Sadly I knew the day would come when someone in our family would get this dreaded virus. Yesterday it was confirmed that one of our family members indeed has it and another, who has many of the same symptoms is presumed to have it too. Since they are in the same household, they declined getting the second person tested since they already know what the result would be. They are now in isolation at home for 10 day or until all their symptoms are gone since they had already been symptomatic for a few days before one of them was required to get tested by their employer. 😟 At this time, their symptoms are mild thank God and they have lots of support from everyone around them to pick up what they may need and drop it off at their home for them. I was prepared for the test results because they had been telling me what their symptoms have been and they fit the virus symptoms. The not being able to taste or smell thing kind of confirmed it for me before they got tested.
We have not been around them for over two weeks, so we were not exposed to the virus by them, but other family members have been. They did not know at the time that they were already infected with it and were asymptomatic at that time. Given that the numbers of cases continue to rise at a hair raising rate around here, I really am not surprised that people in our family now have it...I just wish they did not and I am praying that their symptoms remain mild and that others who have been exposed will not get it too.
Cases in our little town here continue to rise also. The latest numbers for the last two week period show 12 new cases in that time frame. Remember, this is a small town of about 600. We've already had over 30 cases in the 4 week period prior to that and a few even before that. Our county also hit new daily highs in numbers, as did the county in Idaho right across from us. This is not reassuring in any way. I am really afraid of what it will be like 2 weeks from now when cases start popping off from people who are continuing to gather in large groups for Thanksgiving despite the restrictions in both Washington and Idaho. I know of many people who have been violating the Washington mandates of no gather with anyone outside your immediate household already with multiple households getting together for early Thanksgiving celebrations. They proudly post it all on social media for everyone to see. All this is going to do is make it more likely that we will go into full blown lockdowns and that is going to hurt the businesses that are already struggling to make it that were not already put out of business from the first shut down. 😞 Even worse, we will see more deaths that may have been avoided if people had followed the mandates and recommendations. 😢
Jeff and I are continuing to do everything we can to avoid this thing ourselves. I hate having to away from our family, but I am glad we took a firm stand and followed the rules laid out by our state now or we could also have it. I know there is still a chance we could get it at some point because it is out their circulating within our community so we are taking all the needed precautions. The stress and worry of it all is causing my fibromyalgia and other health issues to flare up big time though and that in itself is making things even harder here. Just praying and trusting in God to protect those I love because that is all I can do for them right now.