Coronavirus

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HerrDeacon, Mar 10, 2020.

  1. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Seems like wildlife officers and health care workers are playing border guard at some of the provincial border checkpoints. Long version:
    Last week a riding buddy of mine helped deliver 30 school busses from Halifax to a town a couple hours north of Toronto. All drivers had official government letters citing essential travel being conducted with each province's permission etc. They travelled in groups of three busses, driver only no passengers on the trip north, left at different times, stayed in separate hotels etc. to minimize any congestion and unnecessary contact at food/fuel/rest stops.
    He saw mostly 18 wheelers and other heavy commercial traffic on the highways. The motels where they stayed were mostly empty and he wonders if hotels/motels were still closed to non essential traffic. My buddy is familiar with that traffic corridor and described the lack of usual traffic as 'creepy'.
    Despite the drivers all having official letters, commercial driver's licenses, and having the convoy well spread out they were still held up for hours at each provincial checkpoint as each driver's credentials were thoroughly reviewed. He thinks a couple of things which contributed to the delays were that a lot of the drivers were new to Canada and ran into communication problems with the provincial wildlife officers and health officials who were manning the checkpoints. One bus returning with 16 drivers was delayed until after midnight at the last border crossing so they decided to drive the remainder of the night. Unfortunately they hit a moose and totalled the bus outside Halifax early that morning. No one was seriously hurt but just another unnecessary delay for drivers who hadn't slept in 24 hours.
     
  2. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    poor fuckers
     
  4. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    And one (their first) in Nunavut yesterday.
    A bit disheartening to see this happen in regions that were thought to be under complete control. NB seems to be past the flurry of cases in the northern part of the province which happened because of one individual breaking the rules. Travel restrictions, self-isolation, lockdowns, masks, contact tracing and adequate test programs really do work to identify, isolate and eliminate further spread. As does a (mostly) compliant populace. I am still a bit concerned about AB, ON and QC - they made some pretty good inroads but haven't had much luck in eliminating the disease. Actually, all of Canada is under pretty good control by some standards. AB and ON are running about 12 cases per million population (per day). QC is a bit better at around 9 and Canada as a whole is around 8 cases per day per million population. As a whole, the USA is currently running close to 160 cases per day per million pop - 20 times Canada's per capita rate.
     
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    On the MOA forum they're talking a bit about how bad it's going to get after the 4th, as if it weren't bad enough down there already.
     
  6. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Some people just don't get it! Risks are slight when essentially nobody has the disease in the province but just one infected visitor could cause a devastating outbreak that would be almost impossible to track. This becomes more likely with the extended Atlantic "bubble" and even more so once other geographic restrictions are lifted. Not the only place this is happening but I would hate to see Canadian locations succumbing to "reopening fever" that has hit many areas of the US.
    https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/cana...perfect-storm-mha-says/ar-BB16oo0L?li=AAggXBV
     
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the pics of George Street last night? It's gonna be ugly!
     
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  8. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Insane^^^^
     
  9. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    New case for NL breaks 42 day streak!
     
  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    As expected.
    If he was a traveler as reported and followed the protocols and contact (if any) tracing was done then the system will work and we will be safe.
    If he was on George street last weekend....we are fucked.
     
  11. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Sadly, once again I’m re thinking my camping plans.
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Not to suggest you should, but according to this you guys can go anywhere except Manitoba (with restrictions) and the Territories:
    https://time-to-travel.ca
     
  13. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

  14. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    “There is a new case of COVID-19 in the province, this one in central Newfoundland.

    The one new confirmed case is a man between the ages of 20 and 29. It is travel-related as he had returned to the province from Ontario. While en route to the province, he was considered neither symptomatic nor infectious...”
     
  15. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    The last part sounds odd but again, if he did what he is supposed to do then we should feel good about the way the system is working here.
    In the states....they appear fucked.
     
  16. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Parts of the USA are indeed looking pretty bad. I am beginning to wonder if Alberta is going the same way. In mid-June, they were running around 8 daily cases per million population and they are currently at 27 daily cases per million population. Quebec rates are about double what they were at the first of July (17 cases per million). BC is starting to creep up but seems to be in control (6 cases per million pop). SK seems to get outbreaks under control and then they get hit with another - they seem to be reacting appropriately but can't seem to prevent it. MB was doing extremely well but had 24 cases over the past week - outbreak mostly associated with Hutterite community.

    No matter what, it is going to continue to be a struggle until (or if) an effective vaccine becomes available. People are getting tired of the whole thing - social distancing, wearing masks, staying home when you're sick, washing hands etc. just isn't fun anymore!
     
  17. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    While no fun the alternative sucks so I continue plodding along with my lady delivering my supplies, my daughter and family visiting in the yard and daily solo walks to try and maintain some small level of fitness. I am not holding out for a vaccine though and consider this to be a lifestyle adjustment that will continue for a long time. My lack of interaction is the new normal but people have avoided me before so it is not all that new.
     
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  18. regfu

    regfu Member

    Hey Murph, why would anybody want to avoid a fun-guy like you?
     
  19. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Substitute "fun" for "weird". There is your answer.
     
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    No comment.:p
     

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