Representative Dooley May 21st COVID-19 Update
Have I told you lately how much I love all of you? This evening I was mowing my lawn and a car pulled up and a young girl came over with a bag. Her name is Morgan and she is a Senior at KP and is going to be going to Catholic University next year. She explained to me that as a senior project she decided to bake cookies and deliver them to essential workers and wanted to bake me some as well. So incredibly sweet and totally made my day. Of course I brought them inside while I finished mowing the lawn and by the time I got in the kiddos had already found them. Damn, I should have known that I if I didn’t hide them they would disappear. Oh well, better for my diet - which isn’t going well anyway.
82 people passed away in the last 24 hours from Corona - dropping us back below the 100 mark. 1,114 new positive cases were reported out of 11,533 new tests for a little below 10% ratio. Hospitalizations continued to drop with 122 fewer today than yesterday. The curve is still going in the right direction.
Confirmed today that those folks who qualify for the CARES Act and have used up their regular unemployment can receive the new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The PEUC provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits to an individual who has exhausted all regular unemployment compensation and who meets other eligibility requirements. PEUC will automatically begin for individuals who have been receiving regular standard unemployment benefits on an active claim without having to do anything. If an individual’s standard unemployment claim has expired, they must file a new standard claim. If the individual is eligible on the new standard claim, regardless of the benefit rate amount, they will receive benefits from that new claim. The extra $600 per week still be included till the ned of July.
I’m sure you all saw that the CDC released guidelines that said that Covid doesn’t transfer from surface contact to infect a person as much as was formerly believed. CDC admits that they are still learning about this virus. This does not mean that this can’t happen, it is just less likely. So keep washing your hands and using sanitizer whenever possible - but that prevents all sorts of viruses so we should be doing this no matter what. They also said that Covid-19 is still more contagious than influenza but not as highly contagious as diseases such as measles.
It's going to be 80 tomorrow as we enter into Memorial Day weekend. Let's enjoy it but let's stay the course. Social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, and staying away from those at greatest risk. We are making such great progress - let’s not go backwards now and not give them any excuse to move things back to where they were. We are strong and we can kick this virus’s ass if we keep doing what we have been doing.
I am proud of who we are and what we have accomplished. The light is at the end of the tunnel - it won’t be easy, but the more we get back to normal - the better it will be.