Lockdown is increased following covid-19 spikes

Part of Alicia's face with pool in background


The requirement for reopening our facility in any small sense was that our state, California, needed to meet the parameters for reopening.

Our Yolo County authorities issue rules which must be followed by businesses, depending on the state guidelines.

A few weeks ago, on June 9th, a gradual, cautious reopening of our dining facilities was initiated, allowing those who chose to participate the ability to go to the dining room for dinner. Many changes were instituted to get people in and out of the dining room safely (most of which would have been too hard for me), but not allowing the kind of socialization we used to have of dining with others not of our ‘household.’

The reopening has been rescinded due to spiking coronavirus cases

I can’t blame this facility for taking every possible precaution – after all, one of the things that happens is that our total survival as a community depends on getting new people in to what is a ‘forever home’ as our older or frailer members leave us.

And reputation is everything in the business world – we can’t afford to have too many empty apartments or the price for the residents will have to go up.

And it is obvious that people will think long and hard before moving INTO a facility that has already had covid-19 cases.

The restrictions are necessary

because the outside world refuses to take the pandemic seriously – but we know how high our death rates would be if it got into our community and spread.

That’s not even a hypothetical: a third of covid-19 deaths, or more, have occurred in people in nursing homes.

And a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) by definition has a nursing home component (as well as an Assisted Living one) to go along with the Independent Living apartments (where most of the residents live, and where everyone who is part of the community must come into originally).

Lowest common denominator for the community is that EVERYONE is in lockdown.

Because we live in the same building. And are served by the same staff for many things.

I live in fear that our staff OR our residents may bring the virus in

Residents here often (>60%) come from Davis. They have local family and friends.

We can leave the community at any time – at our own discretion. We can see anyone we want – outside.

There is a requirement (probably from the county) that those who sleep one night or more away from URC then self-quarantine for two weeks when they come back.

But it doesn’t cover those who go out for the day for whatever reason, and come back the same day.

We depend on each other being sensible – including our staff, ALL of whom live elsewhere.

So I practice ALL the precautions

So that even if other people don’t do what they’re supposed to do all the time, every time, I have done everything I can NOT to pick up the virus from them if they have it.

The biggest one is that people don’t cover their NOSE with their mask.

They might as well not bother wearing the mask!

It slips down. It’s uncomfortable. They ‘forget’ – and it horrifies me.

I remind them.

They put it back on, and I see it slip off again a moment later!

Staff, Residents, Contractors here installing carpeting – they still don’t get it!

A facemask worn with the nose hanging out is NOT a facemask! Basically, it’s NOTHING – because someone having trouble breathing through the mouth behind the mask will automatically breathe through the NOSE – expelling ALL the air from their lungs through their NOSE out into the community.


I blame education which doesn’t teach every child that their NOSE and MOUTH are connected inside their HEAD.

Among other things I blame.

So I’m horrified, I tell them (they sometimes pull the mask up over their nose and I often SEE it fall down immediately), and I wear mine, stay away, wash my hands…

And try very hard not to leave the apartment.

A small positive note

The county has allowed limited pool access, and limited aqua therapy with a ‘medical’ person present.

So I got into the therapy pool twice for half and hour this week – and am still in a lot of pain from things I stretched, very gently, but which had had no warm water for over three months.

I may not be able to go twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday are too close together).

They may close it back down for whatever reason.

I got no writing done on those days, nor the days after (another reason I may have to do just one).

But the good feeling was amazing: in the water I am not disabled.

In the water I can move, stretch, even go up to tiptoe (in the deepest part of the pool) – things I cannot do very well or at all on land.

I am grateful.

So what has gone well in spite of the virus in your life?



41 thoughts on “Lockdown is increased following covid-19 spikes

  1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

    Two more staff cases – management has informed us. They will now go to testing the whole staff every week until 14 days of no new cases are reported. Which if they only test twice a week is?

    No new Residents this time, but why do I feel like a sitting duck?

