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You?  Kids? DH? Is your area opening up, what are cases doing?

This is mentioned in various threads here and there, and I find it fascinating how different we all are.

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Yesterday for both dh and me.

My dc are all grown up and living in other states. I don't know what they did. 🙂

Yes, our state is open, and yes, there have been more hospitalizations.

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For us, family of high risk individuals with a fragile elder living with us:

Cases still rising here, we are near a hot spot but not technically in it.  Hospitalizations and deaths keep going up, with our area reporting “outbreaks” (or clusters) daily.

Kids have not left the property (other than bike rides) since a doc appt on Mar 5.  We knew it would be the last outing for a while, so we hit Chipotle and Wendy’s because those were the kid requests.

I had a doc appt on Mar 7, otherwise home.  One outing last week for gas, and an errand downtown.

DH has only left for med pick ups and animal doc appts.  One dog needed surgery, so lots of back and forth for that.  

Other than that, we’re still at home.  Working and school at home. Zoom classes, groceries delivered, etc.

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yesterday.  we went to dd's house to see the start of the new siding being installed.  i got a blizzard on the way home.  (they made a walk-up window.)

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We have been to the supermarket once every ten days or so.  We have also been to the Post Office to send things to family members who are alone.

We have walked a lot near home; we are now allowed to drive up to five miles to exercise, so I've done that a couple of times.  We have also had socially-distanced drinks twice - outside is allowed with a small number of people (garden or park) but not inside.  That's about all that's new.  There might be more changes at the end of next week. 

The number of local cases is still falling: we are currently getting about two new cases a day in this county; there have been three deaths in the last week.

ETA: we are not high risk; Mum is in a care home that has not been affected. 

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Yesterday I had coffee with a friend, and today we are having a family over we haven’t seen in months.  Our area is opened back up and with a very low instance of cases, let alone deaths, in the main community.

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I've been going out every week midweek to do grocery shopping. Cases are rising in our state, but to give some idea of risk, our number in our county has gone from 55 cumulative to 62 cumulative, and I just learned today that when we jumped 5 cases last week, it was all at a memory care unit. And 19 were at a different assisted living facility. I also find that most people are masked at the times and places where I go out.

This week has been unusually busy for me with a Costco trip Tuesday (every 4-6 weeks), usual grocery run on Wednesday, and then several errands yesterday (need to get blackout curtains up for dd who has seizures when she doesn't get enough sleep and she's waking with the sun now at almost the longest day of the year. Joann's and Home Depot for that). And I got one last half-flat of strawberries as I'm trying to put up lots of berries this summer. But next week should be just the grocery trip on Wednesday. I only go out midweek--avoiding the crowds on the weekends.

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2 hours ago...we were out of milk and I had half of a waffle recipe already in the mixer lol.  The kids came with me, because DH is at work.  

Generally speaking, we aren't really active folks but we do still go to the grocery store, have been to the pool, etc.

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Monday dh and I went grocery shopping together. We also went to the liquor store and to pick up chinese food. The kids hang out with neighborhood kids daily but they have only left the neighborhood to swim in the creek and a local state park and hike. They won't leave the house again until June 21 when we have a camping at the beach trip.  

I have no idea how things are opening up and what case numbers are doing.  I just don't care anymore.  I'm going to do want I'm comfortable and start living life again.  It'll be different than it was since I have zero urge to do indoor activities.  But staying home and not seeing people is for the birds.

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Do your counties break down community spread vs care facilities?  I'd love to have that info here.

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3 minutes ago, klmama said:

Do your counties break down community spread vs care facilities?  I'd love to have that info here.

Ohio's website has breakdowns of care facilities overall, but you kinda have to do some data analysis to figure out what is what and where.

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Yesterday, dh and I went to the grocery store. The day before that, dh and ds went to a protest. Tomorrow, we will go visit with my mom (we stay spread apart outdoors). Dh and I also usually go on two walks a day around the neighborhood.

