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Hello!

Just thought I would reach out and see how everyone is doing. I'm thinking about you all and I hope you are doing well in this crazy new world.

My family has been hit pretty hard right now because we are all in the travel and hospitality industry. Tori's museum has closed, and Kirk's restaurant is on limited hours for carry-out only. However, Katie is on her way home from WDW for a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to seeing my baby again and will be driving back down with her when she returns.

If you're not doing OK, if you just want to reach out and talk my inbox is always open. I may not have any answers but I am pretty good at listening. We are all in this together, and can only take it one day at a time.

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I am hanging in there. I will be working from home until further notice.

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Ontario just declared a state of emergency so KenJ and I are now working from home for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we can get the spread stopped before it gets out of control.

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Our County pretty much closed last week. Schools, Day Cares, and non essential business were asked to close. By Sunday Bars and restaurants were told that they could only open for take-out. I think the rest of the state has now followed. Mark and I both still have to work. We are thankful to still be working but not crazy about possibly being exposed.

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Erik and I are still working. He's a mechanic so it hasn't really affected his job yet. We closed the dining room and are take out only which isn't a big deal as I work at Dairy Queen and it's mostly take out anyway. However, it's march break here in Ontario and we are no where near as busy as usual. People just aren't going out much I guess ( except to the grocery stores to hoard food and toilet paper sarcastic ). Schools here are closed for two weeks after the march break and all non essential businesses are closed. We haven't had a case of the virus here yet, hopefully we can keep it that way crossfingers

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DH and I are both retired so work is not an issue, but we are both over 65 and Mike became an insulin dependent diabetic last fall after being on oral meds for years. He's also a heart patient and uses an inhaler that is generally prescribed for COPD patients. He hasn't been in the hospital yet this year which is a good thing! My health is pretty good. I still watch the twins once or twice a week and my special needs granddaughter and her baby brother once a week. I helped out when Ilah had her tethered cord surgery last year and heel cord surgery a few weeks ago. Yet I still worry since Ilah's mom and dad are emergency room nurses at a hospital classified as a level 1 trauma center.

We are hunkered down and go out only when necessary. I run the errands and make him stay home, although he still walks the dogs. Grocery stores in Northwest Ohio have no TP, tissues or paper towels, but since we are Costco members we had plenty of paper products on hand before this all started. The grocery stores have plenty of fresh produce and it is not too difficult to find beef and chicken if you know at which store to shop.

My daughter, mother of the twins, was diagnosed with influenza A last Saturday and started Tamiflu the same day. The boys who had flu shots had only a touch of it. Their dad started Tamiflu last night. Fortunately I was never exposed. Mike and I both had flu shots but I still don't want to risk exposing DH to anything that might put him in the hospital!

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I still don't want to risk exposing DH to anything that might put him in the hospital!

I hear that! Tori, Geordon, and I are all on the high risk list. They both have pre-existing lung issues, and I'm immunocompromised. We're all hunkered down at home and I'm not letting Geordon leave the house at all. I plan on going out for groceries on Saturday to restock a few things. For the most part we are just trying to stay calm.

Tori and I started watching a Marvel Movie Marathon, we are re-watching all the movies in order of release. Yesterday we got through Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and Avengers.

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My parents and I are doing pretty well. My mom is slightly suffering because she has been renting a car through Lyft. She has to earn $250 before she starts to earn money. Ever since the theme parks closed along with Disney Springs, I think it has been hard for her earn money.
I really miss my furry co-workers even though some of them are butt heads. I finally made it out to Publix to get some food and drinks. I'm hoping the food I bought will last me a while. A couple weeks ago I bought bogo toilet paper so I'm set on that front. I'm getting paid for the hours that I would have worked this week and I am going to get paid every week the parks are closed.
I also have a sore on near my belly button that seems to be healing slowly. I did drain it earlier today and it seems to be doing better after that. I might go to the minute clinic tomorrow to have it checked out just in case. I tried to set up an appointment today but they are all filled and the walk in wait time is over 180 minutes.

