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The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 60 and a low around 50. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Showers tonight; mainly after 9pm.

I feel a little crazy and anxious this morning with the COVID-19 news changing and updating seemingly by the minute. While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Garrett County, we are feeling the effects of the social distancing strategies that are being used to help control the spread of the virus. I’m not an expert but the “distancing” is a strategy to mitigate infectious diseases.

According to the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA): Unfortunately, recent developments have forced all entities to determine the Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships (which are scheduled to be played on Thursday, March 12th  through Saturday, March 14th) to be held in a “closed gym” format. The games remain at Towson University and the University of Maryland-College Park.

Also, I’ve heard that nearby Frostburg State University and West Virginia Universities are modifying their academic calendars through some cancellations around spring break and offering online classes.

Garrett College has not made a decision but advised students via an email:

1.) to bring all relevant course materials home with them when they go on spring break in case they have to finish the academic year through online methods;

2.) that they will receive notification through their official student email if Garreett does move to an all-online format to complete the semester; and

3.) to stay home until they are healthy again if they become sick over the spring break.

I thought this graph was interesting–a different kind of alcohol is being searched:

CharR Alcohol Graph

Amazon has been proactive in trying to limit bad sellers as much as possible — they claim to have removed over 1 million products for price-gouging or making false claims about coronavirus.

Sorry that today’s notes have a single focus but it’s what’s on my mind.

Local events are still on! Adult Book Club today in Accident from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and at the Cornish Cafe Book Club from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Team Trivia is tonight from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Mountain State Brewery! And one unique one for you, Cards at Cashmere is tomorrow from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.