    There is nothing more we can do, except never leave – and completely deal with our own food (which would still have to come from somewhere).

    So I write – and wait.


  2. joey

    I cannot believe the number of people who wear the masks under their noses. (That seems like bad grammar, but that’s what I wrote) Our governor has made not wearing a mask in public places a Class B Misdemeanor, and everyone I saw at the store today was wearing their masks, which I think is nice.
    I’m glad you’re careful. People seem to think it will happen to other people. I don’t get it.
    Good things anyway — I can say we’re saving a lot of money on not being thoroughly entertained via external venues and vacation and we’re saving money on my husband not commuting. Additionally, work has slowed some. Not dangerous to business, just enough to make me feel like I’m not on a merry-go-round.


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I’m glad people are wearing masks near you.

      I worry that the money I’m not spending is not getting to the people who desperately need to earn it – all the services such as Ubers and Lyfts, restaurants, salons are not making money, and the government is as erratic with money as it is with masks, just at the time when they should be worried about people eating.


  3. Pat O'Donnell

    Hello Alicia,

    I just read two of your posts and enjoyed them. I am a new blogger and find it a great way to manage in this time of pandemic. My wife and I have a deposit on a new unit being built near us. It will be a new addition to a large CCRC. While it will be very nice when complete, I’m having second thoughts about being in “lockdown”. I’m in full agreement with the comments about those who refuse to wear a mask. Very selfish and they have been misled. Keep writing and stay safe.


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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Welcome – but you will find no support here for not wearing a mask 100% of the time you are out around other people.

      I am in the vulnerable cohort, and we have just had our first staff case of covid-19 here, in spite of a lot of protections, so I’m not taking a single chance until there is a vaccine.

      I’d urge you to reconsider, for the sake of others even if you’re personally invincible, but most people who take your stand have already decided. I hope you and your wife don’t pay the consequences – best of luck with that.

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  4. acflory

    I’m glad you managed to get some aqua therapy in. Hopefully that will be allowed to continue even if the general level of restrictions goes up again. And it will. Here in Melbourne [Australia] we are back to level 3 restrictions for everyone. Part of the reason is that the security meant to keep returning travellers in hotel quarantine messed up. Or thought it was a joke. Or simply forgot. Or…who knows. Anyway, some of them caught the virus from quarantined ‘guests’ and took it back home to the poorer parts of Melbourne. From which it spread out into the community.

    This is the real deal now and things could get very bad very fast. We were lucky back in March/April. Then the Federal govt started pushing for the states to reopen. Sounds familiar?

    The Premier of my state tried hard to stall and received a load of $hit because of it. We reopened, and here we are. I’m so angry at the bastards in Canberra who don’t care about people at all. They just want their precious economy back in black…

    Apologies, but I fear Australia is starting to following in the footsteps of the US and UK. -sigh-

    Stay well and keep writing. That way lies sanity. -hugs-

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      The part about getting it from those quarantined is so bizarre! What were they thinking? They were only required to stay apart for two weeks, and then would have probably been fine.

      Now the rest of you will have months of restrictions due to their idiocy.

      The virus doesn’t care. It’s like laser toner powder (invisible colour) released onto every surface.

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      1. acflory

        I know. We still don’t know the full details of how the security guards were infected, but the bigger problem was that we’d reopened so the scope to infect others just went ballistic. Sadly security guards are often recruited from the poorer socio economic areas which often happen to be migrant areas. Migrants often can’t speak or read English well enough to understand the ‘fine print’ – i.e. we’re opening up but the virus hasn’t gone away.
        A psychologist or sociologist could have sounded a warning but…the politicians leading the charge to reopen probably wouldn’t have cared anyway. 😦

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        1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          I thought I was in anger mode – it’s all the stupid behavior, and the assumption that young people will just ‘get over it.’

          The language used – wish I had bookmarked where – getting rid of the ‘ill and infirm’ talks about PEOPLE as if they were not human. You are not an ill – you are a person who happens to be ill; you are not an ‘infirm’ – you happen to not be as able-bodied as you’d like or you once were today, or for a while.