We’re testing more so continually have lots of new cases but our deaths have been declining for a while. Most people around here seem back to normal. We were at a state park earlier this week and it was packed and many were from out of state. It was interesting. 

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6 minutes ago, klmama said:

Do your counties break down community spread vs care facilities?  I'd love to have that info here.


Our county doesn’t, exactly.  But they do release info about clusters or outbreaks, as they can.  If a business agrees, their name will be released as well.  So I know there were 9 employees at my Aldi who tested positive, 7 at the Chik Fil A we use.  A local cleaning company had 4, a local hotel had 6 employees positive, construction company, various other businesses - the type of business is shared but not the name.  We get a breakdown of those, daily.

Only one care facility has agreed to have their name shared.  The others we get a breakdown of how many residents and staff have tested positive, but not the name of the facility, necessarily.

 

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I ran into grocery Wednesday because my pickup order lacked a needed item. DH worked out of town last two days.  A family of 8 came to visit our farm yesterday, and today I have been invited to a picnic on another farm (been days of gorgeous weather here).  Then, this evening, we are having another family over for homemade pizza.  I really do not know local conditions exactly, but it has been low and I believe cases are lowering.  Basically, I run into a store if I have to, visit with others when invited, but avoid public as much as possible...just as much because (my perception is) people are stirred up right now in their hearts as avoiding germs.  

Our children are adults, staying low but beginning to venture out for small social gatherings, Mass, and work/internships as needed.

Oh, yes, we are attending a Latin Mass in a nearby diocese in a beautiful church with low attendance (relative to size of church).  That has only been started up for three weeks.   It has been sublime!

 

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I just got back from an 8 day trip that led me 2,000 miles away for wilderness backpacking. 

ETA: also shopped and post office yesterday. Masked  distance. In our county of 30,000 people, we had 6 confirmed cases since March - so these seem very low risk endeavors.

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1 minute ago, regentrude said:

I just got back from an 8 day trip that led me 2,000 miles away for wilderness backpacking. 

That is great to hear - hope it was a renewing trip!

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2 minutes ago, regentrude said:

I just got back from an 8 day trip that led me 2,000 miles away for wilderness backpacking. 


Love that.

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20 minutes ago, klmama said:

Do your counties break down community spread vs care facilities?  I'd love to have that info here.

Only the historic data: for the county 72 of the deaths have occurred in care homes, with 16 at home, and 104 in hospitals

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3 minutes ago, Familia said:

That is great to hear - hope it was a renewing trip!

thanks, yes, absolutely. There is nothing like being focused on where to step so you don't fall to your death to take your mind off pandemic, job, family worries. Wish I could hide in the backcountry forever and not have to deal with anything but finding water, shelter, and safe passage

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I went yesterday and had lunch with my aunt and sister at aunt's house.  My sister has been seeing her regularly but i have not.   We then went to the Amish market.  Everyone had masks but social distancing was difficult.  

@regentrude  The backpacking trip sounds heavenly. 

 

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Apart from leaving home about 3 times/week to care for my dad, probably the first time my dh and I left home for a more frivolous adventure was to have an outdoor picnic with our two dd's and son-in-law about 3 weeks ago.  (Our kids are all grown, but a couple live nearby.)  It was so much fun, and felt so freeing!  We still sat at different tables and kept our distance.  But what a beautiful day!

Then two weeks ago I left for several long stints to support the protests and rallies and help with clean-up crews and food-donation sites in our devastated neighborhoods.  So, yeah, I kind of made my jump back into the world at that point... though other than that, I don't get out much.

 

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27 minutes ago, klmama said:

Do your counties break down community spread vs care facilities?  I'd love to have that info here.

I would love to have a lot more information about cases as soon as they're announced. So we were holding steady at 55 for a couple of weeks and then suddenly on the news last week we hear 5 new cases, but no info. 5 unrelated cases is a lot different risk-wise than 5 cases all in one place, but we didn't get the information that they were all in a memory care unit until more than a week later. Our state did make a change a few weeks ago to report all workplace clusters of more than 5 people. Most are food packing/processing facilities.

