"Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

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"Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Post by Ever » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:10 pm

Regarding this, now world, Event we are all going to be impacted by in one way or another, today what is your own SITREP ..... with you & yours and in your area of the planet.

The following is mine... for today.

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Stay safe and well, y'all.
(and keep practicing physical distancing and wearing masks. if not for yourself do it for those of us around ya who desperately need ya to)

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Post by Ever » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:20 pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
USA Kansas
No confirmed cases. Unknown to me if there are any suspected.
Weather in my area: Outdoor inviting today, crisply cool tonight.

I am in a living area that is a dense cluster of the At Risk demographic.

Today I've not heard anyone referring to flu or COVID19.

Several people 'are' ill with something respiratory and passing it freely around in the various local stores as well as our residential common areas; used tissues in hands being reused for coughs, runny nose, wiping eyes, and occasional sneezing, but not being tossed in trash.

I've noticed no hand sanitizer being used, or fomite mitigation/avoidance being used on doors or in elevators. (I stick to the stairs at this time)

UPDATE ON THAT STATEMENT: Neighbor just now walked to me, specifically, to tell me he had just heard on NPR about hand hygiene during covid19. And that he was going to get some hand sanitizer.

A tiny step ...... but it's in the right direction so I'll take it.


I am feeling a general anxiousness. My weak immune system is vulnerable. I feel isolated in my community because of my COVID awareness & preparedness efforts that seem eccentric to them. (the part that they know about anyway, which is only the tip of my awareness & prepping iceburg)

Interestingly, they are nonplussed regarding getting the flu, or now COVID. I am experiencing anxiety.

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Tonight I'll be doing some more late night food shopping for my preps. Way fewer customers. I'll report any anomalies I might see in stocking.




Johns Hopkins Medical Center reports the flu can be spread by an infected person several days before their symptoms appear. The new coronavirus is believed to be spreading in the same manner.
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Post by Halfapint » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:29 pm

Well, I live in the Seattle area. Sooooooooo it’s interesting. Also working for an airline, with a fiancé that is a flight attendant.
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Post by raptor » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:42 pm

This is a great topic for this section. Thank you for starting it.

No COVID 19 in NOLA, Southern MS or Gillette WY to date. (The 3 places I frequent)

The flu on the other hand is still reported as very active.

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Post by boskone » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:04 pm

Texas has 1, over in Fort Bend county. The carrier returned from China on Feb 7, and is currently quarantined.

On the one hand, my town's pretty small, and adjacent only to a small city.

On the other, I'm right on Highway 6 (a pretty major link between Houston and...well, almost anything else), and there's a major university which is going to let out for spring break next week. Were I in college, I think this is one year I'd skip South Padre.

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Post by JeeperCreeper » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:37 am

4 MAR 2020

Alaska: No confirmed cases.

State medical examiner makes statement warning residents to prepare as "infection imminent". Panic buying occurs.

City officials are allowing crew-only cruise ship to dock in Juneau that has been banned in Asia and under involuntary "quarantine" at sea for a month with 1 "false positive" case of the virus.

My hospital has security on every door completing health screens of all visitors as part of "influenza protocols".
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Post by flybynight » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 am

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Not much to report. No confirmed cases. Only rumors of suspected cases/under observation. Visited local Wally world yesterday. Not a single container of hand sanitizer in the store, No disinfectant wipes on the shelves. But I spied a single case of private label wipes on the upper storage shelf. Brought it down and we grabbed two containers. Before we left the aisle the case was empty. Bleach although not completely empty was heavily depleted. Water aisle same. Not empty but much lower stock than We had ever seen it before. We had run into the store to get just a few things so items like store able foodstuffs or paper goods I didn't observe. Did not see any customers purchasing in a stockpile or panic buying manner. Doing weekly shopping today so I will be able to see everything in a more detailed manner as we basically went in yesterday for large heavy items. (pet food, normal weekly water and some frozen dinners for the night as neither one of us wanted to cook . No apparent glove or face mask use. Most people in the 20 to 40 year old range seem complacent about the situation , with a mindset that they are immune as it only affects the elderly or pre-conditioned sick . As per the 24/7 news cycle. Had two people make similar comments to me at work that " young bucks like themselves won't get sick but older guys like me better watch out.
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Post by MPMalloy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:58 am

Central Iowa - Per The Des Moines Register: 4 people tested, all negative. No reported cases in Iowa. No masks, no sanitizer to be found in my immediate area. Gloves, bleach, food are still available.

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Post by darmstrong » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:00 am

Eastern Oregonian here. We had a case about a few hours up the freeway with a closure of a Casino and school for cleaning. Based upon on the infectious time period, I suspect that we'll have another bunch crop up in the next 2 weeks.

