News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

 

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, May 5th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Fog did in yesterday’s vaccination clinic at school, but it has been reset for next Monday.  If you were scheduled to get your shot yesterday, you should plan to come to school on Monday at the same appointment time.

 

Yesterday’s state COVID-19 report showed dramatic changes—fewer new cases for a day than we’ve generally been seeing for several months, but also a large number of new deaths. There were just 2,527 new cases bringing the running average to 3,204. But, there were 75 new deaths plus another 51 reclassified deaths bringing that average up to 67. In our region, there were 67 new cases and two deaths. Charlevoix had nine new cases. Both deaths were in Grand Traverse. Averages for our region are 53 new cases and one death a day.

 

Active case counts have started to head down—that’s new cases 30 or fewer days old. There are 159,741 active cases statewide.  In our region the count is 2,843.  Safe start dashboard has new case count headed down across the board–state-wide, in our zone and in Charlevoix County for more than 20 days each. Positive test rate is 12.2% state-wide, 11.8% in our zone and 7.5% in the county—those numbers down except in Charlevoix where it went up by two tenths.

 

Hospital utilization data continues to run high.  Overall occupancy for regular beds statewide is 80.6% and 81.1% for I-C-U beds. In our zone, those numbers are higher at 82.0% for regular beds and 87.6% for the I-C-U. Normal is in the mid 70s.  Statewide, 13.1% of regular beds have COVID-19 patients in them.  For I-C-U beds, the rate is 23.8%. Locally, Munson in Charlevoix is down a patient to none while McLaren in Petoskey is up one to 12.

 

At the health Center, they are reporting two new tests. One back negative and one still pending. No other tests pending. Last positive tests were on the 7th.  There have been three positive tests since the current island cases began. Positive rate is 8.3%.

 

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

851947

17897

2527

126

Region

14605

261

67

2

TVC Zone

25389

525

95

3

UP

19286

411

77

0

51 deaths are reclassified from prior dates. There were 75 new deaths.

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

3204

67

 

Region

53

1

 

TVC Zone

100

3

 

UP

54

0

Note: Look back 6 days divided by 7 to adj. for no Sunday data.

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

1234

21

9

0

Benzie

1028

32

4

0

Charlevoix

1234

20

9

0

Emmet

1839

40

10

0

Grand Traverse

5436

77

16

2

Kalkaska

994

21

7

0

Leelanau

993

18

3

0

Otsego

1847

32

9

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

5886

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

159741

 

31

Region

2843

 

107

TVC Zone

5145

 

21

UP

1858

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

 

Data from May 4, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s your meeting planner for the week: B-I-C-S committee of the whole meets today at 4:00 and the St. James Township Board today, too, at 5:30.  Meeting details and remote attendance info are available in the calendar online.

 

Pickleball is on today from 1 to 3, outside. Pickleball play is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the BIC Center tomorrow Games Galore is available from 1 to 4. Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is available 10:30 to 11:30—both of those events up in the Deerwood Lodge hang out. BIC Center hours this week are 9 to 4 weekdays. Noon to 9 on Saturday. Closed Sunday.

 

Saturday, there are movies at the BIC Center Theater. 4:00 show is the first of two Eighties Flashbacks we have this month. It’s The Breakfast Club—the film that brought you the brat pack—or at least one of them—as an odd mix of high school students discover there is a lot to learn in detention, but it is rate R, so for the grownups at your house. At 7, it’s the story of a women who heads to the wilderness to recover from trauma. It’s Land, another new release film at the BIC Center. Rated PG-13—a great story for the family. Both shows have great popular and critical reviews, and you’ll see both on the BIG screen with the BIG sound in the BIC Center Theater.   Concession stand will be open with all your favorite movie treats and pizza plus Nathan’s Hot Dogs and soft pretzels. Trailers are on the BIC Center web site at bic center dot org.

 

Sunday there are services at Holy Cross and the Christian Church.  Times and more details are in the calendar. 

 

Resale shop is open Thursday and Friday noon to four.

 

[If you are looking for summer activities for the kids, the library is planning a Tails and Trails program for this summer. There will be packets of reading materials, crafts, fun activities and more you can pick up. There are 6 themes with new packets of materials every two weeks on a new theme. To participate, call the library to sign up by June 1. They are at 2701.

 

Also, a reminder that the Wildlife Club has shrubs and trees available for pickup and planting.  They look great and make good wildlife food, too, as they grow. They are on hand now and more will be arriving. Call Jacque LaFreniere at 2220 to arrange pickup.

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

Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight

Frost advisory in effect with areas of frost after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Areas of frost before 7am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

A chance of rain and snow showers after 2am. Areas of frost between 11pm and 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 48.

Saturday Night

Widespread frost, mainly after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday

Areas of frost between 9am and 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Monday Night

Areas of frost. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Tuesday

Areas of frost. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 53.

Out on the Big Drink:

Today

WNW wind 10 to 15 kt. Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday

SW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers. Waves 1 ft or less.

Friday

NW wind 5 to 10 kt. Partly sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temperatures: Up at White Shoal its 48.  40 at Mackinac.  Rest of the buoys are still out of the water.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC:  None. [No delays inbound or outbound to the airports. Island Beltway running smoothly with caution delays at the south end where the road has emerged from the lake. Bridges are clear. Roads pretty much smooth as a newly dropped fawn’s belly.] Still, let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Pam Moxham, Andrew Kenwabakise, Doug Meaney and Shannon Dutk are all celebrating today. Happy Birthday to Pam, Shannon, Andrew and Doug.  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 1921, French fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel introduces ‘a woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent.’ Dozens of prototypes had been considered, but No. 5 stood out, due in part to its heavy use of aldehydes. The perfume will become iconic for its fragrance, celebrity endorsements, and distinctive glass bottle. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: sprightly (adjective) [SPRYTE-lee], which means: marked by a gay lightness and vivacity : spirited; having a distinctively piquant taste : zesty. Sprightly comes from spright, an archaic version of the word we now use for an elf or fairy: sprite. Ariel from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the leprechaun of Irish mythology are often referred to as sprites, and it’s no coincidence that both are characterized by their light, flitting movements and mannerisms. Sprite derives via Middle English and Old French from the Latin spiritus, which of course gives us spirit as well. A similar-looking adjective that can describe someone who is nimble and energetic is spry, but the origin of that word is not known. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Coco Channel: “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”

 

On a lighter note: Why was the chiropractor so busy?  Back-to-back meetings.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, May 5th, 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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