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Last night I attended my book club at a member’s field, socially distanced and wearing masks (mostly; some people remove them to talk; some remove them to drink or eat.) That is the first social activity I personally have done with people not in my family since the end of February. Ds15 has done almost nothing since mid-March. He has had a friend over three times. He has not left the house except for the post office one time and a motorcycle ride recently (outside, SD, some people masked.) Dh leaves the house daily to work. He has done a few more social things than me, but outdoors, SD. He wears a mask for work and stores, but masks are still mandatory here. I think if/when no longer mandatory, he probably will desist. 

We are slowly opening up and begin Phase 2 this evening. We still have a fair amount of cases in this region of the state, though they are going down and I don’t think we ever went over capacity for our medical system here. 

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I took dd to the doctor yesterday, then to the drive thru pharmacy, and we stopped by a shoe shop on the way home to measure her feet since she has had another growth spurt. (ETA: her condition is not contagious—wouldn’t take a sick kid places 😉 )

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Yesterday DH and I were out for about 3 hours- 3 different places, mostly outside.  We needed a bigger item for the farm, so went to the places nearby that sell those items.  

I have been going to my moms once a week- with all my kids.  It's the only time they ahve went anywhere, but that's all ending next week.  We are starting a few Dr. appts. and longer errands that need to be done before a big wave (we haven't had a wave yet- our county has 3 cases, the one next to use less than 20).

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Last Saturday, we went to a nearby resevoir with our canoe for a couple of hours. In the past three months, the only other time I'm been out of the house for more than a very short time was to see my new grandchild, to go for a hike, and to spend the night with my parents in order to take my mom to a surgical appointment.

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DH, DS10 and I have gone back and forth to two different hospitals.  

My DH and my FIL have gotten gas. 

FIL has driven us back and forth to the hospital, and brought us food.  

We moved in March from our house to my in laws, and we've gone back to the old house a few times to pick up mail or mow the lawn.  I've also gone back there to sleep.

DS9, DS12 and my GFIL have gone in the car to pick up DH or me at the hospital.  They got in the car in the driveway at our house, and didn't get out until they were back in the driveway.  

My husband has gone for a few runs in the middle of the night when the roads and sidewalks are emptier. 

FIL has gone to drive in adoration at our church (no opening the windows or getting out of the car). 

Other than that, the last time any of us went anywhere was the weekend things shut down March 14/15 when we went to church for DH's BIL's wedding.  

I don't anticipate any of that changing anytime soon. 

 

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I go out all the time. I have a mask and hand sanitizer. 
Dd likes to ride in the car with me or oldest for pick-up to get out of the house. She was always my shopping buddy before. She’s been to the store with me a couple of times with her mask and keeping her arms crossed or in her pockets. Middle ds is just fine not going out. We are a bunch of homebodies already.  
Oldest works at a coffee bar and goes out places with his girlfriend. It was a discussion about how to see her after they got back together. They watch movies in the back of his truck. They make it work. 
My state (NV) is seeing a slight uptick but nothing that was unexpected with reopening. Our gov just allowed schools to reopen for summer learning. I don’t think any have because they are trying to figure out how given the parameters.  We are in phase 2 and looking at possibly beginning phase 3 soon. 
The casinos were working with the Health dept to ensure all of their workers got tested before going back to work. We have had a lot of testing happening in the past month as a result.
The hospitals were seeing fewer COVID cases but that’s slightly rising. Honestly, I think our city is ok case wise. I’m more worried about tourists and out-of-state visitors bringing it in. We are surrounded by surges. All of the casinos are providing free masks, hand sanitizers and door openers and they aren’t using them. Masks are not required here, only encouraged. They have temperature stations and medics on sight. They are hard core about trying to stay open by providing the safest environment as possible. And people are coming. 

My county does separate care facilities and our regular cases and deaths. It has its own dashboard. 

