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  1. Hot spot location here.

    I had to rush my dh to the ER in the early morning hours about 2 weeks ago. Everything was set up outside for intake. We had our temps checked and had to be masked. There was only one entry point for the ER and they had a security guard out front with the nurses. I got the impression I wouldn't have been allowed to push his wheelchair in, but dh's responses to some question demonstrated his confusion at that point. I was allowed in so I could speak to the nurse while he took his vitals. Once that was done, I was asked to leave and told I could call the posted phone number out front for updates. I might have been inside for a whole 5 minutes? Dh wound up being admitted and I learned there were no visitors allowed inside. I wound up having to leave his phone and charger with the check-in desk outside. 

    My local HMO clinic has one way in and out access too. Only those with appointments or picking up prescriptions may enter. Temps are taken, masking is enforced, and only one parent is allowed with a minor.

  2. School Library Journal is currently free to view online: https://www.slj.com/

    There are instructions on the page on how to access this month's issue. 

    Diversity in books has been a hot topic of late and there might be some lists of reviewed books that will help. Their starred reviews are usually good bets if you have limited funds to work with.

  3. Looks like it's online learning for the CA counties on the Governor's List.


    In order to resume in-person class instruction, a county must have been off the state's COVID-19 watch list for 14 consecutive days. Districts in counties on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning.

    As of Friday, 33 of California's 58 counties are on the COVID-19 watch list. That represents more than 80% of the state's population.



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  4. Yup. Used to try to sneak that onto my morning oatmeal instead of just cinnamon as a kid. As a breakfast treat, my mom would make toast with it. When we didn't have it pre-mixed, we'd do it ourselves. In my high school and early college years I moved to using it with butter on tortillas.

  5. Rubbing alcohol. I can't find it anywhere.

    Otherwise, it varies from week to week. Sometimes it's something like frozen pizzas, the next it will be a limited selection of pasta sauce brands.

    On 7/9/2020 at 1:44 PM, Spryte said:

    Lysol and Clorox products are impossible to find here.  Most cleaning supplies are.

    Hand sanitizers, N95 masks - no luck. 

    TP has been back.  Paper towels, too.

    King Arthur GF selections are simply gone from the stores here, and I no longer see the 6 packs on the direct website.  A lot of our allergy specific food is hard to find.

    Not food, but:

    We wanted to get an above ground pool - like the Intex kind, the beginning of June.  Just for the summer, not as a permanent fixture!  From end of May to June 1st or so, they sold out.  Prices skyrocketed, and there are none available even for exorbitant prices.  Talked to a pool company and they won’t get any in till August.

    The recent hot tub thread here convinced me to get an inflatable hot tub, and prices looked fine.  I didn’t order because wanted to talk to DH, looked a few days later and it was like temporary pools all over again!  Amazon’s huge selection was gone or the prices raised crazy high.  Finally found one on a discount site.

    I wanted to get one this year, too. I figured that if we were going to mostly be home as is, then it would give the youngest something to do other than a water slide or playing in the sprinkler. I'm kicking myself for not taking better care of the one we had in the past.

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  6. That's pretty much how it is at my work place. We've been doing this since the closures in Mid-March. In the last few weeks, temperature checks were required. We have hand sanitizers distributed  throughout the building for staff and encourage hand washings through out the day. Masks are required in all common areas and hallways. Since we're closed to the public, all  doors to staff-only areas are propped open so we don't have to touch multiple surfaces.

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  7. Disneyland Resort is working on being open by next month: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/06/disneyland-resort-proposes-plans-to-begin-phased-reopening-july-9-with-proposed-reopening-of-theme-parks-july-17/

    FWIW, Orange County, CA, "strongly recommends" but does not require mask use in public (https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/06/11/face-masks-orange-county-required-coronavirus/). I'm sure Disneyland will have their own rules regarding masks, but at this time they are not required unless a business chooses to require it of their clientele/ patrons.

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  8. I've been reporting to work everyday. I've tried to reduce grocery store trips but its hard to go less than 2 times a week. When I'm not working, I'm home. The family has been pretty house bound since mid-March. We've seen a family friend only once, otherwise it's phone/ FaceTime calls. We also had our 6 month dentist visit about 2 weeks ago. I have a friend who is starting to feel more comfortable about hosting a distanced visit in her yard, so I'm planning to meet up with her fairly soon. That's about it.

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  9. Our 6 month teeth cleaning and check up was last week. Our dentist has a very small office. We were instructed to call when we arrived and to bring our masks. After arriving, they checked our temps. They waved us in when they were ready. Our appointments were spaced out, so dd and went in first and later on, dh and the boys. When we went in, we used hand sanitizer and then had our oxygen levels checked. After that, we were escorted to the exam chairs and handled clear eye wear. We had to rinse with a peroxide solution before any cleaning happened. There were multiple air purifiers set up through out the office. Some procedure were slightly different- no open mouth rinsing with the water jet, etc. It was very much a come in, get it done, and go kind of appointment.

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  10. Pretty much the same for us- which on the OP's scale would be "essentials". I still have to report to work and I've been trying to keep the shopping to no more than weekly when possible. We are home bodies but now that it's spring and all the trails and beaches are closed, I'm kind of bummed. We would start trying to get more hikes or walk in nature in about now. 

  11. I ran to the Vons by my work during my mid-afternoon lunch break. They looked much better than when I last stopped by about a week to a week and a half ago. I think I saw a small handful of 4 roll packs of TP, otherwise the aisle was still empty. I didn't look for any hand sanitizer but I haven't seen any in stores for awhile now.

    Frozen pizzas seem to be another out as fast as they come in item.

  12. 14 minutes ago, mathnerd said:

    @Arcadia Sprouts? seems to have a lot of food left! (I have been looking at pictures of empty TJ's shelves from the east coast and panicked and had a moment when I wanted to rush to the 24 hour safeway to stock up more food and then remembered that I have plenty already 😉

    Nm. This was answered when I tried posting.

    @Arcadia it looks like my local Albertson’s- I forget they’re Safeway’s up there.

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  13. 3 minutes ago, gardenmom5 said:

    sometimes it's lack of resources.

    we have a fault off the coast that can produce earthquakes and tsunamis equivalent to the one in Fukushima Japan.  The towns on the coast, are trying to come up with how to save the students if/when there is a tsunami (the geological record is there about previous very devastating tsunamis).  One town in Oregon wanted to build a school, built to withstand the quake and the tsunami - and be  high enough off the ground it should protect them from the water.  yeah - it would be expensive.  and it was voted down because it was simply more than the community/those in charge could afford.

    But Stella has a point. Plans in and of themselves don’t require funds. They need the thinkers to provide the full concept. It’s the execution of the final plan that will require funding.

    There should’ve been some contingency planning because having no plan means no idea of the amount or kind of funding that could be necessary.

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