"Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

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Post by boskone » Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:53 pm

JayceSlayn wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:45 am
FlashDaddy wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:49 am
There was no yeast at all, just an empty cardboard box that used to hold the packets. A stocking clerk said none had come in since the craziness started last Thursday.
This worried me as we don't normally keep that large of a supply of yeast and none cane be found locally or even on Amazon. But a quick search of the internet supplied this

https://www.thespruceeats.com/yeast-sub ... ng-4140439
That is a great link on yeast substitutes. Thanks Flybynight!
You could also consider starting your own mother yeast from your existing stock. Then, as long as you keep it fed, you'd never have to worry about running out of yeast again. Although keeping a mother yeast alive can be a little onerous, unless you are also making a lot of bread at the same time.

I don't know if there are any simple ways to multiply an active dry yeast, and then dry it out again for long-term storage...but if any of you know, I'd be interested in hearing!
My sourdough starter is DIY, you could do that.

I don't recall the specifics, just followed a how-to online. Basically I mixed like 1:1 flour:water, put it in a plastic bail jar, and cover it with a kitchen towel. Then spent a couple days adding basically the original amount of flour:water again, until it was all nice and bubbly and yeasty-smelling.

After that I just discard and maintain; most of the starter went in the fridge, and I keep a small amount on the counter. The fridge starter gets fed weekly, the counter starter daily. If I use some of the counter starter, I replace it from the fridge.

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Post by CG » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 pm

One of the local hospitals released instructions on sewing masks for them.

Pattern (the pocket version): https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

Specifications (you can download it in the article): https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/ ... ved-masks/
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Post by Stercutus » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:06 pm

CG wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 pm
One of the local hospitals released instructions on sewing masks for them.

Pattern (the pocket version): https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

Specifications (you can download it in the article): https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/ ... ved-masks/
A quick consult with the local hospital logistics coordinator advised me that 100% cotton is 44% effective vs 78% effective for regular surgical masks. This is a lot better than nothing.
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Post by williaty » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:22 pm

I just found out someone I had over to my house recently has come down with COVID. She became mildly symptomatic two days ago and seriously symptomatic today. We had her over 10 days ago. The best study I can find say that she was contagious about 2.5 days before the onset of symptoms, so a total of 4.5 days ago still puts us in the clear. However, *some* of the studies put onset of viral shedding as much as 9 days before onset of symptoms, which would put us in the danger zone.

As if this weren't already stressful enough...


Real pisser is that we decided to go ahead and have her over for the shoot (I'm a photographer) because, at the time, my wife still had to go work at a major university and I was still picking up hours at a friend's store to help him cover for an injured employee. We figured that with that sort of public exposure having one client over wasn't meaningful. Might just have been very wrong about that. :vmad:

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Post by flybynight » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:35 pm

Stercutus wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:06 pm
CG wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 pm
One of the local hospitals released instructions on sewing masks for them.

Pattern (the pocket version): https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

Specifications (you can download it in the article): https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/ ... ved-masks/
A quick consult with the local hospital logistics coordinator advised me that 100% cotton is 44% effective vs 78% effective for regular surgical masks. This is a lot better than nothing.
https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/bes ... ask-virus/
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Post by CG » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:09 pm

flybynight wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:35 pm
Stercutus wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:06 pm
CG wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:42 pm
One of the local hospitals released instructions on sewing masks for them.

Pattern (the pocket version): https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/

Specifications (you can download it in the article): https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/ ... ved-masks/
A quick consult with the local hospital logistics coordinator advised me that 100% cotton is 44% effective vs 78% effective for regular surgical masks. This is a lot better than nothing.
https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/bes ... ask-virus/
That's spiffy! Thanks!
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Post by MPMalloy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:26 pm

Iowa has had it's 1st COVID death. We now have 124 confirmed cases.

From The Des Moines Register: Coronavirus Watch: Does Iowa need a shelter-in-place order? and Iowa mayors urge Reynolds to issue a coronavirus stay-at-home order

The back & forth over this is heating up here.

