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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #270 on: May 14, 2020, 08:27:45 AM »
Speaking of Amazon, they are making an absolute killing off this pandemic. I heard on NPR a couple days ago that if Amazon keeps making money at the rate they currently are, Jeff Bezos will be the world first trillionaire by 2027.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #271 on: May 14, 2020, 08:46:02 AM »
Speaking of Amazon, they are making an absolute killing off this pandemic. I heard on NPR a couple days ago that if Amazon keeps making money at the rate they currently are, Jeff Bezos will be the world first trillionaire by 2027.

but how are they gonna make any money once the post office raises rates on their packages? ::)
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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #272 on: May 14, 2020, 03:26:17 PM »
Speaking of Amazon, they are making an absolute killing off this pandemic. I heard on NPR a couple days ago that if Amazon keeps making money at the rate they currently are, Jeff Bezos will be the world first trillionaire by 2027.

 I really hope guillotines make a comeback when this is over
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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #273 on: May 15, 2020, 02:31:06 PM »
Minor league baseball team in Milwaukee area installing a drive-in screen in their parking lot and intending to show movies until season starts (if it starts-not a MiLB team which has already canceled their season- this one is an indepent league team) and afterwards when team is out of town. Not sure if it will be successful, but seems like a good idea to try. Lots of minor league teams have similar parking lots that don't see much use outside of game days and I'd be more willing to go to a drive-in right now than a theater.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #274 on: May 15, 2020, 03:43:52 PM »
And things keep changing just about every hour it seems. After state stay at home order got shot down on Wednesday, most cities and counties enacted their own version of it. This afternoon almost all of them recinded their orders. Parking lot of the bar that's on my way home from work was packed. I'm sitting on the back porth enjoying the sun with a homebrew. Not planning to leave the house again until I have to return to work on Monday.


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« Reply #275 on: May 17, 2020, 03:08:46 PM »
My province has been doing great.  120 cases.  All recovered.  No deaths.  No new cases in weeks.  Not looking forward to seeing if the next wave changes that but so far so good.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #276 on: May 19, 2020, 06:00:32 AM »
Found out this morning we have a new confirmed case in my building at work, and it is someone I fairly regularly have contact with. Two more people got sent home with symptoms and told to get tested.
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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #277 on: May 22, 2020, 11:47:23 PM »
PA governor says the Philly area could move from "red" to "yellow" lock down on June 5th, guess he changed his mind on counties needing to have less than 50 new cases a week for 2 weeks.  Hope it happens, on June 5th it will be 10 weeks with the stay at home order in place.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #278 on: May 23, 2020, 05:24:12 AM »
Record high positives in Wisconsin all week. But also record high numbers of tests being given. Numbers going to drop, but only because half of the testing sites have been shut down. In other words, numbers in Wisconsin don't mean much. Show that yhe virus is still active, but not enough testing and testing not being done in a way to determine how many people really have it or have had it.


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« Reply #279 on: May 25, 2020, 03:59:54 PM »
Last Friday were moved to Yellow Alert.  Now we can visit close friends and a lot of businesses are reopening.  Even my gym is opening back up.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #280 on: May 26, 2020, 10:10:53 AM »
WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!

PARTY!

Yes! Memorial Day marks the beginning of outdoor party season in my neighborhood.  That means hundreds of people stuffed into some back yard, the stereo blasting music loud enough to penetrate any room of my house beyond 3am in the morning even though the party is a block away, cars double parked everywhere,  drunken revelers vomiting and urinating on every lawn and doorstep in the neighborhood,  and the seemingly mandatory illegal fireworks show that usually ends with one of the guests stealing and lighting a mortar shell without putting it in the tube and showering the other screaming guests with balls of colorful fire.

Party every weekend night until July 4th, then every night until Labor Day! Sometimes two or three loud parties going on at the same time! Call the police to complain about the noise and they don't show up! If they do, the music is turned down for a grand total of one minute, then cranked up twice as loud once the police have left! The party goes on and on till the break of dawn!

