News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, February 25th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, February 25th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Governor Whitmer says the state may soon roll back some of its COVID-19 restrictions. In remarks at a press conference yesterday she said the COVID-19 numbers and metrics look good, and that she was feeling optimistic.  M-Live says one change might be loosening restrictions on visitors at nursing homes. Limits on indoor residential gatherings—now at no more than 10 people from two households—could also be lifted. As for the 25% limit on restaurants and bars, she seemed to signal that there will not be changes there for now.

 

Meantime, the governor is praising schools for going back to in-person learning.  Reports are that 97 percent of schools across the state will at least over it by March 1st. Governor Whitmer says that keeping school buildings closed to students isn’t sustainable, and that getting teachers vaccinated isn’t a prerequisite to safely opening schools.  Here on the island, B-I-C-S has conducted in-school classes all school year—save for a few weeks when the governor ordered high school students home—all without any COVID-19 cases developing there.

 

Overall signs of good trends continue in the state’s COVID-19 data released yesterday, but the running averages for new cases a creeping up a bit. The report had 1,245 new cases and 9 new deaths. Seven-day running average for new cases is 966, which is up slightly now for three days in a row. For deaths, the average is 31 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 22 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had a case removed from the list. Seven day running average for our region for new cases is 22, that number now up slightly day over day for three days in a row. Average for new deaths is zero. 

 

Statewide there are now 32,884. Our region has 708—with both counts headed own. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up a point to 4.5%.  It’s 3% in our safe start zone. That’s down five tenths. In Charlevoix we are unchanged at 1.6%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down.

 

Overall hospital occupancy rates look good—both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  COVID-19 occupancy rates look good, too. Statewide, 3.7% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 6.7%. 

 

There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and four at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no new tests.  None pending. Last positive test was 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

583964

15405

1245

9

Region

9631

203

29

0

TVC Zone

16240

405

69

0

UP

16360

383

24

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

966

31

 

Region

22

0

 

TVC Zone

39

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

750

15

3

0

Benzie

778

30

3

0

Charlevoix

826

13

-1

0

Emmet

1251

37

-1

0

Grand Traverse

3758

58

17

0

Kalkaska

556

15

4

0

Leelanau

740

14

3

0

Otsego

972

21

1

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

32884

 

 

Region

708

 

 

TVC Zone

1244

 

 

UP

611

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

 

 

Data from February 23, 2021

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

 

At the BIC Center, Games Galore is available today up in the Deerwood Hang Out from 1 to 4. Pickleball is on tomorrow in the BIC Center theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow from 10:30 to 11:30 also in the Hangout at the BIC Center. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.

 

Here’s your meeting planner: Just one left this week and it is today. Emergency Services Authority has a meeting set for 2:00. Details are in the calendar entry online. 

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The War with Grandpa.  Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, Cheech Marin and Christopher Walken for a Grandpa gang. It’s PG and fun for the whole family. And at 7, it’s the latest Marvel superhero flick—still showing in theaters on the mainland: Super Woman 1984.  Get ready for 1980s style.  Rated PG-13. 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 tomorrow.  Cards are at the C-O-A office. Info on how to play is in the calendar entry online. C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. It’s a take-away meal and just 50 are available. The menu looks yummy, so sign up now to avoid disappointment. Call Lonnie ar 2124 to do that.

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

Scattered snow showers, mainly between 8am and 5pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 31. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind around 10 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

TRAFFIC:  None.  But, roads are changing up with our bouncing temps. So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on the list today, but, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.  And, speaking of that list, we hear that there are still a few copies of it available at school.  Just give a call over if you’d like to have one and they’ll get it to you. Sales support class activities for Ms. Roberts’ class.

ON THIS DAY in 1870, after two days of heated debate on the floor of the US Senate, and with spectators packing the Senate galleries to see this groundbreaking event: Mississippi’s Hiram Revels, a Republican, is sworn in. He’s the first African American U-S Senator. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: slipshod (adjective) [SLIP-SHAHD], which means: wearing loose shoes or slippers; down at the heel : shabby; careless, slovenly. The word shod is the past tense form of the verb shoe, meaning “to furnish with a shoe”; hence, we can speak of shoeing horses and horses that have been shod or shodden. When the word slipshod was first used in the late 1500s, it meant “wearing loose shoes or slippers”—such slippers were once called slip-shoes—and later it was used to describe shoes that were falling apart. By the early 1800s, slipshod was used more generally as a synonym for shabby—in 1818, Sir Walter Scott wrote about “the half-bound and slip-shod volumes of the circulating library.” The association with shabbiness then shifted to an association with sloppiness, and the word was used to mean “careless” or “slovenly.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…nothing slipshod here…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.”

On a lighter note: Did you hear about the curious zombie?  He’s like to pick your brain.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Thursday, February 25th, 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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