March 19 Corona Virus Update

WHATCOM COUNTY CONFIRMED CASES CLIMB TO TEN
◦ Male in his 60s
◦ Female in her 50s
◦ Male in his 80s
◦ Female in her 60s
◦ Female in her 40s
◦ Female in her 20s
◦ Male in his 60s
◦ Male in his 40s
◦ Male in his teens
◦ Male in his 50s
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
Thank you for staying home! Our job is not to protect ourselves from catching this. Our job is to assume we have it, and protect others from catching it from us. Since we don’t have sufficient testing, we must assume this is the tip of the iceberg and there will be a flood of “new” cases in the next few days.

ELIZABETH PARK SOCIAL DISTANCE SAX CONCERT
My friend and saxophone player extraordinaire, Mark Kelly, sent this email just now:  “Free concert at 3pm today, inside the Elizabeth Park gazebo. My Kid’Sax quartet, playing six feet apart from each other. Bring your chair.”  🙂  Live music!  These kids are very talented.  I will be there!  🙂
 Meredith Ann Murray

NOON NOISE
Our block was INTO it!!! Lots of noise on Victor Street!!!
 Lizanne Schafer

THE DOCTOR WHO HELPED DEFEAT SMALLPOX EXPLAINS WHAT’S COMING
Are you scared?
“I’m in the age group that has a one in seven mortality rate if I get it. If you’re not worried, you’re not paying attention. But I’m not scared. I firmly believe that the steps that we’re taking will extend the time that it takes for the virus to make the rounds. I think that, in turn, will increase the likelihood that we will have a vaccine or we will have a prophylactic antiviral in time to cut off, reduce, or truncate the spread. Everybody needs to remember: This is not a zombie apocalypse. It’s not a mass extinction event.”
~ Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant
[Now go read the article.]
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-interview-larry-brilliant-smallpox-epidemiologist/

SET UP PET CARE
Do you have a 2 week supply of pet food? A designated person who will care for your pet if you get too sick to do so? Time to set that up. You might want to dig out your pet carrier if your pet would need to be transported. With luck you’ll never need this, but there is peace of mind in being prepared.

FUNERALS BANNED IN WASHINGTON STATE
I assume we will figure out how to gather by video conferencing.

SEWING MILLIONS OF MASKS
“Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office.  “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed.  While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.” Please consider reaching out to a hospital, nursing home, cancer-related organization, etc. near you, as many other health care facilities are also experiencing shortages in masks.
https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

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