The Covid-19 thread.

airdronian

Radar Member
Yesterday's announcements had some changes in store. Active cases have reached an all-time high provincially. No surprise given the trends recently. This time added restrictions are centered around five hot spots (one of which I'm in) which include halting in-person schooling for a minimum of two weeks, closing the fitness facilities that were allowed to open with restrictions (no more "Low intensity weight lifting" for us !) among others.

In areas with really high rates there is now also the possibility of curfews but that is something that would be considered with input from the local municipal level. They're also targeting a couple of hot spot areas - District of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) and Banff/Jasper by focusing vaccination supplies (J&J I think) to get large numbers of people vaccinated quickly. I have a friend in Banff, and one problem they have is the young demographic that goes out partying and bringing back the virus into the community. There's a huge amount of shared accommodation there, due to the lack of housing in this National Park and the large service industry that supports the skiing/tourism.

I believe they are also going to step up enforcement, and try to assist the restaurant industry with managing that. And for those who have issued fines for non-compliance, they are reinforcing the penalties with fine collection at registry offices. That means that if someone is fined, and they decide to ignore it then when they go to renew a drivers license (or register a vehicle, though this wasn't specified but it is a provincial service at the same offices) they'll have to pay up before being able to do that.

We did the home schooling back around Christmas and it's not ideal but can work. One thing seems certain, is that we have a race between the vaccines and the variants, and the latter is winning right now.
 

JohnVF

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Yesterday's announcements had some changes in store. Active cases have reached an all-time high provincially. No surprise given the trends recently. This time added restrictions are centered around five hot spots (one of which I'm in) which include halting in-person schooling for a minimum of two weeks, closing the fitness facilities that were allowed to open with restrictions (no more "Low intensity weight lifting" for us !) among others.

In areas with really high rates there is now also the possibility of curfews but that is something that would be considered with input from the local municipal level. They're also targeting a couple of hot spot areas - District of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) and Banff/Jasper by focusing vaccination supplies (J&J I think) to get large numbers of people vaccinated quickly. I have a friend in Banff, and one problem they have is the young demographic that goes out partying and bringing back the virus into the community. There's a huge amount of shared accommodation there, due to the lack of housing in this National Park and the large service industry that supports the skiing/tourism.

I believe they are also going to step up enforcement, and try to assist the restaurant industry with managing that. And for those who have issued fines for non-compliance, they are reinforcing the penalties with fine collection at registry offices. That means that if someone is fined, and they decide to ignore it then when they go to renew a drivers license (or register a vehicle, though this wasn't specified but it is a provincial service at the same offices) they'll have to pay up before being able to do that.

We did the home schooling back around Christmas and it's not ideal but can work. One thing seems certain, is that we have a race between the vaccines and the variants, and the latter is winning right now.
Chicago is doing the opposite. Every time they make a dent in their numbers, they go "Wheee! We've won!" and open up more stuff. And then the cases rise back up and they pretend like they can't figure out why. They've had a good balance of what's opened and what's not, and just how open the open things can be. And so yesterday they lifted a bunch of restrictions for seemingly no particular reason, and despite vaccination rates not being what they should be. I'm happy for some things to be open, sensibly. I feel now they're just winging it and being irresponsible. Without getting too political I'll just say that I'm so disappointed in our mayor, for so many reasons, despite the hope I had when she was elected.
 

JoeThePop

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Yesterday's announcements had some changes in store. Active cases have reached an all-time high provincially. No surprise given the trends recently. This time added restrictions are centered around five hot spots (one of which I'm in) which include halting in-person schooling for a minimum of two weeks, closing the fitness facilities that were allowed to open with restrictions (no more "Low intensity weight lifting" for us !) among others.

In areas with really high rates there is now also the possibility of curfews but that is something that would be considered with input from the local municipal level. They're also targeting a couple of hot spot areas - District of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) and Banff/Jasper by focusing vaccination supplies (J&J I think) to get large numbers of people vaccinated quickly. I have a friend in Banff, and one problem they have is the young demographic that goes out partying and bringing back the virus into the community. There's a huge amount of shared accommodation there, due to the lack of housing in this National Park and the large service industry that supports the skiing/tourism.

I believe they are also going to step up enforcement, and try to assist the restaurant industry with managing that. And for those who have issued fines for non-compliance, they are reinforcing the penalties with fine collection at registry offices. That means that if someone is fined, and they decide to ignore it then when they go to renew a drivers license (or register a vehicle, though this wasn't specified but it is a provincial service at the same offices) they'll have to pay up before being able to do that.

We did the home schooling back around Christmas and it's not ideal but can work. One thing seems certain, is that we have a race between the vaccines and the variants, and the latter is winning right now.

While driving this morning I was listening to Mornings with Saroja Coelho on CBC Music, when the news came on at 9:00 am. Most of the reporting was on the Covid situation in Canada, and they said the infection rate in Calgary was double of that in India. Wow! That is not good.
 

JohnVF

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While driving this morning I was listening to Mornings with Saroja Coelho on CBC Music, when the news came on at 9:00 am. Most of the reporting was on the Covid situation in Canada, and they said the infection rate in Calgary was double of that in India. Wow! That is not good.
That's really surprising as I don't recall Calgary being all that populated. What are ya'll getting into up there?
 

John Frum

Secret Society Member
We will be two weeks out from our second Moderna shots next Thursday.

Next Friday, we are taking an Uber to our favorite taqueria - the last place we ate out in February 2020 before my partner’s illness and the arrival of COVID. We’ll walk down the street to the First Friday event at Dayton’s “not the Ghost Ship” warehouse complex, taking advantage of every artist space willing to give us free booze, until buying a splatter painting seems like a good idea. Then, hopefully in full-tilt drunk a-dult mode, we’ll Uber again to the entertainment district, have a few cocktails, and maybe try to meet up with some friends.

