Health Department says vaccinations set for next week may be delayed

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The Health Department of Northwest Michigan said in a news release yesterday that the COVID-19 vaccination clinics they’ve scheduled for next week may be delayed or limited due to issues with vaccine allocations.  It’s unclear at this time how the issues may affect the clinic scheduled for Tuesday the 19th here on the island.  Over the past days the Health Department has repeatedly changed the procedures for signing up for shots and a number of islanders have reported unpleasant experiences in trying to complete the process they have been told to follow.

 

The press release is available here and is copied below.

 

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January 15, 2021

Health Department of Northwest Michigan COVID-19 Update

 

Vaccine allocations adjusted, limited doses available locally

 

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan received notification this afternoon from the state that

the amount of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine being allocated to us is less than anticipated.

Therefore, vaccine appointments may be adjusted next week to reflect this lower amount.

We are taking this opportunity to remind everyone that the biggest barrier health departments are

working through is the limited doses of vaccines available to help reach the goal of vaccinating 70

percent of our population age 16 and above. Until a consistent vaccine allocation schedule from the

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is established, vaccine clinics must be planned one

week at a time. Although there have been media reports about the eventual release of additional

allocations to the state, the health department has received no official notification of the validity or

timing of this.

 

“These late changes require us to re-evaluate the feasibility of our scheduled clinics next week with the

allocation we have just been notified we will be receiving,” said Health Officer Lisa Peacock. “We want

community members to know we have plans in place to provide safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine

clinics but are limited to how many people we can vaccinate due to limited vaccine allocations. We will

communicate any necessary changes as soon as possible,” she added.

 

The health department is pleased with the progress made in scaling up our clinics and the number of

people vaccinated. During the past week we vaccinated over 1000 people, including over 700 people

from the two large scale clinics held yesterday in two of our counties:

 

• Charlevoix County clinic: 367 doses administered

• Emmet County clinic: 361 doses administered

 

These clinics were unique as it allowed the health department to offer vaccinations outside of business

hours to the approved segments of priority group 1B. With the partnership and support from local

emergency managers, county officials, and volunteers, the health department was able to vaccinate this

large number of individuals efficiently and safely. Health officials have been excited with the number of

individuals ready to receive their vaccination and look forward to continuing to offer community clinics

as vaccine supply allows.

 

Additional vaccine allocation and administration data can be found by visiting the State of Michigan

vaccine dashboard. This dashboard displays the total amount of vaccine received and administered by

local health departments and local hospital(s).

 

WVBI COVID-19 Update for January 13, 2021

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MLive is reporting this morning that Governor Whitmer will extend the state’s current shutdown order prohibiting inside service and bars and restaurants through February 1st. They’ve been shut since November 18. After the 1st, they’d be subject to a 10 p.m. curfew.  According to the Michigan’s restaurant trade group, Michigan is one of three states remaining with a statewide shutdown order and has had the most days of statewide restaurant dining closure of any state—while at the same time refusing to prioritize vaccination of hospitality industry employees.  All of the metrics the state says it will rely on in considering and extension have declined—without the post-holiday surge after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that many had forecast.

 

Meantime, the state continues to lag behind in vaccine distribution.  Michigan has administered just 233,085 of the 829,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed throughout the state during the first four weeks of vaccine availability—this after having more than nine months to prepare.  Despite problems on the mainland, the island is making good progress.  So far, 24 frontline folks—health workers and first responders– have been vaccinated. Another 150 vaccinations are set for the 19th for additional front line workers as well as teachers and other essential workers. Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. It depends on how many doses are in the next batch, but we could very soon be to the point where nearly half the island’s winter population is vaccinated. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 1,994 new cases statewide yesterday and 50 new deaths—along with another 50 deaths reclassified from prior dates.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down about 300 to 2,411.  For deaths it is 86—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 30 new cases and no new deaths. Charlevoix had four of the new cases. Seven were in Grand Traverse. Averages for the region are 57 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 115,317 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,038—down again by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.1% down a bit.  It is steady in our safe start zone, but still high at 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 2.9%–where it has been hovering for almost a week after being higher for some time. The C-D-C target is 3%.  No update in the statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy reports, but the last ones looked good.  Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed and there are ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

