The Big Quarantine – March 24, 2020
The Day in My Mom’s Weekly Pandemic Care – Part 2: In what a few weeks ago would have been a normal, not worth mentioning errand, today I had a great outing taking some food (including pizza) and supplies to my Mom in the beautiful Cincinnati suburb of Finneytown.
Where before I would have simply snapped up my car keys and breezed out of this house, this excursion took hours of my prepping and psyching myself up. In addition to her provisions, I wanted to bring her some of my homemade banana bread. That took twenty minutes of fraught-with-emotion-googling. In the end, I took my temperature (normal) and held my breath for 45 seconds while, not hovering above the loaf, I cut her off a slab and packaged it. Particulates in the air be damned!
For relatively normal excursion, I feel like going on a one-week vacation.
Oh, the reaction to getting a pizza delivered? A very simple, “Oh!” She really was happy to see that pizza!
The Day in It’s a New Day of Commerce: I want to support local restaurants/shops where I can. The business model for those still doing business is on its head for them and interesting to navigate for the customer. Pizza from Taglio hasn’t changed much except their dining room is closed off and the small staff is watching movies on their TVs that usually play sports.
Allez bread was a little more intense. You could tell they’d done a lot of walk up business. The counter guy was trying to restock the mostly bare front shelves. They were clearly busy in the back. (See the link below for their “Buy a Meal for a Healthcare Worker.) Only two people are allowed in the store at a time. There is that awkward bit of human courtesy when you want to open the door for someone exiting a store with bags in their hands but you stay back. And then everyone pretends this is fine.
By the way, the twists and turns people are doing to open doors without using their hands or to shimmy around people seem like the same moves a person would make trying to carry two martinis through a crowded dance floor with minimal spillage.
The Day in Human Contact: This was a busy day for me having contact with live humans. I exchanged awkwardness with the lady coming out of Allez. I commerced with the Allez baker, and then with the pizza guy. I spoke with the drive through pharmacy lady and then my Mom’s neighbor. Mom was part of the mix. Then I stood on my friend’s lawn (he lives very close to my Mom) and had a social chat. And, finally, I spoke to a neighbor who was entering the building the same time as me. I do not think I ever had the desire to or the ability to count all the people I talked to in one day. It’s like I’m living a slow motion version of Sesame Street where every interaction is a scene. (p.s. I needed a nap…very over-whelming!)
Also, maybe I’ve been in too long, but I can’t decide who I have a bigger crush on…The baker or the pizza maker.
The Day isn’t over… : Later tonight my book club is going to meet via Zoom. More tomorrow! (We’re reading Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li.)
The Day in the Miniature Collection: Here’s a live shot of me leaving my house to get provisions.
If you want to help local bars and restaurant and their workers, please check out the links below:
Pleasantry OTR and Allez Bakery: Buy a meal for a healthcare worker
Restaurant Workers Relief Program: www.leeintiative.org
We desperately need funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. All donations go right back to the restaurants in your city that are feeding people in need.
We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, shelf stable food
We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us
Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to the local restaurant that is giving in your city.
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𝗗𝗖 – @succotashrestaurant 915 F St NW, Washington DC, 20004
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𝗗𝗲𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿 – @eatwithsafta 3330 Brighton Blvd #201, Denver, CO 80216
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𝗖𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶 – @mitascincy 501 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
𝗔𝘁𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮 – @restauranteugeneatl 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
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Updated March 24, 2020
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 44,183 (Yesterday = 33,404)
- Total deaths: 544 (Yesterday = 400)
- Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.