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"Not a Shutdown - a Slowdown

I am a resident in the State of Ohio. My passion is poetry, but Covid-19 is gaining strength We are under a 21 day curfew in the state.

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Update: Not a Shutdown - a slowdown is an article about what is happening in the state of Ohio as Governor Mike Dewine tries to combat Covid-19.

We are on a 21 day curfew from 10 pm to 5 am to see if the numbers drop.

Who knows what will happen next if the numbers do not come down.

Curfew extended until January 2, 2021.


Update on Curfew

On December the 10th Ohio Governor Dewine extended our curfew.

It is now in effect until January 2, 2021.

We had planned on ringing the New Year in with a nice dinner with some music where a live band would be performing, but it looks like another quiet evening at home.

We made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas, so New Year's Eve will be one more.

We will still try to have an early dinner before the restaurants close up shop for the night.

Maybe the weather will give us a break and we can step out onto the patio at midnight to look up at the stars.

But right now the forecast does not look good. It is supposed to be rain changing to snow.

Either way, we are ready for a new year to begin. So Happy New Year from my little part of the globe to yours!

"My Mask Will Go On - Covid-19 Version of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On"



21 Day Curfew

Here we go again. The Ohio Governor appeared on television issuing a curfew starting on Thursday November 19th between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am for 21 days.

Residents must be at home and businesses must be closed in an effort to combat Covid-19.

This time the curfew is to be enforced with a hefty fine for those who violate it. A fine which can be up to $750.00 and it is to be classified as a second-degree misdemeanor which will be enforced by the local law enforcement.

The last time we had a stay at home order it was left up to the health department to enforce, but their hands are pretty full investigating Covid-19. At least in the town where I live because we are a small community and there are only a handful of employees.

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There is supposed to be exceptions like if you have an emergency health crisis or need to drive home from work.

I personally cannot afford a fine, but I should have no need to be out during those hours.

Unless my boyfriend, who has stage 4 lung cancer, would need something.



Covid-19 Gaining Strength

This virus seems to be gaining strength instead of dying out.

In my little piece of the world, the City of Washington Court House, Ohio has a population of 14,171 that was recorded in 2020.

Today we currently have 194 active cases and 16 deaths.

This number was barely moving over the summer. We might have had 5 active cases and anyone who did catch this virus was recovering.

So far 571 people have actually recovered from it.

In the whole state of Ohio it was five months before the state reached 100,000 cases.

Compare this to the last three weeks where the numbers have recorded another 100,000.

We do not seem to be winning against this virus.



Mass Gatherings Stopped

Another order has been issued for mass gatherings such as wedding receptions and funeral repasts and other events one might attend.

No more than 10 people are to be seated at a table and those 10 people must be from the same household.

We must wear mask at all times unless eating or drinking.

There is to be no dancing unless it is the bride and groom’s first dance.

There can be a toast and the usual tossing of the bouquet, as well as cutting the wedding cake.

No one is to get up to get food, so no banquet style allowed. Everyone must be served food at his table.

This order goes into effect on November 17th at midnight.



People Are Panicking

Well, it is no surprise that the people in this little town have been stirred up.

I had to run into the grocery to grab a bag of cat food but could not find one parking place.

I drove out to Walmart just down the road to see the same thing. I finally found a place to park and walked inside.

The panic has already begun. The shelves are almost empty again.

It is an eerie feeling seeing everyone panicking, grabbing everything they can.

I made it to the cat food aisle and grabbed a bag. I noticed there was only one container of litter left on the shelve.

I shake my head in disbelief and head to the checkout.

I wish I had been prepared to shop but I didn’t have enough money on me today.

My only hope is there will be a few things left whenever I make if back.

"Bohemian Virus Rhapsody by Queen Covid-19 Coronavirus Parody by Jennifer Corday



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


I hope we do not go back to a complete shutdown. It was awful before and with Winter just around the corner...this will be frustrating to say the least.

At least in the spring we could get outside for walks.

Take care and stay safe.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 18, 2020:

You give a valuable and interesting insight into how COVID is impacting life in your state. We are in the middle of a lockdown of sorts in the UK. It's not as strict as the first one in the Spring, with schools, universities and workplaces open.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


Thank you.

I still see people not wearing masks everyday.

This time the governor of Ohio has said he will start closing the doors of each business that does not comply.

Hopefully they will listen and start enforcing it, because we are a small town and cannot afford to lose what little bit if stores we do have here.

Stay safe and enjoy each moment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


I certainly am praying for a vaccine.

It is time for this virus to end. I fear things are going to get alot worse.

It wasn't too bad until it started hitting my little town, and then the fear kinda settles in the back of your mind.

They say God has a plan for our I guess we just keep going and pray along the way.

Stay safe and take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


Oh how I wish this nasty virus would leave. I am so tired of it already.

Thanks for stopping by and take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


I fear winter will make this virus roar it's ugly head in a big way.

It's one thing being outside with others...but the inside will make it spread quickly.

Let's hope they find a vaccine soon.

I think this is going to make Christmas celebrations a thing of the past. At least for this year, and this is the time we really need to celebrate.

Take care and stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 18, 2020:


I am with you. I don't believe this will accomplish much of anything, except making people panick.

Our Governor has been wanting to close down the bars again, stating this is a big cause of virus.

In my little town there are only a few and most are private clubs which have been doing a great job.

They have been closing by 10 or 11 pm anyways so this order will not do anything to deter people.

I hate to look forward to another complete shutdown.

To be honest...I really blame the people.

I walked into Krogers the other day and there are people refusing to put on a mask still.

I do understand that the mask will not completely protect you from the virus for my nuerologist has told me we need the N95 mask for that one.

Only the hospitals have access to these right now.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Stay safe in your corner of the world.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2020:

Had this been addressed early on like Korea and some other countries did, I doubt that we would be in the terrible shape that we are today. Sadly, some people still believe that wearing a mask does not help despite all health experts telling us that it is critical to reducing exposure to this virus, along with handwashing, etc. Let's pray that the vaccines will help to protect us and that they will be able to be distributed worldwide with efficiency. Take care, Brenda, and stay safe.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on November 18, 2020:

We never expected any Covid 19 at all and now we are hoping and praying for a vaccine, rather sooner than later, Brenda :) Keep safe.

Vanita Thakkar on November 18, 2020:

Covid-19 fear is rumbling everywhere again. You have shown the facts and concerns in your simple and touchy expressions. Let us hope and pray for the best.

Take care. Stay safe.

Lots of love to you.

Rosina S Khan on November 17, 2020:

Yes, Covid-19 is spiking up in the US and the rest of the world. It isn't winter here yet. I. dread what will happen when it starts to winter. A second lockdown would be required everywhere I guess to combat the virus. Hard times are over the horizon, but let's hope we will all make it, Brenda.

Lora Hollings on November 17, 2020:

The numbers are really going up again and it is quite unnerving. I'm skeptical that this is going to make a difference, Brenda. I don't think there are many people out during those hours, anyway. This virus isn't going to go away with such half measures. It is going to require serious action and, most likely, a complete lock down in every state. The numbers are going way up in all states and twenty-five percent of all hospitals ICU's are already maxed out. We still have a president who is choosing to ignore this crisis and there is still quite a bit of time before he leaves office. People are worried and they aren't getting any clear direction. It's getting to be, "every man for himself and good luck." You did an excellent job in your article of conveying the panic and frustration that many people are feeling right now.

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