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Doing good here, Blondie is out of school until April 13! She is in Georgia with my parents as Joe and I are both still working. She has all of her assignments online and she has her violin to practice. Poor mom and dad laugh

I work in a medical office, it is a group of eye doctors but they are specialists so we are still there keeping our patient's sight in tact. Our major problem right now are surgery centers closing down and not being able to help people with retina detachments or holes. gaah

Joe owns his own business so we are a little stressed about that. I don't think people are going to be spending lots of money on home audio/visual systems. Maybe security stuff but the other random stuff... sad

Work has been stressful with all of the rescheduling and staffing. We have a lot of younger kids who are very worried about not being able to work and have money for bills so there is a lot of reassurance going on. Our docs (4) have such varying opinions on how things are to be done and it is nerve wracking keeping them all happy. waiting

But good thing is we are both healthy. I do worry about Joe with the heart issues. We have plenty of TP and food. We have a friend with a house in the mountains and they are currently in Orlando for the "winter" So, if I get off work, we will head there to breathe the mountain air and hang out on the lake. crossfingers biggrin

Hope you are all doing well, and I'm here to talk to if you need to! muchlove

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Well, Illinois just got put under a "stay at home" order that starts tomorrow until April 7th.

I went out and grabbed some last minute things from the grocery store, such as dairy and fresh produce. They say that the markets are going to continue operating for us, but if you don't get there first thing in the morning the shelves are so depleted that the staff can't keep up re-stocking. I have some TP, but I would like to find more. I'm thinking that I may just have it delivered from amazon or somewhere because it's easier than trying to find it.

Katie made it home Wednesday night and plans on being back in Florida by April 1st. She filed for emergency unemployment today. I really want to go back with her but since we're not really sure that the Parks will be open again by then I may just stay home to reduce my exposure. Florida already has a higher rate of infection and mortality rate than Illinois does, it's interesting to see how the different States are responding.

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I have a grocery order in that I'm picking up today. Hopefully I get a pack of coveted TP. We are good right now but if they did the stay at home order tomorrow, we would need more.

I'm still supposed to be at work Monday. Joe is questionable. They have already "closed" the islands and beaches to people other than residents.

I've just been hanging out in the backyard, thank goodness the weather is beautiful, with Walt and relaxing. Our patient demographic is older and normally very sick patients so we have to really limit our exposure as not to spread it to the more vulnerable.

xoxo stay safe everyone!

Oh, I bought the party pack on Heads Up last night which includes Disney Parks, Joe and I loved it!!!!

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G is lucky he works for Bank of New York and they took the decision last week for him (and now all staff) to work from home. I on the other hand work in the worst place going one of the original designated hospitals for Covid19 and in respiratory. I am admin and now do not go onto the ward and cannot even get water for drinking. The ward is where they are putting all suspected and confirmed cases (although it is throughout the hospital now). My office is across a corridor and we are trying to stop the nurses coming in but have been told we cannot. We are trying to keep it a clean area.

Honestly I am scared. I know that 80% of the population is predicted to get this is some shape or other but when you are so close to it on every working day you wonder how long before it is me. They are already asking admin if they will help on the wards (not surprisingly most of us don't want to). My colleagues say I am the calm one in the office but I am not, I am trying to still do my job and reassure patients and the others. I have found out I am at risk because I am 55+ and a high BMI and hypertension.

There are some good bits, my elderly very at risk parents are the other end of the country and are being looked after by neighbours for which I am very grateful for so I cannot put them at risk, I can still buy craft bits online (thanks to Scrappy I have a Cricut machine and love it), Disney + streams next week, it has finally stopped raining and is sunny and bright, my holiday is 6 months away so I might still get it (if it doesn't happen it is not the end of the world we will get out there eventually) all of my friends here are still OK, I still have a job (however scary it is) and the birds are singing, the plants are starting to regrow and I have my online friends to chat to.