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Post by Ever » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:02 am

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
US - 54,057 active, 379 recovered, 797 deceased
Kansas - 98 active, 2 deceased

personal report:
Bug In day 17

stress level today:
- 1

inhouse report:
- did several hours of much needed preps housekeeping

physical preparedness for coming zombie attack:
- walked for about an hour in the fresh open air. Today was near average pleasant spring weather.

apartment building report:
(yesterday)
- Management left the building.
Today:
- social distancing began to decline. Outside guests visiting, group socializing. And we have two more confirmed in my part of the state.

Sort of reminded me of people at a beach seeing the water line receding, and walking further out to pick up shells, collecting the fish flopping on the now greatly extended beach. There's going to be a fish fry tonight with this unexpected bounty!

Not realizing a tsunami is closing in on them.

local report:
- downtown had a few walkers. Did not notice more than a couple who observed social distancing when walking past each other. Walked through the residential area adjacent to downtown with walkers, runners, cyclists sharing sidewalks. Myself and one couple were the only people I saw practicing social distancing.
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Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Post by Ever » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:08 am

williaty wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:22 pm
I just found out someone I had over to my house recently has come down with COVID. She became mildly symptomatic two days ago and seriously symptomatic today. We had her over 10 days ago. The best study I can find say that she was contagious about 2.5 days before the onset of symptoms, so a total of 4.5 days ago still puts us in the clear. However, *some* of the studies put onset of viral shedding as much as 9 days before onset of symptoms, which would put us in the danger zone.

As if this weren't already stressful enough...


Real pisser is that we decided to go ahead and have her over for the shoot (I'm a photographer) because, at the time, my wife still had to go work at a major university and I was still picking up hours at a friend's store to help him cover for an injured employee. We figured that with that sort of public exposure having one client over wasn't meaningful. Might just have been very wrong about that. :vmad:
😕

Best of luck.... and keep us updated.
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Post by DarkAxel » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:49 am

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/24/health/k ... index.html

SMH.


On the personal front, I'm now working from home, and my company building is being shut down by the end of the week.

Another confirmed case in my old hometown. that brings the total for Breathitt County to 2.

Sav-a-Lot stores in the area are now open from 9am to 6pm.
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Post by manacheck » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:13 am

JayceSlayn wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:45 am
I don't know if there are any simple ways to multiply an active dry yeast, and then dry it out again for long-term storage...but if any of you know, I'd be interested in hearing!
I haven't done it myself, but I've heard since years back (first from a website, then from a few different people I'm no longer in contact with agreeing with it that the site was not incorrect) that once you have a proofed yeast going in a small amount of flour, if you spread it thin on a dehydrator-type tray and let it dry out, at a temperature low enough to not kill it of course (even room temperature if it's an option), that you can then successfully proof it back up later and it'll come back to life and work the same. I've also heard you can freeze it and after a few minutes of nonfrozen-ness, it'll come back to life as well.

I couldn't find where I read it originally, but here's a couple other similar webpage links that discuss yeast from various sources that you can make yourself.

https://thesurvivalmom.com/august-skill ... own-yeast/
https://www.offthegridnews.com/off-grid ... own-yeast/

Of course, there's also plenty of types of breads that do not require yeast or leavening, like tortillas. Homemade yeast does seem to require more rising to leaven to a similar extent as dry active baker's yeast.

Older cookbooks have a lot more info on things like this. Project Gutenburg has available full ebooks of Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, of which Vol. 1 mentions quite a bit about yeast. It's in section 21 of the bread section. Here's a link to the .html version of that volume if you're interested: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/9935/9935-h/9935-h.htm There are four other books in the series that you can find here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/3210
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Post by manacheck » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:16 am

Ever wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:02 am
Sort of reminded me of people at a beach seeing the water line receding, and walking further out to pick up shells, collecting the fish flopping on the now greatly extended beach. There's going to be a fish fry tonight with this unexpected bounty!
Thanks, now I'm hungry for sushi.

