March 21 Update – 1

CONTENTS
Second Death
Local Hand Sanitizer
Babies, Children & Covid
Home Use Mask Dangers & A New Pattern
Free Internet
New Local News Site
For Musicians
National Quilt Day
Cougars

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO
I’m sorry to give you hard news. Please, everybody, stay at home. Your job is not to avoid catching it. Your job is to assume you’ve got it and are not yet showing symptoms. Your job is to keep from passing it on.

SECOND DEATH, NURSING HOME INFECTION
[From bellinghamherald.com. Go there to read the details.]
A man in his 80s died at home Friday, March 20, from COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Whatcom County Health Department announced at a Whatcom Unified Command news conference Saturday, March 21. One of the three announced Friday is a man in his 80s who lives in Shuksan Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility on James Street in Bellingham. Two additional residents at Shuksan Healthcare Center have tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Saturday. They are a female in her 60s and a female in her 70s. All three are being cared for at Shuksan Healthcare Center, according to Whatcom Unified Command. The health department website now lists 14 cases and 2 deaths for Whatcom County.

LOCAL HAND SANITIZER
Local distilleries are now making hand sanitizer and giving it away in small amounts. For some of them you bring your own bottle.
www.facebook.com/chuckanutbaydistillery
https://www.facebook.com/bellewoodfarms

BABIES, CHILDREN & COVID CONCERNS
https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241371741.html

HOME USE MASK DANGERS & A NEW PATTERN
Will YOU share that the masks are dangerous for home use? Apparently more dangerous than no mask, maybe unless you already have the virus. Moist environment so nasties can grow in them. Hospitals have serious sterilizing equipment. Make them for hospitals. [This changed in April. Everybody wear them in public, but please clean constantly.]
Ragfinery is leading the local sewing effort. [Makerspace is now coordinating.]
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ragfinery/posts/?ref=page_internal

A New Sewing Pattern
https://cdn.fbsbx.com/v/t59.2708-21/87677439_2813402442040704_3444714958535786496_n.pdf/Face-Mask-Instructions-and-Shipping-Instructions.pdf?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=0cab14&_nc_ohc=R5p60CzvUlEAX-FeyVS&_nc_ht=cdn.fbsbx.com&oh=79bdc00ff275930782377f2a39528aba&oe=5E76FDD0&dl=1&fbclid=IwAR1con1EJ-7PRShJOfwZqGJTxdGIwEtLd4kgjeIqIBeFA92igt3rfVsVVWE
Email StJosephSupply@peacehealth.org if you wish to donate unopened boxes of N95 masks or other equipment.

FREE INTERNET
If you or someone you know needs internet access, Comcast is offering options to keep users connected. “Internet Essentials” is free to new customers and provides 60 days of internet connectivity. Find out more about this program and other ways to stay connected: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

NEW LOCAL NEWS SITE
Public, nonprofit online news site, called Salish Current. This email news summary comes out once a week, and the site itself has original local news stories: 
https://salish-current.org

FOR MUSICIANS
Possibilities for socially distant jamming? I have not checked these. Would love reviews.
https://www.cockos.com/ninjam/?fbclid=IwAR12vABSBjc0F3__ZaHHRvbWeMxgvzL6596wFxKt4sw2c9kflK_sNtE94Ug
https://www.jamkazam.com/products/platform?fbclid=IwAR2dyCW_lCsnGZJq3RXQavG9gRJH4uwAUlS2LBMnV1OhMZkU_ClGLVi3Xyg

NATIONAL QUILT DAY
Today is National Quilt Day and my family has set up an outdoor quilt exhibit on our fence. We invite our neighbors to walk by (at a safe distance) and enjoy our quilts (all made by me.)  We also invite you to join us with your own fence “exhibits.” [Don’t touch!]
 Amber Hixson
 Corner of Park and Jefferson

COUGARS
Two young cougars were spotted along silver beach creek between lake Whatcom and Hillsdale 2 nights ago. Baby goat and deer kill found. Hunters are out at night for them. Keep children from playing in the creek temporarily ( my kids favorite playground many years ago)  I am the source. They were spotted by the neighbor who lives behind me and he is in touch with the hunters and is a hunter himself. This neighbor said To me this morning, that he did not see any signs of them last night, but it was the night before when he took the photo. I’ll try and send you the photo. He also lost a young goat to the coyotes four days ago.
 Cathy MacKay

Love/Fl!p

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