Stay safe, hope you all manage financially if your jobs are temporarily shut, big hugs to you all

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Sending you big hugs and lots of strength energy Sally-Ann. I'm sure you are taking every precaution that you can. Sometimes being "the strong one" is the hardest job of all. Allow yourself the time to process things when you go home at night, it's absolutely OK to feel scared. This is scary, and it sounds like you are in the thick of it.

You have a safe place here if you need to vent. We've got you. muchlove

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Ontario has just announced that all non essential businesses must be closed by midnight tomorrow. They are releasing a list of who that includes tomorrow morning. We are not sure if we are considered non essential but it's not looking good sad

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Spook wrote:
Ontario has just announced that all non essential businesses must be closed by midnight tomorrow. They are releasing a list of who that includes tomorrow morning. We are not sure if we are considered non essential but it's not looking good sad

Hopefully you can still stay open for take out only. crossfingers

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JanJ wrote:
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Ontario has just announced that all non essential businesses must be closed by midnight tomorrow. They are releasing a list of who that includes tomorrow morning. We are not sure if we are considered non essential but it's not looking good sad

Hopefully you can still stay open for take out only. crossfingers

I'm not sure we will be. We don't have burgers or food, just ice cream. I don't think the treat stores are considered essential (although ice cream is essential to me laugh )

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Here in Florida, all food locations are to-go and delivery only until May 8. A lot of schools have closed until the middle of April.

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Hello all, just checking in. Here in Montgomery County, PA. we just went into a hard "Stay at home" order at 8pm from our Governor. No none life emergency travel. Our county is considered an epicenter for Covid19 in PA.

Scrappy and I are still working. My Department just changed my shifts so only one dispatcher in on duty at a time, so I will be doing 7 days on and seven days off. I am first under my supervisor so I at least get day shift. He will be working when I am off and this shift is permanent until this thing is over. We have one dispatcher that was tested for the virus but have not gotten the results back yet. He was in New Orleans week before last and when he came home he didn't feel well.

I have to say it is a little freaky, no traffic stops, no crime, we have had 1 domestic in the past 2 weeks. The stupid phone calls still keep coming though.

The only thing our stores are really out of is TP, Lysol products & hand sanitizer. Other than that we can get just about anything, except for booze & guns.

Schools are closed for minimum of another 3 weeks.

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We have one dispatcher that was tested for the virus but have not gotten the results back yet. He was in New Orleans week before last and when he came home he didn't feel well.

Yikes! That is scary. Sending you good strong immune system vibes for your continued wellbeing.

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all food locations are to-go and delivery only until May 8.

And yet Disney continues to say they will be opening April 1st. waiting

I wish Disney would put out a new announcement so that Katie doesn't go back and down there on her own. She doesn't do well mentally when she doesn't have something to keep her busy and I would rather her stay here as long as possible. I know she's an adult and is going to do what she thinks is best, but if Disney would put out some new information she would at least have a few days to think about it.

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Hi all my Disney friends

This seemed the appropriate forum to update you all on what's been going on with the Mad Hatter. Currently, I am quarantined. Someone in my office experienced symptoms of coronavirus on the evening of March 18, unknown of the status, but I'm in quarantine depending on test results for the next few days. I'm a frequent monitor of this site but don't often post, but feel like I know you all well. Some of you long timers may remember my story, and questions I had regarding trip insurance awhile back when I had to cancel a trip due to my wife developing cancer. That was 2015. She survived that threat at that time, we cancelled a Disney trip that year to deal with the cancer. Rescheduled a year later, and for the first time ever bought annual passes and celebrated the recovery with 3 Disney trips. In September 2018, got a call with test results that the cancer had come back with a vengeance. I lost her from complications with the cancer on April 20 of 2019. After 19 years of marriage I had to figure out what life meant going forward, and have since met someone that makes me very happy. My new interest had lost her husband a couple of years earlier, and we really connected. We are planning for the future and have annual passes purchased and trying to figure out when to activate them. There is some hope and goodness and pixie dust in all this mess!