525612

13501

1994

100

Region

8291

174

30

0

TVC Zone

14030

349

53

3

UP

15080

338

57

1

50 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 50 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2411

86

 

Region

57

1

 

TVC Zone

103

3

 

UP

54

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

629

13

5

0

Benzie

654

27

4

0

Charlevoix

751

10

4

0

Emmet

1117

34

1

0

Grand Traverse

3131

46

7

0

Kalkaska

483

14

1

0

Leelanau

622

9

4

0

Otsego

904

21

4

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

115317

 

 

Region

2038

 

 

TVC Zone

3705

 

 

UP

2175

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

 

Data from January 12, 2021

Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

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From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Wednesday, January 13th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

Enbridge Energy told Michigan officials yesterday that the company will not comply with the state’s shutdown order. Enbridge says it is operating the pipeline safely and that the State’s order is invalid. While the State and Enbridge have gone to court over the issue, the company’s open statement that it will defy the shutdown order is extraordinary.  The dispute over continued operation of the existing pipeline is as separate regulatory issue from pending applications to construct a tunnel under the straits to house a replacement pipeline. The state says operation of the line must end in May.

 

MLive is reporting this morning that Governor Whitmer will extend the state’s current shutdown order prohibiting inside service and bars and restaurants through February 1st. They’ve been shut since November 18. After the 1st, they’d be subject to a 10 p.m. curfew.  According to the Michigan’s restaurant trade group, Michigan is one of three states remaining with a statewide shutdown order and has had the most days of statewide restaurant dining closure of any state—while at the same time refusing to prioritize vaccination of hospitality industry employees.  All of the metrics the state says it will rely on in considering and extension have declined—without the post-holiday surge after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that many had forecast.

 

Meantime, the state continues to lag behind in vaccine distribution.  Michigan has administered just 233,085 of the 829,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed throughout the state during the first four weeks of vaccine availability—this after having more than nine months to prepare.  Despite problems on the mainland, the island is making good progress.  So far, 24 frontline folks—health workers and first responders– have been vaccinated. Another 150 vaccinations are set for the 19th for additional front line workers as well as teachers and other essential workers. Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. It depends on how many doses are in the next batch, but we could very soon be to the point where nearly half the island’s winter population is vaccinated. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 1,994 new cases statewide yesterday and 50 new deaths—along with another 50 deaths reclassified from prior dates.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down about 300 to 2,411.  For deaths it is 86—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 30 new cases and no new deaths. Charlevoix had four of the new cases. Seven were in Grand Traverse. Averages for the region are 57 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 115,317 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,038—down again by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.1% down a bit.  It is steady in our safe start zone, but still high at 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is 2.9%–where it has been hovering for almost a week after being higher for some time. The C-D-C target is 3%.  No update in the statewide and safe start zone hospital occupancy reports, but the last ones looked good.  Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed and there are ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

525612

13501

1994

100

Region

8291

174

30

0

TVC Zone

14030

349

53

3

UP

15080

338

57

1

50 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 50 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2411

86

 

Region

57

1

 

TVC Zone

103

3

 

UP

54

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

629

13

5

0

Benzie

654

27

4

0

Charlevoix

751

10

4

0

Emmet

1117

34

1

0

Grand Traverse

3131

46

7

0

Kalkaska

483

14

1

0

Leelanau

622

9

4

0

Otsego

904

21

4

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

115317

 

 

Region

2038

 

 

TVC Zone

3705

 

 

UP

2175

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

 

Data from January 12, 2021

In other local news, the Transportation Authority board and Peaine Township board met last evening.  We’ll have reports on those meetings tomorrow.

