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Alberta Biggest Pandemic Hotspot

We’re number one in North America. The map below shows our average number of cases per 100,000 over the last seven days to be 41.3.

The real worry is, we had 2,433 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 just yesterday. In a population of 4.4 million, that works out to about 553 cases per 100,000 people. The news can’t stop talking about India having a rate of 190 per 100,000 people so it’s insane that our infection rates are so high.

Here’s some rolling average numbers from South America right now:

As you can tell, the numbers aren’t even close and yet we still have people protesting that they don’t want to get vaccinated and who refuse to wear masks.

I’m out of school not because schools are closed but because my students have an option class with a teacher that has COVID-19 and are therefore close contacts.

I was hoping we’d be heading out of this by the end of June. Now I’m just hoping our numbers will be more reasonable by September.

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Online Learning

We’ll be shifting to online learning at my workplace for at least the next couple weeks after 66% of our school is considered close contacts with positive COVID-19 cases. My class is one of the classes that are out so hopefully this will give my vaccination the necessary 10 days for maximum efficacy. Hopefully I didn’t catch it in the one day I was back at school after getting my shot.

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Vaccination Day

We got the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination today. I had a little bit of the tingles that some people are complaining about but no headache or other issues that my friends who got the vaccine had. Andrea says she has no symptoms at all. We’ll see how the night progresses. I’m super relieved to get it.

One of my close friends told me about his cousin who as a 45 year old teacher educational assistant contracted the virus. She got worse and worse over the last couple weeks going into the hospital and then the ICU. Today he let me know they took his cousin off life support and she died. She contracted the virus at work. Though I’ve never met her, I feel awful for her husband and two young kids.

Update: The next day was a different story. I was wiped out! Headache and joint aches. The symptoms calmed down a bit yesterday but three days out I’m still feeling residual stiffness in my joints and a slight headache. If this is just a small taste of what getting the actual disease is like… I hate to imagine.

Update: There is now a gofundme page for the Therrien family.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Early this morning the news broke that people over 40 in Alberta can get the AstraZeneca vaccine starting tomorrow.

I couldn’t get an appointment for after work tomorrow but I signed up Andrea and myself for Wednesday. I’m super excited to finally be getting this huge Covid stress out of my life.

I wrote to my coworkers a mass email about how I was excited to be getting my shot on Wednesday. I expected a deluge of congratulatory messages; instead crickets. Am I crazy? Is this not a huge deal?

I can’t imagine why anybody would want to prolong this pandemic? We’re all in this together and in order to move forward we all need to get vaccinated.

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Pandemic Medley

This two and half minute medley of classic pop songs with Covid-19 parody lyrics is just what I needed to get through this pandemic.

Last week I booked a vaccine appointment for my mom but last night she let me know it had been cancelled. My friends suspect the Alberta government was letting people overbook knowing their wasn’t enough supply and then turned around and blamed the federal government when the shipments didn’t arrive. It’s a bit on the conspiracy theory side for me, but I guess you never know. I was able to rebook her this morning at another location for a day later than the cancelled appointment.

Update: January 27 — my mom got her Covid vaccine.

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Covid Vaccine

My dad got his first Covid-19 vaccine this morning. He’s got an appointment for the second shot next month. I booked it for him shortly after they opened for reservations. I think it’s probably pretty common for “kids” to book for their elderly parents. It feels a lot like trying to get concert tickets—you don’t mess around.

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Conspiracy Theory About the Coronavirus

I’m surprised how big the QAnon conspiracy thing has gotten. It’s gotten to the point that I personally know at least one person that has fallen for this 8chan LARPing BS and it boggles my mind.

In fact, I’m surprised that anybody believes any of the big conspiracy theories out there right now. Just today I was chatting with a coworker who said he heard that the coronavirus started in a lab in Wuhan China. I explained that I’ve heard those rumours too but from everything I’ve read they are just rumours and propoganda. I did a quick search this morning and found this article in New York Magazine:

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Covid-19 Cases in Horizon

My school division has been hit with a lot of COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks. From what I’ve heard there are cases all over the district with about 1 or 2 new cases every day. There was a confirmed case at my school and the person was there last Monday. I had close contact with them that day and now have to self-isolate for 10-14 days (the time away depends on getting a negative result back). This will be my third COVID test.

Update: My test came back negative.

In other COVID-19 related news it was announced today that the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in Canada. It’s supposed to roll out sometime next week.

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Trump Tests Positive

Last night the news broke that Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s senior advisors tested positive for the coronavirus. This morning it was announced that Trump himself has the virus.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump, who for months has played down the seriousness of the virus and hours earlier on Thursday night told an audience that “the end of the pandemic is in sight,” will quarantine in the White House for an unspecified period of time, forcing him to withdraw at least temporarily from the campaign trail only 32 days before the election on Nov. 3.

As far as an October surprise is supposed to be unpredictable, this one is very surprising.

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Alberta Parents’ Guide to Returning to School

The Alberta government today released their parents guide for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Your child may feel nervous about what school will be like. While there will be changes, the key school experience will be the same as before—they will learn in class with their teacher and see friends.”

Parents’ Guide 2020-2021 School Year PDF