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We are not open for much so I am limited by my bladder.  State parks for example do not have bathrooms open and they are filled to capacity within an hour of opening, so I've been going bike riding/hiking in less popular locations -- we are all asked to stay closer to home and not travel to parks far away until we are in a later reopening phase. We are asked not to do risky things that would require rescue teams; for example climbing areas at the state parks and the private nature reserves are closed.  Next week my area may be going to the next phase, which would include some bathroom openings in stores and such, but right now its the woods or the interstate rest stops (which just opened in Phase 2).  Phase 2 has brought a tremendous amount of traffic back, so road bike riding is not a good idea anymore, but it was a good relaxer in SIP and Phase 1.

So, my long visits out are with family who are isolating and don't go out except for groceries or curbside & have good hygiene.   

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I just got back from my doctor appointment, so there’s that.
I drive both dds to their jobs.
I do Walmart pick up once a week.
I went to get fingerprinted last week.
I shopped at Lowes (outdoors) last week.
Dd is going hiking today.
Dh flew out to a job site last week.
We have in-person foster care classes coming up.

We had 1 outdoor gathering with 2 other families a few weeks ago, after dh and dds helped with roofing. (They’ll help us with siding.)

According to the NYT, my county is a “declining” area, but we are next to a “staying the same” county and I can walk to the border of an “increasing” county.

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Our state is in Phase 2 of re-opening. Cases are skyrocketing. We've set new hospitalization records each of the past four days.

On Sunday we drove about two hours (each way) to visit DS24 and help him hang a few pictures and move some furniture. We spent a few hours in his apartment. We ordered takeout from a nearby restaurant for lunch. That's the biggest outing the three of us (me, DH, DS21) have had since mid-March.

Other than that we've just been going to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical appointments, and visiting MIL once a week. And we did one trip to Lowe's to get some painting supplies and outdoor plants.

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I think we’re in phase 3 or about to be. I went to the grocery store on May 17, we’ve decided to keep that a monthly thing. I went to an Amish nursery, outdoors, a week ago. We take our dog for a drive to look at deer every evening after dinner, so that makes things better.

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Our area is slowly reopening, but this is largely an economic concession. Our percentages have decreased, but testing has greatly increased, so that doesn’t mean much. We’re still seeing about 50 deaths a day with near total lock-down so we’ll have to continue to use caution for my son. 
 

With all that, I had my first social outing in three months this week. I had tea of a friend’s patio. She’s in my neighborhood and the plan was to chat until I had to go home and pee. We sat there almost 4 hours! (Yes, I’m dehydrated.) It was so nice. I hadn’t done anything social with friends since March 11th. 

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This morning.  Went to Aqua Zumba at the Y.  Hubby and dd are on a touristy boat ride thing in a nearby town.  We'll be getting Subway to go for dinner.

Church is opening this weekend, with masks and social distancing.  We will be going.  

We are not in a hotspot, although cases are rising a smidge.  Single digits daily mainly, but some days zero and some days 11.

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Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and Dh’s birthday.  Our family debated activities and finally decided to stick to the beach for a nice walk for the parents and boarding for the dc’s.   It was wonderful to feel normal and not completely panic when a jelly brushed dd’s legs ....  She is just fine.....can barely see where so no need for treatment beyond vinegar compresses and antihistamines.   We did a curb side at Texas Roadhouse and had a feast for dinner.......my warmup worked perfectly.  300 degrees for 10 minutes. Btw

Our area is pretty open.....theme parks etc are opening.  Churches have been able to open for several weeks......including our church.  We haven’t attended.  I don’t see the number of masks I was seeing anymore.  I am growing concerned.......because people doing the easy stuff anymore.  Numbers of positives are definitely creeping up for my county.....hubby is still doing his charts.

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Well, I leave the house almost every day to  go walk.  I am in an urban neighborhood but  I intentionally walk at times and places it is easy to avoid people.  It is rare for me to get within 20 feet of anyone.   I do cross streets and change direction frequently to accomplish this.  I do BRING a mask, but I do no wear a mask when walking outdoors where I might only SEE 10-20 people in an hour for seconds at a time at 20+ feet.  My husband goes out biking regularly too.  We have had a few yard interactions with aging parents.   

