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Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 12th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The second round of COVID-19 vaccines is set to come to the island on the 19th.  There is a fully booked schedule of 150 appointments for that date, including 25 for teachers at BICS.  Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 4,536 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 46 new deaths.  That’s 2,268 and 23 a day respectively.  The seven-day running average for new cases is up about 200 to 2,744.  For deaths it is 85—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 92 new cases and two new deaths. Charlevoix had eight of the new cases. 47 were in Grand Traverse. The deaths were in Antrim and Leelanau. Averages for the region are 58 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 119,232 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,136—down by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.4% down by half a point.  But it is up again in our safe start zone by almost a full point to 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 3.2%–up by about half a point. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed—that after several days with no COVID patients there and the count is up two to ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

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

523618

13401

4536

46

Region

8261

174

92

2

TVC Zone

13977

346

185

3

UP

15023

337

72

0

This report covers two days of data.

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2744

85

 

Region

58

1

 

TVC Zone

106

4

 

UP

60

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

624

13

5

1

Benzie

650

27

8

0

Charlevoix

747

10

8

0

Emmet

1116

34

6

0

Grand Traverse

3124

46

47

0

Kalkaska

482

14

2

0

Leelanau

618

9

11

1

Otsego

900

21

5

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

119232

 

 

Region

2136

 

 

TVC Zone

3844

 

 

UP

2202

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s a planner for the week: The Transportation Authority meets today at noon.  Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for 5:00 and the Peaine Township Board is set to meet at 7. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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

Areas of fog with some patchy freezing drizzle early. Cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds light and variable.

Tonight

Cloudy. Low 31F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

Considerable cloudiness. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Low near 30F. Winds light and variable.

Thursday

Overcast. High 37F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Thursday Night

Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 32F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

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

BIRTHDAYS:  Bud Rauch is celebrating today. Happy birthday to Bud and, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1992 HAL 9000 becomes operational in Urbana, Illinois. In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ the fictional HAL Lab debuts the HAL 9000, a supercomputer created to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Although polite, HAL’s operation of the pod bay door will prove to be unreliable. (Bing.com)

HAL 9000 'built'

WORD OF THE DAY: pedantic (adjective) [pih-DAN-tik], which means: of, relating to, or being a pedant; narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned; unimaginative, dull. In William Shakespeare’s day, a pedant was a male schoolteacher. The word’s meaning was close to that of the Italian pedante, from which the English word was adapted. Someone who was pedantic was simply a tutor or teacher. But some instructional pedants of the day must have been pompous and dull because by the early 1600s both pedant and pedantic had gained extended senses referring to anyone who was obnoxiously and tediously devoted to their own academic acumen. When describing arguments, pedantic can be used for instances where one relies too heavily on minor details as a way to show off one’s intelligence. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from 2001: A Space Odyssey author Author C. Clark: “ I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.”

My bedside table broke after just one day.  Oh well.  I guess it was just a one night stand.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 12th, 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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