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Felicia

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What's happening out your way?
« on: March 16, 2020, 02:09:58 PM »

Hi. I was going to go to the rock show this weekend and try to find some material for an outrageous cab, but the state governor has shut down public gatherings; it's at over 50 people now. Are you having the same thing in the west?   There wasn't an egg or potato to be had in the grocery store today.  I want to put an entry in the cab contest but only have my new one of owyhee jasper, and there already is one.  Stay well everyone.  :occasion14:
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 06:52:09 PM »

It varies from city to city here in California.  San Francisco is on lock down with stay home except for essential services.  L.A. has closed restaurants to only take out and delivery.  Bars, Gyms, movie theatres and arcades etc to be closed  They have also limited gatherings to 10 people.  Ventura county restaurants can be open but only at 50% capacity and I assume this will change soon.  Stores in the area are wiped out of everything.  Trader Joe's entire isles are empty and they only get limited shipments and fill one area which quickly gets taken.  Costco and Trader Joe's have lines forming before they open for people trying to get goods.   Crazy.  If you want toilet paper, meat, tortillas or bread good luck.  The stock person at Target last night was stocking eggs and I had gone over for some and I went to get a 12 pack of eggs and she said "get the 18"  and told me she had gotten info thru the store that new restrictions were about to change more restrictively.  Schools have closed for from a week to over a month depending on districts.  My disabled son goes to a special needs program.  I finally kept him home after the schools closed, especially since his program the kids (adults) have limitations and things like hand washing etc can be a challenge since the caregivers aren't allowed to go into the bathroom with them.  Every year when the cold and flu season come he is the one who brings it home to share.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 07:49:21 PM »

Sounds a lot like Frederick MD. Most restaurants carry out or drive-through only. Yesterday the governor ordered casinos and racetracks closed,  apparently people weren't willing to stop losing money without that. Other closures came today. Hope the vacine works. Q
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2020, 07:56:38 PM »

My youngest son works at Olive Garden as a server or SP.  He is being sent home often due to low turnout and now the Restaurant is only allowed to have 3 tables total with guests at any one time.  So most of the employees have no work.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 07:56:47 PM »

Here north of Seattle virtually everyone is in  voluntary lockdown. Service businesses  are trying to decide what to do  but most non -crucial retail stores are shuttered.The people in my area are very old and have been around trying times before and have the discipline  to self isolate. I am gardening big time as this will be here until fall at least. We are lucky as we have many miles of wide beaches this time of year and beach hiking is a good way to self isolate and have fun.Good luck. We have first responders near death here , very tragic.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2020, 05:15:23 AM »

Houston has mandated restaurants do takeout  but up here in the stix things are more relaxed.  Other than tp and eggs being out of stock it's business as usual.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2020, 12:15:09 PM »

A friend in Switzerland says there it is down to FIVE people gatherings even outdoors or in your own home (presumably if you have a large family, this doesn't apply) and everything is closed but the pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations, with even the pharmacies having the limit of five at a time, with enforcement and thermometer monitors at the door. And the death toll is still doubling.

Meanwhile, in my tiny town of 10,000 in Maine, a middle schooler somehow caught it in the community; no one he knew had travelled. Unfortunately, he was in school Friday before they shut the schools (which they had decided to do anyway before they knew) and now everyone probably has it, if we didn't already, which again, maybe we did because he obviously caught it from someone here. Most restaurants are only doing take out now or delivery. The gyms all closed. Many hotels are way down. The major hospitalin Massachusetts tried to cancel my 92 year old FIL's non-elective absolutely necessary medical procedure because of COVID but he's been hospitalized 4 times in the past two months and nearly died, so he really has to get this surgery NOW to prevent another recurrence. They un-cancelled it.

People are acting nutty and buying all the handsanitizer which I could use (because I HAVE a respiratory disorder that makes me high risk and have to go to a major hospital while my FIL gets surgery) but they don't need as they are staying home and can wash their hands. They bought all the TP. They bought all the milk. WHY? This is an infection, not a famine. The supply chain is well protected. Even in China and Italy they still had/have pharmacy and food delivery. People are NUTS!

