News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Monday’s COVID-19 report from the state, which includes data from two days, showed a little back off in new cases, but that is more likely just a normal fall off in weekend reporting rather than indicative of a trend.  There were an average of 2,402 new cases a day over the two days, and six total deaths statewide.  The seven day rolling average for new cases has pushed up by 1,000 in just over a week to 2,719. The average number of daily deaths is 17 with reclassifications included. In our region, the report showed 36 cases a day on average and one death. There were three new cases in Charlevoix.  The death was in Grand Traverse.

 

The surge in numbers has caused a rift of sorts between Governor Whitmer and White House COVID-19 advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Over the weekend he expressed concerns about the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, including in Michigan. The governor responded to the criticism yesterday saying that unlike other states where limits had been outright dropped, Michigan had just made slight adjustments. Fauci says that once the overwhelming majority of the population is vaccinated, the risk from the virus is miniscule.  After a stumbled start, Michigan is doing well compared to many other states on the vaccination front—but still has a ways to go to reach an overwhelming majority and has among the highest current new case rates—well above some states with less restrictions.

 

Statewide there are now 50,331 active cases, up about 3,600 since Saturday. Our region has 1,129, which is up by 47. Our Safe Start Zone has 2,242, up by 140. 

 

Statewide test positivity rate is up again, this time by none tenths to 7.8%.  It’s up 1.6 to 8.7% in our safe start zone. In Charlevoix we are up five tenths to 5.4%. C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide and in our safe start zone, but down in Charlevoix.

 

Despite the rise in new cases, overall hospital occupancy data looks good with those rates at or near normal levels of 75%. COVID-19 occupancy rates have moved up, but not dramatically. Statewide, 5.3% of beds have COVID-19 patients.  I-C-U bed occupancy is at 9.2%.  Locally, no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix, McLaren in Petoskey has six, all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no new tests run.  No results pending. Last positive test was 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

629615

15903

4804

6

Region

10646

215

72

1

TVC Zone

18272

431

179

1

UP

16844

394

47

0

39 deaths are reclassifications. There were 8 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2719

17

 

Region

55

0

 

TVC Zone

122

1

 

UP

30

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

850

15

1

0

Benzie

819

31

0

0

Charlevoix

897

13

3

0

Emmet

1321

38

8

0

Grand Traverse

4137

64

22

1

Kalkaska

652

15

6

0

Leelanau

807

15

5

0

Otsego

1163

24

27

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

3611

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

50331

 

47

Region

1129

 

140

TVC Zone

2242

 

27

UP

570

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

 

 

Data from March 22, 2021

 

Here are a couple of reminders for you:  First, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is asking all island residents 16 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to complete an on-line pre-registration survey.  It’s to help the department plan their next COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the island, which will be in early April.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online and on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page.  Find it all at W-V-B-I dot net.

 

https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

 

Second…a reminder to help see that the Beaver Beacon is chosen to have all of its back issues digitized and stored as part of a C-M-U project.  You can send in a postcard for ten votes this week or vote online.  Details are in the calendar.

 

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week. Waste Management Committee has a meeting set for today at 1:00. B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2:00.  Remote attendance is available for all meetings.  Check the calendar entries for that info.

 

At the BIC Center today, Pickleball is on in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays same times. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available tomorrow, Tuesday, from 10:30 to 11:30 up in the Deerwood Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday.

 

Games Galore is on at the BIC Center from one to four on Thursday.  That’s in the Hangout. Resale shop is open noon to 4:00 Thursday and Friday.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Hangout. Also, Friday, B-I-C-S students have a half day—and that’s the start of their Spring Break.

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the Disney Classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s rated G and great fun for the entire family. And at 7, it’s All My Life—a true story of romance. 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. 

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

Scattered sprinkles with isolated showers before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Rain likely, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday

Rain likely before 8am, then showers likely after 8am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night

A 50 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of snow showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

A chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a chance of rain showers between 1pm and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Saturday Night

A chance of snow showers before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Blustery.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

TRAFFIC:  No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Island beltway running smoothly except at the south end where there’s a section under water. Bridges are clear.  Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  None on the list today, but if we missed you on the list, happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.

ON THIS DAY in 1775 Patrick Henry makes a fiery bid for freedom. Speaking at the House of Burgesses in Richmond, Virginia, he serves up rousing rhetoric as he makes his case for supporting military action against the British. Henry’s words “give me liberty or give me death” will resonate through the centuries. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: jurisprudence (noun) [joor-us-PROO-dunss], which means: the science or philosophy of law; a system or body of law; the course of court decisions as distinguished from legislation and doctrine; a department of law. “For a farewell to our jurisprudent, I wish unto him the gladsome light of jurisprudence….” With this valedictory to English jurist Sir Thomas Littleton, another jurist, Sir Edward Coke, welcomed two new words into English. In 1628, his jurisprudence meant “knowledge of or skill in law,” a now archaic sense that reflects the meaning of the word’s root. Jurisprudence goes back to Latin prudentia juris (literally “skill in law”), from which was derived the Late Latin formation jurisprudentia, and subsequently the English word. The noun jurisprudent means “one skilled in law”—in other words, a jurist. There’s also jurisprude, a somewhat rare 20th-century back-formation created from jurisprudence with influence from prude. It means “one who makes ostentatious show of jurisprudential learning.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Patrick Henry: “Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”

 

On a lighter note: Why was the broom late?  It overswept.

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