MARCH 18, 2020


  • Total cases: 4,226
  • Total deaths: 75
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 53 (49 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
Travel-related 229
Close contact 245
Under investigation 3,752
Total cases 4,226


March 18, 2020 – 

Arlee and I decided to do one last run to the local grocery store last night.  The place was pretty empty of people.. which made standing further apart rather easy.  But the shelves were indeed bare and not just the paper products.  Hamburger and chicken were gone… just the more pricey steak cuts were available.  I did manage to find some packaged beef stew meat chunks so I “hoarded” two of the four packages that were left.  Soups were sparse of the popular kinds.  I had a small “eureka” moment when I stumbled on a shelf display of those small microwavable dinners.  Empty shelves on both sides of this display, it took me a moment to wonder why this was still full.  They were even on sale.. 2 for $5.  So I hoarded 10 of them, leaving about 30 assorted meals for other fellow hoarders.  At the end of our safari for food I think we are now okay to hunker down in place for about 2-4 weeks depending on the outcome of this event. 

Our general strategy for the short term…. I do as much as I can to stay outside, in the car, while at work.  She’s unemployed anyway so she’s a home person already.  When I get off work we will just remain at home and not go into the public.  I suppose we have two weeks to determine if our little grocery jaunt yesterday exposed us or not.  There’s a risk I might come in contact at work… but unless I have to jump on people physically or catch something when I go in the lobby to use the rest room.. my risk should be manageable.  Lots of handy wipes being used on hands and doorknobs and latches.

News last night indicated from a physician that the virus infection stats are 4 people in 5 are likely not to be seriously affected or affected at all.  This by no means suggests they won’t be carriers.  Of that, 20% will be affected enough for hospitalization.  This is the serious concern given hospitals simply do not have bed capacity or equipment available.  Of that 5% will require stays in intensive care… and of that some will die.

County staff inside had a big meeting with upper county management yesterday.  All the County welfare offices like the one next to our facility will be closed to the general public and customers seeking entry have to talk to a staff member to determine the level of importance.  Our CFS/CPS facility, for now, remains open.  We can kick out people who are coughing.  It’s readily apparent that things will change rapidly and these offices will be in quarantined… and any cases will have to be separately scheduled, no walk-ins.  But so far it’s business as usual.  It should be noted that the meeting room in which this staff meeting occurred had elbow-to-elbow people… and someone in there was coughing… and this meeting was to discuss the virus threat?  Can you believe it.  Just goes to show the contrasting confusion in what to do.

Regardless how the staff conducts business, us guards are in no immediate risk of being laid off.  That’s not to say the virus itself might not influence that if anyone catches it.

We’ve not heard yet of anyone in our community having it, or the next town over.  Traffic during the day seems reduced.