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Re: Coronavirus pandemic - how are you affected?

by REPO Man Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:59 pm

Strangely tourism exploded last year here on the Outer Banks and I don't know if it's because of COVID but this winter I was working close to 40 hours a week at Food Lion, as opposed to the previous winter of only getting rough 20 hours a week.

Still need to get my vaccination, though. Problem is I have to go off the island, and between working six nights a week and now going back to my morning job, I don't have many opportunities to just "go up the beach" if I am able to make an appointment.
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Re: Coronavirus pandemic - how are you affected?

by bmoc Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:29 am

My second jab went fine. After 24 hours, I had some minor chills, headache, and fatigue. It was very manageable with some Tylenol. After 3 days, I had some very minor swelling and itching at the injection site. I put some cortisone cream on it and it was gone within 24 hours. However, my son managed to give me his head cold as soon as I recovered from all the vaccine side effects so I am still feeling pretty yucky.
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Re: Coronavirus pandemic - how are you affected?

by Anapan Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:17 am

I was in contact with a confirmed covid 19 carrier.

I needed to renew my 3M respirator fit-test with the new quantitative testing method (wearing a 1/2 mask and full-face respirator hooked to a machine) to get a dispatch to a job. I accepted the job and I'm supposed to start on the 19th. This is a short job, but pays really well, and I'm experienced repairing this equipment - I'll be a lead-hand I expect as I've been through it all before. I think this particular job might even be short-handed so it may continue longer than the estimate. Also, I've already prepaid for a basement suite with a full kitchen bigger than my own at a AirBnB. Much money is at stake.

I got a call this afternoon that the guy running the fit-testing machine had symptoms the evening of the day I was tested, and he's now been confirmed positive for covid. Of course we were standing far apart in a large room, both of us were wearing masks, he was wearing gloves, and the only thing we touched were 70% alcohol disinfecting wipes as we both disinfected every surface we contacted before and after (I brought 99% IPA electronics cleaning wipes with me, and my own pen).

I read that there are over 14 million rapid COVID-19 tests sitting in warehouses all over Canada that are not being used - over a million here in BC.

So now I want to get any covid 19 test so I can go to this job. In BC ATM, even if you're confirmed in contact with a carrier, if you don't have any symptoms, you cannot get a test through our health system. They categorically refuse to test you unless you have one of 4 major symptoms as they believe it's not worth the resources due to the amount of false positives asymptomatic tests produce. You are ordered to only self-quarantine, no exceptions. I read through everything I could find, and the only thing I can do is self-pay for a test from one of two places close by (others are 5+ hours away). One of the private testing facilities might schedule me to get a $470+ asymptomatic test. I'm hoping I can buy some results so I can take this job instead of self quarantining for 2 weeks. This is my busiest season and I was turning down other jobs to take this one as I planned to hit two back-to-back. I'll find out what will happen tomorrow morning.
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Re: Coronavirus pandemic - how are you affected?

by Note Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:38 am

Hey Anapan, sorry to hear about your situation. I didn't realize it was that tough to get a test in certain parts of Canada. I feel very lucky to be able to get a free test with no questions asked. I hope you didn't catch the virus and are able to go forward with working at that job.

Keep us posted on how you're doing and hope you continue to be healthy.
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Re: Coronavirus pandemic - how are you affected?

by Anapan Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:14 pm

My union hall worked it out so I can start a couple of days later. The first couple of days are only opening and cleaning vessels for inspection anyway. So-far I feel just fine.
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