Running out of Outlets

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Wake up. Eat breakfast. Put my mask on and walk to work in the brisk, early morning sunlight of New Jersey. My shift starts at 07:00. As I walk into the hospital, like every day, I am stopped for a forehead temperature scan and asked if I have any flu-like symptoms before proceeding to the ICU. I gather my one N95 mask for the day, a single hair net, shoe covers if available, a plastic gown and a pair of hospital issued scrubs. I reuse my face shield everyday.

I head down two floors to the makeshift ICU. The entrance is blocked off with heavy-duty construction plastic as an attempt to make the OR and PACU ‘negative-pressure’. [COVID can stay airborne for several hours with aerosolization and the negative pressure means particles will flow into the COVID area, not into other surrounding hallways]. This area is filled people, each crammed…

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Do You Support The Rally To Re-Open Delaware? Should The General Assembly Reconvene? How Is Governor Carney Doing? Take The Polls!

A rally is planned in downtown Dover on May 1st on The Green.  Do you support this?

A Facebook group launched last week called “Delawareans Against Excessive Quarantine”.  Their goal is to get Delaware Governor John Carney to reopen Delaware now.  Yesterday a counter group launched on Facebook called “Delawareans Against Delawareans Against Excessive Quarantine”.  On Friday, Governor Carney said he is aware of the rally but referred to any protests as “futile”.

In addition, the Delaware General Assembly decided in March to stop holding session.  Some are saying they should be meeting now.  This was bolstered by State Rep. Ruth Briggs-King writing an open letter to have the General Assembly Reconvene now.  Do you support this or you against this?

Do you approve or disapprove how Governor Carney has handled Coronavirus in Delaware?

 

Breaking News: Governor Carney Tells CNN He Believes Schools Will Be Closed The Rest Of The Year; State Budget Expected To Take A Major Hit This Year

“Looking at the guidelines it looks like that is where we end up.”

These were the words Delaware Governor Carney just told CNN in an interview when asked if Delaware schools will be closed the rest of the academic year.

Looks like Delaware is going to have to do a lot for Seniors over the summer in my opinion.

In addition, Carney told non-profits today he expects the state budget to now have a deficit of anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion in the state budget.  For a proposed state budget of $4.6 billion for Fiscal Year 2021 this is going to put a major crimp in that.  He also earmarked $893 million for the Bond bill for capital infrastructure projects.

Will education get further cuts in the budget?  After the devastating FY2018 budget crisis, these cuts will be even more painful for school districts and charter schools in Delaware.

With unemployment claims hitting record numbers in Delaware and the Small Business Loan administration running out of money for their stimulus loans, look for some very rough times for the next year or two in Delaware.

A growing chorus of folks in Delaware are already planning a rally to get the Governor to open the economy faster despite the danger of Covid-19 spreading further in Delaware.

We live in a time of unknowns and the answers will hurt.

Breaking News: School’s Out For Summer! And Spring Too! But There Is A Twist! And Other Tidbits!

My moles across the state are telling me about emails going out to teachers and staff that schools will be physically closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This unprecedented and historic move is based on the remaining threat of Covid-19 in Delaware.  At a press briefing today Delaware Governor John Carney, when specifically asked, had not determined the fate of the school year.  But just as that was going on, an email was sent out to Red Clay Consolidated School District teachers and staff about the future: Continue reading