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What's going on where you live regarding Covid-19?

Asked by JLeslie (59497points) March 13th, 2020

March 13, 2020

What decisions are your local and national governments making?

How are people reacting and behaving?

What is the shopping and restaurant situation like?

Anything else you want to tell us about.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

Well TP is getting very hard to find.
Mrs Squeeky and I had lunch at Dennys at lunch time and the place was operating at about a third of normal.
Went to the our local grocery store today for just a few items and people were acting like it was the apocalypse ,people can be very strange at times.

cookieman's avatar

My daughter’s high school closed today and are switching to online classes for a minimum of three weeks.

The graduate school my wife works at closed until further notice.

The university I teach at is on spring break next week, but when we return after that, we are switching to online classes for a minimum of two weeks.

The supermarket, Target, and Trader Joe’s near us have bare shelves in many aisles/sections.

Gas prices are down to $2.19/gallon as of this morning.

My daughter was supposed to take the SATs this Saturday. They were cancelled.

The Boston Marathon has been delayed until September and the Northeast Boston Comic Con was moved to October.

We went out to dinner tonight (for restaurant week) and surprisingly the place was packed. Seemed odd as there is noticeably less traffic.

anniereborn's avatar

No TP, liquid soap, paper towels, kleenex, hand sanitzer to be found. (at least I didn’t see any today). Other than that I don’t know since we don’t go out much anyways.

anniereborn's avatar

Also, all schools in my state are shut down. And things are being cancelled left and right.

SergeantQueen's avatar

~High school is going virtual for a week, and is cancelling it’s trip to Europe
~My college is cancelling all events until May 31, including it’s trip to Europe, Spring break has been extended a week.
~My work (Nursing Home) has blocked all visitors, and every employee must have their temp taken and has to answer a series of questions regarding health. If you call in, you’re out for 2 days. If you have a fever, you can’t come in until 24hrs no fever no medication has passed. If someone in your neighborhood/town is infected, you can’t work.
~As of now, 1 person in my county has it.
~No toilet paper, little to no Ramen, rice, canned food, medications are low. One store has a limit of 2 packs of TP per customer.

3/13/2020 10:15PM

YARNLADY's avatar

All schools, most sports events, most social events and government meetings are cancelled. Even the news Channel has closed down the community service committee help line.

Jonsblond's avatar

Our governor announced today the closing of all schools for at least three weeks.

We have several people with confirmed cases in our immediate area.

I work in a grocery store and I worked tonight. Many shoppers told us we were the only store left with supplies in the city. Our management prepared a week ago to make sure we had plenty of food and supplies. Our grocery department only had time to restock toilet paper and paper towels tonight. Everything else will have to wait til morning. We were out of potatoes, bananas, ground beef and most breads on the shelves. Bulk coffee was also low as well as pet food. Our projected sales based from last year were $69k for the day. We surpassed $150k.

I had two customers cough right in front of me without covering their mouth. Grrr

Most customers were patient and kind. Several were wearing face masks and gloves.

We had dinner delivered. EatStreet and other delivery services are faring well right now.

Inspired_2write's avatar

In our Town the two grocery stores are packed full and no problem in getting supplies and no cases of Covid – 19 virus as yet here .

Our building manager called a meeting of all the residents to discuss possibilities and the cleaning staff have already deep cleaned the hallways and common room , laundry room etc

She mentioned that there are two residents that will be returning from vacation in Spain but not to worry as they cannot cross the borders until they are screened for this virus.

Also she stated that eventually we will have cases in this Town since Tourist season will be starting soon.

Suggested that we stock up on canned items,toilet paper, antiseptic sanitize wipes,medicines etc
There is a strict procedure for visitors that they wash there hands upon entry ( use the entrance washroom) before going up the elevator to visit there relative.

Also “if” any visitor has a cough,fever, etc then they cannot visit .

