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Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Down state is getting slammed with another snowstorm.  It started last night and should be ending over the course of the morning, but the up to seven inches of snow has more than 300 schools closed and has made travel difficult according to reports. Not much new snow north of T-C and west of Gaylord, though, so if you are traveling the northwest lower or the U-P you should be OK.

 

Yesterday’s COVID-19 report from the state covered two days and continued to show good trends.  There were 633 new cases a day on average and four deaths a day on average—those are statewide numbers. Seven-day running average for new cases is down to 867. For deaths, the average is 36 a day with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were an average of 8 new cases a day over the two-day period and no deaths overall. Charlevoix had no new cases total. Seven day running averages for our region are 17 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Statewide there are now 41,877 active cases—down by about 1,300 over the two-day period. Our region has 920—down by 54. 

 

There’s been no update to positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard, but they look good where they stand. Statewide rate is at 3.9%.  It’s 4.1% in our safe start zone. And the rate in Charlevoix county is 1.9%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates are 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, but three more at McLaren in Petoskey bringing them to eight COVID patients—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

575489

15158

1265

8

Region

9453

200

16

0

TVC Zone

15919

399

47

0

UP

16209

377

24

0

Includes data from two days.

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

867

36

 

Region

17

0

 

TVC Zone

31

1

 

UP

19

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

739

15

3

0

Benzie

767

30

1

0

Charlevoix

818

12

0

0

Emmet

1233

36

3

0

Grand Traverse

3675

57

5

0

Kalkaska

538

15

1

0

Leelanau

720

14

0

0

Otsego

963

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

41887

 

 

Region

920

 

 

TVC Zone

1593

 

 

UP

933

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

 

Data from February 15, 2021, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: Waste Management Committee meets today at 1:00. St. James Public Works meets at 11 on Wednesday.  Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 on Thursdays.  Details and information on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

At the BIC Center today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Pickleball is on today from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout.  Pickleball is on tomorrow in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. 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.

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

Isolated snow showers after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -7. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 21. Calm wind.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Sunday

A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

Sunday Night

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

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

TRAFFIC: None.  It’s quite out there. But, there is fresh snow and the roads are slick.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Kathy Merriman, Grant West and Kori Maudrie are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Kathy, Kori and Grant, 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 1923 British archaeologist Howard Carter unseals a doorway at the back of a tomb buried under the sands of Thebes, Egypt, and after more than 3,000 years, the pharaoh Tutankhamun has a visitor. Also on this date in 1960, the USS Triton begins ‘Operation Sandblast,’ the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe. The voyage will generally follow the overwater route Magellan sailed more than four centuries earlier.

(Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: underwhelm (verb) [un-der-WELM], which means: to fail to impress or stimulate. Overwhelm and its rare synonym whelm have both been around since the Middle Ages, but underwhelm is a 20th-century coinage. Both overwhelm and whelm are derived from the Middle English whelmen, which is perhaps an alteration of whelven (“to turn over” or “to cover up”). Underwhelm is a playful overturning of overwhelm well suited for describing the unimpressive. More than one person claims the distinction of having invented underwhelm; several sources attribute it to the playwright George S. Kaufman, but sports columnist Red Smith is quoted as believing he coined the word himself, and still other sources cite other potential creators. Chances are that the word was in fact coined by more than one inventive writer. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.”

On a lighter note: Why can’t you make a dinosaur omelet? Because they are egg-stinct.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Tuesday, February 16th, 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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