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Old 03-23-2020, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Western MA
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They should be able to drive to work, if anything. You'd think there be a way for the hospitals to work something out for parking, given how much of everything else is shut down.
I would think that there may be people who don't have cars. I have never lived in Boston, but this would be a big issue in NYC.

I suppose they could set up some kind of big car pooling situation. But would probably be a nightmare to manage. Better to keep public transportation, but restrict it for essential travel.
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Old 03-23-2020, 06:34 AM
 
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I spent the weekend in a large hospital near Boston. The entire hospital was a ghost town. I mean NO ONE. I was in the ER (Ongoing heart issue not COVID; sadly I have to frequent ERs) and it was a total of 5 people. FIVE. Never seen anything like it. Everything was running smoothly. Nurses say the panicking is out of control.
All hospitals are building a buffer in preparation for a surge. This has been accomplished primarily by canceling/postponing elective surgeries.

For example, MGH is currently running at about 70% capacity vs typical 90%+.
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Old 03-23-2020, 06:40 AM
 
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This is a frank and honest plea from U Chicago infectious diseases expert

https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/for...ess-conference
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:05 AM
 
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Home Depot could be essential if something needs to be repaired in the home. With everyone sheltering in place there is more wear and tear on the house. Home Depot is also another source for cleaning supplies. Likewise cars need to be kept up for grocery and drug store errands.

Agreed that they are needed, but there's no easy way to get in and out without possible exposure.

I drove by a HD yesterday to grab a few non-essentials and it looked like a typical Sunday afternoon in June with everyone and their mother there buying stuff. The lot was packed!


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I spent the weekend in a large hospital near Boston. The entire hospital was a ghost town. I mean NO ONE. I was in the ER (Ongoing heart issue not COVID; sadly I have to frequent ERs) and it was a total of 5 people. FIVE. Never seen anything like it. Everything was running smoothly. Nurses say the panicking is out of control.
I wouldn't tell that to medical personnel currently working in NYC

It's a paywall...but the first paragraph says enough.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronav...ed-11584719908

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...rary-hospitals

I do know one hospital in Boston is currently converting as many rooms to ICU rooms as it can right now.

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Old 03-23-2020, 08:16 AM
 
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Ma issues stay-at-home

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/03/...at-home-order/

In effect Tue at noon
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:32 AM
 
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This is mostly common sense stuff and taking the keys out of the hands of employers who may have conflicting priorities. Essential business remain open and travel is NOT prohibited. I didn't see the full comments, but restaurants are not explicitly mentioned. I assume they will be able to continue doing take out and delivery.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:40 AM
 
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https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-es...vices/download

Restaurants still can remain open
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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This is mostly common sense stuff and taking the keys out of the hands of employers who may have conflicting priorities. Essential business remain open and travel is NOT prohibited. I didn't see the full comments, but restaurants are not explicitly mentioned. I assume they will be able to continue doing take out and delivery.
Are they gonna define what's an "essential" business? My employer (to remain nameless!) is taking the stance that we're in this category, since we supply into an industry deemed "essential infrastructure" by DHS. Will the Commonwealth have its own designation, or abide by the Fed?
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:44 AM
 
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All hospitals are building a buffer in preparation for a surge. This has been accomplished primarily by canceling/postponing elective surgeries.

For example, MGH is currently running at about 70% capacity vs typical 90%+.
Nonetheless, the ER doesnt cater to elective Pre-OP/POST OP.

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Ma issues stay-at-home

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/03/...at-home-order/

In effect Tue at noon
Which doesn't change anything really...
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:48 AM
 
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this is mostly common sense stuff and taking the keys out of the hands of employers who may have conflicting priorities. Essential business remain open and travel is not prohibited. I didn't see the full comments, but restaurants are not explicitly mentioned. I assume they will be able to continue doing take out and delivery.
+1.
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