Meanwhile the cleaning staff used bleach to clean all hallway door handles,laundry room equipment,hallway handrails etc

I did a online research and checked what most hospitals use to disinfect and they use Hydrogen Peroxide rather than bleach as bleach should only be used intermittently especially around ill people as it can cause breathing problems in the elderly and or those with lung issues anyways.( so since there are a few seniors in this residence with these precise issues I wonder why they chose bleach? ..It is out of my hands since new manager refuses to budge from her stance on it).

Patty_Melt's avatar

Schools are out some towns, but not all.

They have a special number just for information regarding the virus.

They are going to set up areas for kids who qualify for free lunch and breakfast, so they still get something to eat.

Churches, sports, concerts are cancelled.

Toilet paper vaporized.

My aide went to pick up some groceries this week. She told me she saw behavior like she never witnessed before.

I only get to shop once a month, so I’m well stocked with non perishable food.

I saw POTUS do his first elbow bump on the evening news.

JLeslie's avatar

@Inspired_2write I’m pretty sure screened at the border does not mean tested. Last I heard anyone returning from Europe is supposed to self quarantine 14 days. Your building may want to stock the apartment with food and TP for your neighbor before she returns so she stays inside.

I could be wrong about the protocol.

@Patty_Melt I’m so annoyed people feel like they have to touch right now. We tell people to sneeze and cough in their elbow, and now people are elbow bumping. We really need to get with the bow if people can’t just say hello and smile.

seawulf575's avatar

People are losing their minds. There are runs on the grocery stores, schools and universities are closed for 2 weeks, a major festival was canceled, and many jobs are either trying to pivot to working from home or closing altogether. Mrs Wulf was at Sam’s Club yesterday. Lines were VERY long, there was no toilet paper (there or at 3 other stores), meats were almost decimated, veggies were as well…it was worse than when a hurricane is coming! At one grocery store, she said one customer asked a store employee if there was any TP and he said he’d check. He went into the back and they heard raucous laughter a moment later. Hand sanitizer has been gone for more than a week. It’s just ridiculous. And the things that are NOT being sold out are equally as baffling. Anti-bacterial wipes, for instance, can be found. Alcohol (denatured) is still plentiful. Why grab 100 rolls of TP and not get something to kill germs? People are nuts.
Side note, if you are really desperate for hand sanitizer or wipes, take some paper towels, throw them into a zip-lock bag, and pour in some isopropyl alcohol. It’s effectively the same sanitizer as hand sanitizer, will kill most germs and viruses, and will stay usable for a few days at least.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

At my mother’s assisted living facility they take your temperature when you visit, with an infrared thermometer scan of your forehead. And they have a questionnaire asking if you have been overseas recently or are in contact with anyone who has, if you have respiratory symptoms, etc.

ragingloli's avatar

They closed schools for a month, and the self-serve salad stations at the university cantine are gone as well.

jca2's avatar

I went to Costco several times and got two packages of toilet paper, so I’m all set. That was before the big rush/panic that we have now, so I didn’t experience the crowds that’s going on now.

Last Tuesday, 3/2, my friend called to tell me her coworker is the neighbor of the first positive guy in New Rochelle. Long story short, there were 10 cases in the area by the next day and 50 cases by that Friday. That was a week ago. Now there are hundreds and the number is probably way higher, just that there are no tests. In my county, there are no cases but there are also no tests.

I’m invited to a baby shower in New Rochelle in a few weeks and I don’t think I’m going.

My daughter’s school is now closed for two weeks. They moved the Spring Break up to this period, so there will be no spring break in April. I’m glad I didn’t plan any trips for that time. I guess teachers and parents who did plan trips for that time will either have to take off and just go or reschedule the trips.

My job, I work for the government so we don’t have to worry about losing pay but some people are upset that they have to go to work, and they would like to go home on the job’s time, meaning not have to use their sick time or vacation time. I always say if you work for the government, you’ll never be rich but you won’t be broke either, and now, we don’t have to worry about getting sent home without pay or losing our jobs, like if it was a service job like restaurant workers, so it’s good. There have been some positive cases coming into the buildings at work, but none in the building I work in that I know of.

The news I watch on TV is NYC news, and DiBlasio is shutting down the subways (reducing service). I’m really astounded as I see all that’s going on everywhere in the country. Times Square is empty, Broadway shows are shut down, restaurants are empty.