But other than that, we have used all curbside and delivery since earlyish March.  Our  area is just  starting to open back up.  Our numbers are looking better this wek actually but we will see what the next few weeks bring.  And we probably would be  categorized in a  hot spot.  I am in no hurry to run out and be a guinea pig.   

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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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I am in Georgia which has been open for a while. 

I went to restaurant for the first time yesterday. A lovely spot near the river - we sat outside and celebrated our dd's graduation. We also went to some nearby boutiques. Masks were worn and the shops were rather empty so no really worries. 

I have been to the grocery often, Costco a few times, and Target once. 

I also go for a walk everyday so out of house daily. 

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The last time I was in a store was March. I mostly buy stuff online and get things delivered, and I order curbside grocery pickup which my ex picks up and brings by. Stores that were closed are just starting to reopen over the last 10 days or so. Cases are slightly declining. I live at the border of 2 counties with a combined death total of 2660 so far. That is about 1/3 of the statewide total.

The last time I left my property was about 2 weeks ago, when I went to get my 15 yo, who stays with my ex for a few days 2-3 times per month. I did some laundry while I was over there, since I don't have a washer/dryer within my condo unit.

The last time I left my condo but stayed on the property was 2 days ago. I took out the trash, and ran into an unmasked neighbor as I was leaving the trash room. Taking out the trash or getting mail or packages means passing somebody about half the time, so I still mask up, and wash up when I get back in from the common areas. There are 50 units in the complex, 10 in my building, and often there are other people around: custodian, landscaper, delivery people, etc. I do appreciate that there are people taking care of things that allow me to stay in seclusion, but it feels crowded.

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We are not opened up here.

I do our main shopping delivery/curbside but we have done a little bit of shopping. The Big kids are still allowed to walk to the corner store and buy snacks.  They also order Starbucks online and walk over pick it up they wear masks etc. 

I saw my parents once in the yard. 

Once I went to friends yard for her birthday and chatted for a bit. 

DH and Big kids have gone to the outdoor archery range and the outdoor shooting range a couple times.

Everyone goes on lots of bike rides and walks.

We may go to church this weekend.  

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Today.   After 100 days my niece and I broke grandma out for KFC....drive thru as dining isn't open yet....and next we will head to Walmart.

Personally, I am out almost daily.  Most of the time it is for walking/hiking in my community but I have honestly only stayed home maybe 3 days this entire time as besides walking and hiking I have been buying groceries for 2 elderly ladies, delivering school food bags to kids, bringing my son to work at the local food bank, etc.

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This morning to take the dog to the groomer.

Yesterday afternoon to take my dd to dance class.

Things are close enough to normal that we forget some things are still closed. Our cases are on the rise but I don't see anyone suggesting any kind of turning back. Local high school had an in person graduation this morning. Summer day camps going forward. 

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We have been outside walking, jogging, hiking, doing yardwork, fishing, backyard canping or playing in the creek almost every day. We live in suburbia with access to natural areas less than a mile away. We would have lost our minds weeks ago if we actually had to stay in our house!!

Our pool is open and my ds has swim practice for an hour every weekday. We have been to the pool for fun 3x. Ds also has flag football 2-3x a week, starting this week.

My kids have had two social or scouting events each week for about a month. Small groups, outdoors, distanced. We have visited with other families in the same fashion.

I do grocery or other errands one or two days a week. 

I tutor and several of my new summer students are irl, not digital. Zoom for young, dyslexic students is not effective. So two afternoons a week at the center. 6ft apart at a table, but not masked bc that just won't work.

Dh and I have eaten out once, for our anniversary, a few weeks ago.

Ds has had an orthodontist appt. and has a dental visit later in the summer.

We are in phase two, but the mayor keeps changing the details of what is or is not in each phase. The city is less open than the state/surrounding counties bc higher population density = more CV.

