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  2. I've been waiting for some terrorist group to take credit for releasing this virus, whether they did it or not.
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  4. I learned a few days ago that KTM Waterjet will be making face shields during the shortage. Although I have almost zero information on the undertaking, I think is good to know that a local business and its employees are doing what they can to help . Plus, I love this high pressure technology.
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  6. As of 3/30/2020 Crawford County Health Officials have confirmed that a female in her forty's passed away at an area ER. Covid19 testing was performed postmortem and was positive. Read More:
  7. No scar here. Dad was against any kind of shot... with the exception of tetanus shots. His fear of "lockjaw" must have outweighed the fear of injecting air into the bloodstream. Mom was pretty creative in getting most of us the vital shots. I don't recall being acquainted anyone with having polio, but was well aware of its ravage. I don't spend much time in cemeteries but out of curiosity, I once visited the small one on 250th street. The only thing that I recall is that according the dates, many of those graves were for children.
  8. I've got a small pox vaccine scar on my left shoulder, I remember people who were crippled from polio. Anyone? Anyone? Walk around the parts of a cemetery from the teens. There are lots of graves with 1918 dates. That was the flu, something many people THINK they get every year, but most have never actually had.
  9. We'll have to disagree on this one. In the mindset of it being incumbent upon each of us to carry out efforts of personal responsibility, being informed by those empowered to carryout the task of collecting information, allows each of us to fine tune the best choices for us as individuals or our family unit, at the earliest opportunity. IMO, disseminating factual information doesn't rise to the level of alarmist, unlike the apples to orange comparison that Governor Kelly made. IMO (although she may have had the best of intentions) statements like that, feed things like panic buying and hoarding.
  10. But for someone who isn't an epidemiologist, or associated with the health or governing community at all that kind of information is at best superfluous - and at worst potentially unnecessarily alarmist. It is up to the health and governing officials to take steps to protect the public when the associations of an infected person have been identified, both the places visited by the infected as well as the infected person)s) as well. I've been reading about some intellectually challenged knuckle-draggers targeting, harassing and even attacking Asians (not even specifically Chinese) because they blame them for the Coronavirus.. Not making unnecessary specific information public, I think that does more to protect the public than releasing too much information.
  11. I think there is some value in knowing which town an infected person emanates from. I feel confident that epidemiologists use that information in the quest for pinpointing where an outbreak may have originated and radiates from. Having some idea where the infected may frequent, like a gas station/convenient store, fast food choices, grocery store etc, could prompt the public to avoid those places . I think this could be more important in smaller rural communities where shopping choices are limited. It should all be carried out to HIPPA Standards .
  12. With already two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Arma (public knowledge) - It goes without being said, 'It's going to get worse before it gets better". If some people choose to play Russian roulette with their lives - that's their right... but if they do something stupid like this knowing full well it risks not only their life and heal but also risks the life and health of others, they should be given a judgement equivalent to driving while intoxicated (DUI) as both are in my opinion irresponsible and potentially puts the lives of others at risk. At this time there is no evidence that mass exposure will lead to "heard immunity" or personal immunity and there is no known evidence that anyone infected will build antibodies that makes them less susceptible to future infection... this particular bug is just too new and may not follow the same rules of some other viruses - we just don't know at this point. These people are not only putting their lives at risk, but everyone they may come into contact with over the next few weeks ~ Crawford County Kansas - Department of Health Press Release (March 28,2020) "As of 3/28/2020 Crawford County Health Officials have confirmed another positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the County bringing the total case count to 4. The individual is fully cooperating with local health officials and with isolation and quarantine requirements. Health Department staff are conducting a case investigation to quarantine all contacts of the individual. The Crawford County Health Department is aware that daily case updates from KDHE may not always align with County updates. Please keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation and test results are being reported throughout the day. It is important to be aware that the KDHE website updates new cases within the State only once a day. This can create a situation where local county numbers are different than the KDHE website for a short period of time. Those who are exhibiting symptoms of fever greater than 100°F, cough and shortness of breath, have had an exposure to a positive COVID 19 individual, or who have questions about testing can call the Crawford County Health Department, at 620-231-5411, to be screened to determine if testing for COVID 19 is needed. Those who are tested for COVID 19 will also be tested for Influenza A and B as well as strep throat. The Crawford County Health Department can perform the Influenza A/B and strep throat testing on site and is able to collect the sample for COVID 19 and ship it to an outside laboratory. The overwhelming opinion of medical professionals across the country is that we MUST all do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus. Even though many will only experience mild symptoms the higher risk/elderly population and those with underlying health issues could experience more severe symptoms. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID 19 it is recommended that everyone travel as little as possible, utilize social distancing (remain 6 feet apart), use frequent hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, work from home if possible, and stay home from work if you are ill. Because we need to make an effort to keep our area medical professionals safe and healthy, it is strongly recommended anyone exhibiting these symptoms to first call their clinic or doctor’s office so they can provide instructions on what time to arrive and whether or not they should come inside. Many times the medical provider will come to the patient’s vehicle to assess them. Following these procedures helps ensure you don’t inadvertently expose other patients or the medical staff."