Disney is shutting, sports are postponing, really shocking and unprecedented. It’s really surreal. I heard last night that Mount Everest is closed (I guess meaning guide stations and Sherpas are not letting people climb).

I have a lot of food in the house, but I am running to Trader Joe’s this morning at opening time, 9 in the morning, so I can buy flour to make Irish Soda Bread. I’m planning to stay home the rest of the day, and tomorrow going to friend’s for dinner which really, we shouldn’t even do but yesterday was my birthday and it’s my birthday dinner.

I want to make hand sanitizer. I have aloe vera gel and essential oils (from Amazon) and I also have aloe plants but I can’t find alcohol anywhere. I have a little in an opened bottle in the bathroom but I want to make the sanitizer with a brand new bottle and save the opened bottle for home use.

On social media, I’m seeing Republicans saying this is a Democratic hoax and Democrats saying this is Republicans way to militarize the nation. In local FB groups, people are just trying to be supportive of each other and help each other out. There are new groups to help neighbors and stuff like that.

canidmajor's avatar

I am not far from @jca2 and things are getting to the point where she is. We seem to be taking our cue from NYC and areas around. Schools are out and online lessons being implemented, non-essential businesses are very quiet, people are looking out for each other.

@jca2 I have been making a lot of my own stuff for ages, and I use cheap vodka in place of isopropyl alcohol for things. I know cheap vodka is only 40% alcohol instead of the 60% that is recommended, but it’s 100% better than nothing.

Jonsblond's avatar

^I spoke with one of the employees in our liquor department at work. She said many people are buying vodka to make hand sanitizer. It won’t work. Everclear is a much better alternative.

JLeslie's avatar

I might set up a still. Lol. Moonshining will be back in fashion. Well, making rubbing alcohol.

canidmajor's avatar

@Jonsblond It does, actually, work. It’s not up to the medical standard, but that was established as an absolute best. After the isopropyl alcohol ran out, the Everclear was next to go.
It’s a boatload better than nothing (as I said).

Personally, I am using it to treat wipes (that I already had) because they are more useful to me than little bottles of hand sanitizer.

Brian1946's avatar

All of the Targets in my area are out of isopropyl alcohol, but at least their web sites indicate that.

OTOH, Walmart’s sites indicate that alcohol can be bought in-store only. I went there about 4 days ago, but they didn’t have any, so I bought six 32 oz containers of H2O2 instead.

I returned there last night, and not only were they still out of isopropyl, they didn’t have any hydrogen peroxide left either.

I have about 60 oz of 70% isopropyl left, so hopefully I can avoid using Amazon or camping out in front of wherever.

Brian1946's avatar

@Jonsblond

From what I’ve read, Everclear makes 151 and 190 proof products. The 151 should be 75.5% alcohol, so even it should be effective.

Brian1946's avatar

Asian-American gun sales are spiking in response to Coronavirus hate crimes.

“According to Arcadia Firearm and Safety owner David Liu, some of his customers no longer feel secure and are worried about facing violence due to their ethnicity.”

Arcadia is about 26 miles east of me.

Ideally, I wish there was no Covid-19 and no xenophobia, but I’d have no trouble with Lucy Liu blowing away some violent, racist scumbag.

jca2's avatar

Saturday update: I ran to Trader Joe’s this morning and then Walmart in New Milford CT (my favorite Walmart) . Trader Joe’s had a lot of bare spots, like in the frozen sections and the produce. Walmart had almost no bread and no pasta.

cookieman's avatar

As I mentioned, the supermarket near my house in Massachusetts (Market Basket) has bare shelves and just missing many items.

Meanwhile, the Market Basket near where I teach in New Hampshire was fully stocked and folks were much more relaxed.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Stores just starting to run out of things. School on spring break. Nursing homes on lockdown. Gas under 2 bucks. All sports cancelled plus events. Everyone is mad churches are open this weekend, lockdown as of Monday.

ragingloli's avatar

Food delivery services are now offering to just drop the food in front of your door, without any human interaction.
FINALLY!

jca2's avatar

Lots of local restaurants are doing curbside pickup.

