Monday April 6

Apr 6, 2020

Great weather over the weekend, especially Sunday until mid-afternoon, when some rain came.  Today’s weather will be mostly sunny, with a high near 61 degrees. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. There’s a chance of showers tonight, mainly after 4:00 am, with increasing clouds earlier, and a low around 45.

Speaking of the weather, the sunny and warm weather has certainly created a “bloom” amongst lake-area flora and fauna. Went for a short hike with my wife Sunday afternoon and I almost stepped on a snake on a gravel road near my house.  It was a juvenile garden snake (certainly non-venemous) but our walks ( and slither?) almost intesected!  All good and s/he went on his/her way and got “lost” in the underbrush shortly thereafter.

Here’s a photo from June Harvey, taken last summer from her family’s cabin. They bought it in 1948 so they are entering their 72nd summer on Deep Creek Lake.  Wow!  Thanks June for sharing and congratulations to your faqmily for enjoying 72 years on the lake.  Summer is on the way!

from June Harvey

Cabin View from Last Summer

We have published our monthly Cover Story for April.  This month’s edition is titled “Making the Most of Your Time at Home” and it discusses some options and resources for these times of self-quarantine in and around your home at the lake. There’s even instructions, via a link, on how to build your own cloth mask.  Check it out.  I hope you enjoy!

I want to thank Clint B. for his insightful comments on the “Bear Markets Come and Go” article we posted and I referenced in Daily notes a week or so ago. While all bear markets eventually end, and end “relatively” quickly, there are a number of National, state and local factors that can and likely will come into play with this COVID-19 induced contraction. No one knows for sure what the recovery will look like and when it will come, and there are sure to be some lingering effects from the current situation. While job-1 is taking care of our collective and individual health, the economic future is hard to predict this time around.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland have increased to at least 3,609 Sunday, with the death toll now at 67, officials said.  To my knowledge, there are still only three confirmed cases in Garrertt County as I write these Notes.

The Health Department, through the Joint Information Center Team yesterday, made the recommendation for all to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.  CDC’s studies are showing that people who have no symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Locations where these transmissions could happen include places such as restaurants offering carryout or drive thru, grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical settings.

Finally, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday afternoon issued an emergency order aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, many of which have been ravaged by outbreaks in the state and across the country. Among the measures, nursing home staff who interact with residents will be required to wear personal protective equipment, which includes a face mask, appropriate eye protection, gloves and a gown.

Stay safe, healthy and happy dear readers and have a great Monday…