          Language that dehumanizes makes it easy to think of people as disposable.

          My reaction – and one of that cohort – is anger. As is my reaction to being declared ‘elderly’ at some arbitrary age.

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        2. acflory

          Yes!!!! Right from the start the messaging has implied that the ill and elderly were ready to pop off anyway so no big deal. Everyone else will get over it just fine so let’s party. It’s infuriating, but at a deeper level it makes me wonder what kind of a society have we become? And how long can a society survive when living, breathing people can be dismissed as just so many numbers?


        3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          Don’t worry – it’s not all of them. Our kind of people are out there actually working, getting on with their education, taking care of children, the world…

          But we can’t let those statements go unchallenged, because we’re writers, and the WORDS they use and we use MATTER.

          Propaganda tries out one set of words and one nuance – and we pull it up short, and point out where it has atrocious underpinnings. For our children and the world’s children. We have too many examples what happens when we don’t speak up.

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        4. acflory

          Grrr…you’ve just reminded me of a troll I argued with just recently. He, I assume it was a he, started by talking about the collateral damage caused by the covid ‘hysteria’. I pulled him up on that word and then he spent half an hour denying that he wasn’t taking the virus seriously whilst repeating denigrating terms like hysteria in every backhanded denial.

          I stopped arguing with him when I realised that he was a troll, and deliberately triggering me with his word choice. In many ways it’s like that ‘I’m not racists but…’ phrase. Sometimes I just want to reach out and smack people. 😦


        5. acflory

          lol – much too short. The trick is recognizing them in the first place. This particular one seemed to be intelligent and articulate so…snobbery on my part…I assumed he was human.


        6. acflory

          I know you’re right, but it still leaves a bad taste in the mouth. The old, world weary cynic in me knows not to trust people too quickly, but…I want to. I still /want/ to.


  5. Jeanne

    I’m missing the pool a lot. As you say, I can forget about being disabled while in the water. But there’s nowhere I can get in the water right now. My daughter is here for a week and we tried a local lake in the morning, when it’s usually deserted, but there were more and more people coming onto the beach so we had to leave, as I live in an area where people are not social distancing or wearing masks. They pretend it’s a partisan issue and live in denial, taking no precautions.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I’m so sorry. The tiny amount of pool time I can have now – 1/2 hour twice a week with a medical ‘attendant’ – is NOT ideal. Timing, spacing, and frequency are not good for me – and I resent needing a keeper. But other people are NOT behaving like grownups, so I have restrictions.


  6. Jennifer

    I am worried, today, for an elderly friend in Florida. He’s in a nursing home after a fall and has contracted COVID-19 in the nursing home. He is particularly vulnerable (for health reasons) and I worry. For myself, here in Australia (not in Victoria) I am cautious. We have no active cases in my area, but that can change in an instant. I walk in the mornings, occasionally visit the library (lots of hand sanitiser and social distancing) and I wait. And worry. And am grateful that I live in Australia.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I hope your friend is okay. There is a real problem right now in that family can’t visit, and family was often what was keeping the nursing home honest.

      We’re in better shape when we can advocate for ourselves – but sometimes even that isn’t enough.

      Sounds like you’re taking the proper precautions – we’re all waiting.

      I was planning to move to Sweden (joke, but?), until I heard how badly they were considering their disabled and elderly in the face of the virus.

      Stay safe. We just had our first staff case here, and are watching to see how management and county handle it. Husband and I don’t leave the apartment much.

      I’m trying to keep writing – a goal that keeps getting kicked in the teeth. But progress is happening, and that’s better than just sitting around wringing my hands uselessly.

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      1. Jennifer

        ‘But progress is happening, and that’s better than just sitting around wringing my hands uselessly.’ Cheers for progress. I walk, I dither, I try to write reviews. Every small achievement is progress, and I welcome it.