  13. I believe I read somewhere that a man from Bourbon county who tested positive, traveled to Independence and KC, with Johnson county being a Kansas hotspot before being diagnosed... What this meant for me is that the Coronavirus was probably imported to Bourbon county and most likely from the KC area when they were having their outbreak, at least the timing seems right. But the thing for all of us to remember is we as a state and as a nation are just in the very early stages of this outbreak, there is no evidence that casual exposure will allow anyone to build up antibodies or that warmer weather will help stifle the spread of Covid-19... we are learning more about the virus all the time but it is new and our knowledge base is rather shallow presently. I've known people around here to say "I want to know what town those diagnosed with the virus live in" but the reality of it is most in this area are a peripatetic population, we travel from place to place for entertainment, dining, shopping or just to go someplace. If for example a person was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in one town, that doesn't mean they hadn't recently traveled to another town and infected people who have not yet shown symptoms or been diagnosed, so the whole "I need to know what town" thing is really quite pointless and I've said so on a number of venues when this kind of topic came up. The best thing I can do in my mind at least is treat every person like they are (and I am) a potential carrier, maintaining the recommended 6 ft. personal space and avoid person to person contact as much as possible, think of every surface is suspect, which causes me to clean more, wash my hands more, avoid touching my face and wear gloves when doing things like pumping gas or touching public surfaces when I can... To me it's just the most socially responsible and wisest thing to do for myself and others in these times.
  14. I'm not sure how many people were in attendance but a party described as large was disbanded within the last 10 minutes in Arma.
  15. So our governor is making a comparison of Kansas, Missouri and New York states ? What about the population density difference? I think this could be defined as a scare tactic. Kansas has 5 deaths and 261 positive tests Missouri has 10 deaths and 838 positive tests.
  16. Cops break up 47-person apartment party. ‘This is not a game,’ Murphy says Police in Ewing broke up a party in an apartment Friday night that violated a lockdown imposed a week ago by Gov. Phil Murphy to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Officers responded to an anonymous call at 11:44 p.m. and found 47 people and a DJ crammed into a 550-square-foot apartment, according to a Tweet Saturday by Murphy and a statement from Ewing Police. “The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be,” Murphy tweeted. “This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart,” he continued. "Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads," Murphy tweeted." Is this our society now that some are so unconcerned not only about their own health, but the health and well being of those they may later come into contact with that they intentionally defy recommended personal distancing and gathering restrictions in the face of a national and international pandemic that so far has lead to the death of more than 30,000 people world wide - more than 2,000 in this country alone? Throwing parties in a crowded space, when people have been dying for months because they became exposed to a sick person, likely in crowded places...
  17. Governor Kelly issues temporary, statewide Stay Home order in ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 Mar 28, 2020 As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will exist in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19. “Our modeling continues to suggest that the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in Kansas could reach as high as 900 over the next week,” Kelly said. “While I left these decisions to local health departments as long as possible, the reality is that the patchwork approach that has developed is inconsistent and is a recipe for chaos and, ultimately, for failure in our statewide fight to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Under Executive Order 20-16, Kansans are directed to stay home unless performing one of the following essential activities: Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities; Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework; Seeking medical care; Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location; Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size. “I know this is hard, and I can’t tell you how much I wish it weren’t necessary,” Kelly said. “But we have a small window to ensure that Kansas does not suffer the same terrible fate of other hard-hit states like New York and Missouri. We’ve all got to do our part to help stop the spread of the disease. Stay home. Stay Safe.” In a public address to Kansans on Saturday morning, Kelly explained that this action became necessary for three key reasons: To provide statewide uniformity in response efforts; To prevent overwhelming hospitals – especially rural hospitals – who may not have the same capacity to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients; To buy Kansas more time as the state officials work with federal partners to secure badly needed protective personal equipment (PPE), additional ventilators and COVID-19 testing supplies. Kelly also commended federal efforts in recent days to support state and local response efforts in the form of an historic emergency relief package. More details about implications the federal stimulus bill will have for Kansas will be released as they become available. The executive order can be viewed here. Please visit for additional virus-related information, and visit for federal stimulus benefits updates or to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  18. I got a call from one of my kids, I was deemed essential today, I had a truck and trailer.
