News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 13th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Enbridge Energy told Michigan officials yesterday that the company will not comply with the state’s shutdown order. Enbridge says it is operating the pipeline safely and that the State’s order is invalid. While the State and Enbridge have gone to court over the issue, the company’s open statement that it will defy the shutdown order is extraordinary.  The dispute over continued operation of the existing pipeline is as separate regulatory issue from pending applications to construct a tunnel under the straits to house a replacement pipeline. The state says operation of the line must end in May.

 

MLive is reporting this morning that Governor Whitmer will extend the state’s current shutdown order prohibiting inside service and bars and restaurants through February 1st. They’ve been shut since November 18. After the 1st, they’d be subject to a 10 p.m. curfew.  According to the Michigan’s restaurant trade group, Michigan is one of three states remaining with a statewide shutdown order and has had the most days of statewide restaurant dining closure of any state—while at the same time refusing to prioritize vaccination of hospitality industry employees.  All of the metrics the state says it will rely on in considering and extension have declined—without the post-holiday surge after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that many had forecast.

 

Meantime, the state continues to lag behind in vaccine distribution.  Michigan has administered just 233,085 of the 829,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed throughout the state during the first four weeks of vaccine availability—this after having more than nine months to prepare.  Despite problems on the mainland, the island is making good progress.  So far, 24 frontline folks—health workers and first responders– have been vaccinated. Another 150 vaccinations are set for the 19th for additional front line workers as well as teachers and other essential workers. Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. It depends on how many doses are in the next batch, but we could very soon be to the point where nearly half the island’s winter population is vaccinated. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 1,994 new cases statewide yesterday and 50 new deaths—along with another 50 deaths reclassified from prior dates.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down about 300 to 2,411.  For deaths it is 86—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 30 new cases and no new deaths. Charlevoix had four of the new cases. Seven were in Grand Traverse. Averages for the region are 57 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 115,317 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,038—down again by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.1% down a bit.  It is steady in our safe start zone, but still high at 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 2.9%–where it has been hovering for almost a week after being higher for some time. The C-D-C target is 3%.  No update in the statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy reports, but the last ones looked good.  Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed and there are ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

525612

13501

1994

100

Region

8291

174

30

0

TVC Zone

14030

349

53

3

UP

15080

338

57

1

50 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 50 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2411

86

 

Region

57

1

 

TVC Zone

103

3

 

UP

54

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

629

13

5

0

Benzie

654

27

4

0

Charlevoix

751

10

4

0

Emmet

1117

34

1

0

Grand Traverse

3131

46

7

0

Kalkaska

483

14

1

0

Leelanau

622

9

4

0

Otsego

904

21

4

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

115317

 

 

Region

2038

 

 

TVC Zone

3705

 

 

UP

2175

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

 

Data from January 12, 2021

In other local news, the Transportation Authority board and Peaine Township board met last evening.  We’ll have reports on those meetings tomorrow.

 

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

 

Here’s the meeting planner for the rest of the week: St. James Township board meets this evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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

Partly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Snow showers likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of snow showers after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night

Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 22.

Sunday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

M.L.King Day

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Monday Night

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Tuesday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

TRAFFIC: None, Nada, Zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Leaha Cary is celebrating today. Happy birthday to Leaha and, if we missed you on that list, happy birthday to you, too, from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center. 

ON THIS DAY in 1910 the Radio Telephone Company transmits live performances of Enrico Caruso performing opera arias at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House. Radio receivers on ships in New York harbor, in hotels, and elsewhere throughout New York allow the public to hear the world’s first public wireless broadcast.  Also on this date in 1910 experts began predicting the demise of radio. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: rapport (noun) [ra-POR], which means: a friendly, harmonious relationship; especially : a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy.  The word rapport bears a resemblance to a more common English word, report, which is no coincidence: both words come ultimately from the Latin verb portare, meaning “to carry,” and both traveled through French words meaning “to bring back” on their way to English. Report has been in use since the 14th century, when it entered Middle English by way of Anglo-French, the French language as it was spoken in medieval England. Rapport was first used in the mid-15th century as a synonym of report in its “an account or statement” meaning, but that meaning had become obsolete by the mid-19th century. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

On a lighter note:  Which Jedi always got his brother’s hand-me-downs?  Obi Two Kenobi.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 13th, 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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