 

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

 

Here’s the meeting planner for the rest of the week: St. James Township board meets this evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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

Partly sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Snow showers likely, mainly after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday

A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 11am and 5pm, then a chance of snow showers after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night

A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night

Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 22.

Sunday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Sunday Night

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

M.L.King Day

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Monday Night

Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Tuesday

Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

TRAFFIC: None, Nada, Zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Leaha Cary is celebrating today. Happy birthday to Leaha 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 1910 the Radio Telephone Company transmits live performances of Enrico Caruso performing opera arias at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House. Radio receivers on ships in New York harbor, in hotels, and elsewhere throughout New York allow the public to hear the world’s first public wireless broadcast.  Also on this date in 1910 experts began predicting the demise of radio. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: rapport (noun) [ra-POR], which means: a friendly, harmonious relationship; especially : a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy.  The word rapport bears a resemblance to a more common English word, report, which is no coincidence: both words come ultimately from the Latin verb portare, meaning “to carry,” and both traveled through French words meaning “to bring back” on their way to English. Report has been in use since the 14th century, when it entered Middle English by way of Anglo-French, the French language as it was spoken in medieval England. Rapport was first used in the mid-15th century as a synonym of report in its “an account or statement” meaning, but that meaning had become obsolete by the mid-19th century. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Wednesday…

Here’s a thought for the day: “If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

On a lighter note:  Which Jedi always got his brother’s hand-me-downs?  Obi Two Kenobi.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Wednesday, January 13th, 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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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Reopens

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The second round of COVID-19 vaccines is set to come to the island on the 19th.  While there is a fully booked schedule of 150 appointments for that date, Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month–and the time to start signing up for that is now. The procedure for Island Residents signing up for a shot has changed:
Call: Health Department of Northwest Michigan at: 1-800-432-4121 (Monday through Friday 9 to 5) and follow the prompts:
  • Press 6 (even though the recording says 7 for COVID)
  • Press 2 (Register)
  • Press 1 (even if you are not in Priority Group 1A)
Please let the Health Department registration desk know that you are from Beaver Island and were instructed to get on the list for the COVID-19 shots. Health Department of Northwest Michigan personnel will then schedule you for the vaccine, whether it is the next planned visit on January 19 or the next date after that, which is yet to be determined. The Health Department representative will ask you for your name, address, date of birth, and the name of your insurance company.   For those 65+ please be prepared to provide your Medicare (not social security) Number .  Once you are registered the Health Department rep will give you a date and time for both your first and second vaccination shots. Your COVID-19 shots will be administered at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center. If you have questions, please call the Health Center.

WVBI COVID-19 Update for January 12, 2021

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The second round of COVID-19 vaccines is set to come to the island on the 19th.  There is a fully booked schedule of 150 appointments for that date, including 25 for teachers at BICS.  Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 4,536 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 46 new deaths.  That’s 2,268 and 23 a day respectively.  The seven-day running average for new cases is up about 200 to 2,744.  For deaths it is 85—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 92 new cases and two new deaths. Charlevoix had eight of the new cases. 47 were in Grand Traverse. The deaths were in Antrim and Leelanau. Averages for the region are 58 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 119,232 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,136—down by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.4% down by half a point.  But it is up again in our safe start zone by almost a full point to 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 3.2%–up by about half a point. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed—that after several days with no COVID patients there and the count is up two to ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

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

523618

13401

4536

46

Region

8261

174

92

2

TVC Zone

13977

346

185

3

UP

15023

337

72

0

This report covers two days of data.

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2744

85

 

Region

58

1

 

TVC Zone

106

4

 

UP

60

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

624

13

5

1

Benzie

650

27

8

0

Charlevoix

747

10

8

0

Emmet

1116

34

6

0

Grand Traverse

3124

46

47

0

Kalkaska

482

14

2

0

Leelanau

618

9

11

1

Otsego

900

21

5

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

119232

 

 

Region

2136

 

 

TVC Zone

3844

 

 

UP

2202

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

 

Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

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From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Tuesday, January 12th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The second round of COVID-19 vaccines is set to come to the island on the 19th.  There is a fully booked schedule of 150 appointments for that date, including 25 for teachers at BICS.  Health Center Director Tammy Radionoff says there is another clinic planned for the end of the month. 