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We are in Phase 2, so in our state not super open.  Yesterday I took my youngest to a doctor appointment.  His new doctor is out of town, so we were gone for about half the day.  The day before I took both boys to the dentist for a cleaning.  Most of our outings are for medical stuff and not much fun.

I would love to do a drive to the beach, but there is a lack of restrooms which makes it a no go for me.

Last week I went to visit my parents for the first time since early March.  It was great to get out of the house for a while.  We are allowed to see 5 people outside our household each week, so last week was my parents and my sister who came over for some plant cuttings.

Restaurants are open her at 50% capacity, but DH and I are waiting.  There was a sudden rise in cases in our county this week, so we are not comfortable dining in right now.

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I think it was early in March when I went to the lab where the doctor is, to get some tests the  doctor ordered. If not that day, possibly a few days or a week after that?  After that, the Covid-19 thing was breaking and I believe my DW had me locked down before the Colombian  government cracked down. I am in a group of extremely vulnerable people (those above 70 years of age) and we are confined to our homes until September 1st by Colombian government decree.

My DW indicated she was going to have me in lockdown after the government  lockdown expired, but then they extended that.  Now, I can go outside, 3 times a week, for up to 30 minutes at a time, but I take care of the dogs, so I am outside about 15 minutes every morning.  

I am appreciative of the fact that the government here is trying to protect the most vulnerable people in the population!

(OT: There will not be any airline flights here, Domestic or International, until at least September 1st)

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Our family never stopped working our church's food bank once a week. Dh never stopped live-streaming from church on Sundays with a small group of staff (4 of them total).

We started loosening up in May. That's when I came to terms with the fact that we needed to start living with the virus. It's not going away and we are not going to hole up in our house for the next 2 years.

Ds is back to work at a hardware store several days a week.

Dd starts her camp job next week.

Ds is allowed to hang out with his girlfriend and best friend. 

Dd is allowed to hang out with her friends outdoors. She has 4 people that she regularly spends time with.

My dd who doesn't live with us has come for the weekend 3 times since SIP started. My FIL just spent 4 days at our house.

When my clinical rotations open up again, I will go. When my teens' school opens up again, they will go. When church services can start again, everyone but ds will go.

 

What hasn't changed is that we still don't have friends over inside our house. I'm still trying to get my kids to do most of their time with friends outdoors. We wear masks. I won't be bringing my special needs ds out except for medical appointments. 

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I took the OP's question to mean when did you last leave the house for something a little out of the ordinary. Which to me would be something besides going on a walk or to the grocery store. I sure hope not many people have been totally inside this entire time! Yikes!

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I just returned home from Europe eleven days ago.  I had gone for a one week visit which ended up being a three month trip.  I was in Austria and people were out and a bit a good deal again there (kids had gone back to school).  Since I have returned I have been on some walks (I live in an area in which I can do that without contact with other people) and I did drive a few miles to pick DH up from a bike ride when ended up with bike issues.    

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Since March:

Me:  Grocery shopping every other week. 

Taking DS17 out to practice driving.

Taking DS17 out for me to take senior portraits of him.

Taking my older friend who doesn’t drive well to a couple of doctor visits, and also eating outside on her front porch with her.  Her husband fell and broke his femur, so she was stuck alone in her house without guests for 8 weeks. She NEEDED someone to sit with her for a few evenings. Her husband is finally home.

 

DH: Popping into stores to get stuff that didn’t get bought on the regular grocery trip (like if we ran out of milk or something.). He’s gone physically in to work 3 times, but there were only a handful of people there and they masked and distanced.

Daily walks around town.

 

DS15: Walks around town with Dad, but not daily.  

A couple of car rides with me to run an errand.

 

DS17: Walks around town with Dad, but not daily.

Driving.

An outdoor party with friends.  They didn’t socially distance or wear masks, but they were outside.

 

All of us: There were a few times we all got in the car and went out to eat somewhere together.  We’d get the food as take out and eat in the car.

We all went to visit another family, outside, this past weekend.

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