News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, April 14th, 2021. 

Now, some news…

 

Health Department vaccination clinic at the school yesterday added more than 120 people to the list of folks who are on the way to being protected from COVID-19.  Another 30 or so who had appointments assigned apparently had gotten vaccinated on the mainland.  So rough estimates are that more than 500 island residents now have had at least one COVID-19 shot. The only bad news is that shots were available that went unused—which given the current surge in cases is unfortunate.

 

State health officials reported another big batch of new cases yesterday.  There were 8,867new cases a day and 37 new deaths along with 37 reclassified deaths. In our region, there were 144 new cases and four deaths. 13 of the new cases were in Charlevoix county. The deaths were in Otsego with three and Antrim with one. There are now 149,127 active cases in the state…and 2,854 in our region.

 

Overall hospital bed utilization statewide is running high.  It’s 81% overall and 81.9% for ICU beads—both of those numbers up. Our safe start zone is at 74.3% for all beds, and 82.1% for the I-C-U—the I-C-U number is high.  Typical utilization should be in the mid-seventies according to C-D-C articles. Meantime, COVID-19 occupancy rates continue to run at higher rates: Statewide it is 17.7% for all beds and 24.6% for I-C-U beds.

 

New case numbers are shown heading up on the dashboard for the Charlevoix County, but flat for the state our Safe Start Zone. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix has no OCVID-19 patients, but there are 19 at McLaren in Petoskey—with 11 in the I-C-U.

 

At the health Center, ten new tests run and all ten are back negative.  No tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began.

 

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

756564

16586

8867

74

Region

13040

230

111

4

TVC Zone

22443

467

264

8

UP

18033

402

105

0

37 deaths are reclassifications. There were 37 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

7014

41

 

Region

144

1

 

TVC Zone

247

2

 

UP

72

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1114

17

7

1

Benzie

910

31

9

0

Charlevoix

1095

14

13

0

Emmet

1620

39

4

0

Grand Traverse

4894

70

44

0

Kalkaska

860

16

22

0

Leelanau

923

16

3

0

Otsego

1624

27

9

3

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

7208

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

149127

 

82

Region

2854

 

191

TVC Zone

5185

 

75

UP

1426

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

 

 

Data from April 12, 2021

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

Here’s your meeting planner for the week:

 

Tomorrow, the Library Board meets at 9:00. St. James Planning Commission meets at 11. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30. Meeting details including info on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

Pickleball on today from 1 to 3, but it is outside this week as Ms. Robert’s class prepares for their spring play. Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games Galore is available from 1:00 to 4:00 tomorrow up in the Deerwood Lodge Hangout.  Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 also in the Hangout. BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

First boat of the season departed this morning at 8:20. Return trip of the Emerald Isle leaves the Charlevoix dock at 11:30.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is The Great Gatsby—a special presentation for Ms. Biehl’s class, but all are welcome to attend.  Leonardo DiCaprio stars along with Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. It’s rated PG-13.  At 7, it’s another new release stary Tom Hanks: News of the World.  Hanks is a Civil War veteran who agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. Great story with outstanding critical reviews.  And did we mention that it is a new release. Rated PG-13.  Both shows on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site 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 rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tonight

Rain and snow showers likely, mainly after 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 15 mph.

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 49.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

W wind around 10 kt. A chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain showers between 9am and 10am, then a chance of rain and snow showers after 10am. Waves around 1 ft.

Thursday

NNW wind around 15 kt. Rain and snow showers likely before 8am, then a chance of rain showers. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Friday

NNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. Nadda. Zip. Roads are in good shape. Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Justin Martin and Jaydyn Johnson are celebrating today.  Happy Birthday to Justin and Jadyn.  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 1912, steaming through the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the state-of-the-art luxury British ocean liner RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg just before midnight. The damage proves catastrophic, and the vessel will sink in the early hours of April 15, killing over 1,500. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: discomfit (Verb) [diss-KUM-fit], which means: to put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment : disconcert; a : to frustrate the plans of : thwart; archaic : to defeat in battle. Disconcerted by discomfit and discomfort? While the two look similar and share some semantic territory, they’re etymologically unrelated. Unlike discomfort, discomfit has no connection to comfort, which comes ultimately from Latin com- plus fortis, meaning “strong.” Instead, discomfit was borrowed from Anglo-French in the 13th century with the meaning “to defeat in battle.” Within a couple centuries, discomfit had expanded beyond the battlefield to mean “to frustrate the plans of; to thwart,” a meaning that eventually softened into the “to disconcert or confuse” use we find most often today—one quite close to the uneasiness and annoyance communicated by discomfort. For a time, usage commentators were keen to keep a greater distance between discomfit and discomfort; they recommended that discomfit be limited to “to completely defeat; to rout,” but they’ve largely given up now, and the “disconcert or confuse” meaning is fully established. There is one major difference between discomfit and discomfort, though: discomfit is used almost exclusively as a verb, while discomfort is much more commonly used as a noun than a verb. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “Every day brings with it another chance to change life.”

 

On a lighter note: What do you call it when a billboard almost falls on you?  A really bad sign.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, April 14th, 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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