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 4,536 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 46 new deaths.  That’s 2,268 and 23 a day respectively.  The seven-day running average for new cases is up about 200 to 2,744.  For deaths it is 85—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 92 new cases and two new deaths. Charlevoix had eight of the new cases. 47 were in Grand Traverse. The deaths were in Antrim and Leelanau. Averages for the region are 58 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 119,232 active cases—down again this time by about 4,000.  Our region has 2,136—down by just about 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is at 9.4% down by half a point.  But it is up again in our safe start zone by almost a full point to 10.3%.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 3.2%–up by about half a point. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there is one COVID-19 patient at Munson Charlevoix in a regular bed—that after several days with no COVID patients there and the count is up two to ten at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, no testing update.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

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

523618

13401

4536

46

Region

8261

174

92

2

TVC Zone

13977

346

185

3

UP

15023

337

72

0

This report covers two days of data.

 

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2744

85

 

Region

58

1

 

TVC Zone

106

4

 

UP

60

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

624

13

5

1

Benzie

650

27

8

0

Charlevoix

747

10

8

0

Emmet

1116

34

6

0

Grand Traverse

3124

46

47

0

Kalkaska

482

14

2

0

Leelanau

618

9

11

1

Otsego

900

21

5

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

119232

 

 

Region

2136

 

 

TVC Zone

3844

 

 

UP

2202

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s a planner for the week: The Transportation Authority meets today at noon.  Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for 5:00 and the Peaine Township Board is set to meet at 7. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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

Areas of fog with some patchy freezing drizzle early. Cloudy. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds light and variable.

Tonight

Cloudy. Low 31F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday

Considerable cloudiness. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy skies in the evening, then becoming cloudy overnight. Low near 30F. Winds light and variable.

Thursday

Overcast. High 37F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Thursday Night

Variably cloudy with snow showers. Low 32F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

TRAFFIC: None, Nada, Zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  Bud Rauch is celebrating today. Happy birthday to Bud 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 1992 HAL 9000 becomes operational in Urbana, Illinois. In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ the fictional HAL Lab debuts the HAL 9000, a supercomputer created to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Although polite, HAL’s operation of the pod bay door will prove to be unreliable. (Bing.com)

HAL 9000 'built'

WORD OF THE DAY: pedantic (adjective) [pih-DAN-tik], which means: of, relating to, or being a pedant; narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned; unimaginative, dull. In William Shakespeare’s day, a pedant was a male schoolteacher. The word’s meaning was close to that of the Italian pedante, from which the English word was adapted. Someone who was pedantic was simply a tutor or teacher. But some instructional pedants of the day must have been pompous and dull because by the early 1600s both pedant and pedantic had gained extended senses referring to anyone who was obnoxiously and tediously devoted to their own academic acumen. When describing arguments, pedantic can be used for instances where one relies too heavily on minor details as a way to show off one’s intelligence. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Tuesday…

Here’s a thought for the day from 2001: A Space Odyssey author Author C. Clark: “ I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.”

My bedside table broke after just one day.  Oh well.  I guess it was just a one night stand.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Tuesday, January 12th, 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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WVBI COVID-19 Update for January 11, 2021

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The second group of folks eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can now sign up for a time to receive. That group includes those over 65 and teachers—and additional essential workers.  On the island, you can sign up by calling across to the health department. Details on how to do that are in today’s script and in a post on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 Info Page.  If you tried to follow those procedures over the weekend and didn’t get anywhere, you weren’t alone.  Lots of folks had the impression the process was automated and would work any time.  The Health Center says that you can only call in during the health department’s regular hours.