Hand sanitizer is being sold in limited quantities by a number of local store. TP was out at the local Wal-Mart a couple of days ago. Bleach still available.
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Post by bloodpet » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:25 am

Germany - 5th of March 2020


349 confirmed cases. No deaths yet.

Severe spread in Italy, where the impact on everyday life seems more severe.

Last week and at the start of this week in Germany an unusual panic led to bulk buying of several products, as people were afraid to be quarantined up to two weeks. The German administration has always told people to have resources for two weeks at home, but were laughed at for such information pamphlets. Now people are buying headlessly and cry out, that they weren't told.

But it has calmed down significantly since then as the supermarkets have restocked. I'm glad that people are now thinking about stockpiling the bare necessities. Seems that a little panic was needed for that.

Several big and small events are cancelled. People start to take personal hygiene more serious, handshakes become rarer. In my direct circle of friends and colleagues everyone is mostly calm, though some are upset they couldn't buy their favourite noodles or toilette paper.
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Post by Jake832 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:39 am

Des Moines, IA Metro:
** No confirmed Iowa Cases
** Some heavier buying on news worthy items. (bleach wipes, hand san, masks etc).
** Food stocks at stores seem normal.
** Mostly no masks.
** Clinic has a sign on door "notify front desk if you have xyz symptoms and have been to China". Hopefully that gets updated soon!

Local Menards low on bleach wipes, but still in stock. Masks have been gone from shelves for about a week or so now, (common everywhere I think). Hy-Vee grocery at 10pm on Monday was very low on water, but restocking it all, had been hit hard throughout the day I suspect. Food stocks all seemed normal.

Sams Club had a line for "New Members" when I went in and they were fairly aggressive about checking my membership card, which is not typical.
No major changes to inventory though offhand. Even toilet paper, despite the news, was still in stock in all stores. Slightly more busy than normal maybe but nothing crazy or news worthy yet.

At work we discussed making sure people are setup to work from home if needed, but most people would rather disregard the conversation.
"It only kills old people" is the statement most often used to disregard any talk of preparation or prevention. With a lot of, "it's the new normal, we are young and will be fine" and a few "the flu kills more people" statements. Most people are tired of hearing about it due to news seeming a little like 'crying wolf' so far. A few are coming around though and asking questions such as "what should I buy" when discussions break out in small groups. Which is a good change in the right direction even if a little late.

My boss is in Oregon today. So I'm watching the news there, wondering if I should just stay home when he's scheduled to return. After all, that's how we get our first Iowa cases... no travel restrictions from Seattle or Bay Area yet, so it's just free to spread so far. When do I start wearing a mask to work? When do I stop showing up to work and work from home? When do I pull kids from school?? Tough to be the first person to 'overreact'. All questions we'll have to answer in a short time I'm afraid.

Feeling a little outcast for raising any concerns about preparing... it's not socially acceptable, YET. I'm still doing my part to get people discussing it. Similar feeling to a previous poster mentioned. Be smart and hang in there all! Wishing best to any who are near a hot spot, we'll all be there soon enough so keep learning from each other. Peace!

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Post by Dabster » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:18 pm

Eastern Washington.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases 90 miles North and epicenter in Kirkland is about 300 miles East.

My kids are still going to school. School, like all institutions, is resisting any change. Kids haven't observed anyone with symptoms. Neighbor kid who goes to a different school stopped by last night and mentioned a boy in class was sent home because he has a cough. Need to figure out how to keep Emilie out of our house and away from my kids.

My wife works from home but went to a neighborhood HOA meeting. No one showed any symptoms but we discussed this was not a great idea. Hopefully won't have to keep her out of our house and away from my kids.

After enough whining, my employer is letting me work from home full-time. We have a large number of international workers and lots of traveling. I think this was my highest risk of exposure.

Haven't gone to a store in three days. Preps are holding.
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Post by Halfapint » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:28 pm

10+ people have died in King County, dozens have come down with it because of lax PPE rules to start. The center of this is a long term care facility.

King county has purchased a motel to set up and use as a quarantine center as well as purchasing trailers and setting them up in south Seattle. The middle of western Washington is setting up their own quarantine areas in Chahalis.

The UW has created a test for the virus and plans on testing 1000-1500 people a day by the end of the week. Everyone in western Washington decided that the CDC said limit context with large groups so naturally they ran to Costco to stock up on TP, milk, dairy, and sanitizer. Mean while pallets and pallets of soap are left.

The first amazon worker to test positive, thankfully it’s on one of the office buildings and. Or the warehouses. But the office was in middle of down town and the worker is believed to have used mass transit to get to work.

Currently I’m setting up 20 electrostatic sprayers to disinfect every plane when they stay over night. I’m not trained to do it, but boss asked if I had tools and I pulled out my 400 piece set from my truck. So I’m now lead mechanic on setting theee up for my airline.

