News Update

Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. 

First, some news…

 

Health Center report this morning shows four more tests run.  Plus one back negative.  That puts current totals at 177 tests run, 167 back negative, four pending and six positive.  None of those are active cases on the island.

 

Governor Whitmer says recent rallies held by President Trump violate her executive orders.  She says he is luring people to what she calls “super-spreader events.”  Her orders include exemptions for First Amendment protected activities.  No explanation from the governor on how the Trump rallies are a problem but the large protests she has participated in are not.  According to public health officials, both are potential problems.  They say all close gatherings of unrelated people raise the risk of coronavirus exposure.  

 

State health officials have reported a total of 571 new confirmed cases yesterday.  There were 11 new deaths. That brings the total of conformed cases to 113,183.  Of those 20,463 are active.  Death toll stands at 6,612. The seven-day running average for new cases is up to 767.  Average for deaths is up one to 11.  M-I Safe Start Map shows a state-wide positive test rate running average at 3.6%, which is at the bottom of the medium risk zone and the average new case per capita rate state-wide is at 51.4 per million, which is at the low end of the high risk zone.

 

Our region had five new cases in the last two reports.  None in Charlevoix. No new deaths. Overall total of cases in our region is now at 1,005 of which 373 are less than 30 days old. Rolling averages are nine new cases a day and no deaths. 

 

Full county-by-county data for our region are in today’s script online along with state, U-P, regional  totals, plus rolling averages. 

 

 

 

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Totals

State

113183

6612

571

11

Region

1005

32

5

0

TVC Zone

1501

60

7

0

UP

1306

20

23

0

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

767

11

 

Region

10

0

 

TVC Zone

13

0

 

UP

21

0

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

57

0

0

0

Benzie

57

2

-1

0

Charlevoix

80

3

0

0

Emmet

129

4

2

0

Grand Traverse

386

7

4

0

Kalkaska

65

4

1

0

Leelanau

94

1

0

0

Otsego

137

11

-1

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases

State

20463

 

 

Region

373

 

 

TVC Zone

504

 

 

UP

510

Note: Look back now 29 days to adjust for no Sunday data.

 

 

 Data from 9/15/2020

 

Safe Start data for our zone show the positive test rate at 2.2%, which is in the low risk zone.  The number of new cases per million is 19.1, which now back down to a medium risk rating.

Now, here’s what’s happening on your island…

 

Meeting planner for the week: St. James Public Works Committee meets Wednesday at 11 at the Governmental Center. Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee has been moved to 4:30 on Thursday. Still at the Community Center.  And the Library Board meet Thursday morning at 9 at the Library.  Remote participation information for each of  the meetings is in the calendar.

 

No Bingo this week.  It’s back next week.  Thursday, Pickleball is 10 to 11. Games Galore up in the Hangout at the BIC Center from 1:00 to 4:00. Farmer’s market in town from 2:30 to 4:30—or so we’ve heard.  Friday, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program ion the Hangout from 10:30 to 11:30.

 

Saturday, Pickleball at the usual times and movies here at the BIC Center.  4:00 show is Disney’s Inside Out.  Great fun for the entire family.  And at 7:00 it’s a rollicking look at election season with Irresistible.  Stars Steve Carell. Written by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Concession stand will be open for both shows—for snacks, a meal or both.  Pizza and hot dogs are on the menu along with all your favorite movie treats.

 

Don’t forget about the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Gala Auction or the BIC Center W-V-B-I 2020 Raffle.  Go to auction dot bic center dot org to bid on items in the auction and raffle dot bic center dot org to pick up raffle tickets.  You can also bid and get tickets at the BIC Center from desk.

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.  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 slight chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. Cloudy, then becoming mostly sunny during the afternoon, with a steady temperature around 65. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 39. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 37. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 58. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Out on the big drink…

Today

WSW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers before 3pm. Waves 2 to 4 ft.

Tonight

N wind around 15 kt. Mostly clear. Waves 2 to 3 ft.

Thursday

NNE wind around 10 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 ft.

Thursday Night

NNE wind around 10 kt. Mostly clear. Waves around 1 ft.

Friday

NNE wind 5 to 10 kt. Sunny. Waves 1 ft or less.

Water Temps: 60 at the mid-lake buoy. 60 at the bridge. 60 at Mackinac City. Cooling off down south, too, a little. Water is now 62 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore. And at the mid-lake buoy on the south end of the lake, it’s down to 67—which is still pretty warm.

Fire Danger Level: Low.

TRAFFIC: None, nada….zip. But, let’s be careful out there. And, remember, the road across Iron Ore Bay is officially out.  Your alternate is Betsy Smith’s Trail. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Today, Emily Burton and Nancy Tritsch are celebrating. Happy birthday to Nancy and Emily, 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 1620 the Mayflower sets sail for the New World.  With just over a hundred passengers—some of them religious separatists and some fortune seekers—the Mayflower begins its voyage from England to the ‘new Promised Land.’ In November, it will anchor near Plymouth Rock as cold weather sets in. Even with aid from the local Wampanoag people, only about half the pilgrims will survive the harsh first winter—leading one to wonder why that thought fall was a good time to set out on such a journey. (bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: cronyism (noun) [KROH-nee-iz-um], which means: partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications. “Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him” (Ecclesiasticus 9:10). Practitioners of cronyism would probably agree. The word cronyism evolved in the 19th century as a spin-off of crony, meaning “friend” or “pal.” Crony originated in England in the 17th century, perhaps as a play on the Greek word chronios, meaning “long-lasting,” from chronos, meaning “time.” Nineteenth-century cronyism was simply friendship, or the ability to make friends. The word didn’t turn bad until the next century, when Americans starting using cronyism to refer to the act of playing political favorites. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

On a lighter note: Why did the elephant cross the road?  To avoid the giraffic jam.

That’s the W-V-B-I Community Calendar for Wednesday, September 16th, 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, as always, thanks for listening. 

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