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 2,706 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 16 new deaths.  That’s 1,353 and 8 a day respectively.  There were also 207 reclassified deaths in the report.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 2,423.  For deaths it is up to 101—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 50 new cases and one new death. Charlevoix had one of the new cases. 27 were in Grand Traverse, and that was the location of the single death as well. Averages for the region are 52 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 124,046 active cases—down again this time by about 3,200.  Our region has 2,233—down by just over 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is pretty much steady at  9.9% and it is up again by almost half a point to 9.4% for our safe start zone.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 2.6%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there are no COVID-19 patients at Munson Charlevoix and eight at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, the Health Center reports two test results back as negative.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

519082

13355

2706

223

Region

8169

172

50

1

TVC Zone

13792

343

88

5

UP

14951

337

65

3

207 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 16 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2423

101

 

Region

52

1

 

TVC Zone

92

4

 

UP

61

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

619

12

2

0

Benzie

642

27

5

0

Charlevoix

739

10

1

0

Emmet

1110

34

5

0

Grand Traverse

3077

46

27

1

Kalkaska

480

14

1

0

Leelanau

607

8

9

0

Otsego

895

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

124046

 

 

Region

2233

 

 

TVC Zone

4016

 

 

UP

2278

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

All COVID-19 vaccination appointments filled

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The Health Department of Northwest Michigan say that all vaccination appointments available now for the second round of COVID-19 shots have been filled.  If you call in for an appointment now, there is no direct option to sign up.  If you press the number prompt for COVID-19, you will be told that the only shots currently available are for health care providers and first responders.  If you press the number for the general appointment prompt, you will eventually speak to a a person who will offer to put you on a standby list.

It is unclear at this point when more doses will become available.   

Community Calendar for Monday, January 11th, 2021

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From studios in the BIC Center on America’s Emerald Isle, this is the WVBI Community Calendar for Monday, January 11th, 2021. 

First, some news…

 

The second group of folks eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can now sign up for a time to receive. That group includes those over 65 and teachers—and additional essential workers.  On the island, you can sign up by calling across to the health department. Details on how to do that are in today’s script and in a post on the W-V-B-I COVID-19 Info Page.  If you tried to follow those procedures over the weekend and didn’t get anywhere, you weren’t alone.  Lots of folks had the impression the process was automated and would work any time.  The Health Center says that you can only call in during the health department’s regular hours.

 

New COVID-19 data from the state continues to look good.  There were 2,706 new cases statewide for the two day period covered by the last report and 16 new deaths.  That’s 1,353 and 8 a day respectively.  There were also 207 reclassified deaths in the report.  The seven-day running average for new cases is down to 2,423.  For deaths it is up to 101—that number still being driven high by reclassifications that vastly outnumber new deaths. In the eight-county region we’ve followed from the start, there were 50 new cases and one new death. Charlevoix had one of the new cases. 27 were in Grand Traverse, and that was the location of the single death as well. Averages for the region are 52 new cases and one death a day.

 

Statewide there are now 124,046 active cases—down again this time by about 3,200.  Our region has 2,233—down by just over 100. 

 

Last reported average positivity rate statewide is pretty much steady at  9.9% and it is up again by almost half a point to 9.4% for our safe start zone.  The rate in Charlevoix county is at 2.6%. The C-D-C target is 3%.  Statewide and our safe start zone hospital occupancy reports continue to look good—no material change from yesterday. Locally, there are no COVID-19 patients at Munson Charlevoix and eight at McLaren in Petoskey—all in their I-C-U. 

 

On the island, the Health Center reports two test results back as negative.  They have one test pending. No new positives since December 7th—so we are now at the point where—according to the state’s standards, there are no known active cases on the island.

 

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

519082

13355

2706

223

Region

8169

172

50

1

TVC Zone

13792

343

88

5

UP

14951

337

65

3

207 of the total deaths are reclassifications. There were 16 new deaths.

