News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, February 18th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, February 18th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Follow-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic went well yesterday. There were plenty of volunteers on hand and no backups.  We don’t have an official tally yet, but presumably another 150 people or so are now fully vaccinated.

 

Governor Whitmer has quietly extended the 25% capacity and 10 P-M curfew for bars and restaurants another month.  The news was included in an release earlier this month put out at a press conference about the resumption of high school sports, but the state made no announcement about it. A trade association for the industry says the extension may be the final straw for many businesses.  Michigan continues to stand largely alone in the extent of its restriction sin this area, they say.  Yesterday they proposed that full reopening–that’s 100% capacity and regular hours– be allowed once the positivity rate drops below three percent, which is the C-D-C target. 

 

State COVID-19 report from yesterday shows the downward trend is continuing. There were 939 new cases and 11 deaths in the report. Seven-day running average for new cases is 901. For deaths, the average is 30 a day. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 15 new cases and one death. Charlevoix had two new cases and the single death. Seven day running averages for our region are 15 new cases a day and one death. 

 

Statewide there are now 38,826 active cases—down by about 1,900. Our region has 827—down by 55. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to move in the right direction. Statewide rate is at 3.5%, down two tenths.  It’s 3.6% in our safe start zone. That’s up one tenth. And the rate in Charlevoix county is up one tenth to 1.5%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 4.5% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 8.1%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and eight at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since 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

577203

15188

939

11

Region

9480

201

15

1

TVC Zone

15968

401

23

2

UP

16239

379

11

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

901

30

 

Region

15

1

 

TVC Zone

31

1

 

UP

17

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

738

15

-1

0

Benzie

770

30

1

0

Charlevoix

822

13

2

1

Emmet

1236

36

0

0

Grand Traverse

3692

57

12

0

Kalkaska

539

15

1

0

Leelanau

721

14

1

0

Otsego

962

21

-1

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

38826

 

 

Region

827

 

 

TVC Zone

1443

 

 

UP

824

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

 

 

Data from February 17, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the rest of the week.  Just one, The Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 this afternoon.  Details and information on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

At the BIC Center today, Games Galore is in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Pickleball is on in the theater tomorrow from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Also tomorrow, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout.  BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturdays.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be The Croods: A New Age—great animated fun for the whole family.  And at 7, it’s Woody Allen’s latest file—a Rainy Day in New York with Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez. 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.

 

C-O-A’s February Bingo game is wrapping up on the 26th.  Cards are at the C-O-A office. Info on how to play is in the calendar entry online. On the 25th, C-O-A is planning a Not so Newlywed game here at the BIC Center.  They are looking for couples over 60 to join some couples who have already volunteered.  Contact Lonnie at 2124 to sign up. Finally, C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. Contrary to what we reported yesterday, it is a take-away meal and just 50 are available. Call Lonnie to sign up.

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 high near 24. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 10 percent chance of snow showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 8am and 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

TRAFFIC: None.  Roads are looking good. The sun yesterday brought back more bare pavement on Kings Highway,  but, the roads are still slick.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Alice Belfy and Sally Fogg  are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Alice and Sally, 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 1930 Pluto is first spotted by

Clyde Tombaugh, a 23-year-old astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He finds ‘Planet X’ with the help of a blink microscope. The immensely far-off object will be called Pluto, but will be stripped of its planetary status in 2006 and reclassified as merely a “dwarf planet.” (Bing.com) Meanwhile, making history today will be NASA’s latest mission to Mars.  The rover Perseverance wili  touch down this afternoon around 4 pm in the Jezero crater on the Red Planet. Information on how to follow the landing online is in today’s script: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/

WORD OF THE DAY: toady (noun) [TOH-dee], which means: one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors : sycophant. We can thank old-time toadeaters for toady. In 17th-century Europe, a toadeater was a showman’s assistant whose job was to make the boss look good. The toadeater would eat (or pretend to eat) what were supposed to be poisonous toads. The charlatan in charge would then “save” the toad-afflicted assistant by expelling the poison. It’s little wonder that such assistants became symbolic of extreme subservience, and that toadeater became a word for any obsequious underling. By the early 1800s, it had been shortened and altered to toady, our current term for a servile self-seeker. By the mid-1800s, toady was also being used as a verb meaning “to engage in sycophancy.”  (Merriam-Webster).  And, because there seems to be some confusion among some about the range of its meaning, today’s auxiliary word of the day is execute, which as an intransitive verb means to perform properly or skillfully the fundamentals of a sport or of a particular play.

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “A truth can exist for decades and in a moment vanish. Just ask Pluto.”

On a lighter note: Why did the chemist ask to eat beans with the Queen?  To learn how noble gasses are formed.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Thursday, February 18th, 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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