News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, January 21st, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, January 21st, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

From the data so far, summer 2021 looks like it will bring a steady stream of visitors to the island.  Sheri Richards and Paul Cole say bookings for rentals are rapidly filling up and the Boat Company reports that it’s first day for accepting reservations for the season saw a record number come in.  They say key weekends are already filling up for vehicles.  Events are a bit up in the air, but there are plans to go forward with at least some events for island favorites like the Music Festival, Museum Week and Baroque.  You can see the tentative schedule on WVBI’s Discover Beaver Island Summer calendar.  Go to the BIC Center website and click on the banner just below the top of the page to see it.

 

An association representing bowling and skating centers in the state has sued Michigan for damages as a result of shutdown orders from the governor and the Health Department.  They say that if the state is going to shut them down completely and prevent use of their property for the common good, they should be compensated for their losses—and what has been provided so far doesn’t come close. The director of the association says about half of bowling alleys in the state may not survive the pandemic.  They are open now but can’t serve food or drink which they says is the source of the bulk of their profits.

 

Robert Gordon, who is among the defendants in the association’s lawsuit, had some good news yesterday for the state’s beleaguered restaurant and bar owners—and other venues that rely on indoor food service.  He says numbers are on track to proceed with the planned restart of indoor dining on the February first—this despite concerns some are expressing about a new more contagious strain of the virus and ongoing concerns about what he says are the increased risks of indoor dining. He says they will follow the numbers and change course if the numbers change course—but for now they continue to head down.

 

While the latest COVID-19 data from the state show an uptick in new cases, the overall downward trend is continuing. There were 2,031 new cases and 40 new deaths. Seven day running averages are 1,592 for new cases, down about 100, and 40 for deaths.  In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 55 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had 3 new cases. Averages for the region are 39 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 95,304 active cases—down again this time by about 2,000.  Our region has 1,891—which is essentially unchanged. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down slightly to 6.8%.  It’s 6.7% in our safe start zone, which is down a bit as well. The rate in Charlevoix county is down to 3.3%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down. Statewide and safe start zone hospital overall occupancy rates continue to look good—essentially normal.  In terms of how many of the patient load are in with COVID-19, there are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and six at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no new tests or results.  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

542146

13905

2031

40

Region

8737

181

55

0

TVC Zone

14665

361

82

0

UP

15528

348

74

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1592

40

 

Region

39

1

 

TVC Zone

63

1

 

UP

45

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

671

16

4

0

Benzie

699

27

11

0

Charlevoix

782

11

3

0

Emmet

1150

34

5

0

Grand Traverse

3347

48

22

0

Kalkaska

496

14

2

0

Leelanau

669

10

5

0

Otsego

923

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

95394

 

 

Region

1891

 

 

TVC Zone

3250

 

 

UP

1939

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

 

 

Data from January 20, 2021

 

A quick reminder that if you are 65 or older, a health care or school worker or in other special risk categories—and haven’t yet signed up to get the COVID-19 vaccine—you should do that unless you have a medical reason not to get the shot. Instructions on how to get signed up are posted on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and are available on the Health Center website.  You can also call Lonnie Anderson at the C-O-A for help. 

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

 

Meeting planner for the week:  Library Board meets this morning at 9:00. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30.

 

Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center. Players say they are coming in on an impromptu basis until things get back on schedule at the BIC Center, so until then you’ll need to check social media posts for days. When they do play it is from 1 to 3, again here at the BIC Center.

 

Resale shop will be open today from noon to four.  Their winter hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open from 1 to 3.  The renovation work in the Hangout is almost complete. Still working on the ceiling and then everything has to be cleaned and furniture and fixtures returned to their places.  Current plan is to resume full hours and movies on February 1st. We’ll keep you posted.

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 chance of rain and snow showers between 10am and 4pm, then snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 31 by 4pm. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight

Snow showers likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -2. Blustery, with a northwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Friday

Isolated snow showers. Patchy blowing snow before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -3. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday

A chance of flurries before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 17.

Sunday

A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Monday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24.

TRAFFIC: None nada zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on our list today, but we missed Julia Markey yesterday.  So, a belated happy birthday to Julia 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 1793 the King of France comes up short. Four years after the revolution turned his gilded world upside down, King Louis XVI is the first French king to be executed, bringing more than a millennium of monarchical rule to an end. Also on this date in 1976, the British-French Concorde begins supersonic commercial flights.  With two scheduled routes, London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio, the Concorde begins ferrying commercial customers at 1,350 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier and reducing transcontinental travel time by roughly half.  (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: exact (verb) [ig-ZAKT], which means: to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain; to call for as necessary or desirable. Exact derives from a form of the Latin verb exigere, meaning “to drive out, to demand, or to measure.” (Another descendant of exigere is the word exigent, which can mean “demanding” or “requiring immediate attention.”) Exigere, in turn, was formed by combining the prefix ex- with the verb agere, meaning “to drive.” Agere has been a prolific source of words for English speakers; it is the ancestor of agent, react, mitigate, and navigate, just to name a few. Incidentally, if you are looking for a synonym of the verb exact, you could try demand, call for, claim, or require. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events, Small minds discuss people.”

On a lighter note: What did the corn say to the butter? See you on the other sides.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, January 21st, 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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