News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020.
First, some news…
Today, a bit of a deeper dive into the COVID-19 numbers than we usually take. First, the data we’ve been reporting on regularly: State health officials reported another big batch of cases yesterday with 573 new ones bringing the total to 74,725. New case average has started to flatten. It’s down two from yesterday at 631. There were nine new deaths bringing the total to 6,135. The average is at 8.
The majority of new cases and deaths continue to be downstate. In the counties we’ve been following since the start—places where Beaver Islanders tend to visit or that have a direct impact on health resources available to us—there were six new cases in the numbers made up of one in Charlevoix, five in Grand Traverse and one in Otsego. Leelanau went down one from a reclassification. There were no new deaths. That puts the total at 443 cases in our region. Of those, about 226 are deemed recovered by the state’s metric leaving 217 active cases. There have been 24 deaths in the region from COVID-19 throughout the crisis. Up in the UP, they have 20 new cases bringing them to 364. No new deaths. Toll is there is at 18.
[Antrim 27 cases, still no deaths. Benzie is at 20 cases and one death. Charlevoix has 37 cases including one from the island, and two deaths. Emmet is at 41 with two deaths. Grand Traverse is at 124 cases with six deaths. Kalkaska has 32 confirmed cases, four deaths. Leelanau at 52, no deaths. Otsego confirmed case count is at 110 with 10 deaths.]
COUNTY
Status
Cases
Deaths
Δ Cases
Δ Deaths
Antrim
Confirmed
27
0
0
0
Benzie
Confirmed
20
1
0
0
Charlevoix
Confirmed
37
2
1
0
Emmet
Confirmed
41
2
0
0
Grand Traverse
Confirmed
124
5
5
0
Kalkaska
Confirmed
32
4
0
0
Leelanau
Confirmed
52
0
-1
0
Otsego
Confirmed
110
10
1
0
We’ve not been reporting on the numbers for our region in the state’s Safe Start plan—which is called the Traverse City Region, but since they will drive what happens with school this fall to some extent, here’s a look at those. The region includes the counties we’ve been following plus Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee and Roscommon Counties. First, the raw numbers. There have been 738 cases confirmed in the region and 44 deaths. Day over day, 7 new cases and no deaths.
The state’s Safe Start Dashboard looks at those numbers through the ratios to the total population—and those stats have continued to look good even as the number of cases has increased. The positive test rate in the region has remained below the three percent target since May 6th. It’s worth noting, too, that other than in the first days of the crisis, it was never in what the state has labeled a high risk zone and has been trending down to flat since April 6th. Average daily testing rate is 736. That’s been climbing since early may for the most part—some dips and peaks along the way. Strikingly, though, the new case rate—the number of cases per million of population has just touched what the state deems the red zone once throughout the crisis, which was for two days in mid-April. The region almost hit it again on July 5th after a steep ramp up in new cases starting at the end of June—but the number has been plummeting since then dropping from 36.6 to 11.3. That’s in the middle of what the state classifies as a medium-High risk zone, but the number of new cases has been at the bottom of the safe zone sine the 18th.
That’s a lot of numbers, but the bottom line is that according to the state’s school restart plan, we are in very good shape for in person classes in the fall throughout the region—including on the island.
On the island, no new tests reported. Health Center has run 124 tests since the start of the crisis. All but three of those are back as negative. Two are pending. Still only one positive test and that case is classified as recovered.
Now, here’s what’s happening on your island.
Meeting planner: There’s a special meeting of the St. James Public Works Committee today at 2:00 at the Township Hall. Emergency Services Authority meets on tomorrow at 2:00 at Peaine Township hall. Peaine Township Board of review meets this Friday at 11:00.
