 and 34, respectively.  In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start there were 184 new cases and two deaths, 20 of the new cases were in Charlevoix and, presumably, two here on the island.  The deaths were in Antrim and Grand Traverse. Average number of new cases a day is now 112 for the region. For deaths, the average is now at one after being at zero for quite a stretch.

 

Michigan now has 117,464 cases reported that are less than 30 days old.  For our region, the tally is 2,260. The burgeoning numbers are driving pressure from C-D-C director Rochelle Walensky to reimpose some restrictions in Michigan.  Governor Whitmer is sticking to her view, though, that increasing vaccinations and personal responsibility should be enough to get the state over the hump—and the many foodservice businesses who have been shut to inside service for longer than anyplace else in the country are desperate to avoid another closure.  The governor says national experts her team have spoken to say the problem isn’t regulation.  It’s compliance.

 

Meantime, infectious disease experts are concerned about the rapid rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state.  Overall hospital bed utilization statewide has now pressed more than five points past normal for both regular and I-C-U beds, and COVID-19 patient occupant rates now stand at 14% for regular beds and 20.1% for I-C-U beds.  While patients are not dying at the same rates as they were in the spring, the total number hospitalized could exceed the spring peak by next week.

 

Statewide positive test rate is at 17.3%. It’s 18.1% in our Safe Start Zone and 13.1 percent for Charlevoix County—those numbers up across the board. New case numbers are shown heading up on the dashboard for the state and Charlevoix County, but down for our Safe Start Zone.

 

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

715478

16327

8015

30

Region

12219

223

184

2

TVC Zone

21007

454

290

2

UP

17582

400

53

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

6174

34

 

Region

112

1

 

TVC Zone

189

2

 

UP

49

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1026

16

21

1

Benzie

872

31

6

0

Charlevoix

1009

13

20

0

Emmet

1518

39

19

0

Grand Traverse

4649

68

66

1

Kalkaska

781

16

13

0

Leelanau

880

16

17

0

Otsego

1484

24

22

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

6055

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

117464

 

135

Region

2260

 

196

TVC Zone

4175

 

30

UP

1050

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

 

Data from April 7, 2021

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

 

At the BIC Center today, Pickleball practice is on in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games Galore is on today from 1 to 4 up in the Deerwood Hangout. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 also up in the Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

It’s national library week this week.  Drop by library to see what is in store for you there. 

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is one of Tom Hank’s first.  It’s BIG. Rated PG and lots of fun for the entire family.  At 7, it’s another new release—a story of friendship and perseverance in Our Friend.  It’s rated R.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site 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

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9am, then isolated showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and 3am, then scattered showers after 3am. Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday

Showers likely, mainly after 9am. Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Sunday Night

A chance of showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Fire Danger Level: Low. Marine forecasts return next week.

TRAFFIC:  None out there. No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island beltway running smoothly except for the part of it washed out at the south end.  Bridges are all clear. Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Fletcher Randall, Conlan Wearn and Adelaide McCafferty are all celebrating today.  Happy birthday to Adelaide, Conlan and Fletcher.  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 1959, Grace Hopper leads computer programming milestone. Mathematician, computer scientist, and a rare woman in her field, Hopper consults at a two-day conference with the best brains in the new realm of computer programming. The committee will build on Hopper’s earlier work to develop what will be the groundbreaking programming language COBOL—which is still in use today. Hopper was a U-S Navy Rear Admiral and is the namesake for one of the final competition fields each year at the F-R-C world championships, which have been attended by the B-I-C-S robotics team B-I robot. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: savvy (verb) [SAV-ee], which means: to understand. While the noun savvy, meaning “practical know-how” (as in “her political savvy”), and the adjective use (as in “a savvy investor”) are more common, the verb savvy is the oldest of the trio. (If you associate it with Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you’ll be pleased to know his use—as in, “I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?”—is not anachronistic; the verb was the only savvy option extant in the movies’ early 18th-century setting.) Current evidence dates the verb savvy to the late 17th century, when English speakers altered a word—sabi, meaning “know”—they were hearing in English-based creoles and pidgins (a pidgin is a simplified language or dialect that speakers of different languages use to communicate with one another; a creole is a language that evolves from a pidgin to become a native language for a speech community). Sabi has its roots in Portuguese sabe, meaning “he knows,” and it ultimately comes from Latin sapere, meaning “to be wise.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Grace Hopper: “The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’ I always tell young people, ‘Go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.'”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the Zombie meditate after eating.  He was experiencing Mind…Fullness.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, April 8th, 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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