  19. Read that long old dog a few hours ago. I'm in an essential industry and have been deemed essential. I go in, do my thing, do a lot of other people's things, curse profusely (out loud), fart at will... If I could drink and smoke, it would be heaven. Mostly. Kinda.
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  21. ‘Knucklehead’ who coughed on Wegmans worker charged with terroristic threats, N.J. governor says A Wegmans customer faces charges of terroristic threats and harassment after coughing on a worker at the grocery store chain’s Manalapan location and claiming he had the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. The governor didn’t provide many details about the incident during his daily coronavirus briefing, other to say “it demonstrates active law enforcement” is ready to respond to people who violate orders put in place in reaction to the outbreak. “There are knuckleheads out there. We see them and we are enforcing behavior," Murphy said during his briefing at Rutgers-Newark. Hours later, authorities identified the man as George Falcone, 50, of Freehold. He was charged with terroristic threats, harassment and obstruction, they said. Falcone was told by the employee he was standing too close to her and to an open display of prepared foods, according to the Office of the Attorney General. He then allegedly “stepped forward to within 3 feet of her, leaned toward her, and purposely coughed." Falcone also allegedly laughed and said was infected with the coronavirus, authorities said, adding, “Falcone subsequently told two other employees they are lucky to have jobs.”
  22. Regardless of the timeline, his intent seems pretty clear to me by his declaration of "Who's scared of the Coronavirus" before licking the products on the shelf. If his intent was to give himself possible exposure he could lick something like a public park bench seat, the sidewalk or something (although I'm not sure that would have been any better) but to lick things he knew were relatively clean AND that he also knew other people would be handling, seems to me to indicate he was attempting to expose other people to his germs whether or not he had the virus. The man's actions were not simply "Immature", it was irresponsible and an intentional violation of protocol for the public's health and safety... at least he seemed to believe that by licking the things on the store shelf he would not give himself and/or others the Coronavirus but even most grade school kids know one way to spread germs and disease, is from the bodily excretions from another person. I remember a story about a town in Minnesota giving a man a fine for spitting on the sidewalk several years ago (yes, there are some places where spitting on the sidewalk is still illegal) because it was then, and possibly still is considered a public health hazard. Diseases that are spread through saliva include TB, hepatitis, viral meningitis, cytomegalovirus just to name a few so whether or not this man was attempting to show his own invulnerability or to possibly infect someone else is irrelevant. He intentionally placed his saliva on shelved products in a public place in thoughtless disregard to the public health and safety of others. He should at least receive a fine, if not charged with making a terroristic threat under the new Coronavirus legal restrictions... If someone makes a bomb with the intent to harm someone else it is a criminal act - whether or not it harms anyone - Wipe your bodily secretions on something with the intent to harm someone else, it should be a criminal act - whether or not another person is infected -
  23. Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks [March 26, 2020] OAKLAND, Calif. – The Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) has located 39 million critically needed N95 masks and is connecting states, counties, health systems and individual hospitals to the supplier so they can purchase them in quantity. The 3M™ N95 masks (model 1860) are cleared for use as surgical masks and are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The union launched an exhaustive search for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) five days ago in response to pleas from frontline healthcare workers that they need more protection and feel unsafe on the job as they treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. SEIU-UHW has 97,000 members who work in hospitals across California. Within 48 hours of painstakingly calling leads and potential suppliers, the union discovered a distributor who had the 39 million masks, and has since found another supplier who says his company can produce 20 million more masks a week. The union also has found a supplier who can deliver millions of face shields. “SEIU-UHW members and healthcare workers all over California are desperate for more protection, so we are seeking out supplies wherever we can get them,” said Dave Regan, president of SEIU-UHW. “We are continuing to turn over every rock to see if we can find more personal protective equipment to make sure that healthcare workers, who are heroically putting their own health on the line to care for patients, can do their jobs as safely as possible.” SEIU-UHW is working with the states, counties and hospitals to determine realistically the quantities they need, and then connecting their procurement officers directly to the supplier to arrange the purchase. The masks are $5 each, and the union has no financial interest in the transactions. The masks are being distributed to unionized and non-unionized facilities alike. So there were 39 million of these masks siting around for weeks unaccounted for while an nationwide shortage emerged. They have been found and are only $5.00 each. Home depot sold packs of 10 for less than $23.00 at the retail level until the supply ran out. I hope AG Barr looks into this.
