Fearful for my family’s health. Wife and I have autoimmune issues, as do her parents. We are not far from DC, and there are a number if people not playing smart.
I feel we are doing our best to be isolated, I am frightened, because all of us are likely to be triaged to the “no respirator” zone, or worse a death sentence should we need that level of care.
That, bundled with the huge level of mismanagement at the very top is creating terror.
That said, I feel fortunate that we have the resources available to hole up in our house in a relatively rural area for the time being. We have food, internet, medicines for the time being. We have each other, and that counts for a lot.
Dear celebrities singing Imagine… I generally like the song, but it is way off the mark for the current situation. I mean really tone deaf.
If somebody, somewhere is getting comfort from religion right now, maybe don’t crap all over that, even if you don’t. Save it for later, when everyone is on more even footing. Don’t punch down on poor folks who have literally nothing but faith to fall back on.
I think that is simply not useful right now. Just drop some of your stacks of cash on the problem, huh?
If you must, maybe stomp on specific problems like some religious (or not) leaders being vile, manipulative SOB’s by having huge mansions while there is a homeless population in real trouble, or those profiteering from a disaster by funneling resources into non-medical solutions or selling snake oil? There are plenty of people both secular and not aiding the spread of mess.
Better yet, Be a helper. Help fund resources that do good works. Stay at home and share videos of your pets, or you encouraging folks to do the same.
At the very least… don’t be a dick if you can avoid it.
A MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN: The State of Maryland now has 580 confirmed cases of #COVID19—an increase of 157 new cases, which is by far the largest one-day increase to date. There are more than 1,200 confirmed cases in the National Capital Region—in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
CALVERT COUNTY HEALTH DEPT/CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: An extremely unusual situation has developed over the past five days. The Calvert Health Department has always been truthful with the information we provide. In the interest of transparency, we are notifying you of the following events that have occurred in relation to the 7-11 on Hallowing Point Road.
On March 21st, a person connected to the store was tested for coronavirus. This individual falsified a positive result, leading to a temporary store closure and a swirl of social media conjecture. The result from this test is still pending. The lab to which it was sent to has a current wait time of nearly 10 days. In other words, at the present time it is not know whether that person does or does not have coronavirus.
Before it was realized that the initial report was falsified, another person who works at the store was tested by their family doctor. This test went to a different lab with a much faster turnaround time. That test was reported today did show coronavirus.
Given the very unexpected turn of events, both the store owner and the 7-11 corporation have decided that it’s in the best interest of public health to close the store on Hallowing Point Road and another Calvert store, under the same ownership, located in Prince Frederick. These stores will stay closed for 14 days as per CDC guidance to prevent transmission.
The situation was discussed with the Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Maryland Department of Health who agreed with the decision.
Employees are being contacted individually to provide appropriate health precautions. Given the limited amount of direct contact most customers have in a convenience store, the potential for customers to have acquired coronavirus in either store is very low. However, customers who entered either store between March 12th-25th are advised to contact their personal health care provider if they develop any respiratory symptoms or fevers. For those who have no symptoms, over the next two weeks, they should take additional precautions of washing their hands frequently and they may want to avoid contact with people over age 60 and people of any age with weakened immune systems.
The Calvert Health Department will continue to monitor employees’ health over the next 14 days and provide updates if new information becomes available.