Covid-19-Journey through the Days / Connecticut Updates

May 17, 2020

Day 63

Another week has come and gone. Lots of the same happened this week but the most memorable wasn’t a happy one. One of the French bull dogs, Penny had to go back to NYC. Doriana was so sad, but recovered within a couple days. Lots of tears. We all did many walks and bike rides, hikes and workouts. I walked to a local fish market for salmon which I never would have done before COVID. We had a social distance bike ride with friends which was also great because Doriana saw a friend in person, not through a screen. We did some yard work and it looks beautiful and the weekend outside fires are relaxing. Layla has been consistent with her workouts with me and will start eating healthier this week. Lastly, Doriana has just discovered baseball…and she is pretty good. Week 9 complete…we are ready for week 10. Looks like the state is opening a little on the 20th of May.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases37,419+716
COVID-19-Associated Deaths3,408+69
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19937-57
COVID-19 Test Reported170,607+5,852

May 11, 2020

Day 57

Weekend passed quickly but it was a good one. Saturday Victor and Juanchi went grocery shopping and to pick up some more firewood from a friend. Then we had some things to deliver around town from skincare to flowers, cookies. We had a nice dinner, Victor made bruchetta and we learned how to play pocker! Sunday was mothers day and I was spoiled with cachapas for breakfast, my favorite perfume, an awesome hike, paella and jaccuzzi. Full weekend, but I always look forward to Monday now, the routine of work and school when there is not much to do is good. Today was great. Doriana has become independent with her work and she sees her teacher live every day. It amazes me the progress we have made in digital learning in the past 2 months. Layla is also doing her work and getting it done. Dance for her has started…virtually of course. We worked out…and now we are relaxing. Kinda of scary in the news today….3 children have died from an respiratory issue with corona and 43 more are ill. They are questioning if school will reopen in the fall.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases33,765+211
COVID-19-Associated Deaths3,008+41
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,212-30
COVID-19 Test Reported132,508+2,316

May 8, 2020

Day 54

The 8th friday night home. A whole two months in quarantine. We have saved a lot of money, spent quality time together, learned how to clean up after ourselves and I have to say, we all still love eachother. Today was rainy, but a little fire and music and bring a bit of happiness to a gloomy day.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases32,411+627
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,874+77
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,336-49
COVID-19 Test Reported120,541+4,367

May 7, 2020

Day 53

Beautiful Day. Same routine and more Victors Boot Cam! Doriana composed a song today about Coronavirus and not seeing her friends. She is missing her social interactions but has gotten lots of zoom calls with her class, theater, dance and girl scouts now. We are learning how to play poker. oh boy! We continue to see cases go down. Lets keep praying this is coming to an end within the next month or so.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases31,784+789
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,797+79
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,385-60
COVID-19 Test Reported116,174+4,727

May 6, 2020

Day 52

I have joined “Victor’s boot camp! Talk about kickass workouts this week! If we have to be home we need to take advantage of the time. Today was a good day, nothing exciting or new, but nothing bad.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases30,995+374
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,718+85
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,445-55
COVID-19 Test Reported111,447+2,804

May 5, 2020

Day 51

Cinco de mayo! Today was a good day. Victor and I are doing a new workout “Victor’s workouts.” 🙂 I am excited to see if I can lose these pounds I have put on. Layla and I worked out later in the afternoon too and then went to pick up some homemade masks. It was time to get real mask because eventually we will have to go out into the world again and I am going to be wearing my mask! People are starting to go out more and the cases increased today. Not good. It was a nice drive because I took Layla to see my high school and the house I grew up in. I shared memories as we drove. Today seems to be special, the girls are spending extra time together and it is happy times…no screaming. 🙂 Feeling happy and blessed tonight.

Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases30,621+648
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,633+77
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,500+36
COVID-19 Test Reported108,643+3,313

May 4, 2020

Day 50

Omg…day 50! Where has the time gone. Today marks the beginning of week 8 of quarantine. While things can be slow and sometimes difficult, I look at this as a positive experience…tonight I learned how to play poker! I also completed my health and life coaching course and am officially certified. This took me 8 months but I am very happy I did it. Today I feel very worried about beginning to go back to life outside the home. States are opening slowly, but the virus is still out there and will continue to infect people. Let’s hope everyone has learned how to be proactive to stay healthy.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases29,973+661
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,556+61
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,464-24
COVID-19 Test Reported105,330+2,837

May 3, 2020

Day 49

Beautiful day hiking, biking and relaxing in the yard. We hiked 3.6 miles, then biked 2 miles to the center for ice cream. I order real face masks today…it looks like things may be opening up slowly and masks are required every where now. New normal.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,495+59
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,488-63

May 2, 2020

Day 48

Amazing Saturday. Quick clean inside, cut the grass, walked to the beach, had a social distance birthday celebration, mulched the gardens, hot tub, grilled, rum and a couple games…full day! It was interesting to see how Doriana reacted to the party…everyone far apart, no food or drinks or goody bags….so hard to grasp where we are.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases29,287+523
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,436+97
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,551-41
COVID-19 tests reported102,493+2,236

May 1, 2020

Day 47

I took today off and spent the day at a virtual Health Coaching conference. I am almost down with my certification. I have learned that I don’t want to make it a career, but just another tool in my toolbox for an additional few dollars a month. Layla and I took a nice walk around town today. The night ended with a Houseparty virtual meeting and games with my limelife girls and business planning, fire and wine. Victor put the tent up for us to camp out in the backyard…Layla agreed to stay with Doriana outside.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases28,764+1,064
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,339+82
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,592-58
COVID-19 tests reported100,257+3,124

April 30, 2020

Day 46

Just another Thursday. Dinners are getting tough because variety is hard…chicken, beef, ground beef, pork. Tonight we got together and cooked a fancy bacon chicken lasagna roll! Yum. Doriana started her own online Nail Bar selling nail polish stickers too…why now…network marketing is growing especially now.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases27,700+933
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,257+89
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,650-41
COVID-19 tests reported97,133+2,315

April 29, 2020

Day 45

Today we had our pictures taken…”The Front Porch Project.” It was fun and a nice way to give back to the community and help those in need. I am eager to get the pictures back. Tonight we ordered Sushi! Another day down.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases26,767+455
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,168+79
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,691-41
COVID-19 tests reported94,818+2,073

April 28, 2020

Day 44

The girls didn’t have school today so they did their own things while Victor and I worked. We all went for a walk / bike ride in the afternoon to enjoy the blue sky and warmer weather (58 degrees.) Layla is brainstorming ways she can make money, she is taking surveys and has some other ideas…lets see what she comes up with.

Today was the 6th day of decreased cases!

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases26,312+315
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,089+77
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,732-26
COVID-19 tests reported92,745+1,999

April 27. 2020

Day 43

The start of week 7 in quarantine. Wow! Today was a regular work and school day. Doriana is impressing me with her independence and need to do well. Layla is fully handing in assignments and Victor and I are busy working. It was another rainy day and I am running out of ideas for dinner…and what the heck is up with all the laundry?

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases25,997+728
COVID-19-Associated Deaths2,012+88
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,758-8
Patients tested for COVID-1990,746*N/A

April 26, 2020

Day 42

Today was a rainy day but Victor and I got up early to get our Sunday run in! I worked on the kids baby books and school year memory books all day. It was a huge accomplishment to finish. It was relaxing to do this by the fire. Doriana and Victor enjoyed some legos and Layla just chilled.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases25,269+687
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,924+62
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,766-44
Patients tested for COVID-1979,811+2,209

April 25, 2020

Day 41

Today was a beautiful day. Victor and Juanchi went to MT. Brace to fly and the girls and I stayed home. I did some gardening and Doriana played on her new tire swing Victor put up for her. Layla relaxed sun bathing and then we all got dunkin donuts and went to Branford Point to put our feet in the sand. It was a nice day together. At night we made a nice fire outside, ordered pizza and just chilled.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases24,582+661
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,862+98
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,810-67
Patients tested for COVID-1977,602+3,564

April 24, 2020

Day 40

The girls had no school today. Easy going day. I worked out in the morning, worked all day, then worked out again in the afternoon with Layla. I bargained with Layla to worked out with me every afternoon…anything to get her up and moving. Victor and Juanchi went grocery shopping. I had a virtual “house party’ game night with my limelife girls, then family fun with with rum and fire. Day rating 9!