Stay safe folks.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2020, 05:43:06 PM »

Yes, nuts. Some stockpiling, okay, but some like hand sanitizer, only needed if you go out. And bottled water. I'm told every loaf of bread was bought. How much freezer room do people have? If you're staying home flours and yeast might be better. Lines for virus testing are hours long,  it's insane.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2020, 09:49:04 PM »

Folks are pretty chill here. I live 55 miles from the grocery store and made it in yesterday for my usual "groceries for three weeks" run; the trucks had come in, everything but TP and wipes was stocked, no one was panicking, businesses and restaurants were still open (For better or for worse!) but we're all distancing at work and I'm staying clear of my older neighbors. Most of my community got a really bad respiratory influenza from a work trip back in January. We joked afterwards it was probably "that new virus" because at the time it hadn't been announced yet, but who knows! I just got over the cough from it two weeks ago and lung capacity isn't back to where I want it yet. I'm glad I bought my rock saw respirator when I did; they can't be had for any price right now. My work has no idea what it's doing about all this yet; we're a resort camp. Might not be much of a year for us.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2020, 03:23:33 PM »

I'm watching the news channel a lot lately, it a constant "breaking news ".  Also on a local fairly wide open hunting forum, they have been linking to legit studies. There also been links to conspiracy theories  and hoaxes. Oh well.   It's not good, but  my dad told me as a kid how he and his family survived the Spanish flu. Most will as well.  I might not, I have a couple of risk factors. The real problem will be the wake with the gathering limit. The answer  to that is " Don't worry, even with free booze you'll not that popular." :occasion14:
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2020, 06:10:29 PM »

First death closeby today and almost everything is closed. food bank is struggling with high demand and few volunteers as they are almost all old and have been told not to go out. Lots of panic over how to make rent -mortgage payments and many of my friends will have no income for  a while and many will lose their small businesses. Retail clerks are getting freaked as they are exposed to so many people. A lot of anger and resignation. People are realizing that people they knew , loved or admired will be dead or bankrupt.
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2020, 07:51:43 PM »

Well, we've been self isolating for going on 3 weeks.  Today, we ordered some groceries from the local Thriftway.   They delivered for a $12 add-on and we tipped the driver $10, which he said he was donating to the local food bank.  Basically, you are at elevated risk if you are over 60.  Specifically, high blood pressure and taking ACE inhibitors, diabetic, heart arrhythmia, obesity, sleep apnea,  A blood type, smoking and being male are all elevated risk factors.   On the cheery side, I cut a small nephrite and when I shined a light on it, it looked like Kryptonite, totally awesome. 
Anyway, this is a time for all of us to consider safe health practices and watch out for those around us that need extra consideration and help. 
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2020, 08:39:34 PM »

Oh joy, you have added a risk factor. And there was a rumor that the Liquor Store was going to shut down, causing a run . :occasion14:

Here in BC, bars and clubs are closed. Restaurants are take out . Schools are out.

In Wuhan, with strict lockdown, it was 2 and 1/2 months, with looser restrictions , I guess 3 or 4 months.
In northern Italy, 4 weeks in the hospitals were overwhelmed, having to chose who lived and who died.
Experts, cheery bunch that they are, suggest that the COVIN-19 will end when a large number are infected ,then build immunity or they vaccine enough of the population. Both cases are 18 month down the road.   
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Re: What's happening out your way?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2020, 09:15:45 PM »

It seems inevitable now that most will get this .Some projections are for waves of this over three years. Lets hope for effective treatments to be developed. It is interesting to see the whole world threatened. Be patient and safe.
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2020, 09:24:49 PM »

True, In the U.S. they have the short stay home duration's and it is what they don't say.  I am sure a lot of people hope that after the 14 day or 3 week it will be return to normal but the short window is only to hopefully stagger the infections over a longer period to keep the hospitals and support infrastructure from being overwhelmed.  What people don't quite get is even if a large majority stay home and stay healthy, when the confinement window closes with the cases out in the "wild" and it starts all over.  I think the absolute stupidest thing they could have said when they told millennials that you aren't at risk but please think of the other people you could affect by risky behavior.  Probably why spring break in Florida looked like every year prior.
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