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  1. #6061
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Durham, NC
    Quote Originally Posted by DST Fan View Post
    We are spending the week on one of the northern beaches in the Outer Banks. We brought enough food with us to be able to avoid a trip to a grocery store. However, we carried out dinner the last four nights from restaurants in Duck and Corolla and we have yet to see an employee in a restaurant who is wearing a mask, although Phase 2 of the governorís order ďstrongly encouragesĒ restaurant employees to wear masks.

    We are in a part of Sanderling with very few homes and, even without COVID-19, groups are always separated by at least 30 yards on the beach in front of our house. When we drive through the village of Duck, it appears that the crowds are about what would be expected for a week at the beginning of June. However, we are not seeing many masks on the people strolling around the shops. And, many of the visitors in the Outer Banks are from Mid-Atlantic states.

    I canít speak to the rest of North Carolina, but the Outer Banks appears to have declared victory and moved on.
    We are spending a week on Bald Head Island in late July. Mask wearing is, at least in theory, required to get on the ferry and go into any of the retail or restaurants on the island. We deliberately picked Bald Head because we are hoping it will be relatively easy to stay away form other people and relatively conformant to best practices like masking and sanitation. We'll see how it goes.

  2. #6062
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    New Bern, NC unless it's a home football game then I'm grilling on Devil's Alley
    Here is a little bit of good news, wrapped up in a larger blanket of bad news.

    There are 21.5 million Americans seeking unemployment assistance, which isn't good. But that is down from 25 million, and this week there were "only" 1.9 new applications. That is a sign that companies are slowly getting back to work. According to this article, it's the ninth week in row that numbers have gone down.

    https://www.witn.com/content/news/Ma...571010691.html
    Q "Why do you like Duke, you didn't even go there." A "Because my art school didn't have a basketball team."

  3. #6063
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    New Bern, NC unless it's a home football game then I'm grilling on Devil's Alley
    Quote Originally Posted by howardlander View Post
    We are spending a week on Bald Head Island in late July. Mask wearing is, at least in theory, required to get on the ferry and go into any of the retail or restaurants on the island. We deliberately picked Bald Head because we are hoping it will be relatively easy to stay away form other people and relatively conformant to best practices like masking and sanitation. We'll see how it goes.
    We are going to Charleston this week to visit my parents. One of the things we do when we go is to enjoy the downtown, and the City Market. The latter is closed, and I don't expect much will be open downtown. Even if they both were open, I'm not sure we'd be feeling any great urge to go mingle with the large crowds that are there. We are looking forward to going to Magnolia Plantation, which is open for limited hours. That's a great place to visit, and is spacious enough that social distancing can easily be practiced. Supposedly they are taking temps as visitors check in.
    Q "Why do you like Duke, you didn't even go there." A "Because my art school didn't have a basketball team."

  4. Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    But you wrote that there are currently 1,266 patients currently hospitalized? Again - not nitpicking - I really appreciate the info. Thanks.
    I think those 1,266 may be tests that are either positive/pending. I am honestly not entirely sure, though:

    ďThere are currently 1,266 patients in hospitals who are either positive or whose test results are pending throughout the state.Ē

    Good catch - I would guess maybe the majority of those patients are patients with test results of pending?

  5. #6065
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by CameronBornAndBred View Post
    We are going to Charleston this week to visit my parents. One of the things we do when we go is to enjoy the downtown, and the City Market. The latter is closed, and I don't expect much will be open downtown. Even if they both were open, I'm not sure we'd be feeling any great urge to go mingle with the large crowds that are there. We are looking forward to going to Magnolia Plantation, which is open for limited hours. That's a great place to visit, and is spacious enough that social distancing can easily be practiced. Supposedly they are taking temps as visitors check in.

    I appreciate reading all these summer plan updates, keep them coming. My folks live on the coast between Myrtle and Charleston and we're trying to figure out if we want to go for an annual summer visit. We have a 4 month old so if we do go, we won't be going out anywhere and we're keeping a close on any spikes. My grandmother - our son's great grandmother - is also in an assisted living facility in the area. I don't think she's going to be allowed to physically meet her newest great grandchild, which breaks my heart, but we're hoping to at least do a through-the-glass introduction.

    We're pretty nervous though. The reports from my folks is that the beaches are packed, which doesn't bother me, but so are all the bars and restaurants even though they're supposed to be operating at half capacity.

    We'll see but it's good hearing other people's plans.

  6. #6066
    Quote Originally Posted by CameronBornAndBred View Post
    Here is a little bit of good news, wrapped up in a larger blanket of bad news.

    There are 21.5 million Americans seeking unemployment assistance, which isn't good. But that is down from 25 million, and this week there were "only" 1.9 new applications. That is a sign that companies are slowly getting back to work. According to this article, it's the ninth week in row that numbers have gone down.

    https://www.witn.com/content/news/Ma...571010691.html
    I recognize you put "only" in quotes (as it's relative to the recent prior weeks), but just putting that 1.9M new applications in context. It'd still smash the old record. I believe the height of the Great Recession had 900,000 claims...So, yeah, unemployment right now is dire and will likely be a record since monthly records have been tracked since 1948, but the rapid descent is slowing at least.

  7. #6067
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    Just curious for those who have followed the thread closer than I have, has the subject of Covid-19 being a vasculotropic disease come up? I'm starting to see it at some websites that I'm not familiar with.

    Coronavirus May Not Be a Respiratory Disease After All and that Could Change Everything, a Study Claims

    https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25872/20200529/coronavirus-respiratory-disease-change-everything.htm#

    In the study, the authors determined that the SARS-CoV-2 affected endothelial cells in the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, and intestines in infected patients. Furthermore, endothelial cells line the inside of blood vessels and give off a protein responsible for numerous processes such as blood clotting and immune response.


    The findings of the paper were published on April 20, 2020, in the scientific journal The Lancet.

    Also references a New England Journal of Medicine article: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2015432


    Quote Originally Posted by CameronDuke View Post
    As of Thursday, June 4, 6,284 people have been discharged following hospitalization for coronavirus. The state also reports that it currently has 4,152 beds available with only 19 percent of its ventilators in use.

    There are currently 1,266 patients in hospitals who are either positive or whose test results are pending throughout the state.

    As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout Virginia, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) is also keeping track of the stateís hospital bed and ventilator availability.
    The above articles lead me to believe that ventilator capacity available isnít a great metric. And that the ventilator needs were an early response that hasnít proved as necessary or needed as originally thought.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    The above articles lead me to believe that ventilator capacity available isnít a great metric. And that the ventilator needs were an early response that hasnít proved as necessary or needed as originally thought.
    I have read guidance that has essentially stated putting patients on ventilators were intervention methods hospitals used early on in this pandemic in America but it is being utilized less now. Here in Virginia, ventilator capacity usage hasnít increased to more than 20-21% from what I have seen in quite some time.

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