Brian1946's avatar

@cookieman

“Meanwhile, the Market Basket near where I teach in New Hampshire was fully stocked and folks were much more relaxed.”

Reading about just one oasis of sanity is encouraging, although I hope there are some closer than 3,000 miles.

Sagacious's avatar

I don’t really know other than all schools in Florida are closed. I guess I should watch local news. I haven’t been reading the news because I don’t have faith in the media. I’m going to try to just stay home a while. I wouldn’t leave the house at all if I didn’t feel I need to visit my mother in assisted living. I feel like visitors endanger the residents there but they are following state’s instructions. I would like to see them at least discourage visits….that would help the residents understand why families are visiting as much.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Visitors to elder care facilities taking temps on staff and visitors before entry.
Get this, I didn’t catch where, but there was a casino on the news reporting that sports being stopped they were having less of those bets, but the slots were as busy as ever! People be needing to feed that monkey on their back!
I am low on tp, but fortunately, if I can’t find some when my VA worker comes on monday, I have a doctor a ppt coming soon, and the VA hospital will surely let me have a roll or two to keep me “going” for a while.
I have online access to my doctor and the pharmacy at the VA. I can order witch hazel, alcohol, and various other first aid needs, then they mail them to me.
I have rubber gloves I bought online several months ago. Any time i leave the house I will be wearing them.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I went to the store yesterday for eggs. They had no eggs. Well, there were a couple of cartons – literally two 12-egg cartons. But looking at that you have to think “something must be wrong with those, I can feel the cooties from six feet away.” Also I noticed people with shopping carts full of toilet paper. In the produce section the banana section was bare. I made a mental note to buy the next bananas I see.

I tried another store. Same chain but across town. Yes, they had no bananas. The egg shelves were about ½ stocked. Nice! I bought a big carton of 18, which I never do, I always buy a dozen. I’m a hoarder now.

Walking through the store, I noted the savages had ravaged the shelves of canned soup, pasta, pasta sauce, toilet paper.

I tried a third store on the way home. Bananas galore! They are very green. Which is fine, I don’t have an urgent banana deficiency. They will be good next week. I bought five.

Jonsblond's avatar

I’m going to copy and paste what I just posted to my Facebook…

Anyone who drives between Illinois and Wisconsin through Rockford/Janesville knows how busy the border gets, especially on a weekend. I made a round trip today to Peoria and I’ve never seen so few travelers. It was kind of creepy. Or maybe I’ve watched too many zombie movies. Then I come home from 10 hours away from the news and I hear domestic flights are being limited and people are fighting over supplies?

March 14, 11pm

jca2's avatar

I just wrote on another post that another mom and I were speculating that school is going to be closed for the remainder of the school year. The virus isn’t going away in two weeks.

She has her kids signed up for camp and I told her the other day to check the cancellation policy. She was nonchalant about it but I guess she was concerned because she checked the policy and it didn’t say anything about refunds for the camp not being in place. It said no refunds if the parents cancel but nothing about the camp cancelling. I told her it’s because it’s unprecedented that the camp would cancel camp. It’s good, it means she should get a refund of her deposit.

A friend said she went to a restaurant tonight with her husband and it was 40% full. On one hand it’s good the restaurant had some business, on the other hand that tells me a lot of people are still going out, which we’re really not supposed to be doing.

Jonsblond's avatar

^I agree. School isn’t closing any time soon. I see every child getting a pass because this is unprecedented.

One thing we can do to help local businesses is to buy a gift certificate from them now. It will help them immediately and we can use it later.

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jca2's avatar

There’s a rule (or law) that they have to have school open for 180 days, which is why when they’re closed for snow days everyone is counting the days. I heard that the 180 day rule goes out the window during a state of emergency. So that’s good. I do feel bad for the kids though, because although they like to sleep late and be “on vacation” they like school and they need it.