That us until this year. Over the weekend I  heard the familiar sound of neighborhood parties starting up. At least four near my block, and about five distant ones. The sudden blast of music over loudspeakers.  Only this time the police showed up within a few minutes and shut things down. And not just a single patrol car knocking on the front door. On at least two of the nighttime parties I saw a shitload of flashing lights coming from the vicinity. At least something positive has come out of this pandemic.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #281 on: May 26, 2020, 11:22:05 AM »
Our local Habitat for Humanity Restore reopened for the first time this year.
They gave each person a fly swatter to keep count of how many people were inside.. The max number of fly swatters was 54 so if they ran out you couldn't enter until someone left.
Was anyone keeping 6 feet apart from each other? Of course not!  :grr:
Employees were wearing masks but only a few customers were wearing masks.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #282 on: May 26, 2020, 12:11:34 PM »
I miss going to our Restore...and Goodwill and Savers. They have recently reopened these here in NH, but I'm not venturing out yet because of all of the crazy non-mask-wearing non-social-distancing folks out there. If they had any sense, they'd realize that life could go back semi-close to normal if everyone took those simple steps.


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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #283 on: May 28, 2020, 11:09:23 AM »
fyi: in case anyone you know isn't currently wearing a mask in public, and you think they might actually be persuaded by reading some science, this is a good one: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/05/27/science.abc6197



and the six feet rule? from a 1930s experiment. more likely, we should keep about 20ft apart.
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Re: The COVID-19 Pandemic: What's happening in your part of the world?
« Reply #284 on: May 28, 2020, 11:11:26 AM »
More convinced than ever that testing numbers and the way tests are being given is total BS. At least in our area of Wisconsin- I guess other states or even other areas of Wisconsin may be doing better. Also not basing this on just our experience, but similar and worse experiences I’ve heard from others.
Wife came down with a sore throat and cough last week (no fever). Normally she wouldn’t have thought much of it, but she called her doctor who called her in for a strep test. Test negative for strep throat so she was sent to the temporary COVID-19 testing center. Temporary testing center has since shut down- was only open 2 weeks- and now the only place to get tested in this area is once again at one location- one of the hospitals- and you have to be referred by your doctor or be African American or Latino to get tested. Wife told results would take 3 to 5 days and was told that she needed to quarantine at home pending the results. Not said or instructed by anyone, but wife quarantining equaled me quarantining.
So day 5 rolls around. Haven’t heard from anyone about test results. Wife calls early afternoon and after a half hour on the phone is told she’s not in their database and therefore was never tested. She still wasn’t feeling well and called her doctor to try and get another test. Told she couldn’t get another test because she still has results pending from her first test. Called back to number given by testing center. Another half hour and they find her in the system, but no results.
Day 6- wife finally feeling better, but repeat more or less of day 5 regarding test results- sorry not in system, are you sure you were tested- oh wait there you are- sorry no results- maybe by the end of the day.
Day 7- hadn’t planned on quarantining so strictly due to grocery stores here still limiting a lot of items (wrote about it before- while I understand the purpose of the restrictions- to prevent hoarding- all the restrictions have really accomplished on my end is forcing me to have to go to the store twice a week instead of once). Had been doing pretty well all things considered, but out of bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc., down to last 2 rolls of toilet paper and remaining food mostly canned and frozen. Wife finally contacted with results- had to confirm her social and date of birth- then told “Mr. Johnson your results are negative”. My wife is not a mister and our last name isn’t Johnson. She explains she’s not a mister or named Johnson, they ask her to repeat her social and date of birth and then tell her that yes, per her social and date of birth she is Mr. Johnson. She fires off an angry email to the State Department of Health Services. Within 10 minutes of sending it, someone from the DHS calls her. They assure her they’ll look into it. They call back about an hour later and tell they can confirm that her results are negative. She asks for that in writing. Gets told they don’t have the means to provide negative results in writing at this time.
The day we started our strict quarantine I called my doctor, explained my wife’s symptoms, explained she had test results pending, and asked if I should get tested. I had no symptoms myself so I couldn’t get tested. I asked what if my wife tests positive, should I get tested then? Nope, not without symptoms. I asked about an antibody test. Told those haven’t really become available in Wisconsin yet.
So good news, my wife doesn’t have COVID-19 (or at least she didn’t on the day she was tested, assuming the test was accurate and the results given were actually her results). But our area is still only testing people with symptoms (and African Americans and Latinos) and no antibody tests. And testing is also about as inconvenient as it could be thus limiting even some people who should get tested from being tested.