News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, February 17th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

B-I-C-S students are studying from home today so the school can be available for another vaccination clinic.  This is a second round of vaccines. If you got your first shot back on January 19th, don’t forget the second round today.

 

As the south endures bitter cold, there are warmer temperatures in the forecast for Michigan.  After several weeks of bitter cold, it looks like our temps will be into the mid-30s by this time next week with some sunny days on the way. Make sure you know where your beach towels and swim wear are so you are ready.

 

Yesterday’s COVID-19 report from the state had more good news in terms of trends.  There were 775 new cases and 19 deaths—those are statewide numbers. Seven-day running average for new cases is 898. For deaths, the average is 30 a day with reclassifications included. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 12 new cases and no deaths. Charlevoix had two new cases. Seven day running averages for our region are 16 new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Statewide there are now 40,730 active cases—down by about 1,100 over the two-day period. Our region has 882—down by 38. 

 

Positivity rates shown on the state’s Safe Start dashboard continue to move in the right direction. Statewide rate is at 3.7%, down two tenths.  It’s 3.5% in our safe start zone. That’s down six tenths. And the rate in Charlevoix county is down six tenths, too, to 1.3%. The C-D-C target is 3% or less.  New case per million rates are on a steady slope down.

Overall hospital occupancy rates continue to look good both statewide and in our safe start zone—essentially normal.  Statewide, 4.5% of available beds are occupied with COVID-19 patients. For I-C-U beds, COVID occupancy is 8%.  There are no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and eight at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U.

 

On the island, no new tests.  No tests pending. No new positives since 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

576264

15177

775

19

Region

9465

200

12

0

TVC Zone

15945

399

26

0

UP

16228

379

19

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

898

30

 

Region

16

0

 

TVC Zone

33

1

 

UP

20

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

739

15

0

0

Benzie

769

30

2

0

Charlevoix

820

12

2

0

Emmet

1236

36

3

0

Grand Traverse

3680

57

5

0

Kalkaska

538

15

0

0

Leelanau

720

14

0

0

Otsego

963

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

40730

 

 

Region

882

 

 

TVC Zone

1552

 

 

UP

881

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

 

Data from February 16, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: St. James Public Works meets at 11 today.  Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets at 4:30 on Thursday.  Details and information on remote attendance are available in the calendar entries online.

 

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. Tomorrow, Games Galore in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 also up in the Deerwood Hangout.  BIC Center hours are 9 to 4 Monday through Friday and noon to 9 on Saturdays.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show this Saturday will be The Croods: A New Age—great animated fun for the whole family.  And at 7, it’s Woody Allen’s latest file—a Rainy Day in New York with Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez. 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.

 

C-O-A’s February Bingo game is wrapping up on the 26th.  Cards are at the C-O-A office. Info on how to play is in the calendar entry online. On the 25th, C-O-A is planning a Not so Newlywed game here at the BIC Center.  They are looking for couples over 60 to join some couples who have already volunteered.  Contact Lonnie at 2124 to sign up. Finally, C-O-A is planning an Easter Dinner on March 19. Call Lonnie to sign up.

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

Sunny, with a high near 20. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 11. Calm wind.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. East wind around 5 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday

Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Breezy.

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

TRAFFIC: No delays.  Just lots of gorgeous views. But, the roads are slick.  So, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Dorthy Willis and Bob Dooley  are celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Dorthy and Bob, 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 1966 The Beach Boys begin recording ‘Good Vibrations.’ Previously purveyors of sunshine-and-sand pop tunes, The Beach Boys begin recording what is arguably their greatest and most blissfully complex song, thanks mainly to the work of their frontman, Brian Wilson.

(Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: indissoluble (adjective) [in-dih-SAHL-yuh-bul], which means: not dissoluble; especially : incapable of being annulled, undone, or broken : permanent. Indissoluble and its antonym dissoluble (“capable of being dissolved or disintegrated”) both date their first print appearances to the 16th century, and both owe a debt to Latin dissolubilis, which means “dissoluble; capable of being dissolved.” While the word dissolve in that gloss may call to mind the chemical process by which something mixed with a liquid becomes part of the liquid (as when salt or sugar dissolve in water), indissoluble primarily relates to other meanings of dissolve: “destroy” and “disintegrate,” “terminate” and “annul.” Something indissoluble—such as a treaty, contract, or vow—is permanent. The English word dissolve, in all its meanings, is a cousin to indissoluble and dissoluble. Dissolubilis derives from Latin dissolvere (from dis- + solvere, “to loosen”) the source of our word dissolve. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from The Beach Boys front man Brian Wilson: “To wear a floral shirt is an experience.”

On a lighter note, here’s a really bad joke from Lonnie Allen at C-O-A: What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One’s really heavy; the other’s a little lighter.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island, Wednesday, February 17th, 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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