 

 

7 Day Rolling Averages

State

2423

101

 

Region

52

1

 

TVC Zone

92

4

 

UP

61

2

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

 

 

County

Cases

Deaths

Δ Cases

Δ Deaths

Region

Antrim

619

12

2

0

Benzie

642

27

5

0

Charlevoix

739

10

1

0

Emmet

1110

34

5

0

Grand Traverse

3077

46

27

1

Kalkaska

480

14

1

0

Leelanau

607

8

9

0

Otsego

895

21

0

0

Link to data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Est. Active Cases (cases <31 days old)

State

124046

 

 

Region

2233

 

 

TVC Zone

4016

 

 

UP

2278

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

 

Data from January 9, 2021

 

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

 

Here’s a planner for the week: School Board meets Monday evening at 7. On Tuesday, the Transportation Authority meets at noon.  Peaine Township Planning Commission has a meeting set for 5:00 and the Peaine Township Board is set to meet at 7. St. James Township board meets Wednesday evening at 5:30. All of the meetings will be virtual.  Details on the meetings and info on how to attend are in the calendar entries online.

 

Resale shop will be open Thursday and Friday from noon to 4 each day.

 

The Community Center is open this week from 1 to 3 through Friday as the staff continues renovation work in the Hangout. That work is going to continue into next week, so the schedule will remain the same. Given that, no movies this weekend. The current plan is to start them up again next weekend with Incredibles 2 at 4 and The New Mutants at 7.  Whether there can be concessions for them will depend on actions from the state.  You can check out the schedule for the rest of the month online at Bic Center dot org.  It’s also in today’s script.

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

A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 10am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight

A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday

Cloudy, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Thursday

A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 27.

Friday

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

Friday Night

A chance of snow showers before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 23.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

TRAFFIC: None, Nada, Zip. But, roads are snow covered and slick, so  let’s be careful out there. 

BIRTHDAYS:  My daughter Erin Boyle is celebrating today. Happy birthday Pumpkin 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 1964 Surgeon General reports risks of cigarette smoking. In a publication that will spur the first major anti-smoking campaign in US history, Dr. Luther Terry reports that smoking tobacco is implicated in hazardous health outcomes, including cancer. (Bing.com)

WORD OF THE DAY: mimesis (noun) [muh-MEE-sis], which means: imitation, mimicry. Mimesis is a term with an undeniably classical pedigree. Originally a Greek word, it has been used in aesthetic or artistic theory to refer to the attempt to imitate or reproduce reality since Plato and Aristotle. Mimesis is derived from the Greek verb mimeisthai, which means “to imitate” and which itself comes from mimos, meaning “mime.” The English word mime also descends from mimos, as do mimic and mimicry. And what about mimeograph, the name of the duplicating machine that preceded the photocopier? We can’t be absolutely certain what the folks at the A. B. Dick Company had in mind when they came up with Mimeograph (a trademark name that has since expired), but influence from mimos and its descendants certainly seems probable. (Merriam-Webster)

Now, to wrap up for this Beaver Island Monday…

Here’s a thought for the day from Elvis Presley: “It’s hard to fail, but worse never to have tried to succeed.”

On a lighter note: Why don’t oysters share their pearls?  Their shellfish.

That’s the Community Calendar for this Beaver Island Monday, January 11th, 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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Health Center announces process to sign up for COVID-19 Vaccinations

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The Health Center has posted the procedure to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine shot if you are in the next priority group to receive it.  On the island, the most prevalent members of that group will be teachers and people over 65.

UPDATE:  It appears that this signup procedure will not work during off hours.  If you are having trouble signing up, the Health Center suggests you wait until the Health Department is open on Monday when their answering system is expected to work as described below:

Protocol for Island Residence Seeking Covid Vaccination

Call: Health Department at: 1-800-432-4121

Follow Prompts:
Press 2 (Register)
Press 1 (even though it says 1A)

Let the Registration desk know that you are from Beaver Island and you were instructed to get on the list for the Covid shot. The Health Department will then schedule you for the vaccine, whether it is the next planned visit on January 19 or the next date after that, which is yet to be determined! The more people that call and register will lead to the Health Department sending more vaccinations over!

Your Covid shots will be administered at the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.

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This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. on January 10.