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Dobre

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Ugh. This whole thread on the Brazilian variant outbreak in British Columbia is :yikes:. Chilling to me, being in the Pacific Northwest, but also for greater Canada because Whistler is a tourist hotspot. (Reportedly a bunch of the skiers there recently were from Quebec City. And Alberta & Ontario are also seeing the same variant. Over 100 cases in Ontario in addition to the 400+ in B.C.) So you have . . . potential for geographic super spreading, more young people with a more severe version of the ***** arriving at B.C. hospitals, & potential for reinfection. B.C. has had at least two record breaking days of 1000+ new cases in a row. The number of people with the Brazilian variant in particular has doubled since last week. (Plus some? schools have been open without requiring masks?)

I do have to ask about the poster's statement that the Brazilian variant's transmission speed is over twice that of the UK variant? This I had/have not read. I was under the impression that the UK variant spread more quickly. I tried to see if I could find confirmation either way, but I only found a comparison between the Brazilian variant & the speed of the original ***** in Manaus so I'm not sure?
 
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@Dobre I know that the US has done a horrible job with data on the variants. We aren’t doing the sequencing we should be in a scientifically valid way. So, if you see data from the US on transmission rates of the variants take it with a grain of salt.
 
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I’m quite scared for the next month or so in BC. I live in northern BC and I know way too many people that have travelled to the lower mainland (where the variant is most prevalent) during spring break. Including my husband’s best friend who is staying with his brother who is currently off work being forced to isolate because his workplace had an outbreak :wall: That level of stupid doesn’t inspire confidence.

I’m just going to bunker down at home as much as possible. Which is basically what we’ve been doing anyway. At least the weather is good and there’s lots of places we can go adventuring without people around. A week and a half until my first vaccine.
 

Dobre

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Mexico’s real *********-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000​


Michigan's average is up to 65 new cases per 100K today. Their new case numbers are higher than they have been since early December. Deaths are up 53% in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations are up 99%. New cases are up 113% over the last two weeks (and case numbers have been rising there for over a month). They have more school outbreaks, particularly linked to sports.

*********-19 cases spike in Michigan, fueled by infections among kids​

 

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One of the things I've been most interested in is how the past year will affect houses of worship. This New York Times article focuses on New York City churches with Easter tomorrow.

Many Christians attend in-person services only on Christmas and Easter. Donations given on those two holidays make up 10 percent of the annual collection for most Catholic parishes, said Matthew Manion, the director for the Center for Church Management at Villanova University.

He researched church finances during the ********* and found steep income declines in parishes of all sizes. Based on figures from last year, he projects a 20 to 25 percent decline in the 2021 fiscal year, which may be exacerbated if people keep watching Mass online instead of in person.

“The big questions are, Will Catholics who practice their faith frequently come back? And Catholics who practice their faith less frequently, are they gone for good?” said Mr. Manion. “Both of those answers could have big impacts, spiritually and financially.”
I still give online to my old parish and attending a different one since I moved but yes huge financial issues.

Mass though today was packed it was a little scary.
 
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sk8nlizard

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I still give online to my old parish and attending a different one since I moved but yes huge financial issues.

Mass though today was packed it was a little scary.
I can’t remember if you are in Texas? We are in Texas and watched ours online (not a Catholic Church). The church was packed and not a mask in sight, I hope most of these people have been vaccinated! I’m a week out from my 2nd shot and my husband is getting his 2nd shot next week, but we have 2 kids that are too young for the vaccine and there’s still just too much community spread!
 

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In the waiting room with mom, she just got her second jab. :cheer: My second is on Friday. Now I just need to find someone to tranq gun my giant baby of a husband :rolleyes:

My great aunt and uncle (in their late 80s) finally recovered from their bout of crud. Unfortunately, one of my mom's first cousins died a few days ago. He was hospitalized for c---- and they found out he had undiagnosed asbestosis and there wasn't anything they could do for him. Mom is pretty upset, they are close in age and grew up together since their mothers were twins.
 

