Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Covid-19 Shutdown Day 3 - County Public Health Order Issued


A friend posted this on Facebook and I love it. Hope it helps someone else.

County Public Health Order - I live in a county that is both agricultural and suburban with few smaller cities. Nothing like Los Angeles and with the stores, etc. closing there are no locations where crowds of people would gather unlike in NYC. The instructions issued by the county yesterday included the expected closure of bars, breweries and restaurants except for drive thru and take out. No gatherings over 10 people. No movies, gyms, etc. There are 8 confirmed cases in the county so far.

They also asked that all residents 75 or older, as well as those 70 and older with pre-existing conditions, to shelter in place. They defined that as only leaving for medical, nutritional or other essential services or work if it was essential. Neither of us falls into the current shelter in place criteria, but we are social distancing as much as we can.

We did have the carpet cleaner come today but stayed at least 3 feet away. I am grateful to have that done and help support this solo-businessman, but that is the last optional service in our home until this health emergency is past.

Connecting - I called a friend who I thought might be going stir crazy as she usually is out at meetings, movies, and lunches 5 days a week. Her husband is a writer and works at home but shuts the door to his office all day. We had a good chat and, yes, they are going stir crazy already.

Food Planning - Took an look in our refrigerator. We need to use our lettuce, spinach and a single zucchini as well as mushrooms, a tomato, cucumbers and onion. Half a container of tofu too. I de-boned the chicken from last night, packaged the meat for future meals and made broth.

Shopping Differently - I've been thinking about how to minimize our shopping for supplies and am taking a slightly different approach for now.

Since we are trying to limit grocery store visits there will be one trip to one store when necessary and I will buy what is needed there rather than trying to buy specific items at a specific store.

I am a bit concerned about bottled water for the dog who gets sick on our softened water, but do have quite a few stocked up for earthquake preparedness. She goes through about 5 gallons a month so at least I have now calculated that!

I use Amazon's subscription service for some dog food and supplies and decided I could add things like dental floss, etc. No need to go to CVS unless we need a prescription.

I also happened to see that Nordstrom has 25% off on many items including the bra I was going to buy this summer so I ordered it with free delivery.

Suggestions for additional changes welcome!


10 comments:

  1. I've been either ordering our groceries for curbside pickup, or sending my husband for eggs, bread, and milk. At work our company has banned all face-to-face meetings, so it's all phone and web conferences. My mother-in-law's 90th bday party has had to be postponed, which was expected, but really a bummer.

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    1. I hope your MIL can feel celebrated in another way. Can everyone mail her a note or letter or call instead.

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  2. Everyone seems to be adjusting their lives without too much grumbling. I do worry about what happens if after this two week close down they decide it should last longer. So many small businesses and families can't go much longer with no income.

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    1. Many are already struggling to feed children who were eating at school. There will be lots of impact.

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  3. My sister in law has bern working at home for two days as nd says shes ready to.get in the car and drive until.she gets to Terrra del Fuego. Bless her heart I will.try and cheer. her up. I also.do the click.list thing with an ongoing grocery cart

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    1. Taking a "

      Sunday" drive (remember those?) is a good coping mechanism that is safe. Lots of adjusting going on.

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  4. I am trying to social distance myself while here at home. I will be going shopping today, but plan on staying as far away from other shoppers as possible. Not an easy task at the best of times, little lone now when people are panic shopping.

    God bless.

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    1. Yes, it is hard to social distance in the grocery store but I think the stores will find better ways to handle this and the panic buying will decrease as people get stocked up. Fingers crossed.

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  5. Cute meme which I will share. I really haven't gotten that organized about the things I want/will do to entertain myself. Luckily I can order most of my craft ideas off the internet.

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