News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday , March 24th, 2021

From America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday , March 24th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Yesterday’s state COVID-19 data from the state includes another stiff batch of new cases—there were 3,576. That’s pushed the running average to 2,938, the highest it’s been since January when we were recovering from the last spike in cases. There were eight new deaths in the report along side eight reclassified deaths. Meantime, the average positivity rate for tests has pushed up to 8.1%–driven there by the highest single day rate we’ve seen since early December.  It was 12%.  Still, while the new case rates are spiking, there has not so far been a jump in the number of deaths.  Back in December, we were experiencing an average number of deaths a day or well over 100.  And, it bears noting that the number of daily tests is down by almost 25% since back in December.  Even with the positivity spike, the number of cases per million, which had been ramping up looks like it is starting to drop. 

 

As cases surge, it appears that several school districts—mostly downstate—that had just gone back to in person learning are retreating to remote classes.  That’s the report from Bridge Michigan this morning.  But, state officials say that they are not looking at another statewide shutdown of schools.

 

In our region, there were 75 new cases with four in Charlevoix County.  There were no new deaths.  Seven day rolling averages in the region are 58 for new cases and 0 for deaths. Positivity rate for our Safe Start Zone is 9%. For Charlevoix County its 4.8%.

 

Statewide there are now 53,272 active cases, up almost 3,000. Our region has 1,187, which is up by 58.

 

New case per million rates shown on the safe start dashboard are showing headed up statewide, flat in our safe start zone, and down in Charlevoix. But, if you look at the averages, they are all headed down.

 

Hospital occupancy data wasn’t updated yesterday, but the last update—while showing a bit of an uptick in COVID-19 cases—still showed good overall capacity and no big surge in hospitalizations.

 

On the island, no new tests run.  No results pending. Last positive test was 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

633191

15919

3576

16

Region

10721

215

75

0

TVC Zone

18376

431

104

0

UP

16880

394

36

0

8 deaths are reclassifications. There were 8 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2938

16

 

Region

58

0

 

TVC Zone

121

1

 

UP

32

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

863

15

13

0

Benzie

825

31

6

0

Charlevoix

901

13

4

0

Emmet

1333

38

12

0

Grand Traverse

4149

64

12

0

Kalkaska

661

15

9

0

Leelanau

810

15

3

0

Otsego

1179

24

16

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

2941

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

53272

 

58

Region

1187

 

78

TVC Zone

2320

 

23

UP

593

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

 

Data from March 23, 2021

 

Waste Management Committee met yesterday, and chair Frank D-Andria gave us an update on their work. It looks like single stream recycling is about to get underway.  Installation of the necessary equipment is expected later this spring.  Once the shift is made it should reduce time in handling recyclables for both station staff and residents. Committee member Paul Cole had a report that the townships are moving ahead with getting a crusher on the island to deal with old cars and other scrap metal.  The Committee is going to set up a meeting with Joe’s Junk members and other interested parties to coordinate the collection of crushing candidates.  The Committee is also planning to set up a series of tire drop off days for tires.  They heard that their tipping fees are up by $10, 000 year over year, likely due to more people on the island during 2020 they believe. And, here’s some good news.  When disposal fees are required, you’ll be able to pay by credit card at the station beginning April 1.

Here are a couple of reminders for you:  First, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is asking all island residents 16 and older who haven’t been vaccinated to complete an on-line pre-registration survey.  It’s to help the department plan their next COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the island, which will be in early April.  There’s a link to the survey in today’s script online and on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 info page.  Find it all at W-V-B-I dot net.

 

https://patienteducationgenius.jotform.com/z/HDNWM

 

Second…a reminder to help see that the Beaver Beacon is chosen to have all of its back issues digitized and stored as part of a C-M-U project.  You can send in a postcard for ten votes this week or vote online.  Details are in the calendar.

 

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week. Just one left. B-I-E-S-A meets Thursday at 2:00.  Check the calendar entry for remote attendance and other info.

 

At the BIC Center today, Pickleball is on in the theater from 1 to 3. They play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Practice and lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games Galore is 1 to 4 tomorrow up in the Deerwood Hangout. The 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.

 

Resale shop is open noon to 4:00 Thursday and Friday. Also, Friday, B-I-C-S students have a half day—and that’s the start of their Spring Break.

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the Disney Classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s rated G and great fun for the entire family. And at 7, it’s All My Life—a true story of romance. Rated PG-13. [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. 

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 showers. Patchy fog before 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 52. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 35. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of snow after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Friday

A chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain between noon and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday

A 40 percent chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers before 4am, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy.

TRAFFIC:  W-V-B-I virtual octo-copter is high in the Beaver Island skies and spies—no traffic.  None, nadda, zip.  Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  A bundle of them today. Jessica LaFreniere, Emma Jean Belfy, Larry Dawson, John Matela, Elliot Sawyer, Miles Dedloff-Rooy and Kyle Butler are all Celebrating today.  Happy birthday to Jessica, Emma Jean, Larry, John, Elliot, Miles and Kyle.  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 1967 ‘Tiny Bubbles’ floats up the Billboard charts.  What will be Don Ho’s signature hit reaches No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 14 on the easy listening charts. The song will help make the Hawaiian crooner a star, cementing his legacy as an easygoing spokesman for life in paradise, and will be covered by numerous artists. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: quash (verb) [KWAHSH], which means: to nullify especially by judicial action. There are two quash verbs in the English language, and although their meanings are similar, they have entirely different origins. Both essentially mean to get rid of something—you can quash a rumor, for example, or you can quash a judicial order. The legal term quash (meaning “to nullify”) comes from the Anglo-French words casser or quasser, meaning “to annul,” and is ultimately from Latin cassus, “to void.” The other quash means “to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely.” It derives from the Middle English word quashen, meaning “to smash,” and is ultimately from a form of the Latin verb quatere, meaning “to shake.” (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…no quashing of either type involved…

Here’s a thought for the day from Don Ho: “You never know what’s going to happen next onstage.”

 

On a lighter note: Why did the baby chick cross the road?  To meet up with her peeps.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday , March 24th, 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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