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I can’t remember if you are in Texas? We are in Texas and watched ours online (not a Catholic Church). The church was packed and not a mask in sight, I hope most of these people have been vaccinated! I’m a week out from my 2nd shot and my husband is getting his 2nd shot next week, but we have 2 kids that are too young for the vaccine and there’s still just too much community spread!
I am in Texas masks are required at Mass. But they just changed the social distancing. This being said a friend said the priest at my old Church cried when he saw people.

On my end my mom is still refusing to get vaccinated. She is lucky she is with me because my brothers kids who are in day care came down with it. Thankfully everyone else had just had one shot. Or are vaccinated fully
 
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Ohio 4/5/21

Press conference today to announce - "Ohio Dept. of Health is consolidating its health orders and will issue a simplified health order that encompasses previous orders and streamlines them to underscore the most important tenants of infection prevention like masking, social distancing, and limiting large gatherings." (Huh?!)

All of the questions were "what's the difference". I still don't know. If people were doing these things before, they will do them now. If they weren't, they won't.

Today was the first day of college mass vaccinations. Asking high schools and health departments to work together to get 16 and 17 year olds vaccinated before school is out at the end of May. They have to have permission from the parents. Didn't say where they would get one. If any providers are low on Pfizer, get with the state to get more.

3.7M or 32% of Ohioans are vaccinated. (I don't know if that was fully or just the first.) Variants are multiplying and are more contagious.

Orders to come out for proms, graduations and festivals tomorrow. They didn't mention weddings. Gatherings-wise - stay in your own group of 10 or less. Who goes to a parade in a group of 10? If 10 groups of 2 people go, do they all space out 6 ft? Or do 10 strangers all huddle together? At a festival, you can't walk around and eat and drink. Who doesn't? That's the whole point, unless they have a chicken dinner thing like at Alterfest. Are they going to have 100 different picnic tables so everybody can sit down and socially distance? They already cancelled the Strawberry Festival the first week of June again because you can't social distance. Everybody walks around. Holiday at Home Labor Day weekend hopes to be on. He said when you stand in line to get food, keep a little distance. And then what? Question - Will there be any enforcement? (Of course not.) DeWine expects people to use their common sense. Oh well.

Schools have been doing a good job. They should be able to figure out proms and graduations.

Still need to wear masks on public transportation. And anywhere inside, except for residences. A question was that some restaurants are still getting violations, when can they go back to normal, like retail establishments. Well, dummy, people don't sit down and spend an hour in retail establishments. There is no need to take your mask off cause you aren't eating and drinking. Then DeWine said the same thing without "dummy".

Someone asked if he was doing this so the Ohio legislature couldn't cancel his orders. No. (He meant yes.)

Q - People are having trouble getting vaccination appointments. Are there going to be any walk-in clinics? There already are. And drive-up vaccination sites. There will be more. They didn't want to start out with a lot of them because they didn't want tons of people to be standing around in lines all day.

Q - Require vaccine before schools starts in August? No. There are trials now for younger kids. DeWine hopes parents will want them to get the vaccine before school starts again.

Q - People are testing positive after their first vaccination. If you haven't watched any news program in the last couple months - they were already exposed. Dr. Vanderhoff said the same thing, without the snark.

That's pretty much it. Most of it was about a new program for kids with multiple behavioral and/or mental problems. I'm glad I grew up in the 60s and 70s, when "kids" weren't so "troubled". (OT <of course> Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Elton John, just came on. Thank you for not taking away my internet radio stations. Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Meat Loaf. I used to play that when we were playing pool a lot and everybody would stop and listen to the "baseball" play-by-play along. Which reminded me, one time on a Friday night in Pizza Hut, people kept playing Cow Patti over and over and the whole restaurant (parents, grandparents, kids) was singing along with the chorus. hee hee hee)
 
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A dear friend of mine received his first vaccine over a week ago, and not long after that got a confirmed positive test (almost certainly from prior to vaccination). Apparently he is coughing rather severely but feels OK otherwise (his overall health is not optimal - 50's, overweight, smoker). :(
 

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I am in Texas masks are required at Mass. But they just changed the social distancing. This being said a friend said the priest at my old Church cried when he saw people.

