News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The Island saw a rare traffic jam outside the health center as people lined up in their cars to get COVID-19 vaccines. Reports are that all about about 14 of the planned doses were delivered.  The shortfall was due to allocation shortages.  Some of those receiving shots at the health center were getting their second dose of the two-shot Pfizer regime.  Meantime, over at school, a clinic was ongoing for teachers and staff at school with the Moderna vaccine.  At this point almost 200 people on the island have received at least one round of approved vaccines.  The next vaccination date is up in the air because of allocation issues, but it should be in early February.

 

If you are 65 or older, a health care or school worker or in other special risk categories—and haven’t yet signed up for a shot—you should do that. Instructions on how to get signed up are posted on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page and are available on the Health Center website.  You can also call Lonnie Anderson at the C-O-A for help. 

 

The Health Department says that despite the allocation issues, they plan to administer 3,000 shots across their four-county service area this week.

 

About 12,000 Moderna vaccine doses shipped to the state have spoiled after being allowed to get too cold. McKesson, which shipped the doses, says it is looking into how that happened and shipping replacements.

 

Governor Whitmer has unveiled a 5.6-billion-dollar spending plan to help with COVID-19 vaccination efforts, boost the economy and get schools back to in-person learning. All but 575 million dollars is from federal funding. The plan is expected to arrive on state legislators’ desks today.  They say they may make approval of the plans contingent on the governor allowing still shut-down businesses to repopen.

 

The COVID-19 report from state officials yesterday continued to show improvement. There were 1,738 new cases and 41 new deaths a day—both numbers up but inline with current trends overall—as is shown in the running averages. That number for new cases is down by 200 to 1,687.  For deaths it is 49—which is dropping, but still being affected by reclassifications of past deaths that are not tied to a disclosed time. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 29 new cases a day and two deaths. Charlevoix had 2 new cases. The single deaths were in Antrim and Leelanau with one each. Averages for the region are 45 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 97,400 active cases—down again this time by about 3,000.  Our region has 1,892—which is down by about 30. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is down to 6.9%.  Same number for our safe start zone, which is down as well. The rate in Charlevoix county is steady at 4.4%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  New case per million rates continue on a steady slope down. Statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy rates continue to look good.  It showed no COVID-19 patients at Munson in Charlevoix and six at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no new tests or results.  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

540115

13865

1738

41

Region

8682

181

29

2

TVC Zone

14583

361

58

4

UP

15454

348

39

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

1687

49

 

Region

45

1

 

TVC Zone

65

1

 

UP

42

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

667

16

3

1

Benzie

688

27

3

0

Charlevoix

779

11

2

0

Emmet

1145

34

0

0

Grand Traverse

3325

48

14

0

Kalkaska

494

14

2

0

Leelanau

664

10

6

1

Otsego

920

21

-1

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

97400

 

 

Region

1892

 

 

TVC Zone

3254

 

 

UP

1951

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

 

 

Data from January 19, 2021

 

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

 

Meeting planner for the week:  St. James Public Works Committee is set to meet Wednesday morning at 11. Library Board meets Thursday at 9:00. Telecommunications Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 4:30.

 

Pickleball is back indoors at the BIC Center. Players say they are coming in on an impromptu basis until things get back on schedule at the BIC Center, so until then you’ll need to check social media posts for days. They aren’t playing today, but plan to play again on Wednesday.

 

Resale shop will be open today from noon to four.  Their winter hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open from 1 to 3 the renovation work in the Hangout is almost complete. Some work on the ceiling remains to be done and then everything has to be cleaned and furniture and fixtures returned to their places.  Current plan is to resume full hours and movies on February 1st. We’ll keep you posted.

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

Isolated snow showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 31. Breezy, with a south wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Lake shore flooding advisory in effect from 3:00 this afternoon until 2:00 tomorrow morning.

Tonight

Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Thursday

A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 29 by 5pm. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Thursday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Friday

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Patchy blowing snow before 1pm, then patchy blowing snow after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 20. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23.

Saturday Night

Cloudy, with a low around 17.

Sunday

A chance of flurries before 1pm, then a chance of snow showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Monday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports.  Bridges clear.  Island Beltway running smoothly.  But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Kristy Bousquet is celebrating today.  Happy birthday to Kristy 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 1981 Iran releases 52 American hostages held for 444 days.  Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated president of the US, taking over the office from Jimmy Carter, Iran frees 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months at the US Embassy in Teheran. Also on this date in 2001, after unanimous confirmation by the Senate, career soldier and former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell is sworn in as the first African American secretary of state. Powell will be instrumental in the US military response to 9/11 less than a year into his tenure, as well as the later war in Iraq. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: gulosity (noun) [goo-LAH-suh-tee], which means: excessive appetite : greediness.  Gulosity is a rare word for “gluttony” that sees only occasional use in English these days. It derives via Middle English and Anglo-French from the Latin adjective gulosus (“gluttonous”) and ultimately from the noun gula (“gullet”). It was apparently a favorite word of famed 18th-century author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, who has been falsely credited with coining gulosity, even though evidence for the word’s use dates back to the 15th century. According to his biographer, James Boswell, Johnson was no light eater himself: he “indulged with such intenseness, that while in the act of eating, the veins of his forehead swelled, and generally a strong perspiration was visible.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

First, a special program note.  This evening after our news from FSN at five, a special edition of Beaver Island Perspectives will feature Christie Heller Perdue and the opening keynote she planned to give at the Beaver Island Player’s performance of Our Town last year—that to have been part of the Bige Read Our Town Our Island project. Of course COVID-19 did that in, but you can still hear Christie’s thoughts this evening on Beaver Island Perspectives or, if you miss that, as a podcast on WVBI dot net.  Then at seven this evening, we’ll bring you a special music program called Our Town Our Island Our Music.  It’s a look at island musicians and the music they create—from early Alan Lomax recordings to current performers. Jacque La Freniere hosts the show with lots of background information on the songs and the artists.  That’s tonight at 7:00 right here on W-V-B-I. Then, at 9:00 we’ll present a special Island Music Top Ten Plus Five.

 

Now, here’s a thought for the day from former Secretary of State Colin Powell: “Pissing people off doesn’t mean you’re doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.”

On a lighter note: What do you say when someone asks to borrow a lemon? Be my zest.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 20th, 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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