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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverdale View Post
    Maybe Clyderoad could chime in; he is in Suffolk County I believe, which is on Long Island, downsate near NYC; those counties down there have close to 15,000 cases now. There is a big Beekeepers Club there also Long Island Beekeepers. You could PM him.
    I live on the eastern end of Suffolk County about 110 miles east of NYC.
    In my county 1034 positive cases of the virus. There have been 12 deaths in the county, mostly older seniors or those a bit younger but with fragile health before this virus. No children or adolescents have died.
    Closer to home for me (North Fork) there have been 70 positive cases of the virus, 20 of those at a nursing home/retirement facility. Difficult to know the number of deaths in my local area but 4 (of the 12 in the county) are from the nursing home/retirement community mentioned above. There have also been a number of folks who have recovered from the virus and a few who tested positive but did not suffer symptoms.
    The economy is shut down for all intents and purposes. Stores are closed, except those deemed essential businesses. Roads are quiet. Travel is limited, as are the vehicles allowed on the roads. Food in grocery stores is hit or miss, so are some essentials. Schools are closed. Folks are worried about their jobs along with their health.
    Many well healed city folks have opened up their summer homes and moved out of the city. They have put a strain on local resources as we are not prepared for such a influx of people 'out of season'. Most people are keeping their distance from one another. The Police are concentrating on 'serious crimes'-911, and 'minor incidents' are reported directly to the police department by phone and not through 911 call center.
    We have drive through virus testing centers strategically placed through the county, access by appointment only. Medical supplies are in short supply and there have been mask, glove, gown drives that have been organized to collect product from the community and deliver to hospitals and med centers.
    I am told the issue closer to and in NYC is more dire, although I do not know this first hand.
    I know of no beekeepers that have the virus, of course I don't know all beekeepers here, but I'd guess there are some infected. The bee club canceled the most recent monthly meeting and those into the foreseeable future.
    Agricultural interests are operating with reduced labor (oh my aching back) and my agriculturally registered flat bed bee truck with apiary name labels on the doors has been allowed unimpeded travel on the road ways so far. The bees are looking well and spring build up is well under way. Pollen is being collected on good flying days in large quantities. Currently moving bees around and into summer yards as weather permits, ie. ground dries out a bit between rain. Spring is early, bee populations are larger for the calendar date and so equalizing will start in a week and reversing some time after that. Berries made it through winter in fine shape, mostly just some wind and freeze damage on cane tips. Buds broke on haskap and breaking leaf on goose berries, the raspberry, elderberry swelling like late April.
    So far I (and the family) have been able to avoid infection.
    clyderoad
    Last edited by clyderoad; 03-23-2020 at 07:51 AM.

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  3. #42
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    An update if anyone is following.
    Numbers of those infected and those succumbing to this virus are increasing. Many say rapidly, officials say it is as expected.
    Our county supervisor is positive and briefing the populace from home. Others in the administration are also infected as is the county DA.
    Our county has 1880 positive cases, and more than 7000 have been tested. 17 people in all have died, the 4 over the last day or so were all over 60 with underlying conditions.
    163 have been hospitalized county wide with 50 in ICU. Hospital capacity is a concern but not critical at this time as there are 608 beds and 87 ICU beds available in the county. The govenor is activly working on increasing these numbers and sending additional supplies to the health care infrastructure.
    The mask, glove, and gown drives were and still are a huge success with quantities not expected donated.

    Closer to home for me, approximately 125 are now testing positive in my immediate area. One additional senior citizen at the nursing facility has passed away to total 5 there.

    People are practicing social distancing, most are wearing n95 masks when in close proximity to others. Businesses are respecting the order to remain closed unless essential. Pick up or delivery at all food establishments. Roads are empty. Many of our older citizens are having a difficult time processing the current state of affairs.

    The largest university in the area, State University of NY @ Stony Brook has a lab that has begun to use 3D printers to make protective face shield devices. 800 on the first run through with hopes of obtaining enough supplies to produce 5000. The shields are medically compliant.
    Ventilators are en-route from the state and federal government.

    Stores had a chance to restock somewhat, much remains limited but the shelves are not empty. The anxiety of the last week has seemed to subside somewhat.

    The out of season influx of persons to our area as mentioned yesterday has strained our resources and supply lines and now has publicly caused health officials to focus more intensely on our area anticipating a large increases in positive testing individuals.

    I worked the bees today placing patties on many colonies and removing winter inner cover insulation. The temperature was in the mid 50's, clear skies and no wind. Every colony was collecting pollen and arrived at the hive with huge loads of pollen in their baskets. Many bees collecting water in the puddles from yesterdays rain, which means only one thing- brooding is in full swing.
    On and off rain forecast for the next 5 days or so so the pollen patties should be worked hard by the bees over that time frame.

    So far I (and the family) have been able to avoid infection.
    clyderoad

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    Default Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    I am very happy to hear you guys are OK. I cant believe the numbers down there. We have the same up here, influx of people coming to their country homes from the City. They should have made that announcement a week or so ago.
    Proverbs 16:24

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    restricting travel will be necessary to get this under control, or so it seems to me.

    If you want to see what is going on at the state, national and international level, put worldometer daily totals in a search window, and look at the worldometer website.

    It is not a pretty picture.

    Glad everyone is OK so far!

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    I agree that it isn't appropriate to panic.

    However, I don't think people are over reacting. This is the big one.

