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Re: Corona Virus

Post by ERIC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:28 pm

Costco trip in my hometown today (only because I had real things we needed and were out of). Parking lot empty. Gas line, none. Zero lines to get in. Deadest I've seen that place since it opened several years ago. Shelves mostly fully stocked, including items everyone has been after for the past couple of weeks. I was actually fought for by two check out clerks and had no wait for check out. This was at 4:30pm on a Wednesday.

Sensing the shopping madness has finally crashed (or is beginning to).The place was madness as much as elsewhere days ago. People driving from 15-50 miles away (confirmed by my wife) because they heard our location was quiet and had the goods in stock.


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Re: Corona Virus

Post by ERIC » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:36 pm

We have zero confirmed cases currently in my county (Kings), FWIW.
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Post by balzaccom » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:37 pm

I'll bet you haven't tested anyone, either.
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Re: Corona Virus

Post by freestone » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:52 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Mono County Health Department and Mammoth Hospital

Third and Fourth Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Mono County
March 25, 2020 - A positive COVID-19 test result was received late March 24 from a Mammoth area resident who is critically ill in Reno hospital. We transferred this patient a few days ago. This patient, who cannot be interviewed because of his/her condition has no known links to other cases. This individual potentially exposed a number of people in different settings and the Health Department has contacted and evaluated as many of these as possible, recommending 14-day self-quarantine and monitoring.

Subsequently, we received results from a fourth case, also a Mammoth area resident. This patient was mildly ill and was only tested on March 21 because of a potential workplace contact with our first case. This individual has been self-isolating with a significant other who also recently had a mild illness. We transferred another suspected patient to Reno the evening of March 24, and yet another suspected patient is hospitalized locally in stable condition. In these suspect cases tests have been submitted and are pending. At this time, we have two critically ill Mono County residents, one with confirmed and the other with suspected COVID-19 infection.
The accelerating numbers of recognized and suspected infections demonstrates more clearly than ever that we have an epidemic in the Mammoth area. Remember that for every case we diagnose there are probably 10-20 others in the community, especially with the inadequate testing situation in the United States. We implore the community to continue, to double down on, practicing social, or as some are calling it, “physical distancing.”

Mono County Health Officer, Tom Boo, MD said, “This is an extremely serious situation and we fervently hope that all our efforts to promote distancing, from simple recommendations to the California “Stay At Home” Order to restrictions on hotels, motels, VRBOs and campgrounds, will reduce the impact on our community, especially elderly and medically vulnerable adults, who have higher rates of severe disease.

If social distancing does not work, if we continue to see accelerating COVID-19 numbers in coming weeks, we anticipate potentially serious impacts on Mammoth Hospital, which has been working intensively for weeks to prepare for such possibility.”

Yesterday, March 24, in response to local reports of sick workers present in essential businesses serving the public , Dr. Tom Boo issued a Public Health Order prohibiting the presence of persons with illness in workplaces, with possible penalties including fines, forced closure of workplaces with quarantine orders for co-workers, and even imprisonment. It is an effort to reinforce our messages to stay home when you are sick. He said that reports from the public about sick people in public-facing jobs or from concerned co-workers will be investigated.

The pandemic is here, representing an immediate threat to our community, especially vulnerable people and our hospital’s ability to keep up with increased demand for medical care. Together, with the Unified Command Team (County, Town, Hospital), we are urgently trying to avoid replicating in California the terrible scenes from Italy and Wuhan City of hospitals unable to provide care to those who need it, and many deaths. Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce the spread of this virus. Please comply with California’s “Stay At Home” Order except for essential activities.

Please be reminded that the number of positive tests in Mono County as in the rest of the country, poorly reflects the extent of the virus’ spread because of overwhelmed laboratories. For the time being testing will be largely limited to people requiring hospitalization.
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Re: Corona Virus

Post by SSSdave » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:34 am

Both Mammoth and South Lake Tahoe are likely to have relatively higher numbers of cases versus other mountain areas because of wealthy second home owners driving up from their urban regions that may have been traveling recently especially through airports.

For those that have not yet heard, early symptoms besides a sore throat and elevated temperature, may now include reduction of taste and smell senses and redness around eyes.

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by Snowtrout » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:40 am

My school district, Madera Unified, is having a special board meeting tomorrow, Friday March 27, extending our district closure until May 1. School will start up on May 4 unless otherwise directed by our Superintendent and School Board.

Do not know yet if the lessons/activities from April 13-May 1 will still be Enrichment (considered extra credit, no negative on grade) or students will be accountable for doing what will be assigned. Stay tuned.

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by rlown » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:44 pm

Seems like Summer school needs to happen this year to make up for the lost class time.

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by ERIC » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:39 pm

balzaccom wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:37 pm
I'll bet you haven't tested anyone, either.
Me, personally? No. lol
I don't know for sure what level of testing is going on in the county. But we do have several large prisons and NAS Lemoore. I have to imagine at least some testing is going on.
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Re: Corona Virus

Post by Jimr » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:05 pm

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by balzaccom » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:19 pm

ERIC wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:39 pm
balzaccom wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:37 pm
I'll bet you haven't tested anyone, either.
Me, personally? No. lol
I don't know for sure what level of testing is going on in the county. But we do have several large prisons and NAS Lemoore. I have to imagine at least some testing is going on.
Given the shortage of testing materials, I wouldn't assume anything at all these days. If you look at what Germany and South Korea have to limit the spread of this virus, it all focused on testing. In the USA, we don't have enough tests to achieve those goals, which is why we now lead the world in COVID19 cases. From the medical professionals I know, I am hearing that we are only testing people who show up at the hospital with significant health concerns and identifiable COVID19 symptoms. That's a great way to confirm a few people have a serious case. It's absolutely no way to determine how many people in your community have the virus.
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