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Well, we're 3 weeks into "Green" (no government enforced restrictions).  Last reported we are 152 cases (we were at 3 cases when they changed the rules).  Most are still in a different region but I see both our region and the region with the other big city are both on the rise now as well. And the fully vaccinated percentage is still just barely moving, at 72.3% (the original plan was to not go green into 75%, since they abandoned that plan and went green anyway, the vaccination rates have dropped off dramatically.).

I still wear my mask pretty much everywhere, at least inside.  I went into the mall for the first time since the whole thing started (I'm not much of a mall person anyway) to buy new shoes on Friday. Probably about 80% of employees are still wearing masks.  But maybe 20% of shoppers were....

I expect we had an announcement about going back to the office last week, but I'm on vacation until 8:00 am tomorrow, so I refuse to looked at my work email until then. They have been saying for months that they will give at least 2 weeks notice before we have to go back, so it's not like tomorrow I'll be "Oops, I was supposed to go in".  My manager was pretty sure they looking at mid to late Sept anyway.....

 

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Case rates are doing their best at showing a dramatic and exponential increase.  We're over 200 hospitalizations in the province again, and daily increases aren't looking pretty (my city alone was something like 230ish cases on Friday).  We also saw the same dip in vaccinations once they went to stage 3 on July 1st.

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Well, locally there's been some issues...we're starting allergy and sinus season which has a lot of visible similarities and panic problems.

 

So, I'm stuck at home until my head clears, it isn't COVID, but just a mix of a sinus infection and allergy messes that aren't making things easy anyway.

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My throat is approximately back to normal after a week of being scratchy because I was an idiot and biked to campus on the super smoky day. Woo. Duolingo had been complaining at me for a day or two there.

 

BC just announced vaccination passports for most non-essential activities involving businesses or other gathering (it includes events like weddings that get catered). Joining Quebec, France, and I think Italy on that. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and general retail are not affected, nor are religious services. News said it was supported by the province sportsball/puck teams, brewers associations, restaurant associations, tourism groups, entertainers... etc. Goal is to have the order for passports expire end of January, but who knows what the state of things will be at that point. The provincial health official tries to not keep orders beyond their necessary time (and has been criticized for removing some too fast). The premier seems to defer to her on public health matters, which is nice. So uh yep - state of the world around me. That's the state of it as of today.

 

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Oh hey they just made vaccines or frequent testing mandatory for employees at schools, colleges, and government offices. now if only we weren't less than two weeks from when school starts. So anyone who waited for the order will not be fully vaccinated before the start of classes even if they go for the 1 shot vaccine.

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4 hours ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

Oh hey they just made vaccines or frequent testing mandatory for employees at schools, colleges, and government offices. now if only we weren't less than two weeks from when school starts. So anyone who waited for the order will not be fully vaccinated before the start of classes even if they go for the 1 shot vaccine.

 

Our order has a bit of that going on too. Sept 13 is start of the order, but Sept 7th is first day of college classes. And order is for dose 1 on Sept 13, but dose 2 by Oct 24. I do understand it; there is a time delay on it. Best time to get a jab was months ago, next best time is today. We have a lot of international students, and I suspect some of them need that accommodation if their point of origin didn't have availability. We also have J&J approved but not in use, so a one-shot option isn't available. Bit of a shame nothing was announced on the schools end earlier, for sake of managing that delay. Accommodations still could've been made for international students.

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Well, as of tomorrow we're back to having to prove vaccination or self quarantining when we go to Nova Scotia, due to the increased cases here. I'll have to get what I have to do sorted, as I'm headed there for my grandmother's funeral this weekend. (She passed in Feb 2020, pre covid, it has taken this long to get things arranged so my uncle from Ontario can get down.)

 

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We got another new one in: province wide indoor public space masking is back. A lot of people still were masking up anyway in shared public spaces, but not universally. Pretty much if it is public and indoors, masks are to be on unless you are eating with your own group, or exercising in your own space. May irritate some but it is very easy to implement compared to other measures at this point. All of the orders really are focusing on public spaces that are shared by different groups of people, not at-home practices it seems. I hope the service workers don't get too much abuse with enforcing the rules. They don't deserve the trouble, regardless of position on current state of the rules.

 

Hope your trip goes smoothly, Jasper.

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26 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Well, Lady C got tested today, we won't know until tomorrow or Thursday if she is positive. If she is, Reapercon will be out the window for me. Say a prayer for us, thanks.

 

Hoping for the best for both of you. 

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Rooting for you Corsair. Both of you hang tough.

 

After a year and a half of this upheaval someone I actually know has got. An ambulance driver who is a volunteer on the lifeboat that I am in charge of. So we are all due an extra test and the 'boat comes off service until we are all clear. Just about the busiest time of year for us, of course... 

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1 hour ago, Corsair said:

Well, my lovely bride is positive for Covid, but is not terribly sick, I mean hospital stay category. I get tested this afternoon.

 

I hope her symptoms stay mild and it is effectively an annoyance instead of worse. May you stay healthy too!

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