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases23,921+821
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,764+125
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,877-70
Patients tested for COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Day 39

Amazing how one day can be terrible and the next great. Today was a dream day. Work, school, everything went smooth. Layla worked out with me, Doriana and I make brownies from scratch, Juanchi cooked dinner and we went for a 3 mile walk. Perfect day!

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases23,100+631
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,639+95
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,947-25
Patients tested for COVID-1971,497+1579

April 22, 2020

Day 38

Today sucked! I made both my kids cry, I didn’t get to work out and everyone was cranky.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases22,469+2,109
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,544+121
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,972+23
Patients tested for COVID-1969,918+5,726

April 21, 2020

Day 37

Rainy days are tough but today was not so bad. We are all just doing what we do at this point. The girls are playing mindcraft video games together which would usually not thrill me, but I am loving them together. Doriana is finding new recipes to make each day too…tonight was fluffy souffle…I never thought I would make this…but we did. We had a couple days of decreased covid cases in hospitals…which got us a little excited, but the past two days they are increasing again. We need 14 days of decreased hospitalizations to come out of this quarantine.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases20,360+545
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,423+92
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,949+30
Patients tested for COVID-1964,192+1,386

April 20, 2020

Day 36

Today was interesting. It was a quiet day full of silliness, games and creative things. It was good day. We are getting used to the new normal and have a good routine going on. Doriana jumped out of windows, jumped up and down for joy when we bought nail art, we played memory and I learned I have no memory…lol and made our own ice cream rolls. We all are trying to smile the best we can at this point and make the best of a tough situation. I would say it was a successful day.

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases19,815+1,853
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,331+204
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,919+18
Patients tested for COVID-1962,806+3,047

April 19,2020

Day 35

Happy Sunday. What a beautiful day. I slept until 9:30, had cachapas for breakfast and went for a 5.81 mile run with my husband! One hour of running on a 60 degree day is awesome. We relaxed in the jacuzzi and forgot about the crazy pandemic for a short while. Tomorrow begins week 6 of quarintine.

“For the second straight day, the number of people hospitalized in Connecticut due to complications caused by COVID-19 has slightly decreased, another step in the right direction and another sign that the efforts we’ve been taking as a community are having an impact on slowing the outbreak,” Governor Lamont said. “Whether this continues is dependent upon on the actions each of us takes over the next several days and weeks. This isn’t over – we lost another 41 Connecticut residents, and we mourn for their lives. Together, we can have an impact on flattening the curve, but if people tell you the pandemic has ended – they are wrong.”

Overall SummaryStatewide TotalChange Since Yesterday
Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Cases17,962+412
COVID-19-Associated Deaths1,127+41
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-191,901-37
Patients tested for COVID-1959,759+1,546

April 18, 2020

Day 34

Happy Birthday to me! 42 years young. Doriana made a super cute scavenger hunt for me, followed by breakfast in bed. We did some cleaning and I organized the junk drawer…yes I enjoy this! 🙂 Juanchi and Victor cooked lobster tails and a whole fish for dinner. My first experience with a “community fish” dinner! We all just stuck our fork in (or hands) and took bites until it was just bone. The best part or most memorable is when Juanchi ate the eyeball…ick. After dinner we had a zoom party with family and friends that all sang happy birthday to me.

  • “For the first time since the start of this pandemic, today we saw the number of COVID-19 positive patients in our hospitals decline,” Governor Lamont said. “This is providing us with some hope, and is a sign that our social distancing measures are having an impact. But one day of data alone does not mean we are out of the woods and can return to life as normal. Many of our hospitals and nursing homes remain under great stress, and our front line workers continue to battle this virus around the clock. But we have shown that with proper measures in place, we can slow down the spread of the virus.”