Can’t think of much else. Panic buying is in full swing.
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Post by Stercutus » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:53 pm

I too believe that this is an excellent idea for a thread and great opportunity to swap notes on local responses.

I live somewhere South of Nashville,TN and North of Huntsville, AL.

There are no cases in my area.

The first reported case in Nashville just hit the news, the governor himself announced it which makes me think it was canned for political effect.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medica ... r-BB10Nsob

Alabama rejected the idea of placing infected people at the old US Army Chemical Warfare Center in Anniston. It kind of made sense because they have incinerators and other old equipment designed to deal with infectious diseases and they are only a two hour drive from the CDC but NIMBY wins with all politics being local. I think this may end up being the state area for quarantine, if one is established but I kind of doubt will happen.

Alabama has set up an information website that appears to link back to other sites and the number for an information hotline has the following notice on it.

"For general inquiries, call (334) 206-5347. Note: We are receiving a high number of calls; therefore, you may have to leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible during normal business hours."

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/inf ... virus.html

They also have several letters of guidance on there suggesting that people who have travelled to affected areas and work in population dense jobs like schools and day care self-quarantine for 14 days. The same site has also asked all health care treatment facilities to develop their own frontline plan. There is a lot of other information on the site as well, too much to go in to detail about.

I currently work as a First Responder. I spoke with the deputy head of my agency about this issue last week and he was under the impression that it would be contained and not become an issue. I explained to him how that was not possible and then he went the minimization route. He seemed to think we were not at risk because our city does not have a dense population. :?

He did tell me that we had a large stockpile of biohazard gear left over from the 2014 Ebola scare. I imagine this stuff is either close to or past it's expiration date. So far as I know only two people at our agency have training on biohazard gear and handling procedures out of an 80 person agency.

Tennessee also has a website for information and coordination:

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

They have yet to post self-quarantine guidelines but I am betting it is rapidly on the way.



Shopping locally has been 100% normal with everything in stock. I admit I have not tried to buy masks or sanitizer or any of that stuff because... well here we are on website that tries to prepare for everything and I bought all that stuff years ago and rotate as needed. But I did buy another pack of toilet paper. It was on sale.

Also people were running around our city acting batshit crazy last night. Nothing to do with the virus but we have had 2 straight months of very cold and/or rainy weather and last night was the first night that it was warm and dry and people were out and about acting foolish.
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Post by MPMalloy » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:28 pm

I spent the day 7.5 - 8 Hrs at the Des Moines VA. It was not that busy. I was asked multiple times if I have left the country or had been in contact with anyone who had in the past 3 weeks. Not two.

None of my medical conditions have changed.

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Post by moab » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:25 pm

I'm in Los Angeles. I don't know how many confirmed cases. But they did threaten to stop people from attending large events. Like sporting events. So you'd have a broadcast but no one in the stands. That might be interesting.

My extended family lives in WA. My wife just read that they have closed a number of school districts around Seattle. This is the most drastic thing I have read so far in the US.
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Post by flybynight » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:03 pm

Trip to Wally world today. Paper products heavily sold down. Bay's of TP and the cheaper PT bare. Still no hand sanitizer. Canned goods also hit hard. Rice, beans almost empty.
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https://www.unc.edu/posts/2020/03/04/co ... e-march-4/
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Post by Ever » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:17 pm

March 5, 2020
USA - 233 confirmed
Kansas - reporting no cases.
- Our governor says it is coming.
- Kansas City Star reporting we now have testing kits that will take only a matter of hours, rather than days.

My living area of a densely populated At Risk demographic report:
- I was a tiny bit braver, due in no small part to these encouraging words in the post above:
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Feeling a little outcast for raising any concerns about preparing... it's not socially acceptable, YET. I'm still doing my part to get people discussing it. Similar feeling to a previous poster mentioned. Be smart and hang in there all!
- Three unflattering 'coronavirus' pokes at me in my surgical mask (COVID-19 hasn't transitioned yet)

But "I have a cunning plan." (British pop culture reference Black Adder)

Made the decision to talk only about flu, never saying or referring to COVID.

backstory:
Over a decade ago after my 6th pneumonia and countless boughts with flu (I take all my shots always. Poor immune system) I decided to avoid flu season by
1) stocking food & necessaries for flu season by the week before US Thanksgiving,
2) celebrate the entire Holiday Season in a big way but in a greatly reduced interaction way,
3) increased interaction using phone,
4) spend lots of outdoor time around people maintaining 6 ft distance,
5)save my in-home wonderfuly ingaging projects for flu season so I am always busy,
6) wear a surgical mask when in inside public areas,
7) put away all of the above when flu season passes. Enteracting and acting like the typical healthy person does.

