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I hear you. I often think my forebears will be turning in their grave. Many came out from England, not always of their own free will, and never had contact with family again. Most couldn't read or write. Those that could write would have to wait close to 2 years for a reply, if one ever came. I sometimes wonder what has happened to our pioneer spirit. My father served in both the Australian Army and had to resign to join the R.A.A.F. He was based in Darwin during the bombings and the Japanese Sub that came into Sydney Harbour let fly a shell that landed in the street behind the one my mother lived in. They didn't have the separations that your people did, because Dad used to fly in to land at the Flying Boat Base at Rose Bay. He didn't always get to see mum on those missions but usually flew over her house & dipped his wings to let her know he was O.K.
People who can gather with their families this Thanksgiving in both the U.S and Canada have much to be thankful for.
What they gave up for Freedom was so much more then face masks washing hands and distance.
I had a thought earlier this morning ... yes, I'll wait for the laughter to die down ... LOL
Gee, just think of all the young ... and maybe some middle-age ... cooks* making Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time thanks to Covid. My daughter who is 45 is one of those because they've always gone to her husband's family for Thanksgiving. She sent her husband to the grocery - he cooks as well - and he came back with a 23-lb turkey. She said he wanted leftovers. They're going to be eating turkey forever! LOL
*Notice I said "cooks" ... I didn't want to discriminate. LOL
Governor Andy Beshear announced on Friday that the number of COVID-19 reported on Thanksgiving was a new record high - 3,870. Friday's positivity rate was 8.85%. There were 1,714 people hospitalized as of Friday, 390 in the ICU and 216 currently on ventilators.
These numbers may not seem high compared to other states but KY only has a projected population 4.6 million.
The second highest number of confirmed deaths - 32 - was also announced. I don't know how other governors announce these things except for the state of Indiana. Since Indiana is right across the river from Louisville they are considered local news. When they were having live broadcasts the governor left it up Dr. Kris Box, the Indiana State Health Commissioner to announce the number of cases and deaths, etc. And that's all that they were ... numbers.
In KY, each day Gov. Beshear is the one who gives the numbers. He said from the beginning he would not put the responsibility off onto someone else - especially the number of deaths. And when he announces the number of deaths this is how he does it -
The 32 deaths include:
... and so on. He can't give out any more information than this, but he wants you to know these were people, not just numbers.
Anyway, we set record numbers this week in KY. We can only wonder what the numbers be like 2 to 3 weeks from now after Thanksgiving ...
On Nov 23rd I got a message from work, we had 1 resident test positive. He was transferred to our sister facility because they had their covid unit activated.
Yesterday I got to work and found out that 2 staff and another resident tested positive. This time we had to activate our covid unit because our sister facility's unit was full. We were testing staff twice a week and residents once a week, but now we will probably have resident testing twice a week now that we have active cases. Hopefully this doesn't turn into a widespread outbreak.
Stay safe and wear your masks....................
Good luck to everyone in the UK over the next few weeks.
I am glad that someone else sees the deaths as people, not just numbers. I see on our news every night the "numbers", and I think to myself how many families are now broken. We can not allow ourselves to become 'desensitized' by the numbers. These are people, fathers, grandmothers, people that we have seen every year or every day of our lives. They will no longer be coming home, cooking dinner, going off to school...etc I don't want to depress anyone, it's just the way that my mind works.
I'm very lucky, I don't have any family anymore to lose...save for some cousins-the best I can figure. Never had children, left my husband 4.5 years ago...no siblings, mom or dad, and now no aunts or uncles. Just me. I have left my apt only 4 times all this started. Twice to go see my doctor, once back in June to go to the grocery store-I just had to see what the World was up to. And the 4th time was to go drop my ballot in to vote. I only go downstairs to get my mail once a month...always wearing a mask and my latex gloves to boot!
I don't understand what is so darn hard about wearing a mask? When I first heard about COVID, I thought this is my LIFE. Not hard to do at all, then. I'm 69 years old and have asthma, sleep apnea, pre-diabetic, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia...yep. I am staying home, not answering the door even!
I just had to post all that. Thank you. Lady Diane
Some times you need to vent.
The worst part is if these states had done the right thing, they would be celebrating Christmas, instead of dreading it.
Our borders have pretty much all come down now.
Contact tracing measures are being put in place in the event of another outbreak.
And our economy has survived.
Thank you, your post is such a good one. To show how things can be done, when living on your own. Keep up the good work.