4/27: Cases falling. Life appearing to reach some sort of normalcy! Things to look forward to!
I decided to take a little browse through covidactnow and see how Amelia Island is faring, since we are headed there soon:
SEVERE. As in, if you rank all of the counties in country by their markers of COVID infectedness, this particular county ranks #11.
In the country.
Out of 3006.
(Yes, I had to look that up. Honestly, I thought there would be even more.)
((Broward county where we live is “Very High” but did not even make the top 100))
That said, we are staying in a VRBO, not at a resort or hotel. So we are probably going to go anyway, but just basically hunker down in our lovely rental + the beach. Order delivery, get groceries + cook, play board games + watch movies, etc. Their beaches are particularly uncrowded (nothing like South FL) which is part of the appeal.
If we needed to go to the hospital for any reason that would be terrible. But not super likely.
I’m so sad we are still having to have these conversations.
I am very much hoping the kids will mask in school per CDC rec (but not Florida’s!), because otherwise I anticipate endless quarantines + shutdowns.
(But I am also still hoping my kids can have a more normal year and that they can get vaccinated before the vaccines are rendered ineffective by future variants).
I’m just so tired of thinking about all this, hence my well being. AND I HAVE IT SO GOOD! I know that.
Tell me what you would do in this situation: high risk state and rising cases driven by delta. Kids too young for vax. Masks optional at school. Both parents work. Would you try to cobble together school virtually? Or send them with good masks and pray for the vax approval to come soon?
If it were me (and this may be me!), i would not do virtual school. I cannot do it myself and I cannot have our nanny doing it. I would send to school and make sure my kids wear masks.
( Also remember my situation and opinions could be colored by the fact I assume my kids would do fine since they already did have Covid and were asymptomatic). (Obviously not a guarantee but colors my reasoning).)
Meh indeed. It’s been so so long. I’m exhausted and stressed about the fall. My husband is going to have to go back to the office part of the time in the near future right as I expect the kids to be getting sent home nonstop for runny noses and colds. It’s frankly not a great time to have a three year old despite that generally being one of my favorite ages! I am just praying we escape the horribleness that was virtual school this winter. It was so bad for my family. I also really hope my oldest can have some sort of indoor birthday party this year- winter birthday parties really don’t work outside here!
Sarah, I am so sorry this is happening especially because it didn’t need to. If vaccination rates were higher I am sure things would be so much better. I live in Canada and our cases seem to be going in the right direction for now. We normally vacation in Florida every winter and are hoping things improve so we can come back this year. I read something interesting the other day showing our vaccination rates are the same for liberal and conservative voters. Covid has just never been political here. We wear masks, social distance and everyone I know is fully vaccinated. Canadians are rule followers LOL! I hope your vacation goes as planned – you definitely deserve a break. It sounds like you have a solid plan to stay safe.
Kim’s comment about this not being political there makes me want to move to Canada. I’m an enneagram rule follower, too! 🙂
I think your vacation plans are very safe. It’s not really any different from being at home since you’ll have your own place to stay and the things you plan to do are indoors. I’m thinking the population is very low there, so that might skew the numbers? Like the sample size is just too small to compare it to larger counties in the US. But that is just my guess when I think of the size of Amelia island (or the size I think it is – have not looked it up but when we were researching places to go to FL 2 winters ago, I want to say the islands off the west coast are all pretty small).
You could eat meals on patios if you wanted meals out since outdoor seems to be safe based on the data I’ve seen. I think the change of scenery and family time will be good for you guys! Hopefully this will be a completely different vacation from the one at the Ritz, but I am sure it will be since you have a condo and aren’t all sharing a hotel room! It is depressing that things are getting worse when they could be better if more people were vaccinated.
I have a guess about size Nassau county, the beach area is probably more likely to house probably about 47.% of the vaccinated and likely less risk. Go just a few miles inland and I can imagine the rates of vaccination rates go down. The areas more west might have been some one those where they didn’t get the memo on how this virus spreads! I guess my point is just to say Amelia probably shouldn’t be lumped in with all of Nassau but i don’t know where you could get alternative medical care. Perhaps consider whether there is a hospital option just a little further North or South that is less severe and maybe equal distance or close? Might be something to consider. Wishing you the best