  24. And now we know the defense strategy. I highlighted in bold text
  25. I'm not saying celebrities can't get sick with the virus, we all know they can because despite their celebrity status they're just regular people like us... Something we should remember the next time one of them insists we listen to what they say, like they know more than anyone else about any subject. But I can't help remember the incident with Heidi Klum who posted an Instagram video of herself lying in bed, explaining that she’s sick, “feeling feverish, cough, runny nose, and has tried, without success, to be tested for coronavirus, and in less than 48 hours (it usually takes 12 or 24 hours to get the test results) she posted both she and her husband were tested and the results were negative. It looks like what she actually had was a common cold, but I'm guessing to her celebrity status and despite earlier posting she went to two different doctors and couldn't get tested she eventually found an someone with test kits willing to ease the celebrity's mind. Kathy Griffin has also posted she can't get a Covid19 test, but looks to have been given an isolation room without being diagnosed with the Coronavirus anyway... Again it appears celebrity status has it's privileges. If her test (yes despite her jibe at president Trump, she probably will be tested if she presents the symptoms) also comes back negative that's one isolation room, not to mention the mandatory isolation gloves, masks, gowns and other paraphernalia required for someone with a real infectious disease wasted no doubt at least partially because of her celebrity status. Well guess what... LA Times: Sick as a dog, Kathy Griffin hit the ER with coronavirus concerns. Here’s what happened Kathy Griffin might have been exposed to the coronavirus. Or she might not have. After a recent trip to urgent care and the emergency room while gravely ill, the comic wasn’t able to get tested. Griffin has an abdominal infection that is being treated with medication, though she won’t know whether she’s turned the corner for a couple of days, she told The Times in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. She’s back home, and she’s not going out anytime soon. >>> What happened? On Saturday, Griffin started having what her husband, Randy Bick, described as “mild stomach issues.” But then they receded, he said. Temporarily. “Two days later,” Bick said also by phone, “she woke up very early in the morning and had incredibly intense pain, vomiting, diarrhea, every 20 minutes. Just really sick.” “The vomiting felt like a convulsion,” Griffin said. And about a week prior, the couple had traveled internationally. “We were both nervous because we were still in the incubation period after returning from Mexico, but also we had not left the house in days,” Griffin said. “We’d been hearing about a 14-day incubation period [for the coronavirus]. So for me to get what felt like food poisoning after six days, I thought, OK, is this a coincidence or what?” They’d been self-quarantined since returning home mid-March. After a phone consult with her doctor, she took his advice and went to an urgent care. “We both put on N-95 masks and gloves and I drove her down there,” Bick said. “We got to the front and immediately there was a security officer and some nurses’ assistants outside.” Once inside, Griffin was hooked up to an IV and got a shot for her abdominal pain, which was considerable. But she was still vomiting frequently, so they sent her along to the Cedars-Sinai emergency room. “I remember vividly the doctor telling me ... ‘I’m going to send you to Cedars ER today because I don’t think I could get you in 13 days from now,’” Griffin said. She was freaked out. She gets back from Mexico and has gastrointestinal - not respiratory issues, but gets an isolation room and complains that despite her not having the qualifying symptoms, can't get a Coronavirus test.... So despite knowledge of a global pandemic, both the comedy hack and her husband traveled to Mexico... Despite the supplies being in short supply by medical professionals, both Kathy and her husband just happened to have a supply of N-95 masks and gloves laying around the house. So for her stomach ache and vomiting (neither a recognized symptom of Coronavirus infection) she slams president Donald Trump because she wasn't given a Coronavirus test. As it turns out it appears she had a mild case of "Montezuma's revenge"... She's home now and I presume feeling better as she's once again slamming president Trump and his administration on her Twitter account.
  26. Kathy Griffin says she can't get tested for coronavirus despite 'painful symptoms' Doctors were not able to swab her nose for Covid19. Considering it an attack on the homeland, the demons inside kept pushing the swab back out. The exhausted and partially consumed virus finally managed to escape the rotting vessel and is currently confined to bed rest.
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