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The weekend had some good weather, though a little snow on Friday! The weather for today will be interesting: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers. Temperature rising to near 61 degrees by 11:00 am, then falling to around 51 during the remainder of the day. Windy, with a south wind 22 to 29 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. The temperature will drop to about 32 during the night.

Even with the mixed weather we have experienced the past week, the trend in temperatures appears upward and that is a sure sign of things to come.  Here’s a photo of a variety of daffodils gathered from my garden Sunday.  They smell great too!

Mike Jean Daffodils

Daffodils a-Bloom

I hope you all had a nice weekend and a nice Easter and a continuing nice Passover.  I know a lot of the Seders and Easter dinner gatherings were smaller this year, but I hope you still enjoyed the time. Here’s a photo of our dear friends Vicki and David’s Seder table for two. Still beautiful setting as always. As a Christian, I hold fond memories of attending seders at the homes of my Jewish friends over the years.

Seder for Two - 2020

Seder Setting for Two

Garrett County government, the health department and others have been working hard to interpret and communicate guidance from the Governor’s office and elsewhere relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been asked to provide some clarification to all, so here it is almost verbatim: Pertaining to commuters to/from adjacent states, and persons transiting Maryland, Governor Hogan stated that persons traveling into Maryland from anywhere outside Maryland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is not expected of: persons who regularly commute into Maryland from an adjacent state or the District of Columbia, or vice-versa, unless such persons should otherwise self-quarantine under applicable CDC or MDH guidance (for example, because of recent travel to the New York/Tri-State area); It is not deemed essential travel to come to Garrett County for the weekend. Visitors, or second homeowners returning for the summer season, should not come to the county unless they self-quarantine for 14 days. This quarantine requirement does not apply to commuters, as referenced above, or to those traveling for essential services. For example, West Virginia residents can travel to Garrett County for food or medicine. Also, Garrett County residents can travel to appointments in West Virginia and will not be stopped by State Troopers unless there is a motor vehicle violation. I wanted to make sure all readers were aware. 

The Health Department has send guidance to retail businesses in the County over the past week to help ensure employee and customer safety. Strategies already being used by some essential retailers, and recommended to those not yet complying include:

  • marking floors to ensure adequate distance between customers
  • limiting the number of people at one time in the facility or establishing customer flow patterns to avoid contact between customers
  • setting up barriers between the employee and the customer when the six-foot minimum for social distance is not possible
  • employees wearing a facemask if social distancing and barriers are not sufficient

In addition, establishments were reminded that it is imperative to disinfect surfaces that customers regularly touch, including shopping carts, door handles, checkout areas, and other high-touch surfaces.

Finally today, here’s some information on a request from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency that is asking for donations of masks, boots, protective gear and cleaning supplies to meet the critical needs of Maryland first responders. Give if you can and as you can…

 

Donations Needed

Donations Needed

Have a wonderful Monday folks…