Sounds like the fresh air outside of the apartment building was good for your health and morale both. Way better than stressful up and down the stairs training.
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Post by yadayada » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:09 am

Good morning,
The below link is to a COVID 19 tracker website (non malicious):

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboar ... 7b48e9ecf6

If you don't trust the link, go to Drudge Report and hit the "Sick Map" link.

Take this all seriously and take care of yourselfs, but lets keep this in perspective. There will be a tomorrow after all this. If you're on this forum you very likely made some preparations for you and yours and that puts you ahead of 90 percent plus of the population.

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Post by flybynight » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:34 am

manacheck wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:16 am
Ever wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:02 am
Sort of reminded me of people at a beach seeing the water line receding, and walking further out to pick up shells, collecting the fish flopping on the now greatly extended beach. There's going to be a fish fry tonight with this unexpected bounty!
Thanks, now I'm hungry for sushi.

Sounds like the fresh air outside of the apartment building was good for your health and morale both. Way better than stressful up and down the stairs training.
I agree . Much better frame of mind.
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Post by FlashDaddy » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:54 pm

Updated numbers for Indiana (this official site only updates once per day using stats as of midnight the day before):

From IDoH website https://coronavirus.in.gov/

March 25, 2020
Covid cases = 477 (365 Tuesday) (259 Monday) (201 Sunday) (126 Saturday)
Covid deaths= 14 (12 Tuesday) (7 Monday) (4 Sunday) (3 Saturday)
Total tests = 3356 (2931 Tuesday) (1960 Monday)(1494 Sunday) (833 Saturday)

On March 17th we only had 39 cases. Cases are now present in 54 of Indiana's 92 counties.

The Governor's order that everyone stay at home started today. The only exceptions stated in his address were to go to the pharmacy, the grocery store, or the gas station. The official website lists a few more, like hardware stores. Today the Governor also issued Executive Order 20-11 (see https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm) suspending several Indiana statutes so that restaurants that only had "consume on premises" alcoholic beverage licenses are in the clear for selling alcoholic beverages "to go." This is a good deal to help restaurants take in more money and a benefit to the alcohol consuming patrons.
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Post by raptor » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:15 pm

In NOLA 11,451 test results processed with 1795 positive tests (15.6% Positive rate) the testing is limited to people showing a symptom, typically fever. The number of deaths are up to 65 virtually all of them over 50 so far.

We have a horrible pollen season and everything is coated with oak pollen. It is extremely prolific this year. My pool has yellow tint. Even I have cough from it (no fever or anything else). This no doubt is a factor in the high negative testing for the virus. There are lots of people with URI and other allergic symptoms mistaking these for corona virus.

The local news paper had this lady dead in the kitchen from the illness only to find out she did not have Coronavirus. So now they say the test was faulty. Lets see what happens with the re-test. If the retest supports the original negative test it will be interesting to see if the paper will publish that.
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Post by JayceSlayn » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:09 pm

manacheck wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:13 am
JayceSlayn wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:45 am
I don't know if there are any simple ways to multiply an active dry yeast, and then dry it out again for long-term storage...but if any of you know, I'd be interested in hearing!
I haven't done it myself, but I've heard since years back (first from a website, then from a few different people I'm no longer in contact with agreeing with it that the site was not incorrect) that once you have a proofed yeast going in a small amount of flour, if you spread it thin on a dehydrator-type tray and let it dry out, at a temperature low enough to not kill it of course (even room temperature if it's an option), that you can then successfully proof it back up later and it'll come back to life and work the same. I've also heard you can freeze it and after a few minutes of nonfrozen-ness, it'll come back to life as well.

I couldn't find where I read it originally, but here's a couple other similar webpage links that discuss yeast from various sources that you can make yourself.

https://thesurvivalmom.com/august-skill ... own-yeast/
https://www.offthegridnews.com/off-grid ... own-yeast/

Of course, there's also plenty of types of breads that do not require yeast or leavening, like tortillas. Homemade yeast does seem to require more rising to leaven to a similar extent as dry active baker's yeast.

