Today we had our little private family graduation ceremony for Caroline. Our whole crew watched the entire virtual ceremony snuggled up together on the couch - not quite a flyover from the Blue Angels but we were all together so that is what truly matters. When it was over each of my little guys gave her a salute and she presented them with the USNA Class of 2020 Challenge Coin. Incredibly sweet. On June 30, 2016 I put on these two wristbands in honor of my daughter - Mid Dad and Class of 2020 and never took them off until today. Every day they served as a constant reminder of all the things she was going through in order to come out the other side as a Marine Officer. And so this afternoon I sat with her and took them off - it was a surprisingly big moment for me - but she is used to me being emotional when it comes to her so she and rolled her eyes and gave me a hug. Now I will carry her challenge coin with me every day - although I’m sure that will change based on which unit she is assigned to in the Corps.
There were 57 people who succumbed to this virus in the past 24 hours. Also, only 422 new positive cases were reported - I can’t recall when out new positives were down at this level. Testing was also down considerably with under 5,000 tests being conducted but the overall ratio still came in at only 8.5%.
Since April 15th the weighted average of positive test rate has dropped a whopping 70% and the three day average of deaths is down 63%. We still have a way to go but due to everyone’s hard work and the amazing medical care we have in this state - these numbers are so wonderful to see.
In Governor’s Baker’s press conference today he stated, “We’ve talked a lot about preparing for and dealing with the surge, which is now something that, thanks to a lot of work by a lot of people, is behind us, - As a result of that many of the field hospitals that we set up around the state to add beds and reduce strain on hospitals have begun to close.” Another positive sign although we are still only at 2 out of 6 rated as positive on the “moving to normal” chart. Ugh.
One of my favorite (ok favorite might be too strong of a word) websites that I look at daily is www.healthdata.org which is put out by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). They are an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that has a lot of very cool tools and most importantly no spin - just data. I can really extrapolate out a lot of interesting scenarios and look at models and projections and even compare different situations. Yes, this is why I have gained 20 pounds on this quarantine as I have a tendency to hyper focus and go down a rabbit hole while reading an article and trying to determine its validity. I never thought of myself as that big of a geek - but
CiCi is reading over my shoulder and just commented that she can absolutely attest to the fact that I am. She married me anyway. so the joke’s on her.
And I forgot to mention yesterday - I was able to give away over 1,000 masks on my fence this past weekend thanks to the generosity of Charles River Apparel. It was so nice seeing so many people stop by and wave. And I’m calling around trying to get some more in the next few days. Also, thanks to the generosity of
John Griffin of One Cup Coffee I have some industrial grade cleaning wipes available. These are incredibly hard for facilities to get their hands on and I would like to distribute to nursing homes which houses our greatest at risk population. I’ve been able to give away a few containers- but if any nursing home folks are reading this and need these wipes- please PM me and I will figure out a way to get them to you.
As always - keep doing what you are doing and get out there and soak up that sun. I’m pretty sure it is good for keeping away corona - but no matter what it is good for the human spirit and we all need that right now. Missing you all but so glad we are continuing in the right direction.