Colorado COVID19 Cases

A brief look at Covid-19 Coronavirus cases in the state of Colorado. There are some jumps today… March 25, 2020.  Overall reported cases: 1,086 cases. 147 hospitalized, 19 deaths. 8,064 people tested.

  • Denver 214
  • El Paso 122
  • Eagle 120
  • Jefferson 93
  • Arapahoe 88
  • Weld 87
  • Douglas 58
  • Gunnison 52
  • Boulder 51
  • Larimer 45
  • Adams 38
  • Pitkin 21
  • Unknown 15
  • Garfield 13
  • Summit 9
  • Broomfield 8
  • Routt 6
  • Teller 5
  • Mesa 5
  • Montrose 4
  • Pueblo 3

Everyone Is On Edge

I walked Mochi this morning in the field behind our house, just like I do every morning. When we get to the start of the trail, I check to make sure Mochi isn’t going to charge after other dogs or people and then I let her run. She’s a dog. She needs to run. This morning was no different than any other.

And yet, I could tell from a distance that the woman coming towards us on the trail was giving off a vibe. She didn’t have a dog with her and her stature seemed odd. Mochi sensed it right away and I didn’t call her back soon enough. Mochi approached her, she confirmed my suspicions and Mochi started barking at her. She cowered, and then told me: “THIS IS AN ON LEASH DOG AREA. THERE ARE SIGNS POSTED AT ALL OF THE ENTRANCES TO THE OPEN SPACE.”

Mochi was continuing to bark at her, causing her to panic more. I got her to come to me and put her on leash.

My response, “I’m sorry my dog scared you.”

I wasn’t about to tell her I take Mochi there every morning and every morning I let her off leash to run. That the sign showing that dogs must be leashed is in fact gone. Someone got rid of it months ago. And all of the regular dog walkers all let their Fido’s off leash.

A lot more people are finding refuge in the open spaces around our neighborhood. And with those open spaces come rules: dogs are permitted on leash.

I got back to the house in a little bit of a huff. I understand what she was saying but she didn’t have to be an asshole about it. After venting to Ben, he responded that I could have said, “I’m sorry that woman scared you, Mochi.”

Can we all just chill out a little bit?!?

Colorado At A Glance

Just wanted to track the number of cases of Covid-19 in the state of Colorado, based on each county. This is data taken from a 4pm query run today, March 24, 2020.

Colorado Case Count

*People who tested positive for COVID-19 in Colorado while visiting are included in the county where they were identified.
Denver 176
El Paso 106 (Colorado Springs)
Eagle 96 (Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek Area)

 

Shelter At Home Day #1

Its official as of 5pm MTN today – Boulder County is in shelter at home status. Only a handful of counties in Colorado have this status: Denver, Jefferson, San Miguel. What’s missing are the other counties that have a lot of people – specifically El Paso, which houses Colorado Springs and home to more than 700,000 residents.

We were advised to stay home and get outside for exercise but not in groups and not with anyone who isn’t in your household. Cycling was mentioned – and as long as you ride solo and maintain the 6′ social distancing, that should be okay.  Spring is starting to show up and today the temps neared 70 degrees. This is an outdoor centric community and a lot of people flock to the outdoors… and it should be safe, right?

Time will tell. Now, we sit and wait.

Just Riding Along

I went for a ride outside today, alone. I had a couple of essentials to pick up: some 1/4″ elastic from a neighbor, drop off a package at USPS, stop by the vet to pick up some antibiotics for Moonli and lastly, a stop at JoAnn Fabric’s for some home made masks I’m making for health care providers.

At the top of the hill near my house on a two lane road with no shoulder, a dually pick up truck had stopped, blocking traffic on the opposite side of the road. As I came upon him, he rolled his window down and blatantly flipped me off, not making eye contact and smirking to the passenger next to him.

His message was received loud and clear – though I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I was riding alone. I was in my neighborhood. And yet he felt compelled to let me know that I should shove it.

The ironic thing is that I was headed to get supplies to make masks for health care workers and help.

Our country is still very much broken. Since some parts of the country, even within our state have shutter in place rules and others don’t, it sends a mixed message to everyone of what’s okay and what isn’t. I read a professional cyclist in Belgium was assaulted by a man in a van when he rode by and then was beat up.

Sure we all have a range of emotions when processing our ever changing world right now. And some feel more anger and aggression than others, and can take that out on others. Be safe, friends. I’m beginning to fear for my fellow Americans more than the virus itself.

Stepping Into the Unknown

Working from home and being self motivated isn’t new to me. I’ve been self-employed for over 10 years and really enjoy working at my own pace. Yet lately, it seems like there are so many distractions that I find it hard to focus. It’s hard to not check the latest on the virus, to see what economists are predicting for the future, to see what my friends and family are up to on social media and how they’re coping with things, to listen to podcasts on the subject… it’s everywhere.