April 17, 2020

Day 33

Happy 5th Friday night home. Today was a good day. No tears and Layla went for a 3 mile walk with me. Days are going fast and smooth, we all are quiet during the day. Victor and I download “houseparty” an app that lets us play games with friends online…it was fun. 🙂 Sadly Connecticut hit 1000 deaths due to this pandemic today.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 925 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 16,809. To date, more than 55,462 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,946 patients are hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 1,036

April 16, 2020

Day 32

Workout, work, homeschooling, made dinner, made magnet slime, went for a walk to see the sunset and froze our butts off. Ended the night with a fire and chocolate. On a scale of 1-10, today was a 10, there were no tears from anyone.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,129 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 15,884. To date, more than 53,122 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,926 patients are hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 971. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 15, 2020

Day 31

Almost 200 deaths in CT today.

Papi had to home school today because I had all morning meetings. By 10:30am Doriana completed her work. Wow! That was a record! Day was quiet, we all did our own thing and talked little. It is interesting how we really are social distancing inside too. We had some tears this afternoon but we changed over to some nail painting, an outside walk and some dog snuggling. We also zoomed called with family in Florida. Another day down…how many to go?

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 766 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 14,755. To date, more than 50,143 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,908 patients are hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 868. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 14, 2020

Day 30

Beautiful weather, lots of work and school work completed, a nice walk / bike ride and steak dinner. Doriana had her first virtual acro class and loved it. Layla and I signed a contract. Now that she isn’t working she wants things, but she has to give if she wants to get. We have been making different breakfast shakes the past few days, so we even prepped tomorrows already.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 608 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 13,989. To date, more than 45,841 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,779 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 671. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 13, 2020

Day 29

We began week 5 today on quarantine. In 4 weeks we have gone from 41 cases to 1346.

Rainy day. Doriana and I worked side by side today today. She got emotional during her work, missing her friends and her teacher. I peeked in on Layla around 10am and she was working on her classwork. We all kept to ourselves today. We have been playing scrabble at dinner, it is a nice time together. Layla is going stir crazy and had to get out of the house tonight. Once the rain stopped she went for a drive listening to music. She was very distant today. I am getting worried about the emotional well being of both kids.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,346 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 13,381. To date, more than 44,309 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,760 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 602. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 12, 2020

Day 28

Happy Easter. It was a long night because Doriana was so excited about the Easter Bunny coming. She woke up super early to a egg hunt, baskets, a note and the driveway colored by him. It was a special surprise. Doriana and I made pancakes for everyone and ate some goodies. We were lazy today. I actually fell asleep outside for a bit.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 525 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 12,035. To date, more than 41,220 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,654 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 554. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 11, 2020

Day 27

Doriana is very excited for Easter tomorrow. She is cleaning, organizing and making cards, notes and gifts for the Easter bunny. She baked in her easy bake oven too. Victor and I went for a run and did 5.5 miles. It felt amazing. Afterwards I sat in the Jacuzzi. Layla hung out with Doriana too. We ordered some food from La Cucina for a special Easter Eve dinner. Doriana also gave me a drawing lesson. After dinner we all watched a movie together. It was great day.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 972 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 11,510. To date, more than 39,831 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,593 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 494. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 10, 2020

Day 26

Today was fun. We all had off from work and school. We slept late, Victor and Iworked out, he made everyone cachapas and then we made Tik Toc videos most of the day. After we went for a walk and Layla and I walked 3.4 miles. We chatted and enjoyed the fresh air together in silence sometimes too. We had a nice fire at night, a few zoom parties with friends and Layla got into rearranging her room. Today was good day.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 754 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Connecticut, bringing the statewide total to 10,538. To date, more than 36,288 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,562 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 448. It should be noted that the day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.

April 9, 2020

Day 25

Today I took a sick day off to work with Doriana and just regroup myself. It was a rainy day. After the first hour of the day I had successfully made both kids cry. We can say it is all fine, but it isn’t, we all are struggling inside. After finishing school work, we worked on baby books for a short while, played games and practice theater music. Dinner was cooked by Juanchi and it was tacos and delicious! Tomorrow there is not school or work because it is good Friday.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,003 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 9,784. To date, more than 33,502 patients have been tested in Connecticut. Approximately 1,464 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 380.

