Situation Report COVID-19 Updates | April 13, 2020
Greetings! I trust you found creative ways to enjoy time with loved ones and recharge this past weekend. The snow certainly confounded our “let’s go for a long walk and release some tension” plans. But as I sit here this Monday, the day looks to be beautiful outside. I have a friendly little cardinal that sits on my patio and taps on my sliding glass door every morning. Apparently that means someone who has passed is thinking of me. Well, whoever that person is, he or she is regularly and very loudly thinking of me!

Reflecting on this season and my need for a structured approach to social distancing, I was inspired by a great intervew with Anne Bancroft in the Pioneer Press. Of course! Talk to someone who’s been isolated for a loooong time. Bancroft shared her thoughts and I’ll list her tips here. You can also read the full article here .

  1. Spend time outdoors
  2. Stick to a routine
  3. Maintain a sense of humor
  4. Do something for others
  5. Read
  6. Manage conflict
  7. Appreciate the little things

So far, I’m managing pretty well, though I need to get away from my computer for more time outdoors. Bancroft says, “Sometimes I walk really fast, and sometimes I’m following deer trails, just opening my eyes to things. I like to leave the path a little bit, and I mean that metaphorically and figuratively. Suddenly, the day moves along a lot faster than when you’re muddling on about all the things you’re missing out on.” Great reminder and a suggestion I’ll follow.

COVID-19 update:
Confirmed cases: 1,621
Cases requiring hospitalization: fr om 293 to 361
#s currently hospitalized: from 145 to 157
#s no longer needing to be isolated: f rom 675 to 842
#s tested: from 32,294 to 38,427
Total deaths: from 50 to 70
Counties represented:
Hennepin County: from 375 to 557
Ramsey County: fr om 121 to 152
Dakota County: from 79 to 95
Washington County: from 72 to 80

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Be well, and I hope you enjoy a beautiful evening (snowing again!).

B Kyle
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
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