Older cookbooks have a lot more info on things like this. Project Gutenburg has available full ebooks of Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences, of which Vol. 1 mentions quite a bit about yeast. It's in section 21 of the bread section. Here's a link to the .html version of that volume if you're interested: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/9935/9935-h/9935-h.htm There are four other books in the series that you can find here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/3210
Thanks for the resources, manacheck! I especially liked reading through the yeast section of http://www.gutenberg.org/files/9935/9935-h/9935-h.htm, although I'll certainly have more to read through there later as well. I also consulted a couple of industrial dry yeast processes (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDHb91wIGyg), and they seem to agree with your stated method.

The key aim of extending a yeast culture's storage life is to deactivate it by dehydration. The industrial processes use things like vacuum filtration and probably spray drying, but a similar result could be achieved in a dehydrator or with careful use of an oven. You could start with an active yeast culture (proofed or mother yeast, I think), ensuring that there is some excess starch remaining to feed it during its long hibernation, and simply try to dry it as much as possible (goal of ~5% moisture content). The yeast should go dormant, but they are hardy, and should be able to be revived at a later time.

I store all of my commercial dry yeast in the freezer from the day I buy it, and I've been able to get it to proof up to about 2 years after purchasing. I'll have to start a mother yeast experiment (feeding for about a month before trying to make anything out of it), and then also try drying it out and seeing if I can revive a dried, frozen mother yeast. :)
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Post by sheddi » Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:43 pm

UK national status: 9529 confirmed cases (+1542), 463 fatalities (+41), 135 patients recovered.
Hampshire local status: 251 cases (+44). Fatalities still aren't reported by locality although the Guardian has come up with an estimate by collating reports.

Another day in work, my last for the week as I've booked vacation days for Thursday and Friday. The roads are much quieter than usual at commuter times.

I went out this evening to deposit a cheque using the ATM (I guessed correctly that there wouldn't be many folk out and about at 9pm on a Wednesday night). The roads were, again, very quiet, and the town centre was deserted; during my visit to the ATM I saw one pedestrian, two cyclists and maybe half-a-dozen moving cars, plus a couple of Uber Eats-type scooters.

I called into my usual supermarket on the way home from the bank. The store was quieter than normal for that time of night, I would guess only a dozen shoppers total. At the entrance there was a table with wipes and disinfectant spray so you could clean your trolley. There were signs stating that the number of shoppers in the store at any one time was limited and there was a large area in the car park was barriered off, I assume to allow marshalling of queues outside the store. The floor near the checkouts was marked out with squares to aid queueing.

I bought baked goods (no bread available so I picked up breakfast pastries, for breakfast tomorrow) and TP (there were at least four pallets on display, althoguh only one pack size from two brands) amongst other odds and ends.
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Post by darmstrong » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:43 pm

Eastern Oregon is starting to see some more cases being tested for. A local countertop business is shutdown. The owner is a friend and one of the employees came back with a positive test. All the other employees are now in quarantine.

The general public of Idaho didn't care about the Coronavirus. One friend was talking about how all the other states were afraid, but Idaho wasn't going to bow to this fear. Idaho had an economy to keep going. Others from Idaho said that it's just the flu and it's not that big of a deal. Because of that Idaho cases have increase immensely over the last couple of days. I'm guessing they will trend up VERY quickly over the next few weeks. Testing is pretty limited in the rural areas, unless you show up at a hospital. I feel like that issue is common across most of America now.

Grocery stores are starting to have product. I heard the local Wal-Mart sold out of TP at 4pm a few days ago.

