March 23 Updates

CONTENTS
 Sudden Loss Of Sense Of Smell
 48 Confirmed Cases As Of Sunday Night
 Nurses Need Donated B&B
 Whatcom Covid Website
 Food Bank Update
 Corona Virus Online Assessment Tool
 CDC Corona Virus Page
 Fact-Checking
 Washington State Parks Closed
 St. Paul’s Episcopal Offers Online Services
 Seed Swap?

SUDDEN LOSS OF SENSE OF SMELL
Specialists are citing anecdodal evidence that sudden, temporary losses can be markers of  Covid-19 with no other symptoms. If you stop being able to smell, please self-quarantine immediately to protect others.
https://www.entnet.org/content/coronavirus-disease-2019-resources
https://betsybrownmd.substack.com/p/march-22-2020

48 CONFIRMED CASES AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT
Whatcom County now has a total of 48 cases, including two deaths. Twenty-three additional residents & 6 staff have been confirmed at Shuksan Nursing Home.
bellinghamherald.com

NURSES NEED DONATED B&B
Nate from Victor st.  My wife is an er nurse.  Yesterday was a tough day in the er.  They are all swimming in the virus and scared of exposing their families. My wife said the nurses are talking about renting a couple of air b n bs but can’t afford to yet.  They are waiting for it to really hit, but frankly it is. What do you think about reaching out to the community to see if there are empty, safe (not attached to other living spaces) b n bs that could be donated to health care workers for the time being?  
 Nate Wiss
 Victor Street
 [Can someone help? I’ll pass you on.]

WHATCOM COVID WEBSITE
https://whatcomcovid.com/
This looks like a key resource for our community, though it has not yet been updated for Sunday evening. Go explore!

FOOD BANK UPDATE
COVID-19 Update: Bellingham Food Bank Offers Drive-Up Food Boxes
Folks may visit once per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and when it’s their turn, volunteers will load a pre-packed food box into their trunk or car without requiring person to person contact. There will be a walk-up option as well. Each car may pick up for up to 2 families.
Dates, Times and Locations
Tuesday, March 24 | 1-4 pm
Shuksan Middle School Parking Lot, 2717 Alderwood Ave
Wednesday, March 25 | 3-6 pm
Christ the King Church Parking Lot, 4173 Meridian St
Thursday, March 26 | 1-4 pm
Waypoint Park Parking Lot, 1100 Granary Ave
CORONA VIRUS ONLINE ASSESSMENT TOOL
https://www.providence.org/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-advisory

CDC CORONA VIRUS PAGE
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

FACT-CHECKING
Snopes has a full section on Covid
https://www.snopes.com/collections/new-coronavirus-collection/

WASHINGTON STATE PARKS CLOSED
All state campgrounds through at least April 30th. Avoid ocean beaches due to crowding.

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL OFFERS ONLINE SERVICES
St. Paul’s is offering online services during the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to provide prayer, comfort and support while community members are compelled to stay at home. Live stream services are available by visiting the church’s Facebook page at 8pm daily (Compline) and 10am Sundays (Morning Prayer). Those tuning in do not need to join Facebook to view the public videos. Videos may also be watched at any time after they are broadcast. Visit www.stpaulsbellingham.org or www.facebook.com/StPaulsBellingham.

SEED SWAP?
Getting ready to start my garden. Soil delivery Friday. Anyone have any seeds/ starts to exchange?  
Thank you!
 Tracy Lorenz
 570 780 1716

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