From random woman in Podunk, USA:
This week, like the last couple weeks, we’ve been seeing on the news about the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, actually a new strain of virus, that originated in a meat market in China. The only Americans known to be infected are some who have traveled on cruise ships in the area and are now quarantined. Some funny memes are going around on the internet, like “Get some Lyme with your Corona…” Life is going on pretty much as normal.
The Governor has been giving news conferences daily, sometimes multiple times a day. He’s being very calm and reassuring. At last count, there were still 5 cases of Coronavirus diagnosed in Ky. Unfortunately, 3 of those cases are in the county next to mine. Trump, after telling people just a few days ago that Coronavirus isn’t much worse than the flu and to go to work, last night gave an address that was much more concerning. He’s closing incoming travel to European countries, other than the UK. The NBA just cancelled its season. The NCAA tournament is to be played without spectators. Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Colleges are going to online classes or cancelling semesters altogether. My 16-year-old son was very disappointed that he still had to go to school.
There are now 22 cases in Ky. The first case in my county was also the first death in the state. DisneyWorld is closed. Derby has been postponed. Bars and restaurants are now closed. Restaurants can still have carryout and delivery. Schools are closed. My son is doing online school in Google Classroom. I work in state government, which has been encouraged to shut down by 50%. Many of our attorneys are working at home. Since I’m support staff, I’m currently still working in the office everyday. No one seems to know if this will go on for weeks or months.
Week 4-3/22We now have over 40 cases confirmed in the state. There are many more, but people can’t get tested. As of yesterday, we were still scheduled to alternate shifts at work. However, since then, there is more than one presumed positive case in our building. So now we will all be working from home while hoping we haven’t been exposed. I’m thankful to still have a job when so many have been laid off. My husband’s store hours have been reduced, but he’s still going to work around the public.
California (all of it) has now been ordered to shelter in place. I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that here, but I won’t be surprised if we are. I’m not surprised by much anymore. I’m trying to stick to somewhat of a schedule for normalcy. I hope to get some house cleaning done, get my car washed and get the yard mowed while this is going on. I’m walking the dogs. I’m trying to combine trips so I don’t have to leave home more than once a day. I’m washing my hands like I’m scrubbing for surgery after each trip. Let’s just hope this ends sooner rather than later.
Week 5 4-1 The US now has more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world. Ky has over 500 cases and almost 20 deaths. I’m still working at home. My husband’s still working. If we get sick, I’m pretty sure exposure will be due to his job. I’m trying to keep busy helping my son with NTI homework, working, cleaning, practicing piano, coloring etc. I’m so freaking bored, yet stressed too. We’ve been told stay at home orders will continue until the month at least. That means no Easter family dinner or church, which is depressing. I know we’re luckier than some. We have a place to live and can get by. I feel really bad for those who are sick or have lost jobs. I also feel bad for my nephew. This is his senior year in high school, but there will be no prom. Graduation is questionable. I’m so ready for this to be over…
Week 6? 4/11 So tomorrow is Easter. We won’t go to church. We won’t go to my mom’s for dinner on the first holiday after my dad died. I’ve made potato salad, slaw and eggs, and my husband will fry chicken for just the three of us. The Easter Bunny was declared an essential worker by the Governor this week (lol), so there will be candy. Anyway, happy freakin Easter. Sorry, trying to be positive, but this sucks.
Week? 5/4 I’m not sure what week it is now. I’m still working at home. My son won’t be going back to school this year. My nephew won’t be having a traditional graduation anytime soon. I’m just hoping marching band will be able to continue this summer. Ky now has 200+ deaths. I have no idea how many cases there are state-wide. Testing has increased. Some businesses are re-opening this week, with more slated to re-open throughout the month. I still don’t know when we in state government will return to the office. There has been no discussion of when dine-in restaurants, movie theaters or swimming pools will open. I feel really bad for those who have lost loved ones, but I, like everyone else, am so beyond ready for this to be over. One bright spot: the Trixie Foundation, a hoarding “sanctuary” had its 100+ dogs removed this weekend. I, along with many others, helped carry them out through the mud to another location where they are being assessed, vetted and placed into foster care. Why they decided to raid the place during a pandemic, I don’t know. I’m glad they are safe though. Here’s a link with more info: https://account.kentucky.com/paywall/stop?resume=242470756
Week ? 5/27 The initial wave of the virus appears to be ebbing. Although my sisters have returned to work at Toyota, I’m still working from home in my state job. In the past week, restaurants have re-opened for indoor dining (with reduced capacity), and hair and tanning salons have re-opened. It will be interesting to see if there is a spike in cases in a couple weeks. It is still uncertain if my son’s marching band will be able to have a season for his upcoming senior year.
It’s almost Christmas. We’ve been at this now for almost a year. People have died, people have gone bankrupt. But we are now seeing a timeframe for vaccines on the horizon. Next week healthcare workers and nursing home residents may start to be vaccinated. Most of us will have the chance to get a vaccine in the next couple months.
Let’s consider quitting petty ignorant bickering over personal freedoms of wearing a mask and whether schools are closed. Let’s take advantage of this last chance to show some humanity and get vaccinated to protect ourselves and each other, so we can get back some semblance of normality.
My senior has missed his senior year of school. There was no marching band competitive season, no homecoming dance, no pep rally. There will be no prom and probably no graduation ceremony. Friends have missed the chance to say final goodbyes to family and friends who died. First responders have missed time with their families. Service workers have missed pay and will not be able to afford electric bills, much less Christmas gifts for their kids.
Don’t let their loss be in vain. Stay safe, get vaccinated when you can and let’s get the hell past this!