Thursday, December 10, 2020

Look for the wonder.

 We have gone from 558 cases, to 630, up from 303 on December 1st.  That's another 62 person increase in the last 24 hours. 

They've opened a mobile test site up that can test up to 450 people a day. I think it runs for 5 days. 

We continue our commonsense practices. I've noticed that a lot of the fussing about the 'fake virus' has quieted down online, which I find interesting. 

Yesterday, it snowed where Iris was. She's only two and surely doesn't remember it from last winter. Her mother pointed out the snowflakes in her mittens and she spun slowly around gazing at the sky and the falling snow. Her mother tried to get her to look at the camera and to smile, but she could not be bothered. She was quite busy being amazed. 

It was quite a moment to witness even with the entire state between us, a reminder that no matter how difficult the circumstances you find yourself in, there is always wonder. 


  1. You have a long way to go to "catch up". Our county has 5000 less in population but we are just a handful shy of 3000 positive cases thus far and are nearing 100 deaths. Our death rate though is mostly due to the many nursing home facilities in our county that have literally been decimated by Covid.

    It seems like when we hit peaks in positivity such as back in May and more recently in November, we get up to 60-80 new cases a day but when things subside again like they are now, it is mostly in the single digit per day level.

    I haven't heard anyone say anything about a fake virus hear in a long time, even a couple of friends who are live and die Trump supporters.

  2. I should add that by the numbers, almost 10% of our county has been tested to officially have had Covid. According to an MIT study, the number of actual cases is probably 12 times the actual reported number which would put us over 100% infected. I know that isn't the case but I'm guessing 2 or 3 times the reported number isn't out of line which means we are closing in on 25% to 30% of our population has had it. I'm hoping this will somewhat protect us that don't have it until we can get vaccinated.

  3. I got so tired of the "trumpets" and conspiracy theory wise guys that when I returned to Facebook, I unfollowed every single friend, including relatives. However, I neglected to unfollow some Facebook pages of surrounding towns: That's where the anti-maskers start arguments, and if I see those, I unfollow those pages, too. My husband said, "Just don't read that. Keep scrolling."

    I'm too nosy for that, I guess, because I'm drawn to those silly arguments like a moth to the flame. I don't join in the discussions, but by the time I stop reading, I'm an angry mess.

    Hence, I unfollow. Best thing I've ever done. My Facebook is a boring place now. I can live with "boring". I've found a lot of nifty things to do with my time that don't involve the Internet.

  4. The wonder of seeing snow. It sounds magical.

  5. It seems like there are still so many anti-maskers around. They may not talk so much about a fake virus, but they don't understand how unpredictable and deadly it can be. "It's just the flu/a bad cold." And for some reason, they refuse to believe that masks can help. I don't understand the brainwashing at all. We're seeing the Thanksgiving spike that was predicted and the fall/winter surge that was also predicted. Sigh.

  6. It is not how many cases we have that alarms's the rate of increase. We had our first case in March, but did not add another until May. We've gone from very low numbers to adding them at a steadily increasing rate. That is what I'm paying attention to. A 53% increase in cases in one week is statistically important and if unchecked, we will find ourselves with as many cases as you have there.

  7. We seen two big increases in the rate of infections since the start. I think the terminology of it coming in waves is very apt. I've pondered why it comes and goes like a wave and have no definitive answer. I suspect it has to do with the attitudes of those in the area. Whenever a wave of positivity has hit our county, everyone seems to stock up at the grocery store and hunker down. You don't see as many people out and about. As time passed after the wave, you just start seeing more people out and about again doing this or that.

    I also think super spreader events play a big part. When a lot of people get it at one time at an event and then go off into the community spreading it among their family and coworkers, things ratchet up really really quickly. After things are finally contained a bit due to businesses shutting down and entire families quarantining, the numbers probably start falling again. But I have no real proof other than anecdotal things that I see happen around my world.

  8. I am reminded of being at the cottage on an evening walk, and looking up to see the snow swirling under a nearby streetlight. It was quite wonderful.

  9. I still remember the first time I saw snow. I was a 28 year old grown up, and was still mesmerized. LOL

    COVID numbers are going up here as well, but our governor is in denial as usual. Sigh..


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