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I hope this Friday finds you all well and safe. Here’s the latest from Alabama. There are now 22,474 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 751 have tragically lost their lives. From last week, that’s a difference of 3,708 confirmed cases and 100 more lives lost. As you can see, that’s quite a jump, and while some of that is due to increased testing, it’s a very small piece of it. Over the last week hospitalizations have averaged 33.7 per day, their highest since the pandemic began. Our state has also seen approximately 14 deaths a day over the last 7 days. That’s an all-time high since May 15. I don’t know what else to say. I’ve ranted about people behaving selfishly and irresponsibly, but I know I’m preaching to the choir here on WP. As I’ve said previously, I suspect things are going to get even worse, and I don’t know what it’s going to take to wake people up. One of my neighbors was complaining the other day about the CDC guidelines and how ridiculous he thinks they are. This is a guy who’s in his late 50s and has health problems. He asked me if I really thought wearing a mask on my trips to the laundry room or to the grocery store, protected me. After taking a deep breath and mentally counting to ten I told him that I could be asymptomatic and wearing a mask is protecting him. He scoffed and bemoaned missing out on an annual lobster fest that was canceled. Honestly, sometimes I wonder if certain people are worth trying to save. But, enough of that.

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For this week’s positivity I’d like to share a music video that always makes me smile. Sara Bareilles came out with Brave in 2013, but given the way the first half of 2020 has unfolded, we need songs like this now.

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Chime in and let me know how you’re all doing!

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