Jonsblond's avatar

@jca2 At least they have the internet. They can stay connected to friends and learn new things.

jca2's avatar

Yeah. I tell my daughter all the time how when I was little, we had no internet because we had no computers and no cell phones. I tell her it was like Little House on the Prairie haha. It sounds like a joke but it’s true when you think about it. We could call each other on the phone and we could watch TV. That’s about it for technology. Other than that it was books or art or making forts with blankets or playing outside. It seems so antiquated now.

Patty_Melt's avatar

BLANKET FORTS!!!!
Life gets no better than that.

seawulf575's avatar

@Patty_Melt What about blanket brothels?

Brian1946's avatar

In my county there have been 55 cases reported, with 1 death. This gives us a fatality rate of 1.81%.

raum's avatar

Schools shut down for three weeks. Most using google classroom.

Large companies have moved to WFM.

Medical offices urging patients to reschedule non-emergency appts. Heard Stanford Medical is moving to telemedicine.

People are panicking and hoarding. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, alcohol, aloe vera, paper towels, disinfectant spray, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, etc are nearly impossible to come by.

At Costco, there’s a line wrapping around the building at 4am. Police presence.

On the flip side, people are planning play dates. And going out to restaurants with dumbass tee shirts saying “I won’t live in fear.”

Basically, everything between “It’s not even as bad as the flu. Plus it only kills old people.” to hoarding 100 rolls of toilet paper and 100 bottles of water. (I don’t understand the water part.)

raum's avatar

On the flip side, I’ve also seen the good side of many people.

Offering to make hand sanitizer (from aloe and alcohol) for schools.

Making sure lower income students who rely on schools for their meals are still getting them.

Bunch of people offering to run errands for the immunocompromised and elderly.

Urging people to buy gift cards from small local businesses who will be hit hard by this.

jca2's avatar

My daughter just had a sleepover at her friend’s house. Our logic was that they just saw each other at school the day before so one extra day is not going to hurt them. We all agreed that in the coming weeks, we’ll get takeout coffee or whatever and meet at various local sites to walk together (moms and daughters) so they can see each other, we can chat and we can all get some exercise.

Sagacious's avatar

Nothing. I haven’t heard a voice or a car outside. There is one known case of C19 in my county and it was acquired while traveling. She could have infected 200 people…who knows? Florida mandated all nursing homes and assisted livings to be visitor-free so I talked to my mother today. I usually go up there on Sunday. I walked out on the terrace and it’s hot. So, I put some veggies on to cook and will be enjoying them in a few minutes. I have no idea about the stores. I went Tuesday and bought more than I need so quiet is fine with me.

longgone's avatar

Almost everything is shutting down. Schools, daycares, universities. Zoos, museums, pools, libraries. People are still going to work, except for those that are now required to care for their kids. There are more people than usual on the trails I walk with the dogs, many suspiciously dog-less.

jca2's avatar

NYC schools are shut down now until April 20th, and they said it could extend to the end of the school year. My guess has been that my daughter’s school will be closed till the end of the school year. This is huge.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

They just announced on our news last night that they are going to shut down Whistler Blackcomb for the rest of the season.
A major ski hill?

jca2's avatar

Probably so the employees don’t have to come in and the skiiers don’t congregate as they do, spreading the virus, @SQUEEKY2.

jca2's avatar

@SQUEEKY2: On a news show here in the US, 60 Minutes, they’re talking about a new thing – driverless 18 wheelers.

