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Health Center reports 7 additional positive tests for a total of 9 active island cases; BICS goes all online

The Beaver Island Rural Health Center has updated the data on their site this afternoon to report seven additional positive COVID-19 tests.  That brings to nine the number of positive tests in the last week and presumably represents none active cases on the island.  The updated report also shows 14 more negative test results and two additional tests run since the last reporting change on Friday.  There are six tests outstanding.  The Health Center has run a total of 256 COVID-19 tests with 235 back as negative and 15 positive.  Six of those cases are from earlier in the year and do not represent current active cases on the island.   

The current Health Center report (updated from time to time) is at More information on COVID-19 is available on the WVBI COVID-19 Info page at

In the wake of these developments, Beaver Island Community School has announced its decision to move pre-K to 8th grade students to online learning for at least the two days they would have been in school this coming week.  High school students began online instruction last Wednesday in response to the latest State Health Department order.  Plans for after Thanksgiving for pre-K to 8th grade are up in the air for now.  High school students are required to stay out through December 8th. The full text of the school’s announcement is available here:

Also closed are the Beaver Island Community Center and the Transfer Station. The library has moved to pick-up and drop-off access only.

Two Positive COVID-19 Tests on the Island

The Health Center’s updated COVID-19 test and case report shows two new positive tests apparently involving patients on the island.  Dawn Marsh has indicated in a public post on Facebook that she is one of the positive test cases.  She says she felt poorly a few days...

Hunter tests positive for COVID-19

A hunter who left the island with COVID-19 symptoms after being here for several days has tested positive for COVID-19 on the mainland. That's according to a statement earlier this afternoon from the St. James and Peaine Township COVID19 Task Force.  On the...

St. James Board Meeting Brief

St. James Board Meeting Brief

The St. James Board met Wednesday evening with a full agenda. There were reports on progress at the South Marina. The electrical work there is essentially completed and, if the inspection conducted on Tuesday the 10th comes back with a pass, the system will come on...

BICS November Board Meeting Report

At their monthly business meeting on Monday, November 9th, the Beaver Island Community School board of education met to reconfirm the district’s COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan and receive the monthly report on student attendance. Beaver Island has been able to...

AMVETs Veteran’s Day Reminder

AMVETs Veteran’s Day Reminder

Veterans Day is this Wednesday and usually AMVETS Post 46 conducts an observance at the Veterans Park or the School auditorium. This year however with the number of members off the island, high winds expected Wednesday and the unavailability of the school due to Covid...

Tips for new Islanders: Wired phone

We're so glad that you are joining us this winter. Here's a tip that will be helpful when experiencing an electric outage. Wireless household phones will not work during a power outage (unless you have backup power for them or your base station has a battery). Even if...

Lake Michigan level down (but not out)

Great Lakes Water levels are down across the board, but that is really not news. They typically go down this time of year. What's different is that the drops this year have been more than usual.  Lake Michigan and Huron are down by 3 and a half inches, ¾ of an inch...

Local & state results come into focus…

It’s the day after the day after the election, with the picture on results becoming clearer.  Senator Gary Peters has pulled off a narrow win against challenger John James.  The Michigan delegation to the U-S house appears to have flipped one seat from...

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