To add to the tragedy, I have a hot water pipe starting to drip in my basement. It's old galvanized pipe that needed to be replaced a long time ago. It looks like in the middle of this I'll be doing some maintenance. On the bright side it's something to do at home while in a semi-locked down state, but I will have to pick up some parts. :(
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Post by quazi » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:21 pm

Called the local health clinic to see how they were doing on masks. They said that they weren't running low, but any donations would be appreciated. I bought a big bag of N95s a few years back for emergencies. For a minute I thought "well if they don't need them then why wouldn't I keep them?" but then I realized that if they had a good stock they wouldn't be ordering as many in the future, freeing more up for places that are in need. So I did end up donating them.

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Post by Ever » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:51 am

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
US - abt 66,400 active, 593 recovered, 1,035 deceased
Kansas - 126 active, 2 deceased

personal report:
Bug In day 18

stress level today:
- 1

mental preparedness exercises for coming zombie attack:
- beginnings of structure may be emerging for Bug In normalcy.
- three phone conversations, two of which were long and chock full of laughing.

inhouse report:
- did a couple of pieces of laundry in my hand powered Wonder Wash washer.
- did a bit of sorting and rearranging the stuff on my mini balcony. To set up space to dry bits of laundry as they are washed in the mini hand washer. As well as room for me to sit and rock, &/or eat or do puzzles, or 'other' on the mini table. (on the mini balcony attached to the mini apartment)

physical preparedness for coming zombie attack:
- mindfulness meditation practice
- slow deep breathing exercise

apartment building report:
- phone contact with a couple of other tenants I know to see if anyone in the building is reporting being ill. Not yet.
- with the exception of my crackers and peanuts, I'm still not close to needing to start using my preps.

Which I feel is a bit of luck because Kansas City is only just now reporting their surge beginning. Which I think puts the surge beginning where I am in about a week.

Then, I'm figuring, followed by two or three months of scary intense isolating with no being safe from community infection to be able to go out and do some restocking if it's even available.

I tell ya what, with all the work I've put into this I'm gonna be really pissed off if I end up being a mortality statistic, because I want to see how good my planning and preps tested out!

Neil Diamond himself, and some YouTubers, have updated his lyrics to Sweet Caroline to fit the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a composite:

Sweet quarantine, cough cough cough
good times never seemed so good.
I've been inclined, cough cough cough
to believe they never would

Hands, washing hands
don't reach out
Don't touch me
I won't touch you

Sweet quarantine, cough cough cough
good times never seemed so good.
I've been inclined, cough cough cough
to believe they never would or could..

sweet quarantine
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Post by Ever » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:53 am

quazi wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:21 pm
Called the local health clinic to see how they were doing on masks. They said that they weren't running low, but any donations would be appreciated. I bought a big bag of N95s a few years back for emergencies. For a minute I thought "well if they don't need them then why wouldn't I keep them?" but then I realized that if they had a good stock they wouldn't be ordering as many in the future, freeing more up for places that are in need. So I did end up donating them.
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Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Post by JackBauer » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:18 am

quazi wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:21 pm
Called the local health clinic to see how they were doing on masks. They said that they weren't running low, but any donations would be appreciated. I bought a big bag of N95s a few years back for emergencies. For a minute I thought "well if they don't need them then why wouldn't I keep them?" but then I realized that if they had a good stock they wouldn't be ordering as many in the future, freeing more up for places that are in need. So I did end up donating them.
Great job! Slow aggregation of supplies during normalcy and helping community when it's in need.
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Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Post by Stercutus » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:31 am

Grocery shopping is becoming weirder. The meat case is full of steaks, Bison, high end burgers and prepared fresh meats like breaded chicken cutlets. No cheap stuff at all. Pasta and sauce is really low.

2nd week now with No paper products, flu products, rice, wheat, dry beans, canned veggies or soup.

Several restaurants have closed their doors and given up on carryout. With everyone out of work I think people are less apt to purchase their meals prepared. I have no clue what people are actually eating.

With kids out of school vandalism and littering is on the rise. The kids appear to be ignoring the social distancing thing. Stupid is still a thing.

Alabama is reporting that they have 15K hospital beds with 12% of those ICU. This is about 1 bed for every 333 people in the state.
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