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It seems rather bizarre to send my condolences and congratulations all in the same post, but these are bizarre times. Stay well!

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oHIo wrote:
It seems rather bizarre to send my condolences and congratulations all in the same post, but these are bizarre times. Stay well!

What oHIo said! Stay safe and we pray you come back negative . Our Dispatchers results just came back negative.

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We have one dispatcher that was tested for the virus but have not gotten the results back yet. He was in New Orleans week before last and when he came home he didn't feel well.

Yikes! That is scary. Sending you good strong immune system vibes for your continued wellbeing.

Thank you Kristen.

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It is snowballing here last week only one side of the ward was COVID-19 this week both sides and the hospital is locked down to all but workers and 1 person is allowed to visit their dying relative. It is getting harder to get to work using public transport as from Monday the buses are 1 an hour and I have to get 2 as I live over the water. I don't drive. They say they want to keep the buses running to get key workers in but aren't running them so you can get there in time. Also looks like all admin leave is being cancelled and Easter as well, which we don't understand as we aren't technically front line.

I am now the only full time person left as 2 colleagues are self isolating, one is off with stress and that leaves a part timer (who goes at 2) and me. I am really close to quitting as they are treating us like fodder and have zero respect to our concerns.

Glad everyone is still safe here it just seems bleak at the moment but I think that is just where I am working.

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Sending prayer for you Sally-Ann. We saw it was getting pretty rough over there too. Please tell G we say hello!

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So sorry to hear this Sally Ann, sounds terrible. I work for an eye doctor. They are specialists but it isn't like we are saving lives. It kinda irritates me as we have 15-20 staff members in the office at once daily. (many who like telling us what all they did over the weekend mad ) Plus tons of elderly already sick patients (diabetes, immunosuppressed etc) and we are "encouraging" them to come in and continue on their treatment. So, we are considered "essential" and will keep going in and hoping for the best. Luckily I have a small office the I stay in and have no patient contact, coworkers on the other hand are who I'm worried about. One went out to eat over the weekend "well they had outdoor tables", one went to the barber shop, one went to the gym (they weren't closed yet), one went to the beach. They were all so proud of the things they were able to do waiting One of them is in her 50s. I could have smacked her.

Oh well... I guess I'm living recklessly.

In other news, I've been sitting outside a lot and this may be the tanneset I've been in a long time. And I can't breathe from all of the damn pollen. waiting

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Yikes that sounds bad. Here all non essential treatment is cancelled, all outpatient face to face and defo no new patients. They are doing everything to stop this and they reckon the peak is 10 days away.

On the plus side we have finally started watching the Madalorian (which we liked).

I can sit outside too but it is still cold here but at least no snow or rain! So I am staying my same pale colour.

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Mad Hatter wrote:
Hi all my Disney friends, This seemed the appropriate forum to update you all on what's been going on with the Mad Hatter.

Oh my goodness, you have had so much going on! I am so sorry that you lost your wife, but I am thrilled for you to be moving forward and having found a new love. As you know better than most, life is short, it's good that you are living it to the fullest. Welcome back!

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They are doing everything to stop this and they reckon the peak is 10 days away.

Hang in there Sally-Ann, I know this is so difficult be brave and stay strong. It's crazy that everyone else in your office has bailed.

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It kinda irritates me as we have 15-20 staff members in the office at once daily. (many who like telling us what all they did over the weekend mad )

I found out today some friends of mine are having a "social distancing party" at their house this weekend. Ummm.... NO. That completely defeats the point and it infuriates me that they are being so irresponsible. I hope no one shows up.

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They have to, to stop the spread.

An isolation party, do these people not realise how virulent and deadly this is? It is killing all ages not just those with medical conditions, hope they can afford their health bills. Here the police can arrest and fine people.

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Sally-Ann wrote:
An isolation party, do these people not realise how virulent and deadly this is?

No, no I don't think they do. I think they are of a certain mindset, a certain portion of the population that trusts in our current President, that group that trusts more in spin than in science.