News Update

Community Calendar for Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Michigan Health Department’s latest report on COVID-19 outbreaks at K-12 schools shows a 25% week over week increase—jumping from 68 to 84 places with outbreaks and 435 cases.  The number of outbreaks at colleges and Universities was up by a more modest nine percent—but involves 5,368 cases.  However, northern lower Michigan now has no such outbreaks.  None at K-12 schools, none at colleges or universities.  Last week there was just one outbreak at a school in Leelanau county.

 

https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/10/coronavirus-outbreaks-reported-at-84-michigan-k-12-schools-and-30-colleges-in-oct-19-report.html

 

Meanwhile, Grand Rapids public schools have announced that their students will not return to the classroom until 2021 at the earliest.  The change is driven by the surging number of cases in Kent County as well as the jump of outbreaks at schools. School leaders say it would be more disruptive for students to move back and forth between  online and in-class at individual schools to deal with outbreaks—as opposed to just staying at home until January or later.

 

Overall the number of cases in the state continues to grow at about what has become the new normal rate of 1,500 a day.  There were 2,909 cases in yesterday’s report, which covers Saturday and Sunday—and 21 deaths.  That brings totals since March to 147,806 with 32,419 of those active—and 7,031 deaths.  Afewrgaes are 1,620 new cases a day and 20 deaths a day.  Safe Start stats are 4.7% for the positive test rate—still blipping up according to the state’s chart—and 112.4 cases per million, still heads sharply down according to the chart.

 

In our region, 49 new cases over the weekend and no new deaths.  We have 433 active cases and are averaging 21 new cases a day and 1 death. Safe start data for our zone show the positive test rate up to 2.8%, which is below the target, but has move up 1.6% at the start of the month.  New case rate is 47.2 per million, still headed down according to the state graph. 

 

Here on the island, no change in the data from the health center.

 

Full county-by-county data for both Friday and Saturday for our region 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

147806

7031

2909

21

Region

1471

39

49

0

TVC Zone

2171

69

73

1

UP

4264

69

-49

2

Note: 7 deaths are reclassifications from prior dates

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1620

20

 

Region

21

1

 

TVC Zone

33

1

 

UP

114

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

86

0

5

0

Benzie

99

2

3

0

Charlevoix

120

4

2

0

Emmet

177

4

7

0

Grand Traverse

583

13

23

0

Kalkaska

98

4

2

0

Leelanau

123

1

3

0

Otsego

185

11

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

32419

 

 

Region

433

 

 

TVC Zone

625

 

 

UP

2818

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

 

 

Data from 10/19/2020

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

 

Meeting planner for this week is a short affair with just two meetings on the books. St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 2:00 at the Governmental Center.  BIESA meets Thursday at 2:00 at the Peaine Township Hall.

 

Today, Pickleball 10 to noon.  Meet up here at the BIC Center to decide where to play—probably inside given the cool weather. Also, today, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.  Wednesday, C-O-A has the third in their series of Cyber Generations Cybersecurity seminars online for you.  That’s at 5:30. Topic is internet scams and fraud.  Call Lonnie at 2124 for info on how to Zoom in for it.  Also Wednesday evening is the last Bingo night of the season at Gregg Fellowship Center.  Doors open at 6:15 for fellowship. Games at 7.

 

On Thursday, Games Galore from 1 to 4 here at the BIC Center and then Euchre at the Shamrock. Cards hit the table at 7.

 

Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is up in the Deerwood Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Friday and Saturday are the dates for the Medicare Open enrollment meetings set up by the C-O-A.  9 to 6 on Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  Call Lonnie at 2124 to set up an appointment.

 

Saturday, Greenwald Construction and Real Estate One are sponsoring a community cleanup event.  Their plans include free curbside pickups with scheduled appointments.  They’ll pick it up and take it to the transfer station, but you need to pay the disposal fees if any.  To schedule a pickup, call the Real Estate One office at 448-2449. 

 

Also, Saturday— Pickleball is on from 10 to noon.  And just one movie this weekend as the Elks are having an induction ceremony here at the BIC Center Saturday afternoon. Evening movie is Beckman. It’s a high energy action flick with good guys and bad guys.  Rated R.  Concession stand will be open—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats. Trailer is on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org.  And, if you were waiting to see the Good Dinosaur—which originally had been set for Saturday afternoon—don’t worry, it’s coming in November.

 

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

 

 

[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.]

 

[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. 

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

Today

A 10 percent chance of showers after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the morning.

Tonight

Rain. Patchy fog after 11pm. Low around 39. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday

A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northwest in the evening.

Thursday

Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 58. Light east wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Thursday Night

Showers. Low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday

Showers likely before 8am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night

A chance of showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Sunday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Sunday Night

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 48.

Out on the big drink…

Today

NNE wind around 10 kt becoming E in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 ft or less.

Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Wednesday

W wind 15 to 20 kt increasing to 25 to 30 kt in the morning. Showers likely before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 11am. Waves 1 ft building to 9 ft.

Thursday

ESE wind 10 to 15 kt. Showers, mainly after 8am. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Water Temps: This morning: 48 at White Shoal and   54 at the mid-lake buoy.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: Occasional road conference delays as folks make sure they are getting everything they need across before the ferry stops. Otherwise, no delays inbound or outboaund to the airports, island beltway flowing well with lots of eye-popping color reported.  Bridges clear. But, let’s be careful out there.

BIRTHDAYS:  Emily Gray and Jayne Koziej are on our list today. Happy birthday to Jayne and Emily, 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 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane goes down, killing six.  The band’s chartered plane runs out of fuel due to a faulty engine and crashes in Mississippi. Singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines are killed, along with three crew members. Lynyrd Skynyrd would disband after the accident, with the remaining members reuniting a decade later.  (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: visage (noun) [VIZ-ij], which means: the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal; aspect, appearance. The word face may be a pretty generic word, but it has several high-flown synonyms. Physiognomy, [fizzy-og-na-me] for instance, refers to facial features thought to reveal qualities of temperament or character. “I thought I could detect in his physiognomy a mind owning better qualities than his father ever possessed,” Emily Brontë writes in Wuthering Heights. Countenance is often used to refer to the face as an indication of mood or emotion, as Bram Stoker types in Dracula: “Mina struggled hard to keep her brave countenance.” Visage [viz-ij] can refer to the face of a person or an animal, and it can also refer to the appearance of nonliving things, as in “the dirty visage of the old abandoned factory.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Winston Churchill: “Craft is common both to skill and deceit.”

On a lighter note: What song always gets chickens dancing at a wedding?  The Y-Hen-C-A.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Monday, October 20th, 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, thanks for listening. 

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