AlaskaTundrea's avatar

So far, knock wood, there has been only one confirmed case in Alaska. In Anchorage. A “foreign national”, as they described him, who is a pilot and was on layover between flights. He started feeling ill and was smart enough to distance himself and go to the hospital quickly. AK has gone proactive, however, and schools are shut down or spring breaks, at least, extended. The just recently shut down public places like museums, the libraries, and such, all in an effort to keep our number of cases low. Supplies are flying off the shelves, however, at least toilet paper and cold/flu meds. Last weekend there were wipes and sanitizing stuff but that seems to largely have gone by the wayside now. Here in AK, especially in winter, many of us tend to stockpile necessities anyway during winter, so I’m fine on things, even treasured toilet paper. Ha Seriously, things can certainly change in a heartbeat, but not feeling very threatened here, tho’ being as proactive and distancing myself even more than my normal introverted self does in normal times. I mean, serious, tell and introverted, book loving soul to stay home alone and read or otherwise entertain themselves. Works for me tho’, to be honest, we all have to go out and about eventually, if only to forestall cabin fever.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@jca2 They have had driverless transports for a little while now, and proved it could do a run on its own, but they still stuffed a human in the cab, to babysit it just in case something goes wrong.
Personally I don’t think you are going to be able to take the human totally out of the truck any time soon, but will they try and reduce the drivers pay ,from driver to just rig sitter.
also just think of this and you don’t have to be a driver at all, would you trust a very expensive load across country to a total human less truck?
also I see companies skimping on maintenance costs now, imagine the maintenance costs on a autonomous transport?

SergeantQueen's avatar

Just got an email, All my classes (as far as I know) will now be online.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Nursing home where I work is now on total lockdown. No one eats in dining rooms, no activities, no visitors.

cookieman's avatar

Massachusetts Governor just announced today that all public and private schools and colleges are to remain closed until April 7th (which could be extended), all restaurants and bars are to close but can continue to do takeout and delivery, and that gatherings of more than 25 people for any reason except grocery shopping and healthcare are banned.

Whoa.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Illinois and Cali are closing restaurants and bars. Wisconsin already announced closing schools.

The question i now have is this: yes it is good to be precautions, this is all about prevention, but at what point is it going too far?

jca2's avatar

@SergeantQueen: I think it’s because if they don’t actually close these places, people will still be stupid enough to go to them. I have friends that are still going to restaurants and still want to go to restaurants, despite public health officials saying we should stay out of restaurants, stay out of large groups, stay away from each other. This is all a novelty, but imagine if, in a few weeks, restaurants and bars were still open? People would be bored out of their minds at that point, and venturing out. Plus with St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo coming up, people would be saying fuck it, let’s go get a beer. So closing may be the only way to get people to stay away.

jca2's avatar

@SQUEEKY2: I definitely wouldn’t trust a truck that didn’t have a person driving it! I have the utmost respect for truck drivers and the sacrifices they make for not a lot of money.

Jonsblond's avatar

I worked tonight. Our grocery store finally slowed down a bit after three days and nights of craziness. My walk to work was eerily quiet. I only saw a few people. I live in a high foot traffic neighborhood.

The bar in our store closed indefinitely at 7:40 pm tonight. Our amazing bartender is now out of work. Our hot bar and salad bar (part of my department) will be shut down in the morning. That leaves four full time and two part time hot cooks that will now be displaced. They will be moved around the store to help elsewhere and help with production, which is part of my work. I’m afraid I might not have a job if they takeover my work. I only work 3–4 days a week. Part timers will most likely go first.

jca2's avatar

I find in real life and on social media, there seem to be three types of people (regarding the virus):

1. People who believe the health officials and will try to comply

2. People who believe the health officials but feel they don’t have to comply personally because they’re not worried about getting sick, so they’ll go to restaurants, parties, meetings as long as those things are available.

3. People who believe this is bullshit and the media is to blame, or it’s a government conspiracy to take over with martial law, and they’re going to do what they want as long as they can.

JLeslie's avatar

I changed my behavior, partly because too many people where I live think this is ridiculous and are literally posting photos on Facebook of a group in a swimming pool close together saying “We are America Strong. We will make smart choices to keep us all safe but we will not be afraid and not be paranoid.” Similar to how people say they won’t be afraid of terrorists. WTF is wrong with these people? I don’t think it’s terrible to go to the pool, but if there were more than 5 people in it I would leave. I’m not going to the pool, it’s just an example.

The bigger point is the cockiness is offensive to me. Not feeling one with the world right now is offensive to me. I have to assume people like this are doing all sorts of risky behaviors right now.