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        1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          It’s a shame, because I’m not dithering – I’m fighting a recalcitrant body. I only waste time when my brain refuses to focus (most of the time). When all of a sudden it seems capable of though, the distractions pale, and the writing assume center of the world status.

          I just realized there is a huge potential I had thought about in the current 5-7 scene arc. Now I’m trying to figure out how to intensify it.

          Then I’ll write it.

          Happy progress!


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I haven’t taken any in a year – no real difference.

      What is making a difference is low-dose naltrexone. It doesn’t raise my high, but I get a bit more time daily at a higher level of functionality.

      I should try adding the B1 back, but right now I just want to finish NETHERWORLD.


        1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          Thanks for reminding me. I should go back and add the B1 in again – every little bit helps.

          If you try ldn, get support from one of the FB groups so you can get your questions answered – there isn’t much out there in the medical profession.


  7. Janna G. Noelle

    I’m glad that your home is taking the pandemic seriously. We get a lot of news out of the US (plus I see things on social media) and your country is not doing well at all. It doesn’t have to be this way. I really worry for you all, and especially for people in your situation.

    Right now Vancouver is in Phase 3 of our reopening. To my knowledge that means that more public places like libraries and community centers will open, with reduced capacity. Eat-in dining has also resumed with new rules. I haven’t really been out at all – just to the hairdresser because my hair was in a state. I have no real interest in being “in” places right now, although I’m looking forward to having some social distanced meetups with friends in outdoor venues. Things seem to be going well, here, but then in my province we have a world-renowned medical expert at the helm and the government will to actually follow her guidelines. It’s reassuring.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Be among the last to go out. Keep up precautions like masks EVEN IF you feel silly. EVEN IF no one else is doing it. You need to be sure you’re protecting YOURSELF, especially if every other person is making the totally false assumption that this is over.

      Because NOTHING has changed to make it over, even if their treatments – of symptoms only – are getting a bit better.

      And now that they’re saying any immunity may last only a short time – 3 months – it is imperative to keep being constantly vigilant.

      I don’t want to die of something preventable or avoidable.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      You’re quite welcome – anything to help a friend.

      I get similar boosts from others, so it’s good to give back.

      Write away – the time will pass anyway, and you will have something to show for it that you’re happy with.

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  8. Lynda Dietz

    I’ve had to take a massive break from a lot of social media, only posting my scheduled blog posts because I can’t deal with people who think our freedoms are being taken away because we’re asked to wear a mask in public places. I struggle with the selfishness of it all, and it makes me angry that people are careless because they’re tired of being restricted. We’re all tired of it, but that doesn’t mean the virus is tired of making people sick.

    I’m glad you’re taking the precautions you are, and I pray for safety in your community.

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  9. Sharon

    It is a scary time. I feel lucky we are lifting our lockdowns and if anything our neighbourhood feels friendlier because of everything which is nice. I wish people in the shops would take it all more seriously though I don’t think they realise the virus is still around and it is still serious, everybody is becoming a bit complacent which is a worry. Keep staying safe and enjoy the swimming if you get a chance. Some of the actions of Trump and company seems positively criminal in its disregard for the welfare of the vulnerable.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      THERE IS NO VACCINE. Any lifting of lockdown is not luck. It is taking your life in your hands just because there are enough hospital beds right now for all those who get sick.

      WE ARE STILL IN THE FIRST WAVE. It never got back down. The chances you take are exactly the same as at the beginning except that the current mutation is 2 to 9 times more infectious, exactly as vicious, and starting from a bigger footprint.

      Please be careful. Continue all precautions.

      Just because there are hospital beds does not mean the DISEASE is any easier on those who get very sick (it’s a horrible disease – ask the doctors and nurses).

      We haven’t started the second wave. It will be terrifying. And that’s the calm scientists at the CDC who deal with Ebola and SARS and swine flu.

