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    https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/11/coronavirus-fears-may/?fbclid=IwAR1FZMBlP2-gpxcQbfGngBNXXHYcZD7gwBBnPxn1nFO7bz2rcsfijXEdzF8



    "Grand County Administrator Chris Baird was tearful Wednesday as he warned the County Council that — without decisive action against the coronavirus — “People are going to die unnecessarily." That is the likely outcome of a coronavirus outbreak in Moab, he said, if nothing is done to mitigate it in a place where an enormous tourism industry could run up against the limits of small-town medical resources."

    "“It is absolutely going to send a message — that’s already been sent — that we are closed for business. That is going to bring devastating impacts to this community,” said Councilman Rory Paxton, who voted against the temporary restrictions. “I have a family that has two hotels in town. We donate lots of money to the community. We’re looking at our profits this year already dropping 30 percent just because of bus groups that are cancelling.”






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    The residents and leaders of Moab aren't going to get much say in the matter here. It appears that event organizers will continue to cancel large events like EJS until it's obvious that doing so is not needed (because it is futile or the virus is contained). It's going to be an interesting month or two as this all develops.

    Edit: I don't mean to imply that EJS is cancelled at this point, just an example of a large Moab event.

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    The vendor day at EJS has been cancelled as well as two BBQ events. Trail rides are still scheduled but they have had people cancel.

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    We just had our school building meeting - if one student or faculty has a positive test, we will most likely shut down the school immediately. We got notice to start prepping teaching our classes as online classes for the remainder of the year - as well as bring home everything you need every night. If the school closes, we will not be allowed any access to the building. I keep most of my files on a cloud based storage - so that helps as I can access from home, but trying to figure out how to make and get video sessions uploaded and lab assignments for students to do at home, will be some scrambling. A lot of Khan academy video links are going to get used, and I am going to probably have to learn how to use some new software quickly - especially for chat room, conversation thread type stuff as student will have to check in each day and participate in some way with the online course 'discussion' and post questions etc...For better or worse, our district is a 'google' district, so google classroom will be easiest to get my stuff mapped over to and utilize for a digital 'classroom' forum.

    If it spreads much, the district as a whole will eventually shut down buildings for the rest of the semester. I think its likely to happen for at least for a good chunk of April-May. We have over 2000 students/faculty in this building alone, and they live spread out across the entire metro area (including 4 different counties - some of which already have documented cases). We go on spring break end of next week - be happy to just make it to the break without major disruption of positive case, and it wouldn't surprise me if we don't come back into the school afterwards, but no announcements have been made in regard to that.
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    I have the same expectations here in Adams 12, James.

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    Hearing the same in Douglas county. There is supposed to be a survey coming out that will allow the district to gauge what technology the students have at hand so as to help them determine the best remote teaching approach. Spring break is next week, who knows if a return to the classroom will happen on the 23rd.

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    The state department of health is dictating the following. I understand it includes preschools and child care facilities as well.



    ● Any school* in Colorado with a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student will close for a minimum of 72 hours for cleaning and social distancing
    ● Any schools that are closed will partner with their local public health agency to conduct contact tracing and further COVID-19 testing.
    ● Any school with a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student within a 30 day period requires a second minimum 72 closure for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
    ● Any school with 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in staff or students within a 30 day period requires a closure for a minimum of 14 days.
    ● If 3 schools in a district have confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a 30 day period, all schools within the district are required to close for a minimum of 14 days for cleaning, testing and public health investigation.
    ● Other factors to consider when making decisions to close one or more schools, include:
    o Families with students in multiple buildings
    o Shared facilities
    o Shared transportation
    o Central kitchens
    o Shared staff

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    The repeated 3 day closures you listed seem inadequate, if the reports of the virus surviving up to 9 days on surfaces is accurate. Thoroughly disinfecting a school sounds like an impossible task to me.

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    I agree. They also left an out stating "The state may modify or update closure criteria based on new information".

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    Just my guess, but the cases in multiple buildings (3) within a district, shuts everything down for 30 days is the one that will probably end up shutting stuff down. I am guessing a single case in a single building will evolve in multiple buildings within the 72 hours closure and then its 14 days. At least in a very large district like JeffCo....
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    I give it about 3-4 weeks before the Feds lock down the whole country.
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    I'm having memories of the post 9/11 no-fly order. The sky void of planes / con-trails.

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    Jim previously posted:
    "I'm having memories of the post 9/11 no-fly order. The sky void of planes / con-trails."

    That is the only event in my lifetime that feels anything like this.

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    Both of my son's colleges just announced they are shutting classes down for the rest of the semester!!!! Everything is going to online classes. I'm pissed because I just got back from visiting our son in CA and it looks like I'll be driving out there next week to pick him up and bring him home! Fear based panic at a colossal level.....

    I also have employees who basically want to stay home and get paid...... seriously? I want to tell them, "you don't go to work our clients don't pay and you lose your job". I don't mean to sound insensitive, I really don't. I don't want anyone to get sick and I don't want to get sick.... but seriously folks, remember SARS and the Bird Flu???? In a few months we'll all be face palming about this in my opinion
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    Looks like we could cut this off at the source with a couple of Safeways...


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    RockyMtRebel previously posted:
    "Both of my son's colleges just announced they are shutting classes down for the rest of the semester!!!! Everything is going to online classes. I'm pissed because I just got back from visiting our son in CA and it looks like I'll be driving out there next week to pick him up and bring him home! Fear based panic at a colossal level.....

    I also have employees who basically want to stay home and get paid...... seriously? I want to tell them, "you don't go to work our clients don't pay and you lose your job". I don't mean to sound insensitive, I really don't. I don't want anyone to get sick and I don't want to get sick.... but seriously folks, remember SARS and the Bird Flu???? In a few months we'll all be face palming about this in my opinion "

    I don't recall SARS and Bird Flu causing the cancellation of major sporting events domestic and worldwide. The global response to this is far greater than any epidemic I can recall in my lifetime -- haunta virus, bird flu, swine flu, SARS, etc. It is difficult to know what response is appropriate until we have the benefit of hindsight.

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    I had a National Weather Service spotter training session for this evening and a concert on Sat both cancelled due to Covid-19
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    edited.

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    edited - my post was more of a rant/vent than productive contribution.

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    open_circuit previously posted:
    "I don't recall SARS and Bird Flu causing the cancellation of major sporting events domestic and worldwide. The global response to this is far greater than any epidemic I can recall in my lifetime -- haunta virus, bird flu, swine flu, SARS, etc. It is difficult to know what response is appropriate until we have the benefit of hindsight."

    You’re absolutely correct, and just in the last few days the extent of the cancellations is unprecedented. I don’t watch the news much but I just found out the NBA, NHL and MLB all cancelled/suspended/delayed their seasons. March Madness is cancelled. But I get it, in order not to overwhelm hospitals with a huge amount of sick people all at once this is a national and global attempt to slow the spread of the disease. And I agree to some extent but being a business owner (80+ employees) and having kids affected by this has been maddening and stressful!

    Be careful and smart out there folks! But know this will pass and don’t panic because we will get thru and back to normal. Hopefully sooner than later
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