I’m mostly staying home now. I haven’t been out in 3 days except my own yard. I’m waiting to see what we find out once some more testing gets done.

jca2's avatar

Over 3000 cases in NY now, because they’re testing. There are still no tests in my County, which is not far from the epicenter of New Rochelle NY, but because there are more tests in certain areas (like New Rochelle), there’s a spike in positive cases and 6 deaths, I believe. This is as of Monday morning 3/16.

AlaskaTundrea's avatar

Two more positive tests today in Fairbanks, AK, bringing the total to three. One man with it is in Anchorage. Minor in the grand scheme of things, I guess, but reason for folks to pay attention.

JLeslie's avatar

I think there has to be at least triple the numbers stated. I also think bunches of flu cases this winter were actually COVID-19.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

103 confirmed here in BC with six deaths so far.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

83 new confirmed cases today Mar 17, and three more dead bringing the dead count up to 9 just for BC, have closed schools for the rest of the year.

So now we have 186 confirmed cases.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Stay well.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, it’s already tipping the world into a global recession, and I hope that’s all.

JLeslie's avatar

I heard that two restaurants with bar areas were packed tonight, and that under orders of our Governor they were supposed to close at 5:00 or 6:00 and the owner was having trouble with obstinate customers who were not leaving! I’m so upset for her, the owner, and for all of us here where I live know we have these hold outs who insist on denying we have a serious situation here and around the world.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Some areas are saying no groups over 250 others say 50 I have heard some don’t want groups over 5, and yet we have the panic buyers going to packed stores to buy toilet paper.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Tony Evers in Wisconsin closed out the DINING areas of restaurants and bars (take out + drive thru still open) and ALL gatherings of 10+ people are banned.

jca2's avatar

A friend’s boss lives next to a gun store and she said yesterday there was a line of about 50 people outside the store. I did see on the news they mentioned there could be civil unrest.

Local stores are doing special hours for senior citizens and those with compromised immune systems. On FB, in a local group, people were complaining that there were many that were shopping during the special hours that were not seniors, and then the discussion comes that you can’t tell who has a compromised immune system and who doesn’t, and it goes on the honor system, and then the greedy ones who take advantage of the special hours ruin the point of it for everyone, because then others say “well if others are going to take advantage then I am too, otherwise there will be no food left during regular hours.”

Today I believe will be my last day at work. I will be officially working from home. I am going to be available for meetings but hopefully there won’t be many or they can be done on the phone. I have about six plants at work that I have to try to bring home. I may go next week to get some because I can’t bring all with me today and I work in a big building so I’m not making multiple trips. For the most part, I like my job so I kind of feel sad and weird. I don’t like everything about the job, because no job is perfect, and I don’t necessarily like having to be at work early in the morning, but I like being at work. I can always do a reduced workday if I wanted. I may do that a day or two next week – go in for a few hours. Who knows. This whole situation is fluid. It’s changing daily and hourly so who knows what today will bring, let alone next week or next month.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca2 My husband’s company told everyone to work from home. He went in, because he had to print large documents and work from them, and has no printer in his temporary housing. He says there was a handful of other people there. Must have been eerie. I don’t know how many hundred they typically have in their offices. I think of it like being in a marriage and feeling very lonely.

I’ve seen Facebook posts of gun sales way up. Makes sense to me. People are worried about protecting themselves. If people just would stop hoarding so much, and if the government guarantees food stamps or money for those losing wages the situation would have more likelihood to stay calm. I do think people should have some extra food in their pantries, but people have gone insane.

I heard some country let prisoners out of prisons if they are negative for C19. I don’t know what type of crimes they had committed.

longgone's avatar

^ “I heard some country let prisoners out of prisons if they are negative for C19. I don’t know what type of crimes they had committed.”

That’s happening here in Germany. It only applies to people who are in prison for failing to pay fines.

