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Good But Sad News, I Think

It should be remembered that people are still dying. My sister, in hospital records, told me that in Allegheny County (greater Pittsburgh) this week, 100 people died of Covid-19. That’s a terrible number for one disease, at any time. But it’s a significant improvement from the week prior to it, when 300 people died.

I feel lucky to live here, in one of the merely three states that have seen a “downward trajectory” of Covid cases for at least 42 days. The only other states that can say the same are Hawaii — an isolated island — and Montana, where there I believe is not really any population to speak of, only ranch cows. And I guess a few persons (often with rifles).

I am still not going into any store without a mask. This weekend I'm taking the risk of going to a restaurant with outdoor seating, but will wear a mask until I get outside.

The governor here was the one forcing the state to follow mask and precautions guidelines, by declaring a disaster — and now the Republicans in the state senate are trying to impeach him for it. Also suing the state for that disaster declaration. I think they don’t like people staying alive or something. Pennsylvania has a rather high percentage of seniors in the population.

Our state Secretary of Health is a transgender woman with long, wild, wavy silver hair. She was unanimously confirmed by the PA Senate, surprisingly, despite other stupid ideas lurking amongst that body. I’m both impressed with her qualifications and also think she’d make a good character on The Simpsons.

posted on June 17, 2020 7:22 PM ()


New Your state is actually doing quite well with only 30 deaths per day in the city and some of them are only covid related. I don't know if it's been 42 days, but we're doing quite well!
comment by jjoohhnn on June 18, 2020 10:34 AM ()
At least you are seeing progress. People here seem to believe that because trump said so the threat is over. I only go to the grocery store but 80 percent of the people are maskless. I would love to go out to lunch at our favorite restaurant but don't dare to. By the way, I picked up a package of porter house steaks but put it back. The price was l9.99.

comment by elderjane on June 18, 2020 5:41 AM ()
A mask? What's a mask? Oh, that thing, the leader doesn't wear to set an example!!!
comment by greatmartin on June 17, 2020 9:07 PM ()
Florida where I live now has had a spike in cases, probably fueled by demonstrators and by the Republican governor's insistence on "returning to normal". Even before the virus, I didn't go out a lot. I am keeping doctor's appointments that must be done in person (just had steroid injections for my back), and I shop at the market with a mask. But

Gov. DiSantis is withholding numbers updates on cases and is still insisting on going back to normal. At the market yesterday, I did notice more shoppers without masks. Stupid stupid stupid. I kept my distance.
comment by tealstar on June 17, 2020 7:47 PM ()
And I'm in the worst part of Florida with the highest cases DAY AFTER DAY! DeSantis is just a Trump clone.

I am taking my first 'dangerous' outing tomorrow--It is my friend's birthday and we are going to the Cafe Vico--it is a very large place and I know the owner is not only following the rules but doing more still I am very nervous.
reply by greatmartin on June 17, 2020 9:06 PM ()

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