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How is your state handling the pandemic?

 
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Having lived my whole life in California, I didn't realize how different everything is from state to state. I have to say that my family is California is in a much better position to recover from this pandemic than Oregon, regardless of the fact that they are more exposed (Bay Area).

One of my sons has been put on a zero hour schedule, regardless of the fact that his job is medical (autistic occupational therapist), thankfully he is eligible for unemployment. Apparently, that is not true in all states.

Oregon doesn't even have state disability. Thankfully, my daughter in Oregon works for Costco and in states without state disability, Costco pays for private disability insurance. And, by personal experience, I can tell you that making the insurance people cry pushes things along (not that I enjoyed that, but they were torturing my daughter).

Thankfully, we are well positioned to weather this storm, and I'm mostly looking at how I can help my community in the upcoming months. I live in a small town, mostly retirees, mostly poor. So I'm planting more and am suspecting that I will preserve less and donate more, thankfully the Episcopal Church in town is very good at outreach.

Hope others are doing well.
 
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Well, in 6 hours Illinois will go into lockdown mode.  That lockdown allows for several exceptions such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and of all things, hardware stores.

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They have shutdown colleges, then K-12 school, then community/art/entertainment/library, they have advised companies to mske workers work from home and the state has sent home all non-essential government workers. I think public transit is free and folks load from the back of the bus. Airports and roads and public transit is still open. Hospital appointments have been cancelled, some public hospitals have been closed, not too sure if they are using it as staging areas the infected. Streets are empty. I hear less police siren, I am not too sure about the homeless population.

The SBA is giving out loans, I should apply. I hope the banks extends every mortgage by 90days and that tentants are not evicted for 90days too.
 
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Eric Hanson wrote: and of all things, hardware stores.




Would you want to be stuck in a house with a burst pipe the whole time, and not be allowed to fix it?
 
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I'm more interested in what benefits your state is going to provide given the upcoming economic crash. Just today, a friend in eastern Washington went to a medical facility with symptoms and was told that they wouldn't be tested if they didn't pay up front and was forced to just walk out of the facility exposing everyone.

I know that there are laws on the books, that require immediate medical care for emergencies. I don't believe that there is a greater emergency than a pandemic, but that's just me.
 
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Oklahoma is a deep red state.  The governor tweeted out a picture of himself and his kids in a crowded public food court eight days ago, after schools had already started to close.  We have bans on large gatherings and we have closed schools, that's about it.  We got our very first testing capability about two weeks ago, and to date there have been less than 800 tests in a population of about four million.  About 100 of those were for two professional basketball teams.  

I think it's safe to say our state is not handling this well.  

Benefits?  This is a state that didn't expand Medicaid.  It's fairly good at passing federal money through state programs; if there are federal supplements to unemployment insurance and such, Oklahoma will implement them.  But actually spending state money for the benefit of citizens in difficulty?  We won't be seeing much of that.  
 
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As of today we are under shelter-in-place status and companies are forced to close until April 7th (14days)
Marijuana medical facilities/stores are still open for biz but only medical marijuana users are still able to buy. We get a good amount of recreational weed tourist from our region, and we don't have enough supplies and want to discourage travel. Liquor stores are essential biz and still open.

I am hearing that Chinese Americans out in the streets are feeling fearful, due to the looks, comments and action of others.
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Well, in 6 hours Illinois will go into lockdown mode.  That lockdown allows for several exceptions such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and of all things, hardware stores.

Eric



Hardware stores I understand.  Like Ellendra said, some things need to be fixed NOW.  In WI, liquor stores are listed as an exception to the lockdown.  My thinking is, if you can't either stock up enough ahead of time, or go without for a few weeks, you maybe need to look into rehab instead of a liquor stores.
 
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14 days self-quarantine immediately upon arrival has now been instituted for my state effective March 27, 2020 for anyone entering Mass.
http://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/gov-baker-to-provide-an-update-on-coronavirus-in-mass/2098195

Stores are now suppose to have a seniors-only hour. Not too sure if it is to protect the general population from seniors or if it is to protect seniors from the general population.
 
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I went out to run an errand with my daughter.  Oddly, the local farm store we went to was fairly busy and I noticed many open business as I was traveling to and from.  Theoretically Illinois is supposed to be some sort of lockdown.  However, aside from restaurants I am not exactly certain what is locked down.

Eric
 
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This morning Governor Gretchen Whitless banned the use of a pill that our best hospitals have been giving to COVID-19 patients for weeks -- apparently because Donald Trump mentioned it in a speech and some idiot in Arizona ate pool cleaner.

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Police is RI is "escorting" folks from New York to their house for 14 day quarantine.
It's only escorting, not arresting, folks are encourage to report any New Yorker they see.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ri-state-police-will-pull-over-drivers-from-new-york-to-enforce-self-quarantine/vi-BB11NDPT?ocid=spartanntp
 
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S Bengi wrote:Police is RI is "escorting" folks from New York to their house for 14 day quarantine.
It's only escorting, not arresting, folks are encourage to report any New Yorker they see.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ri-state-police-will-pull-over-drivers-from-new-york-to-enforce-self-quarantine/vi-BB11NDPT?ocid=spartanntp



Well, as a semi driver, I can say that New York hasn't endeared itself to the New England states. I know what it costs to transport goods over the Hudson River. New York has been profiteering by geography at the expense of its northern neighbors for decades.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:Hardware stores I understand.  Like Ellendra said, some things need to be fixed NOW.  In WI, liquor stores are listed as an exception to the lockdown.  My thinking is, if you can't either stock up enough ahead of time, or go without for a few weeks, you maybe need to look into rehab instead of a liquor stores.



One big problem with this: alcohol detox can kill all on its own.  It's rare, but it does happen.  More likely, people in withdrawal will seek medical attention at already overcrowded and understaffed hospitals, which is the real problem.  And of course, every state's laws are different; it's only recently my state relaxed laws so beer and wine can be sold in a supermarket.  It's kind of a catch-22 in states with tight liquor laws--do you burden the system with patients you wouldn't otherwise see (or see slowly, not all at once), or do you risk a higher exposure for employees and the public to the virus?  I'm glad I don't have to make those decisions.
 
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Folks are discriminating against Chinese/Asians/Immigrants. Mayors and officials are saying this is not the time to do this.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/not-a-time-for-scapegoating-walsh-says-boston-wont-stand-for-racism-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB11OhfM

And nurses are being given 24hrs to leave their house because folks are worried they are bringing home the virus.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coronavirus-nurses-face-eviction-housing-discrimination-from-scared-landlords/ar-BB11Oa7k

I know that for the greater good its best if all healthcare workers and supermarket workers go out but what does that mean for their family/roommates?

 
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Our Lt. Governor said old folks should die to save the economy for their grandkids and he wants everyone to get back to work.

 
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Tyler - it's very sad to see how callous people can be. I'm very grateful that I don't work off of our property. My daughter will be going back to work on April 9. She works at Costco, as does one of my sons. Costco has actually ramped up their staffing to get people in and out quickly, as well as having someone wipe down the carts.
 
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Illinois is on lock down, but that seems to be a relative term.  I see less activity.  That, however, is along way from no activity.  My county and the county north of me have had zero cases.  Other neighboring counties have had one case each.  Some stores are shut down. The John Deere dealer has the employees roped off from the customers.  But most stores seem to be operating normally ...judging from the parking lots.
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