News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, February 4th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, February 4th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Yesterday we told you about The Michigan Reconnect program which covers tuition at Community Colleges for students 25 or older without a college degree. Word this morning is that more than 19 thousand people signed up for the program yesterday.  It’s a great opportunity. Information on how to apply is in today’s script online: https://www.michigan.gov/reconnect/0,9968,7-417-102946—,00.html

 

Michigan Senate Republicans say they are tired of Governor Whitmer acting unilaterally on COVID-19 issues, so they have started to block her routine appointments to boards and commissions. So far 18 nominations have been rejected. So far, Republican leaders haven’t identified any specific policy or order they want changed or removed.

 

State COVID-19 counts released yesterday continue to show good trends.  There were 1,383 new cases and 32 deaths.  Seven day average for new cases ticked down a bit to 1,112. For deaths the average is 42 a day—that number still being driven up by reclassifications. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 35 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had no new cases—indeed one removed from the roles. Seven day running averages for our region are 24 new cases a day and one death.

 

Statewide there are now 61,774 active cases—down again this time by about 8,000. That’s less than half the number of active cases that we had a month ago. Our region has 1,408—down by about 70. 

 

No update to the  positivity rates shown in the state’s Safe Start dashboard, but the data driving those numbers looks good on the dashboard. [Last report had statewide  down a half point to 5.1%.  It was 5.6% in our safe start zone—down a tenth. The rate in Charlevoix county was up four tenths to 2.1%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates were on a steady slope down—for almost a month for the state, our zone and Charlevoix County.] Statewide and safe start zone hospital overall occupancy rates continue to look good—essentially normal.  5.9% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 10.4%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and three 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

563893

14704

1383

32

Region

9213

191

35

0

TVC Zone

15465

383

48

0

UP

15995

370

40

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1112

42

 

Region

24

1

 

TVC Zone

42

1

 

UP

19

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

713

15

1

0

Benzie

744

29

2

0

Charlevoix

807

12

-1

0

Emmet

1206

35

6

0

Grand Traverse

3567

54

20

0

Kalkaska

523

14

3

0

Leelanau

707

11

1

0

Otsego

946

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

61774

 

 

Region

1408

 

 

TVC Zone

2315

 

 

UP

1468

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

 

 

Data from February 3, 2021, 2021

 

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

 

BIC Center has moved back to regular Winter hours. New hours are 9 to 4 weekdays, noon to 9 on Saturdays and closed on Sunday. The concession stand will be open for dine in and take out during those times.  If you drop by you’ll find the Hangout freshly painted—it’s just a tad brighter—and cleaned.  In the Welcome Center, the tables have all been refinished.

 

Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center—and back to a regular schedule. They are playing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00.  Also restarted are the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program—10:30 to 11:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays—and Games Galore—Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00.  Both of those up in the Deerwood Hangout.

 

Island Treasures is open today and tomorrow from noon to 4.

 

Saturday movies are back in the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be the Fantastic Mr. Fox—great stop action animation that’s good for the kids and fun for mom and dad.  And at 7, it’s a Misbehaviour—the true story of the some pioneers of the modern Feminism movement. 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 with pizza, hotdogs, popcorn, soft pretzels, sweets and pop.  Trailers are on the BOC 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.

 

Meeting planner for next week:  B-I-C-S Board meets Monday at 7. Transportation Authority meets next Tuesday at noon. B-I-A board meets Tuesday afternoon at 4.  Peaine Township Planning Commission is set for 5, Tuesday, and the Peaine Township board then meets at 7.  Details are in the calendar entries online.

 

If you are looking for some Valentine’s fun, check out the C-O-A’s online Valentine Bingo game.  For more details, check the calendar entry.  And leave a valentine day greeting for your sweetie, the island or friends anywhere with the WVBI Valentine’s Hotline.  Call 313-263-3601 and leave a message.  The W-V-B-I love gnomes will then get it on the air for all to hear.

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

Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of fog between 10pm and 2am. Low around 17. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 5 inches.

Friday

Snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Temperature falling to around 19 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -7. Breezy, with a west wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow between 10am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night

A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 11. Breezy.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.

Monday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 11.

Monday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 14.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 12.

TRAFFIC: No delays out there. Travel times to the airports are normal. Beltway running smoothly, Bridges clear. But conditions will be getting pretty gnarly as we move into the overnight with whiteouts possible.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our official list today, but, if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1789, George Washington elected first US president. In a unanimous vote, the US Electoral College elects General George Washington to the presidency. He will again be elected unanimously to a second term in 1792, with John Adams serving as vice president both times. And, a quick correction to yesterday’s on this date.  Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in Iowa, not Wisconsin.  He was on his way to a gig in Wisconsin that Dick Mulvihill had tickets to see. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: prepossessing (adjective) [pree-puh-ZESS-ing], which means: tending to create a favorable impression : attractive. If you’ve heard of the word unprepossessing, it probably comes as no surprise to you that there’s also a prepossessing. You may not know, however, that both derive from the verb prepossess, which is also still used in English, although it’s quite rare. When prepossess first appeared in print in English in the early 17th century it meant “to take previous possession of,” but that sense is now obsolete. The adjective prepossessing came into use later in that century and is based on a later sense, “to influence favorably beforehand.” Someone or something that is prepossessing, therefore, makes a good first impression. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from George Washington: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

On a lighter note: Why did Godzilla cross the road.  To get to the Mothra side.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Thursday, February 4th, 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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