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Coronavirus Locks Down Ohio

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"Ohio Department of Health issues Stay At Home Order for all Ohio" by NBC4 Columbus


No More Social Distancing

Gone are the days of social distancing, where we were told to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
I am only to leave house for essentials. Like a trip to the grocery store that has select hours, which right now is useless.
There is not much left in stock. There is still no toilet paper or potatoes. Those necessary items or staples we all count on in life are disappearing from the shelves.

Ohio Governor Orders Lockdown

Ohio Governor, Mike Dewine is ordering Ohio to be on lockdown.
He has told us to shelter in place inside our homes.
This order remains in effect through April 6, 2020. Then it will be reevaluated.


The Parks Are Closed

The parks in my little piece of the world have been closed. They are small municipal parks with playgrounds and a walking trail. So gone are the days of going to the park to take a walk and get a bit of fresh air.

You can still walk your dog if you are lucky enough to have one as a pet, but our only dog park is also closed.

This counts me out because I do not own a doggie, but I can walk outside in my own yard. Since my yard is tiny I doubt I will be getting much exercise.


No Contact With Others

I am not to drive across town to just take a drive. Only trips like hospital or doctor’s office are allowed.
The nursing homes and hospitals have already been on lockdown. No visitors allowed.

This will be difficult for patients. Especially the ones who are elderly or have Alzheimer's because they will not understand why no one is coming to visit them.

I am glad that at least the patients will have contact with workers. Maybe this will help.
A person living alone will feel totally isolated without the luxury of anyone's company with this new rule.


My Imagination Will Get Me Through

Although I know this is to help contain the coronavirus, it is definitely not sitting well with me.
The panic in my town is already bad. This is making it worse.
Neighbors are hiding inside their homes too afraid to talk to anyone.
Thank God, I have a vivid imagination. I am going to need it a lot more in the days to come.

"10 Ways To Survive Lockdown - Sanity Intact" by YoTricks



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 08, 2020:


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This virus has effected us all in so many ways.

I am deeply disappointed that protesters are not practicing social distancing.

I want this virus to end...not start back up again. Looking forward to a normal life one day.

Thanks for reading.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 08, 2020:

It is like falling into a dream and not being able to wake up to start your day as you normally would. I am one of the vulnerable ones so I have to be extra careful when I venture out. What I miss the most are hugs from my grandchildren.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 25, 2020:


Me neither. I don't remember dealing with anything like this before in my lifetime.

I remember parts of stories my grandmother would share of things she went through. She always told me i was gonna need to learn to cook from scratch.

Thanks for reading.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on March 24, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a difficult time, like no other I have experienced.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


So glad you have little creatures keeping you company. They are the best.

Nice your stores still have supplies.

Mine are still without many things...including soup.

Hope you and your Hubby can get together.

This is a terrible time to be away from those you love.

Take care of yourself and give them babies a hug for me.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:

I guess that is good.

Are you free to go wherever you like?

All stores and businesses here are closing except for essential life ones.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


I hear you. Whenever anyone gets sick i like to clean..even washing pillows and bed linens daily.

For murder?? Yeah, I think they would lock you up for that

It will be a trying time, but I think you and your husband will be just fine.

Just go outside and scream once in awhile.

Thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


Me too!!

I hope this does strengthen us and pull everyone together.

We will make it through this! You will be in my thoughts.

Thanks for reading.

Donna Rayne from Sparks, NV on March 23, 2020:

Hi Brenda, California has been in lockdown for a while, I don't even know how long anymore. I live up in the hills in the tiny town of Sutter Creek, occasionally my neighbors will come out to talk and the stores up here still have food and Walmart started handing people the toilet paper and allowed 1 pack per person. It does get lonely at times, luckily I have a cat and a dog. Where my husband lives, Indiana has been making preparations for a lockdown. His work will give him a letter saying he can go to work then back home. He's supposed to come and get me in April but with states shutting down I'm truly afraid.

Prayer is calming and soothing and I look to God for he is still in control.

Thank you for your article and let's keep writing and sharing in our little community here, it sure helps me!

God bless you all,

Donna Rayne

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 23, 2020:

Interesting. Pakistan was never safe or predictable, you know, so the coronavirus has hardly changed anything for me.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 23, 2020:

Brenda, we have two new cases 50 miles from me. I am a cleaning freak but I have nothing left to clean unless I remove the paint from the furniture! LOL My husband is about to get on my last nerves. I wonder if we still get time for murder. Just kidding?

VIDYA D SAGAR on March 23, 2020:

Hi Brenda, we are also in lockdown here in India. It is true what you said about soul searching. This is the time we need to connect to our inner selves and find peace and strength. Then there is a lot of catching up on the reading too. I hope we will all come out of it successful and a whole lot stronger.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


Thanks for the hugs and yes I could picture the butterflies.

All will be well as long as I can keep the boredom at bay.

I believe I have almost everything I need, so here's to a new type of vacation.

Could be rather interesting...maybe some deep soul searching along the way.

Take care. Hugs!!

With imagination and strong will we will be fine.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


Thank you.

I do believe fear will make people's health issues worse.

I will be fine. I found some interesting things on tv from music videos to exercise. I will change up my routine each day hoping the boredom doesn't get to me.

It will eventually get better. I talked with someone last night who is in day 52 of lockdown, but only 5 new cases reported so it does work.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 23, 2020:


Thank you.

I have to believe it will be okay too!

Hugs back your way.

manatita44 from london on March 23, 2020:

I feel for you, Brenda, but then I feel for me. Chuckle. I'm alone at home too. Seems like we will have to do some across- the world-connecting. I will send you some love and you will send me some, right?

I'm doing some floor exercises. I'll nearly due ... in fact I am due but the food is still heavy in my stomach. 30 mins maybe. Stay strong! You will be fine! Much Peace ... no, hugs ... do you feel it? Coloured butterflies ... do you see them? Take care.

Lorna Lamon on March 23, 2020:

Unfortunately this seems to be the only way to stop the virus spreading. I think we will all surprise ourselves at just how creative we can become. Unfortunately fear creates anxiety and this can lead to other more serious mental issues. We are all in this together and we will come out the other side. Keep strong and stay safe Brenda.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on March 23, 2020:


Hugging you from PA, believing for all of us it's all going to be okay.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 22, 2020:


Thanks for reading. You did want me to write different once in awhile, so I finally did.

You are absolutely and hope.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on March 22, 2020:


Thanks. I know I will make it, but I am going to have to get creative.

Maybe do different things each day. Hopefully the sun will come out with no rain...that would be great.

Stay safe. I hope this doesn't last too long.

I watched a video earlier where a country has been on lockdown for 52 days, but tge virus is getting smaller as far as new cases.

Try to enjoy your lockdown.

Rosina S Khan on March 22, 2020:

I like your hub, Brenda. Everything is shut down and no human contact is allowed. It is getting close to that here also. Let hope and faith guide us right along. Stay safe.

Lorna from USA on March 22, 2020:

We are on lockdown too here in Illinois. I can understand how you feel. It's hard to just stay in, but I believe it will help to stop the virus to spread more. Hopefully it will not last long. Hang in there Brenda!

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