1. How is the Coronavirus situation where you live? What's closed down? Have you gone out much? Are you (Oh, what's the trendy term now " Self-distancing "?) staying inside as a precaution or actually infected or is anyone else you know? I hope, if so, you're well. Let's...well, exchange comments.
  2.   I am now in Portland, Oregon. The Govenor, and then, locally, Portland declared a state of emergency. I saw the comment made that Oregon was the furthest behind on dealing with CV of the 3 West Coast states.
  3.   I went out yesterday ( Sun.), I am ill and had sleep to make up to-day (Mon.) and ended up not going out - I may go out across the street to a all-nite grocery tonite-early Tues. I have not heard of a regular medical appointment Tues. being cancelled.

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Here in California each county has its own restriction level based upon cases. Where I am the level of restriction has improved enough that capacity in restaurants has increased. The expectation is that by June 15th the whole state will be restriction-free.

Everywhere I go a mask is still required inside. The only caveat I’m hearing from doctors who are interviewed is that if you are in a very large group where vaccinations are unknown or a small gathering where some are still not vaccinated a mask is a good idea.

There is a 5% chance of infection even for those vaccinated. The good news is that so far the vaccinations are still protecting against the variants. Even if a vaccinated person gets sick it wouldn’t be bad enough to even be hospitalized.

We've been to several unmasked gatherings at friends' houses now... everyone's vaccinated, everyone feels safe. We've got one friend with an unvaccinated toddler, and I take my cues from them regarding her, but they were okay with us interacting with her the other day.

The only businesses I've been in have still had everyone masked up, though I noticed that our Wawa had taken down its "please mask before entry" sign. But all the customers but one were in masks just the same. I figure this will differ regionally; I was talking with a friend in Indiana yesterday, and his local supermarket had a sign that you could be unmasked if you were vaccinated; no one was masked, which is way higher than that county's vaccination numbers would presume. The sign should probably say "You can be unmasked if you're vaccinated or a liar."

Things are beginning to open up; some of the public libraries in my county opened today, and more will open in two weeks. Up to now, the libraries only allowed people to pick up items they had reserved online; going forward, people can visit, without appointments, but will still be required to wear masks.

I go around outdoors without a mask, but keep it handy when I enter a store; the stores around here haven't lifted their mask requirements, and my county has been stricter than the rest of the state.

As about half of the residents in this area have been vaccinated, there's a push to bump it up even more. Maryland and West Virginia have begun lotteries; if you've had at least one vaccination shot, you're automatically enrolled. Maryland has had a daily drawing with a cash prize of $40,000; the prize will be $400,000 on July 4, when this contest ends. West Virginia is offering things like money, vacation trips, F-150 pickup trucks, rifles, shotguns, and free-ride scholarships to any of its state colleges or universities.

I'm watching my late local news, and the two anchors are sitting side-by-side for the first time in over a year.

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