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There’s a lot that I do at work that’s not work related, but makes my life easier, like making color copies of checks to keep track of what medical bills have been reimbursed by my health insurance, stuff like that. I have plants at work, stamps and greeting cards, I make coffee in my office, it’s like a home away from home. I can envision going in a few hours here and there just to check on things and touch base. My boss will probably be at work more because she is elected to her position so probably wants to make a show of being at work, and she has said she is not afraid of getting sick. I think that’s a stupid attitude but if it’s how she feels, we all know feelings are not always logical. She is 60 so she should be concerned but she has a scrappy attitude.

seawulf575's avatar

I just got diagnosed with influenza A. I, of course, did not go to work. But my work is taking no chances. I have to have a note from my doctor stating it was Flu A and not Covid-19, as well as something saying when I can go back to work.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Be well, @seawulf575. Ta km e care of yourself, and keep in touch.

seawulf575's avatar

As I have said, I have a tremendous immune system. I was bad yesterday and am almost over it today. The fever was up to 101+ but is now bouncing between 98–99.5. Aches are gone and my head is clearing. I probably should have signed up for one of those Covid-19 tests.

JLeslie's avatar

^^Why test for Covid? You were diagnosed with flu A.

seawulf575's avatar

@JLeslie No…they were paying people to be infected with it so they could do clinical tests. They were offering something like $4500

seawulf575's avatar

And with my immune system, it would have been easy money AND I wouldn’t have to play these silly games any more…I’d have already had it and would be immune and could not spread it.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Wait, INTENTIONALLY INFECTING PEOPLE?

This just suddenly went black helicopter for me.

seawulf575's avatar

Those wacky Brits. Where’s UCME when you need him?

JLeslie's avatar

@seawulf575 Well, you can’t be part of a clinical trial while you are sick with the flu.

Being the first human subjects to try a new vaccine or drug has some risks of course.

Patty_Melt's avatar

OK, I see. Related but not the same.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Yeah @seawulf575 what if one of the side effects turn you into a die hard democrat?

Patty_Melt's avatar

Lol. I think POTUS would provide funding for a cure.

seawulf575's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 I don’t think Covid-19 does brain damage, does it? No…it gives you respiratory issues so you can’t be a blowhard, but the brain still works. Don’t think I’d become a democrat!

seawulf575's avatar

Besides, if one of the side effects was turning people into democrats, you can bet there would be total battles in DC over travel bans and closing the borders. Hey! let’s look at that a bit. There are usually battles over travel bans and closing borders. Do those battling against these things just want to make die hard democrats? Is that why they are fighting?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

You never know the side effects from an untested vaccine, I never stated what the virus can do.

Brian1946's avatar

The population of my county is over 10.1 million.
There have been 231 cases and 2 deaths so far.

cookieman's avatar

My wife was laid off today. The university is reducing staff to save money as they are only teaching online now.

This situation just went from scary but interesting to potentially a major problem financially.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

It’s sending the world into a global recession. hopfully when it’s over it won’t take to long to climb back out of it.

SergeantQueen's avatar

2 deaths in Wisconsin.
Man in his 50s in Fond Du Lac county
Man in his 90s in Ozaukee County
Here
Also a correctional officer tested positive.
In the midst of all this, I totally forgot about prisons…

JLeslie's avatar

^^They let people out of prison early in some countries in Europe.

AlaskaTundrea's avatar

Since I posted earlier, up from 17 confirmed in Alaska to 21. Anchorage cases still closest.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Chinatown has been roped off. Nobody is allowed in or out until further notice.

Kidding. Just wanted some levity. Oh shoot! Is that racist to call it Chinatown?

AlaskaTundrea's avatar

10 new cases in Alaska today, including two in my borough/county. Didn’t ID where, tho’, yet. That brings us to 31.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Gov. Evers to issue order for Wisconsinites to stay home
Being signed Tuesday, all non-essential businesses will close.

cookieman's avatar

Same in Massachusetts starting tomorrow.

janbb's avatar

April 23 – 199 cases in my township of 27,000. I keep waiting for the numbers to go down but they haven’t been as far as I can tell.

No plans to open the state as yet which I completely agree with.

I keep debating about going grocery shopping but am ok enough for supplies.

KNOWITALL's avatar

5941 cases in Missouri, 189 deaths. In my county, 84 cases, 7 deaths. 4.23.20

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