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    It has been 4 days since the last update.
    Our county now has 4138 positive covid cases, that is 730 more than yesterday. 16% of the positive cases are those over 65 years of age.
    The county death toll from the virus is now 37, that is 15 new deaths since Thursday. One of the additional deaths is from the previous mentioned nursing/retirement community, now totaling 7 there.

    Closer to home for me there are now 191 positive cases. Home towns of the deceased are difficult to determine.

    The county has 409 patients hospitalized now, with 139 in ICU. We have 570 open regular hospital beds and 78 open ICU beds. Plans are in the works to increase those numbers.

    Routines seem to be being established by many citizens although some are very lackadaisical about the new rules. Economic well being appears to be a bigger concern for many than a few days ago. Many folks admitting to being somewhat psychosomatic, myself included.

    I cleared bottoms of hives, pulled off mouse guards and homosote covers over the last 2 days. I fed most colonies some ultra bee pollen patty. Found 1 queenless colony out o the whole lot worked. Massive amounts of pollen being collected in a array of colors. Currently equalizing colony strengths. Reversing planned for dandelion bloom, some dandy's already showing but limited so far.. Some drones but still to early to begin raising queens, although if the weather co-operates it looks like grafting will be possible in a few weeks. Berries are pruned, tied to trellis and fertilized.

    So far I (and the family) have been able to avoid infection.
    clyderoad

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    Thanks Clyderoad. Wishing you and yours the best.

    NY is in a tough patch and the light is not yet showing at the end of the tunnel. I am predicting we are a month behind you, and expecting a hard April here.

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    It has been 21 days since the last update.
    Our county now has 26,745 people who have tested positive for the Wuhan covid-19 virus. That is up 1200 in the past 24 hours.
    The number of hospitalizations due to the virus fell 24 to 1538 , with 518 in ICU beds down 3, both statistics over the past 24 hours.
    The number of deaths in the county has not been updated for 2 days due to reported delays in getting number from the state, the last reported death toll was 693.

    Closer to home 515 people have tested positive. Infection rates are still increasing, by 67 positive persons in my immediate area over the last week. The retirement home/assisted living center has had no reports of additional deaths since 4/5 and the total there remains at 9. There is much celebration when someone 'beats' the Wuhan virus and is discharged from the hospital, by the medical staff and the community. It is very touching to see.

    Nearer to NYC the situation is much worse in numbers of infected persons, hospitalized persons, ICU patients, medical staff sickness and burn out and deaths. Regular flu this virus is not by any metric.

    Our state is still "closed/stay at home" and the order was recently extended until May 15. There is much dissatisfaction with the extension and as much recent discussion regards the economy, personal finances, businesses as it does the Wuhan covid-19 virus. Economic fears are very real. There is some food insecurity in less advantaged households that is being addressed with both private and public relief efforts.

    The state recently ordered all who are out in public to wear 'masks' of some kind, as it will help mitigate the spread of the virus. There appears to now be a mistrust by many in those who originally claimed masks were ineffective and not necessary for the citizenry. Many publicly are questioning the level of and lack of emergency resources in the State, and competency of local, city officials and particularly of the Governor of the state.

    There is clearly a level of unrest residing just beneath the surface for most citizens.

    The bees are building nicely and I've knocked back the colonies that are peaking too early. Drones are flying from many hives which has caused me to set up my queen rearing/mating yard this past week. Grafting will begin in a week or so. Temps can still hover in mid 30's some nights so holding off a bit. Pollination hives are in fruit trees and will be moved into apples when the growers give the word.
    Peaches are now blooming, plums are done, early apples are close. Crop planting has just begun with some of the cold soil crops, strawberries are just awakening.

    So far I (and the family) have been able to avoid infection.
    clyderoad

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    clyderoad
    So far I (and the family) have been able to avoid infection.
    Keep up the good work, I need you around to answer more of my questions yet.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Happy to hear that.
    Proverbs 16:24

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    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    clyderoad

    Keep up the good work, I need you around to answer more of my questions yet.
    Cheers
    gww
    Will do gww, will do. Thanks.
    Stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloverdale View Post
    Happy to hear that.
    Thanks Cloverdale, much appreciated.
    Stay safe.

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    "But our societal fear mongering is silly. " I wrote long rebuttal to this arguable point and automobile driving deaths but lost it an Apple software crash - something new every day.

    Short answer: I think it is a "sign of the times" when a Pandemic which exposes a major failing in our societal behavior is belittled. Apparently in a month or two we have exceeded the annual automotive death rate - more to come Darwin?. "We" were not prepared, not the President, Congress or the commercial medical system nor the more socialist VA medical system charged with backing up the commercial system or the obvious faults in the national stock pile (we got plenty of nukes for sure). Expecting individuals to be prepared is "silly"?. Nor was the general public prepared or educated to the effects of a rapidly spreading Pandemic - even though there were plenty of warnings. "Silly" is what we are for allowing this to happen. This virus is rather benign but very fast in its' ability to spread in this global economy. Unfortunately it picks on the old, those who are compromised. It was also easy to discover and stop if you used some common sense and critical thinking - "silly" of us. Wait until you get a real killing machine out there and you are still not prepared, have a poor reliability response system. You will feel "silly". I feel "silly" building Walls and not having a medical system dedicated to taking care of people, not to stock holders. ....... BTW, I am an old guy.

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