News Update

Community Calendar for Thursday, May 6th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Thursday, May 6th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Starting today, state orders will no longer require that you wear a mask outdoors at gatherings of fewer than 100 people no are they required indoors where everyone is vaccinated. Also relaxed are testing requirements for sports teams—tests are no longer required for those who have been vaccinated.  And, masks are no longer required for non-contact sports.  Anecdotal observation shows average folks have already made these changes in their practices some time ago. Governor Whitmer has tied further relaxation of the rules to vaccination rates. Critics in the house and senate say that more factors should be considered.

 

Yesterday’s state COVID-19 report was another day of good news on the new case front—with just 2,589 new cases bringing the running average down below 3,000 to 2,949. There were 42 new deaths with that average steady at 67. In our region, there were 46 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had six new cases. Averages for our region are 46 new cases and one death a day.

 

Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County for more than 20 days each. Active case counts have started to head down—that’s new cases 30 or fewer days old. There are 152,037 active cases statewide.  That’s down by about 7,700. In our region the count is 2,703, down by 140.  Positive test rate is 12.1% state-wide, 12.2% in our zone and 7.8% in the county. Target is 3% or less.

 

Hospital utilization data continues to run high.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 80.6% and 81.1% for I-C-U beds. In our zone, those numbers are higher at 82.0% for regular beds and 87.6% for the I-C-U. Normal is in the mid 70s.  Statewide, 13.1% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 23.8%. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix is down a patient to none while McLaren in Petoskey is up one to 12.

 

At the health Center, no change from yesterday when they reported two new tests. One back negative and one still pending. No other tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  [There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 8.3%.]

 

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

854536

17939

2589

42

Region

14634

261

29

0

TVC Zone

25453

526

64

1

UP

19332

412

46

1

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2949

67

 

Region

46

1

 

TVC Zone

90

2

 

UP

51

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1239

21

5

0

Benzie

1028

32

0

0

Charlevoix

1240

20

6

0

Emmet

1840

40

1

0

Grand Traverse

5445

77

9

0

Kalkaska

996

21

2

0

Leelanau

996

18

3

0

Otsego

1850

32

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

7704

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

152037

 

140

Region

2703

 

233

TVC Zone

4912

 

12

UP

1846

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

 

Data from May 5, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: None.  Everything is done.  We’ll have next week’s meeting planner for you tomorrow.

 

Pickleball practice is on today from 1 to 3, outside. Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the BIC Center today Games Galore is available from 1 to 4. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow, Friday, 10:30 to 11:30—both of those events up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the first of two Eighties Flashbacks we have this month. It’s The Breakfast Club—the film that brought you the brat pack—or at least one of them—as an odd mix of high school students discover there is a lot to learn in detention, but it is rate R, so for the grownups at your house. At 7, it’s the story of a women who heads to the wilderness to recover from trauma. It’s Land, another new release film at the BIC Center. Rated PG-13—a great story for the family. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews, and you’ll see both 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 and soft pretzels. 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. 

 

Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.

 

The Wildlife Club and the B-I-A want you to be aware that there is a highly communicable disease spreading among rabbits.  It’s no risk to humans, but it could do real damage to the rabbit population on the island were it to spread here.  So, be aware and check with your vet before bring any rabbit to the island.  More info is in a post on the B-I-A website at beaver islabd association dot org.

 

[If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

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 sunny, with a high near 50. Light southwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly after 5am. Areas of frost between 1am and 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Light northwest wind becoming north 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 49. West wind around 10 mph.

Saturday Night

Widespread frost, mainly after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday

Widespread frost, mainly before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 51.

Tuesday Night

Areas of frost. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 37.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 53.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

SSW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Waves 1 ft or less.

Saturday

NNW wind around 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves around 1 ft.

Water Temperatures: Up at White Shoal its 43.  41 at Mackinac.  Rest of the buoys are still out of the water.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Christy Albin, Adam Martin, Jessica Crandall, Erin Holmes and Lotta Garrett are all celebrating today. Happy Christy, Jessica, Erin, Lotta and Adam.  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 1882, The Chinese Exclusion Act is signed by President Chester A. Arthur, barring Chinese people from entering the US and those already in the country from becoming citizens. Through a series of renewals, the law will remain in force until 1943—the only federal provision ever to restrict a specific ethnicity from immigration.  And, today is the start of National Nurses week. Be sure to thank the nurses you know for everything they do. (Bing.com)

Why you should thank a nurse today

WORD OF THE DAY: sprightly (adjective) [SPRYTE-lee], which means: marked by a gay lightness and vivacity : spirited; having a distinctively piquant taste : zesty. Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairy: sprite. Ariel from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the leprechaun of Irish mythology are often referred to as sprites, and it’s no coincidence that both are characterized by their light, flitting movements and mannerisms. Sprite derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin spiritus, which of course gives us spirit as well. A similar-looking adjective that can describe someone who is nimble and energetic is spry, but the origin of that word is not known. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Thursday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

 

On a lighter note: What did the DJ say to the vegetable farmer?  Lettuce turnip the beet.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Thursday, May 6th, 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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