On my end my mom is still refusing to get vaccinated. She is lucky she is with me because my brothers kids who are in day care came down with it. Thankfully everyone else had just had one shot. Or are vaccinated fully
They can still get it though! Remind them to be careful...
 

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With ********* tracking project no longer collecting data, what’s the next best site that would have state by state data of both number of new cases and positivity rate?
 

Debbie S

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Starting tomorrow in MD, everyone is eligible for a vaccine at the state-run mass vaccination sites. Beginning next Tuesday, eligibility is open everywhere...pharmacies, hospitals, etc. Presumably, our gov did this b/c our cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rate are all increasing, mostly due to the UK variant.

The challenge is, of course, getting an appt.

I got a jury duty notice last week for May and was able to postpone it until early July.
 

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I went for a walk with a vaccinated friend today. It has been a year since we have seen each other in person. We get together on Zoom & chat while riding exercise bikes, but it was nice to enjoy the sun.

New cases are up 54% in Oregon in the last two weeks and hospitalizations are up 53% over the same time period. (170+ hospitalizations today:(. We were almost down to 100 a little while ago).

My sister's husband now has a first vaccination appointment. And my best friend's husband has one as well. This means I can start the countdown clock for getting to see my sister & my best friend. A lot of younger people I know, from outside of work, are suddenly eligible in this tier because they either count as being frontline workers or are married to frontline workers.

The Portland Airport vaccination clinic website was overloaded & froze today. Considering this is both the first day of a new tier & that we moved it up at least 3 weeks, I think one overloaded website system is not too bad. All the airport clinic appointments were reportedly booked within half an hour anyway.

22,000+ vaccinations were recorded today, which is high for a Monday (usually the lowest reporting day of the week).

Columbia County, like Baker, is seeing new cases rise a lot considering the population size of the county.

Umatilla County has Spring Break this week. (Translation, things are likely to get worse before they get better).
 

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Ontario seems a mess right now. New cases are way up, and nearby Peel region is closing schools for two weeks. But malls are opened and there is no plans to close schools again here in Toronto. Despite calls by unions to vaccinate school staff, there are no plans to do so anytime soon.
 

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Ontario seems a mess right now. New cases are way up, and nearby Peel region is closing schools for two weeks. But malls are opened and there is no plans to close schools again here in Toronto. Despite calls by unions to vaccinate school staff, there are no plans to do so anytime soon.
I was reading an article about the Bay Are that said: Kids can't return to school in-person but they can go to an amusement park.

I think that sums up the craziness that is our current system of deciding what is and isn't open and letting all these decisions be done by so many different groups at various levels of government.
 

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Oregon and Nevada both moved up from yellow to orange on the NPR map today.

Maine is now among the states that is still in orange but approaching red with 20 cases per 100K.

Texas is now close to dropping down to yellow with 10 cases per 100K.

States currently in red with 25 & above cases per 100K: Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, & Rhode Island.

States currently in yellow with 1-9 cases per 100K: California, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas
 

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The CV tornado is coming:

:scream: It's been months since I've heard of anyone I know having *********, but in the last five days, two of my students have tested positive, one of whom was hospitalized, and the hospital workers in my classes have all been working extra shifts.
 

PrincessLeppard

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I was reading an article about the Bay Are that said: Kids can't return to school in-person but they can go to an amusement park.

I think that sums up the craziness that is our current system of deciding what is and isn't open and letting all these decisions be done by so many different groups at various levels of government.
To be fair, an amusement park is outside. People aren't in an enclosed area with the same 20 people for extended periods of time.

That being said, my school (in a super red area) showed that schools can be reopened safely. But everyone has to buy in and do their part.
 

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