The war against COVID isn’t over, but it almost is for me.
 

airdronian

Radar Member
That's really surprising as I don't recall Calgary being all that populated. What are ya'll getting into up there?
The city continues to grow despite everything. From Macrotrends:

The current metro area population of Calgary in 2021 is 1,581,000, a 2.2% increase from 2020. The metro area population of Calgary in 2020 was 1,547,000, a 2.25% increase from 2019.
 

JohnVF

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The city continues to grow despite everything. From Macrotrends:

The current metro area population of Calgary in 2021 is 1,581,000, a 2.2% increase from 2020. The metro area population of Calgary in 2020 was 1,547,000, a 2.25% increase from 2019.
That's a lot more than I'd have thought. I was there in 2003, and it blows my mind that that was 18 YEARS AGO. So my idea of it is not current.
 

MikeyFresh

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Well I've now got Pfizer dose #2 in the books, er... in the arm.

I got another blue cloth mask, and a vinyl sleeve protector for my vaccination card, but no cash, savings bond, or chocolate pretzels. Still I'm very grateful that I can now begin to turn the page... in 2 weeks.
 

airdronian

Radar Member
That's a lot more than I'd have thought. I was there in 2003, and it blows my mind that that was 18 YEARS AGO. So my idea of it is not current.
We moved out here in 2005. Ours is a bedroom community for Calgary, and our careers were based in the city. Then we were 30,000 +, now is 70,000 +. With any luck at all, we will be elsewhere by the time we hit 100K. :)
 
Dispatch from Dallas.

Contrary to popular opinion, we're still masked in stores. Worryingly, shots have been real easy to get. Texas' opening of availability had more to do with who wasn't getting shots than availability. As such, I'm fully vaccinated - no telling how many outside my experience still view this is as a hoax.
 

billfort

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Totally flabbergasted as to why someone without a legit medical concern (allergies or something?), would chose not to get vaccinated.

My story.

It's not been easy to get vaccinated in Canada and aside from regularly exposed front-line workers or those 80+, you pretty much had/have to jump through hoops to get shot, and when you can, it's AstraZeneca only. On top of all this, I just heard that 'per capita', Canada has more new cases per day right now than India...

My brother, who has underlying health concerns, managed to get himself and his wife Az shot about 4wks ago. When they were about 12 days in, they got a frantic call from their daughter who was having a hard time coping with their 6-month old, who would not stop crying - for days. They make the trip to help, and long story short, their daughter's entire family has covid; both parents, 6-month old, 2-yr old, even their dog. And my brother and wife walked right into it - right into the deep end for several days of concentrated exposure.

Now, the sick family is slowly getting better with some real rough spots along the way, and my brother/sister in-law after a 10day home quarantine and several tests - didn't get sick at all, and now have several negative tests to confirm things. OK, a test case of 2, but thank God the 2 of them got that first Az shot, and they are counting the days (4-months!) till they can get the second.

My wife and I are 2wks in now as well, and as someone who has to go into work 5 days a week - to a facility in the center of one of the greater Toronto area's hottest zones - I'm feeling pretty damn good about that.
 

MikeyFresh

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And it turns out I had almost no issues at all.
So far the same for me, though I'm just 23 hours past the 2nd shot, but so far I'm just a bit tired like the first time, and my arm does seem much more sore, sort of like it's been punched or bruised.

The first dose only made my arm slightly sensitive to actually being touched in that area, this time around my arm does actually hurt a bit in general. But that and being just a touch lethargic are so far all I'm experiencing today.
 
I've just heard on the news Pfizer will start shipping their Covid 19 vaccines to Canada in the next few weeks. Coincidentally, wife and daughter got their second Pfizer jabs this morning. There was only a few people in line versus their first jab three weeks ago which was much less than the line for my first jab in mid March. I believe the US is reaching a point where most people who wanted the vaccines already got theirs. There is no convincing the rest.
 
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prime minister

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They have changed the next age groups, which include mine, from June to May/June. Might be happening sooner then I hoped. Still bloody late, but I'll take every week earlier I can get. So thanks to my fellow Canadians, and those in the US, who by delaying their vaccinations are allowing me to move more quickly up the line. :)
 

JohnVF

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I also don’t understand it. My wife and I weren’t exactly hermits this last year, but even with that, our vaccines have made a marked difference in our mood. There’s a levity to being out that feels great. It didn’t cost us anything except a day of feeling like we had a hangover. My parents got vaccinated and we saw them without worry. The door to getting out of this is open for Americans, unlike so many other places, and the selfish just think they know better.
 

JohnVF

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I've just heard on the news Pfizer will start shipping their Covid 19 vaccines to Canada in the next few weeks. Coincidentally, wife and daughter got their second Pfizer jabs this morning. There was only a few people in line versus their first jab three weeks ago which was much less than the line for my first jab in mid March. I believe the US is reaching a point where most people who wanted the vaccines already got theirs. There is no convincing the rest.
There are still people who want it but our supply/production is now outpacing the demand by quite a bit. Some of that is also that they’ve really figured out the logistics of producing and distributing.
 

prime minister

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I also don’t understand it. My wife and I weren’t exactly hermits this last year, but even with that, our vaccines have made a marked difference in our mood. There’s a levity to being out that feels great. It didn’t cost us anything except a day of feeling like we had a hangover. My parents got vaccinated and we saw them without worry. The door to getting out of this is open for Americans, unlike so many other places, and the selfish just think they know better.
It isn't any different up here. Just the lack of available vaccines has masked it, so to speak. Now we are starting to see it too.
 
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