News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

…and who knew so much could happen while the Community Calendar took a long holiday weekend.  But, it is 2020.  Friday, an attempted coup plot in Michigan was revealed as federal officials arrested six nutjobs and state officials arrested another seven.  The federal case involved an alleged plot to kidnap the governor, put her on trial, attack the capital, target police and more.  Governor Whitmer responded to the revelations by blaming the Trump administration.  State Republican leaders condemned the plot but later criticized the governor over revelations that she and other state officials had known about the plot for weeks, but failed to alert Republican legislative leaders even though the plot involved and attack on the capitol building.

 

On Friday and Saturday, state health officials reported an eye-popping number of new COVID-19 cases, but relatively few deaths. Monday, the state’s new outbreak report showed clusters at almost 100 schools, colleges and universities involving more than 5,000 people.  More on that in a moment, but also yesterday, the State Supreme Court issued orders rejecting the governor’s claim that its decision invalidating her post April COVID-19 executive orders was not effective immediately and her requests for a delay.  All but one member of the court joined in that decision, saying they did not have authority to delay the effective date.  In a sperate decision, they ruled on claims by Republican legislative leaders that the governor’s actions on COVID-19 exceeded her authority again finding that the law under which she acted was an unconstitutional delegation of authority. 

 

While the director of the state health department has issued orders under separate authority that re-impose masking requirements, social distancing rules and gathering size limitations—other items covered by the invalidated orders remain in limbo. One of bipartisan concern seems to be treatment of unemployment benefits.  The orders had extended the benefit period and changed eligibility rules, among other things. The state Senate has passed a bill addressing those issues, but it is tied to legislation that would limit employer liability for COVID-19 claims, which the governor opposes.

 

On the island, latest Health Center report shows six more tests run bringing that total to 192.  All of those along with 4 that were reported as pending on Thursday have come back negative.  So now there are 186 negative tests, none pending and six positive cases—but none of those for cases active on the island.

 

We mentioned the new outbreaks report that provides information where COVID-19 clusters develop and tracks them.  It shows 67 clusters in our safe start zone—but only one at a school, which is in Leelanau.  No college or university clusters in our zone.  And the eyepopping new case reports? Friday and Saturday’s report (which covers results collected on Thursday and Friday) show more than 2,500 new cases, and yesterday’s report, which covers the weekend showed 1,810 new cases.  That’s an average of more than eleven hundred cases (1,107) over the four days.  That brings total cases in the state to 136,465, with 25,633 active.  Over the same four day period 29 deaths were reported.  While not dismissing any death, that number presents a much smaller ratio than we have been seeing in comparison to the number of new cases.  Total deaths now stand at 6,898.  Average for new cases is up over 1,000 to 1,077.  Average for deaths statewide is 14.

 

In our region there were 48 new cases over the four day period and no new deaths. Six of the new cases were in Charlevoix. 343 cases are active.  Average for new cases is 14 and the average for deaths is 0.

Safe start numbers for our zone and the state continue to look good despite the large number of cases.  Now change in any of the rankings assigned.

 

Full county-by-county data for our region for the entire period we’ve been discussing are in today’s script online along with state, regional, U-P and Safe Start Zone totals, plus rolling averages and active case estimates. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

134623

6890

2584

21

Region

1299

35

25

-1

TVC Zone

1910

64

33

-1

UP

3330

52

189

2

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1181

16

 

Region

15

0

 

TVC Zone

21

0

 

UP

101

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

70

0

0

0

Benzie

85

2

2

0

Charlevoix

102

4

1

0

Emmet

164

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

509

9

9

0

Kalkaska

81

4

3

0

Leelanau

111

1

1

0

Otsego

177

11

7

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

26028

 

 

Region

352

 

 

TVC Zone

482

 

 

UP

2153

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

 

 

 

Data from 10/9/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

134655

6891

32

1

Region

1302

35

3

0

TVC Zone

1913

64

3

0

UP

3345

52

15

0

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1020

15

 

Region

14

0

 

TVC Zone

18

0

 

UP

88

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

70

0

0

0

Benzie

85

2

0

0

Charlevoix

103

4

1

0

Emmet

164

4

0

0

Grand Traverse

511

9

2

0

Kalkaska

81

4

0

0

Leelanau

111

1

0

0

Otsego

177

11

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

25136

 

 

Region

342

 

 

TVC Zone

472

 

 

UP

2146

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

 

 

Data from 10/10/2020

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

136465

6898

1810

7

Region

1322

36

20

1

TVC Zone

1938

65

25

1

UP

3464

52

119

0

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1077

14

 

Region

14

0

 

TVC Zone

18

0

 

UP

86

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

72

0

2

0

Benzie

88

2

3

0

Charlevoix

107

4

4

0

Emmet

164

4

0

0

Grand Traverse

518

10

7

1

Kalkaska

84

4

3

0

Leelanau

113

1

2

0

Otsego

176

11

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

25633

 

 

Region

343

 

 

TVC Zone

474

 

 

UP

2233

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

 

 

Data from 10/12/2020

 

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for the week: Beaver Island Transportation Authority meets today at noon on at their H-Q across from the ferry dock,  B-I-A has a meeting set for 4 this afternoon at the BIC Center.   Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for 5 today and then the Township board at 7—both of those meetings at the Township Hall.  Library Board has a meeting at 9 on Thursday morning at the library and the Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee is set to mee next Thursday afternoon at 4 at the Community Center. Details including remote attendance info are in the calendar entries.

