Staying Inside is Working – Keep it Up, Spokane!

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Staying Inside is Working - Keep it Up, Spokane!

MultiCare surgeon who survived COVID-19 is proud of WA’s coronavirus response [The Inlander]

Summary: It was a 45-minute drive to the Everett Memorial Stadium in Snohomish County.

And the entire way, Prakash Gatta, a general surgeon with MultiCare in Tacoma, recalls thinking that there was no way his COVID-19 test would turn out positive.

ES Analysis: This is a must-read from one of my favorite papers, The Inlander, about one surgeon’s experience with COVID-19. It’s chilling not simply because he got it, but rather because of the lingering effects of the disease.

No, this is not like the flu – whereas many of us get over the flu and move on, you’ll read in this article that the shortness of breath, fatigue, even sleep issues, still persist. 

Luckily, this story has a happy ending – Dr. Gatta survived and has even gone back to work. It’s a great article that shows what a good response Washington state has had, even compared to other states.

Our doctors, nurses, environmental services cleaners and all essential workers are working hard to keep us safe and healthy. The least we can all do is socially distance for as long as possible to help us get ahead of this – and through the other side.

If you’re feeling a little stir-crazy and need something to do, check out the resources below:

What Gov. Inslee said needs to happen to reopen Washington [KREM2]

Summary: Governor Jay Inslee gave more insight about how the state will eventually reopen its economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic…

Inslee said the state will not be able to lift most of the restrictions by May 4, which is when the current order is scheduled to expire, but didn’t name a date to which the order would be extended…

ES Analysis: Can’t say we were surprised that Gov. Inslee has decided Washington won’t be able to fully open up by May 4. As much as a ‘coronavirus-free Cinco De Mayo’ would have been fun, it was unrealistic given what is going on right now.

Gov. Inslee is working on allowing certain sectors of the economy to reopen, like construction and outdoor recreation. We’ll see if we can continue to keep the curve flattened as we open parts of the economy. If so, that spells good news for opening more parts of the economy (and life!) throughout the year.

Need help with your sourdough starter? WSU’s bread lab is here to help [KXLY]

Summary: …If you are one of the lucky ones who has supplies on hand and may be looking to start your own sourdough starter, then all you need is this recipe from Washington State University’s Bread Lab

ES Analysis: Did you know WSU had a bread lab?! I didn’t! As a bread baker though, I’m very glad to see more people jumping on the trend of baking at home – and it doesn’t have to be hard!

Click on over to the link above (or here) to see the full recipe for a sourdough starter, including how to maintain your start and an ‘approachable loaf’ recipe.

Grades, virtual sessions, time: Spokane Public Schools’ distance learning explained [KREM2]

ES Analysis: Great article and video (above) about how Spokane Public Schools is making sure students are still getting school instruction. The district is working very hard to make sure all students have the resources to learn, and opportunities to talk to their teachers through live, virtual learning.

The article also covers grading policies, supplemental learning for students, and how parents can get in touch with teachers, principals, and even the Superintendent. A great summary on how SPS is doing a great job, given the circumstances!

Wondering how the coronavirus is impacting Spokanites? Check out our updated coverage on the coronavirus in Spokane.

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