For fun, this week: Today, BINGO at Gregg Fellowship Center. Doors open for fellowship at 6;15. Ganes at 7:00. Tomorrow is the Farmer’s Market out at Paradise Bay Coffee Shop. That’s 9 to 11. There’s Pickleball Thursday, too, from 10 to noon at the Municipal Tennis Courts. They play same time Saturday, too. Games Galore in the Hangout from 1 to 4. Friday, Art in the Harbor may give it a go from 10 to noon out on the sidewalk in front of the BIC Center and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is on Friday up in Ray and Ann’s Hangout at the BIC Center from 10:30 to 11:30. Also Friday, Baroque REimangined gets underway on Friday with a series of virtual events including broadcasts here on WVBI. We’ll chat with festival director and principal conductor Robert Nordling along with principal trumpet and principal coordinator Matt Thomas in a special interview on Friday afternoon on the air here after our news at 3:00. We’ll have a run down of everything that’s happening plus some behind the scenes info. The opening night Gala with pianist Kevin Cole will be available online from Baroque at 7:30 Friday evening. Check the Baroque website for info on how to watch. Saturday, there’s another Gala online opening event with Martha Guth, also at 7:30. Next week, more interviews on the air here at WVBI at 3:00 in the afternoon on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday plus Robert Nordling will be our guest on Beaver Island perspectives every afternoon next week with a peak at the upcoming planned events. So, events next week will be virtual—but there will still be a flurry of activity that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own easy chair at home.
On Saturday, movies here at the BIC Center—a Marvel Superheroes Weekend. 4:00 show is Captain Marvel and the 7:00 show is Avenger’s Endgame. Both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the McDonough’s Market Theater. Concession stand will be open for both shows for snacks, a meal or both. Trailers on the BIC Center website at BIC Center dot org, our follow us on Facebook to see them.
And, remember, the Marine Museum and the Print Shop are open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5. Protar’s home is open Wednesdays from 11 to 1. And the south end lighthouse is open every day for self-guided tours.
There are weekend services at Holy Cross and Sunday services at the Christian Church and the Episcopal Mission. Times and details are on the calendar.
The BIC Center/WVBI 2020 Gala Auction is all online this year at auction dot BIC center dot org. Check it out, bid on something and when you win, all the proceeds go to support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I. You can also support the BIC Center and W-V-B-I by picking up a ticket for a chance to win the 2020 BIC Center-W-V-B-I Raffle. Grand prize is the Tracker fishing and sport boat parked out in front of the BIC Center. Tickets are available now at the BIC Center front desk or buy them online at raffle dot BIC Center dot org. Or get them from any PABU Board member.
Keep up to date on COVID-19 news with the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page. Click COVID-19 in the menu at W-V-B-I dot net. Stay up to date. Remember: Protect yourself. Protect the island.
Weather, here there and everywhere – presented every day with the support of your McDonough’s Market:
Today A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Saturday Night A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Monday A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 82.
Out on the big drink…
Today E wind around 10 kt. A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Waves around 1 ft. Thursday NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less. Friday Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fire Danger Level: Low.
TRAFFIC: No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Bridges clear. Island beltway running smoothly. Occasional social distanced mid-road car chat delays. Let’s be careful out there.
BIRTHDAYS: Tyler Eldridge is celebrating. Happy birthday to Tyler, and if we missed you on the list, Happy birthday to you from all of us at WVBI and your Beaver Island Community Center.
ON THIS DAY in 1587 English colonists land at Roanoke Island. Hundreds of English settlers arrive on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina. Although a previous colony on the island had vanished, Sir Walter Raleigh hopes this second colony will flourish. But three years later, relief ships will find it completely deserted, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke will become a haunting mystery. (bing.com)
WORD OF THE DAY: requisite (adjective) | REK-wuh-zut, which means: needed for a particular purpose : essential, necessary. Acquiring an understanding of where requisite comes from won’t require a formal inquiry. Without question, the quest begins with Latin quaerere, which means “to ask” or “to seek.” That word is ancestor to a number of English words, including acquire, require, inquiry, question, quest, and, of course, requisite. From quaerere came requirere, meaning “to ask again.” Repeated requests can express a need, and the past participle of Latin requirere, which is requisitus, came to mean “needed” or “necessary.” English acquired requisite when it was adopted into Middle English back in the 1400s. (Merriam-Webster).
Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…
Here’s a thought for the day “It is not how CLEVER you are, what really matters is how CLEAR you are in expressing your thoughts and ideas.” On a lighter note: Why did Mozart rush to the bathroom? To conduct his next movement. duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=mozart+classic&iax=videos&ia=videos&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRb0UmrCXxVA
IMAGINE A SAD TROMBONE SFX
That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020. I’m Kevin Boyle, reporting from the pest free Hogarth Pest Control 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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