      In the 1918 flu, 5 million or so died in the first wave. When they reopened, against the scieintists’ recommendations, the next wave killed 50 million worldwide. Because they didn’t keep practicing the protective steps.

      I don’t know how else to say it: NOTHING has made anything better. No vaccine, no treatment. A few things which help a bit. Herd immunity requires 80-90% of people to have had it. We’re under 10%.

      And it is estimated that around 10% of survivors will have long-term consequences.

      This is not fearmongering. It’s simple data.

      I PRAY I’m wrong – but being wrong is so completely unlikely it’s laughable.

      Be careful. Protect your own. Protect yourself. It’ll slow it down some.

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  10. Lloyd Lofthouse

    “because the outside world refuses to take the pandemic seriously”

    Many countries did take the pandemic seriously. Only a few have leaders that refused to do anything like The Emperor or Lies Trumpty Dumpty.

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    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      MY outside world, unfortunately, consists of the authorities and the population who think this is a joke. The rest of the world has little effect directly.

      If people are going to advocate for throwing seniors under the bus, they should expect to get pushback – from both said seniors and from the people who love them.

      It is one thing to get randomly affected by ‘life’ – we all expect that to some degree when we get into a car – and another to find that ‘life’ has a gun pointed straight at my head, and I’m expected not to mind. As you know.


      1. Lloyd Lofthouse

        I understand. I live alone. Before the pandemic led to “Stay in Place” in March, I went out several times a week, had lunch with friends, took walks with friends, met with my PTSD support groups at the VA, shopped at farmers’ markets, and met with critique groups for writers that I belonged to.

        I was not alone. Now I am.

        Because of the risk factor, this virus poses and selfish people who value their alleged freedom to not wear a mask that protects them and others, in the last 103 days, I have been home alone for 82 of those days. I keep busy with the books I am writing and woodworking projects, but …

        For the other 20 days, I got out for two to four hours to shop for essentials and supplies and that is almost always early in the morning soon after the stores open to avoid the crowds. Because my hobby is woodworking and I have my own shop in my garage, I already had a supply of higher quality masks than most people did.

        My daughter wanted to come and visit, but she and her husband are not practicing all the safety protocols, so I said no. The daughter (who is 29) has created what she calls a “pod” [of friends and family members] that get together on a regular basis at their homes and they don’t always wear masks, but they are also not always together so there is no way to know what everyone else is doing at any given time. The risk of infection will always be there. All it takes is one careless person. With this virus, anyone can be a carrier and not know it because they might not have any of the symptoms.

        When I am out shopping for a couple of hours each week for essentials and supplies, too many people do not practice even the six-feet of separation, and far too many people only cover their mouths but not their noses. In addition, most of the masks people wear are not safe.

        I stopped going to the one local restaurant I was ordering take out from once or twice a week because the last time I was there on June 17th, when I arrived the cooks were not wearing masks as they prepared the take out orders and three of the other customers waiting to pick up take out were not wearing masks. Since I was wearing my best mask and kept my distance, I picked up the order and doused my face and hands with sanitizer spray once I returned to my car. I also made the desition not to return. No more take out from that restaurant.

        What I meant by my comment was that in most other countries (like Vietnam, China, Thailand, most of the EU, and other countries), there were none of these immature. rotten “I refuse to wear a mask because I have the freedom not to” type of people. What is wrong with a country that has people like that among its citizens and they are allowed to get away with it?

        If everyone cooperated and wore the proper masks, we’d be a lot safer.

        If it was easier for everyone to be tested, we’d know who was safe, who has the virus, and who is at risk, but because of our “Dear Emperor of Lies (he is president in name only)” we don’t have that in this country.

        It has been confirmed that more than 110,000 Americans have died from the virus.


        More than 500,000 have died from COVID-19 around the world, but more than 20 percent of those deaths have been in the U.S.

        The US only represents 4.25-percent of the world’s population, and some countries have had few deaths. One country has had no reported deaths, and that is Vietnam where everyone staritng in January cooperated and followed the rules to be safe.




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