News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Michigan School officials had been pushing to skip M-Step tests this year, but that isn’t going to happen.  Biden administration education department officials say the tests must proceed.  For students still taking classes remotely, it’s unclear where the testing will occur. M-STEP tests are given to students in grades 3 to 8 and grade 11.  The results impact both schools and teachers.  The tests were cancelled last year as they were planned just after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in school closures across the state.

 

There are fresh reports of COVID-19 vaccination scams in the news this morning. The recent calls have been in Oakland County with the callers first providing information about a vaccination appointment and then asking about personal financial info. Law enforcement officers and health department officials say a legitimate call would never ask for any info other than insurance.

 

M-Live’s weather forecasters are saying that our current warm temperatures will fade away, but back to normal to slightly warmer than normal numbers as we head into March.  For us, that still means below freezing for the most part, but not the frigid temps we had for much of the last three weeks. So good news, but no need to get the beach toys out just yet.

 

COVID-19 data from the state continue to show good trends. Yesterday’s report covered Sunday and Monday and had an average of 742 cases a day and three total deaths statewide. Seven-day running average for new cases is 845. For deaths, the average is 29 a day–with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there was an average of 19 new cases a day for the two-day period. There were no deaths. Charlevoix two new cases total. Seven day running averages for our region are 17 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Statewide there are now 34,935 active cases—down by 673 over the two-day period. Our region has 754—up by 6—which is the first time that has happened in several months. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is at 3.4%, down two tenths.  It’s 3% in our safe start zone down six tenths and now at the C-D-C target. In Charlevoix we are at 1.8%, up six tenths, but below that C-D-C target of 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, one new test.  It’s the only one pending. No new positives since December 7th. The health center dashboard suggests that 30 new tests were run and came back negative over the weekend or at some point last week, but we are assuming that’s a typo. We’ve asked for clarification.

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

581403

15362

1484

3

Region

9572

203

38

0

TVC Zone

16120

405

64

0

UP

16314

382

27

0

57 deaths are reclassifications. There were 6 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

845

29

 

Region

17

0

 

TVC Zone

29

1

 

UP

15

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

741

15

0

0

Benzie

774

30

0

0

Charlevoix

825

13

2

0

Emmet

1252

37

8

0

Grand Traverse

3732

58

13

0

Kalkaska

549

15

10

0

Leelanau

730

14

2

0

Otsego

969

21

3

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

34935

 

 

Region

754

 

 

TVC Zone

1308

 

 

UP

684

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

 

Data from February 22, 2021

 

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

 

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available today from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout at the BIC Center. Pickleball is on tomorrow in the 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. The BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekedays.

 

Here’s your meeting planner: Waste Management Committee meets today at 1:00. Emergency Services Authority has a meeting set for Thursday at 2:00. Details are in the calendar entry online. 

 

C-O-A had a Not-so Newlywed game planned for Thursday and Friday, but they have postponed that.  Stay tuned for the new date.

 

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 on the 26th.  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. Contrary to what we reported yesterday, it is a take-away meal and just 50 are available. Call Lonnie to sign up.

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

Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight

Snow, mainly after 10pm. Low around 27. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 3 inches.

Wednesday

Snow, mainly before 10am. High near 34. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 27. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 15.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy.

Friday Night

A chance of snow after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday

Snow likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Blustery.

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

BIRTHDAYS:  Barb Kenwabikise is celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Barb, 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 1954, Pittsburgh elementary school students are the first group to receive Dr. Jonas Salk’s new polio vaccine. The disease that for centuries has paralyzed and killed millions will be almost eradicated by the end of the 20th century. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: habeas corpus (noun) [HAY-bee-us-KOR-pus], which means: any of several common-law writs issued to bring a party before a court or judge; especially : a writ for inquiring into the lawfulness of the restraint of a person who is imprisoned or detained in another’s custody; the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment. The literal meaning of habeas corpus is “you should have the body”—that is, the judge or court should (and must) have any person who is being detained brought forward so that the legality of that person’s detention can be assessed. In United States law, habeas corpus ad subjiciendum (the full name of what habeas corpus typically refers to) is also called “the Great Writ,” and it is not about a person’s guilt or innocence, but about whether custody of that person is lawful under the U.S. Constitution. Common grounds for relief under habeas corpus—”relief” in this case being a release from custody—include a conviction based on illegally obtained evidence; a denial of effective assistance of counsel; or a conviction by a jury that was improperly selected and impaneled. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Polio vaccine developer Dr. Jonas Salk: “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”

On a lighter note: Dracula walks into a bar and orders a Bloody Mary.  The bar tender says, “Mary! Run for it!”

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Tuesday, February 23rd, 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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