 

Pickleball today from 10 to noon here at the BIC Center.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is also on up in up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30. Remember to bring your mask for all of those activities.   

 

Tomorrow, C-O-A has a Cyber Generations session on Cyber Security for you at 5:30. This week’s topic is Common Internet Threats.  It’s online on Zoom or the telephone, so you can do it at home over dinner. Call Lonnie at 2124 for logon info.  Also tomorrow, the Beaver Island Sustainability Fair is holding a Clean Energy Focus Group and Dinner at the Donegal Bay Pavilion.  Dinner at 5:30, discussion at 6:00.  They’ll have heaters if need be, and there will be lots of fresh air.  Clean energy experts will be there along with some islanders who have implemented projects.  Please RSVP. Details on how to do that are in the calendar entry.

 

Thursday, Games Galore here at the BIC Center from 1 to 4.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is Friday up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday—Pickleball in the morning from 10 to noon here at the BIC Center.   And there are movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Sonic The Hedgehog.  Your favorite video game character comes to life in a mix of live action and animation that’s really cool.  Rated PG.  Great fun for the whole family.  And at 7:00 it’s an award-winning independent film called Babyteeth.  This one’s for the grownups at your house with a rating of NC-17.  Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailers are on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.

 

There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church.  Times and details are on the calendar.

 

Don’t forget the Health Department of Northwest Michigan Immunization Clinic today—right now it’s your only chance to get a flu shot on the island.  It runs from 11 to 3:30 at the Health Center. Please use the back entrance, so park out back. Call 800-432-4121 to set up a time or just drop by.  The number is in the calendar entry. 

 

[C-O-A is has a fall recipe contest on now. Submit your winner today through the deadline on the 28th.  Details are in the calendar.]

 

[Medicare open enrollment is coming up.  If you have question about that, Lonnie Allen at the C-O-A has some folks lined up for that.  They’ll be at the senior center in the county building on October 23rd from 9 to 6 and on the 24th from 9 to 1.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.]

 

Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to raffle dot bic center dot org if you would like to get tickets.  Or get them at the BIC Center from desk.

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.  Stay up to date.  Remember: Protect yourself.  Protect the island.

Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of Hogarth’s Pest Control:

Today

A 30 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 45. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

Rain after 2pm. High near 57. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night

Rain, mainly before 2am. Low around 47. Breezy, with a southeast wind around 20 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday

A chance of rain before 8am, then scattered showers after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night

Scattered showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

Scattered showers before 8am, then a chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

A chance of rain before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Saturday

A chance of rain after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Sunday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Sunday Night

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Monday

A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Out on the big drink…

Today – Gale Warning in effect.

SSW wind 15 to 20 kt increasing to 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 kt. A chance of showers, mainly between 3pm and 5pm. Waves 2 ft building to 5 ft.

Wednesday

W wind 10 to 15 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Thursday

WNW wind 20 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 35 kt. A chance of showers. Waves 4 to 6 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: Down to 52 at White Shoal.  57 at the mid-lake buoy. 53 at the bridge. 53 at Mackinac City. Down south, Sleeping Bear is at 57. At the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, 59. Nice sunrise shot from the north midlake buoy in today’s script.

Photos from Buoy Camera at station 45002

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Roadwork on the way out to whiskey Point is done except for some paving. Critters everywhere again today.  So, lets’ be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  Lots of them while we were on break. On Friday, John Runberg and my lovely wife Judy Boyle celebrated.  Saturday, Mike Himebauch and Dawn George. Sunday, McKenzie Martin and Wil Cwikiel, yesterday Chuck Pop and today John Boucher is celebrating. Happy Birthday to Judy, John, Mike, Dawn, McKenzie, Wil, Chuck and John 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 1773 the Whirlpool Galaxy is found. While searching the skies for celestial objects that might mislead comet seekers, French astronomer Charles Messier finds a cluster of stars that will later be named the Whirlpool Galaxy. It will eventually be found to have a spiral structure, the first spiral galaxy discovered, and will be plotted at over 23 million light-years away. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: usurp (verb) [yoo-SERP], which means: to seize and hold (office, place, functions, powers, etc.) in possession by force or without right; ; to take or make use of without right; to take the place of by or as if by force : supplant.  Usurp was borrowed into English in the 14th century from the Anglo-French word usorper, which in turn derives from the Latin verb usurpare, meaning “to take possession of without a legal claim.” Usurpare itself was formed by combining usu (a form of usus, meaning “use”) and rapere (“to seize”). Other descendants of rapere in English include rapacious (“given to seizing or extorting what is coveted”), rapine (“the seizing and carrying away of things by force”), rapt (the earliest sense of which is “lifted up and carried away”), and ravish (one meaning of which is “to seize and take away by violence”).. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”

On a lighter note: How is duct tape like the Force?  It has a dark side.  It has a light side.  And, it binds the galaxy together.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.  I’m Kevin Boyle reporting from the Langford Family WVBI Studios of the Voice of Beaver Island, wishing you a great day and asking: why not go ahead and make it the best day ever?  And, as always, thanks for listening. 

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