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    Covid 19..

    Thoughts from a concerned member from across the Pond.

    So how are all you guys doing? In our little town it's beginning to look at bit like Christmas has come early. People are putting lights in their windows as a gesture of community spirit, to spread a little light around in these dark times. It was announced this afternoon that all church services are to be stopped with immediate effect. My wife, being a Minister, has been fielding calls and emails all day..!! and it's not likely to let up any time soon. On our small Island of some 80,000 souls only 42 people have been tested for the virus, so far no-one has tested positive - but it is likely to happen. Anyone arriving from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

    I do hope you are all managing and keeping well. Take care guys.
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    My wife and I left Albuquerque on Friday morning and drove to Phoenix (7 1/2 hour drive) to visit our youngest son over the weekend. During this time we neither watched nor read the news. We drove back home on Monday to find our local world turned almost upside down. All public schools closed starting today for three weeks. The paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) are completely cleaned out of the local grocery stores. The local public libraries are closed. All activities at our church, except Sunday worship services*, are cancelled. People my age (mid-60s) who I meet in all agree with me: The whole thing is just nuts! Especially this toilet paper hoarding - I have yet to see a recipe that would come close to making TP palatable.

    We were invited to dinner at a friend's house this Saturday, along with other guests. We plan to attend, ain't letting this virus scare us one little bit.

    *Our senior minister said that if an order comes down that Sunday services may not be held in churches, come Sunday morning he will stand outside in the parking lot and preach. I responded that we would be out there listening, while seated on the opened tailgate of my pickup truck.
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    Just the usual paranoid tendencies!
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    Tom, our church now is closed to meetings, gathering, etc as of Friday last. My best friend's memorial service which was planed for Saturday , was called off and he was cremated and his memorial service will be after . . .??? (some as-yet-to-be-determined condition comes into existence).

    Personally, I've always been prepared since the seventies. I could lock myself in, turn off the power and water and hold on for two month - maybe longer - as if nothing happened. My next-door neighbors, however, who make three trips a week to the stores may be in a different condition. Being in an agricultural region. many, if not most, of my other neighbors are "old school" and primarily of the old "Dutch" (Amish/Mennonite) traditions and they preserve and can their foods and generally have most of what they would need on hand.
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    The hardest societal impact here that I've heard are quarantined patients because of their age and being in assisted living being denied visitation. Some of these folks are in hospice care and will be meeting our Lord soon and are restricted from visiting with their loved ones. This is absolutely poor management of these situations. The tin horn dictators who levy these restrictions should have it happen to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    Thoughts from a concerned member from across the Pond.

    So how are all you guys doing? In our little town it's beginning to look at bit like Christmas has come early. People are putting lights in their windows as a gesture of community spirit, to spread a little light around in these dark times. It was announced this afternoon that all church services are to be stopped with immediate effect. My wife, being a Minister, has been fielding calls and emails all day..!! and it's not likely to let up any time soon. On our small Island of some 80,000 souls only 42 people have been tested for the virus, so far no-one has tested positive - but it is likely to happen. Anyone arriving from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

    I do hope you are all managing and keeping well. Take care guys.
    Our county has declared gatherings of 50 or more "off limits". No word on who or how this is enforced. This ban includes churches. Our church Sunday broadcast the sermon over the Internet. The local Catholic diocese has suspended the Mass.

    Our Kansas governor has closed all public, private, and parochial schools through the end of May. They are feverishly (no pun intended) trying to figure out how to teach the kids for another nine weeks before the end of the school year. They are also trying to figure out how to feed the kids whose parents routinely neglect them and don't feed them.

    Our grocery stores are picked over. No toilet paper, cleaning supplies, eggs, ramen noodles, and spray starch. Very low on bread, laundry detergent, milk, soup, frozen pizza, and many canned foods.

    I'm still going to work every day and feel fine. Trying to figure out how to fit a range trip in to my busy life. No reported cases in my town--the largest in Kansas.

    Thanks for keeping in touch from all the way over there!
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    This blocking of religious services must have the early Christians rolling over in their catacombs.
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    “…democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is not only unachievable but that to strive for it produces something utterly different – the very destruction of freedom itself. As has been aptly said: ‘What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.'” F.A. Hayek

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    Up until about two hours ago, things have been pretty calm. The city of Lubbock just announced there are now two confirmed cases of the virus in the county. I look for recommendations and restrictions to take a sharp turn by morning. We all knew it was coming, and now it’s here. Only reason for me to go to town will be church on Sundays. I doubt that will be closed, but if it is, I suppose we will just self- quarantine. Freezers are full, and I have plenty of ammo.
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    This morning governor of Iowa has declared a statewide health emergency. All the following are closed by that order: sit down restaurants, bars, movie theater, casinos, live entertainment shows, and churches. Take out and drive through food is still open. The state legislature has disbanded and only meeting by computer to conduct what business it can. The state constitution gives Iowa citizens the right to attend any legislative meeting being held, which is a good way to infect a lot of people in a short time.
    A day earlier, all schools were closed for 30 days. Iowa has something like 8 confirmed cases of that nasty virus.
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    Brevard County, Fl. Our schools are on Spring Break this week but that has been expanded to, I think, 2 more weeks. Today Co-workers told me we have our first 2 confirmed cases. Grocery stores are cleaned out of many items, TP, paper towels, meat, packaged salads, etc. The semi-private gun range I belong to has made no scheduling changes. I have worked both days this week and no one has made any mention of changes to our normal work hours. I won't live in the lap of luxury but I have enough supplies to keep me going for a while.

    Update: news this morning said school are closed until at least April 15th. Everything is being done to get online schooling going for all the kids.
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