All ready to go for Milk-a-palooza tomorrow morning. Tonight’s post will be on the short side as I have to get up at 4:30 to get over to BC High. I didn’t really think through the fact that doing a project with dairy farmers and the National Guard would result in them having a very different idea of meeting first thing in the morning. Oh well, at least I won’t have to worry about traffic. Attached is a picture of my “uniform” for tomorrow. Huge shout out to Charles River Apparel who saw earlier in the week that rain was in the forecast for Thursday and called me to ask if they could make raincoats for the volunteers to help out with the cause. They also provided surgical masks for anyone that happens to come to get milk and might not have one. I would also like to thank Inkify in Walpole - while they were in the middle of making masks they put in a little overtime to print these awesome shirts for our volunteers. Everyone talks about it taking a village, but we have the best damn village in America and I never cease to be amazed at how generous everyone is.
Unfortunately, we had a bit of a bump up today with 208 people dying and 1,754 new positive cases were announced. This brings the total number of deceased to 4,420, with 72,025 positive cases out of 339,639 total tests performed statewide. For some reason we had an exceptionally low number of tests performed today so the ratio doubled from yesterday but I am still hopeful that this is just a statistical anomaly and the track will continue to show an over all flattening and decline.
I’ve never liked the “we need to see steady decline for 14 days before we do anything” concept of governance as there are too many variables that can influence a single day and skew the numbers. What happens when we have an artificially low day (as we had) and that is naturally followed by a higher day once the reporting resets? Or what happens when we test 3x the average and thereby show a significant increase in positive cases? Does that mean that we are starting all over again? This overly simplistic “all or nothing” reasoning is flawed. Any scientist, mathematician, or economist will say that there are always data that skews based on outside influences and should not be considered significant until it results in a pattern. Let us hope our Governor understands that while making these decisions.
Hospitalization rates and ICU rates remained somewhat level and continue to show a slow downward trend. Our seniors that are in nursing homes continue to account for 60% of all COVID19 related deaths and the average age of those who died remains at 82. We need to really step up protecting these people.
Well, for those who don’t know - I will be kicking off Massachusetts’ first milk give away tomorrow morning at 9am at BC High (150 Morrissey Blvd in Dorchester). Every person that comes can get 2 gallons of whole milk that is being provided by our local farmers and bottled by Hood. Tomorrow’s post will be filled with all the thanks to everyone and I am so fortunate that John Hanselman brought me on board to be a part of this adventure. Please say a prayer for me and the whole team that it goes off without a hitch tomorrow. Lots of moving parts and all run by volunteers. I will admit that I am freaking out a little - what if nobody comes, or worse, what if everyone comes! aaarrrrgggghhhhhh! Deep breaths. I so am not going to get any sleep tonight.
Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker won’t be able to make it to the site first thing so they asked if I could make remarks on their behalf. Pretty cool but they both know how unpredictable I can be so whatever happens happens. Funny story, after Charlie texted to ask me if I could fill in for him, my response was, “sure, but I’m also going to say you authorized me to open golf courses for the weekend.” I didn’t get a response so I assumed he was just ignoring me. Well, as I’m writing this I get word that he is going to announce that golf courses will be able to open on Friday (with a bunch of restrictions). Really? It would have been so much cooler if he had let me announce this as it was obviously 100% my idea (just kidding).
And while the flight plan changed at the last minute and didn’t end up flying over the awesome 9th Norfolk District - it was still pretty cool to see a bunch of F-15 Eagles from the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield, MA fly over area hospitals and pay tribute to the brave men and women who are putting their lives on the line every day fighting to heal us and protect us from this horrible disease.
And since it is National Nurses Day - I would like to say thank you, but those words just aren’t enough to express how much our nurses mean to us. You are with us when we are born and every moment in between. You heal us, you comfort us, you give your heart and soul (and then some) in order to be there for us at our most difficult moments. And now you are even the ones holding our hands and standing in for our loved ones as we pass. No words can ever express how much you mean to all of us, and I know praise isn’t why you chose this calling. You are selfless, compassionate, and the best that our humanity has to offer. God Bless our all of our nurses.
Well, now time to write my remarks for the morning and make sure I have everyone who has been working on this on my list to thank. Then hopefully some sleep. Tomorrow is going to need lots and lots of coffee.