Until around mid-October when I again start watching flu activity and begin gathering winter stores and projects again. (which has really become fun)

Results: no pneumonia in 10 years, flu only once. Though small fevers and colds infrequently still come around. Resounding personal health success!


Of course, this year, because of COVID I do learn that my surgical mask ppe is less a contributer than previously thought.

On the other hand, my intensified research also Confirmed that people with colds and flu can be contagious days before experiencing symptoms. Can even Have the flu and infect others without ever experiencing symptoms.

Which led me to my cunning plan today:
"This mask not only protects me "(in my mind) "it is protecting you from me. Because I can infect you with the flu days before I realize I even have the flu. "(absolute truth)

Each time I received a coronavirus poke today I responded with my cunning plan.

The response astounded me with all the sincerely expressed appreciation for what 'I am doing for them'.

I may have turned a corner for encouraging flu hygiene with some of these At Risk & complacent demographic among which I live. Who are going to be deadly for my health during the COVID season if they don't wake up. And when I say deadly I am not speaking metaphorically.

So, now to today's grocery store report:
- The store is nicely stocked. Lots of t.p. too. My fav is even on sale!
- Then I reached the isle for hydrogen perioxide and alcohol (not the fun kind) and there was a long gaping hole where those items should be.
- Then to the hand sanitizer isle. Another long gaping hole with four lonely bottles. I circled back around and found them gone too.

I said to myself "It has begun." (another pop culture reference nuBattlestar Galactica)

hmmm.....

Since my fav t.p. was on sale I decided to pick up four (it was 'that' discounted).

But I thought if hand sanitizer, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide are wiped out shoppers may be on edge already, so making a big purchase of the other prized panic shopper's item I might trigger a run.

So I bought only one. Took it home, using the stairs so residents weren't noticing, and came back later to buy another. Repeated that two more times. (it really was that discounted.)

And the day was beautiful so it was pleasant as I set covertly to work spending several hours stocking up on extra t.p. (most likely to be doling out during COVID season to my complacent neighbors who will be surprised when 'our' grocery store doesn't have any.)

I'll do my 11pm grocery run for the fourth.

And look to see how the bleach and other cleaners are holding up because I forgot to check that isle.
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Post by doitnstyle1 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:38 pm

Colorado just got it's first case. One person in Summit County. Related to a cruise ship infection. Four health care workers being quarantined.
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Post by Halfapint » Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:39 am

moab wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:25 pm
I'm in Los Angeles. I don't know how many confirmed cases. But they did threaten to stop people from attending large events. Like sporting events. So you'd have a broadcast but no one in the stands. That might be interesting.

My extended family lives in WA. My wife just read that they have closed a number of school districts around Seattle. This is the most drastic thing I have read so far in the US.
Omg of my good friends had his daughter in school while some other person later tested posititive. They are all on a 2 week quarantine. My buddy likely manages/runs/owns his business, and can take his daughter.

People are currently freaking out because they have to take care of their kids during normal school hours.
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Post by RoneKiln » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:18 am

I'M ON VACATION AND SKIPPING ALL THE SEATTLE REGION PANIC! AHAHAHAHA! :clap:

I'm in the middle of the Cascades hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. It's freakishly warm and sunny. Friends back home tell me the Costcos are cleaned out and I'm laughing at them. Only prep I feel low on when I get back home is frozen veggies.

Hand sanitizer is sold out in the region I'm playing in, but everclear is still available in the liquor stores. So we're making hand sanitizer for my buddy. Which I think only involves slightly watering it down and dumping it into spray bottles. Nothing else seems different up here in the mountains.

I am seriously thinking of moving here.
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Post by drop bear » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:46 am

For some reason people are panic buying toilet paper. Are they worried about a shortage? It is mostly not even made in China.

https://youtu.be/MlQifk5WI-k

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Post by flybynight » Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:03 am

drop bear wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:46 am
For some reason people are panic buying toilet paper. Are they worried about a shortage? It is mostly not even made in China.

https://youtu.be/MlQifk5WI-k
Having to bug in because of a pandemic is a disaster. Being without TP while bugged in is the Apocalypse. :ohdear: Nobody wants to have to battle the Covid zombies with poopy pants > :shock:
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Post by wee drop o' bush » Fri Mar 06, 2020 7:51 am

Copied & updated this from the Wuhan thread:
As of 1pm (GMT) there are 116 confirmed cases in the UK with 1 fatality. Coronavirus: Woman in 70s becomes first virus fatality in UK.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51759602
and 13 confirmed cases in Éire (the R.O.I.) https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/202 ... s-updates/
Confirmed number Cases of Covid19 seem to be (at least) doubling every 48 hours.
ETA: 2:20pm (GMT) now 163 confirmed cases of Covid19
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