And yet I find myself planning for the future… and for the first time in over a decade, I applied for a full time job. In an office. Or at least, a virtual office. Gulp. Yet in order to keep a roof over our head and to keep us sleeping at night, it’s what feels right now. Alright Universe, let’s do this.

Many of us are stepping into the unknown and are unsure of what the future holds. So rather than hoping that things will get better, it’s time to step it up and take action.

Constructive Media Plea

Do you ever wake up early in the morning, thinking about all of the amazing, thought provoking things that you want to share with the world only to fall back to sleep and then POOF! They’re gone?

Me neither!

Ha! I tease.

I thought of some responses to what we’re dealing with right now. Some ways to mitigate the pain, loss and suffering. Some ways to combat the grief we all feel for having to change our habits in countless ways… and yep, they’re gone.

I do have a proposal though. Or rather, it’s a challenge for the media at large. Instead of focusing on the statistics, and theories and instilling fear and hysteria in the public at large, what if you focused on the positive. What if you started thanking communities who are adhering to the new social distancing recommendations? What if you shared actual stories about people who are dealing with the realities of what’s going on right now? What if you made this pandemic more human? What if you figured out the silver lining in what’s going on in the world around us to instill a culture of hope and resiliency?

Something I’m reading right now: “Deadliest Enemies.” It’s so thought provoking and informative about pandemic diseases.

Social Distancing

I love this tweet: “Turns out I’ve been self quarantining all these years.”

And the reason I love it? I feel the same way. If I can do all my grocery shopping and not have to go the supermarket or run errands – I can get so much MORE done in a day! There are so many books to read, so many delicious meals to make, a ukulele to learn out to play, puzzles to solve, certifications to obtain, learning to prioritize, yoga to do and teach. The list goes on and on.

So that’s how my COVID19 social distancing practice is going. How’s yours?

Staying Sane

My mom’s side of the family is from the Hawaiian Islands and I grew up on the mainland, in Eugene, Oregon. I LOVED visiting my grandmother – she was a Kama’aina and lived in Nu’uanu, about 10 minutes from downtown Honolulu. If you’ve ever watched Magnum, p.i. and remember the intro scene with the red Ferrari driving up a beautiful road – that was the road my grandmother lived on.

Anyway, as a kid we would take trips to visit with my grandmother for months at a time and we’d inevitably get bored. Although she lived in Hawaii, her house was smack in the middle of a rain forest and it was always damp and wet. Sure we’d get to go the beach everyday but what about the other hours of the day? Cleverly, my Gammy took us down to Liberty Center and introduced me to the ukulele. Let’s be clear – no one in my family has an ounce of music history in their background, or at least that I know of. Yet I was determined and shy to play it so once I got home with my new prized possession, I climbed up on the rock wall that faces the street and started strumming it constantly. Bruce Springsteen,  It brought a sense of joy and comfort and after a 25 year hiatus, it’s time to dust that little instrument off and start playing it again.

My goal: Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

It’s going to be pretty ugly at first, but with practice it’ll get better. Maybe I’ll get brave enough to share my journey. 🙂

And the strange get stranger

In addition to the pandemic we all face from COVID19, we also face some serious mental health issues. Hoarding, obsessing, denial, the list is long right now. Even several people in my cycling community are not taking the social distancing seriously. They’re riding 8-20 in a pack of people, under the presumption that they’re outside and they’ll be okay.

What happens when it’s cold and your nose starts to run? What happens if you brush up against someone else and that snot gets transferred? And now what we’re learning is that someone can have COVID19 without showing any symptoms, making this virus nearly impossible to contain.

Here’s a link to a post by an Italian who is about 15 days ahead of the US as far as impact is. Their medical system is overwhelmed and health care providers are having to make war time like decisions on who lives and who dies. This is really happening people.

My husband has been in Canada for the past 10 days, coaching a group of young cyclists and in a bubble. When shit hit the fan last Wednesday, I urged him to get those kids on a plane. The other coaches weren’t concerned. They decided to stay. Then their competition was canceled. Then the venue was closed. Each day that passes new closures are announced, our way of living changes, people hoard things because they feel like they can control what’s going on around them by doing so. I find myself obsessively cleaning things and then cooking making sure nothing goes to waste.

Ben comes home tomorrow and it can’t come soon enough. I head to the airport to pick him up in our van and already warned him about wiping everything down with disinfectant, insisting that he strip down when he walks in the door so we can laundry everything, trying to prevent any un-welcomed germs in our house, our safe place. Is that even possible?

He told me he was worried about my mental health today by the lists I created online. So I stopped checking media, I took a well needed break today. And then tonight I looked and more devastating news continues to come in from new sources. I’m worried for my mom in the heart of Seattle, I’m worried for my brother who is a type one diabetic and his teenage kids who insist on having friends over, potentially exposing them all to the virus. I’m worried for all of the unnecessary deaths that are soon to become a reality.

The sooner we accept this new reality, the sooner we as a group can work together and combat this virus and save loved ones, save health providers from having to choose whose lives are worth more than someone else’s.

Please people, please stay home and take this social distancing seriously.