April 8, 2020

Day 24

Quiet day, gloomy day. Continued the routine as we have. We all did our work and school. Doriana was excited to see her teacher today virtually and worked extra hard. Not much more to say about the day except another day is over. Doriana had theater practice, worked on her song for theater and Layla had a virtual dance tryout. Victor and I went for a 2 mile walk and then we popped some popcorn for a movie with Doriana. Layla hasn’t been visible at all today, she is sad, mad and more at us, at the virus, at life right now. 🙁

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,000 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 8,781. To date, more than 31,700 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,418 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 335.

April 7, 2020

Day 23

Today started off great. Got up, worked out, got ready, drank my matcha and had back to back meetings. Days are the same and everyone is doing what they need to. It’s quick, but it is working out fine. After work and school I attempted paper mache with the kids…we didn’t have flour so I used cornstarch, I don’t think it will work well but we will see tomorrow after it dries. We finally finished up our Easter Egg Coloring, it has never taken 3 days, but why not! Victor and I ended the night with a 3 mile walk to the point but ended up stressed. I had to finally tell Layla that she had to stop seeing her boyfriend at his house and he could’t come to ours anymore either. Lots of tears and sadness. This really sucks!

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 875 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 7,781. To date, more than 29,036 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,308 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 277.

April 6, 2020

Day 22

Happy Monday. Today is the beginning of week 4 home. 4 Weeks ago we had 41 cases, today we have almost 7000 and from what we are hearing this is only going to get worse before better. I look forward to Monday’s now, we are busy with work and school…all virtually of course. I woke up nice and early with Victor and we worked out, then we got ready and started the day. Doriana did fabulous and Layla, she came out of her room around 1pm. I am trying not to get on her case but some days I just want to beg her to be more present with us. The day was beautiful and we went to the park after work. Doriana fell off her bike twice and then broke down in tears. She is sad, she misses her friends and I saw for the first time that this pandemic is affecting her. We hugged alot and then I reached out to Layla to spend some time with her…she needs it. Layla came to the rescue…for a little while.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,231 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 6,906. To date, more than 26,686 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,221 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 206.

April 5, 2020

Day 21

Sunday fun day….well not really. I drank a little too much rum last night and feel very tired today. I still got up, took a shower and did my makeup, it makes me feel better. Doriana and I colored Easter Eggs early afternoon and then she had her first virtual birthday party for her friend Felicia. It was actually very cool. They played games together and even watched a movie together through zoom. After her party she had Theater class on another zoom call. New times for sure. I even had a zoom call with cousins, aunts and an uncle tonight.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 399 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,675. To date, more than 23,270 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,142 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of COVID-19 associated fatalities is 189.

April 4, 2020

Day 20

How is it possible that we are on day 20. I have not left the house for 2 weeks except to walk to the park or trail. This morning we got up and Branford had a drive up Easter surprise for the kids. We had to stay in our cars, drive up to the table and the town volunteers handed us a bag of filled Easter Eggs. The volunteers wore masks and gloves, very strange time. Doriana had a big smile on her face to see the Easter Bunny though, so I will be grateful. I did some weeding in the garden and some Easter Cupcake decorating. We are trying to find activities to keep us busy. We had a big fire outside later at night and enjoyed good conversations. Another day over.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 362 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,276. To date, more than 22,029 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 165.

April 3, 2020

Day 19

TGIF again. End of week 3, how is that possible? It is interesting how Friday for me is exciting because I am very busy with work. I am so Thankful that both Layla and Doriana are independent with their work. Doriana blows my mind on how she can keep to a schedule on her own. She created amazing work today, a sun poem, a heart for our heros and her math skills are superb. She also starting sewing, with Laylas help in the beginning and then completed it on her own. Victor started virtual piano lessons too. Love to see all these new things happening. We ended the night with a fire and game of scattagories and pictionary.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 1,091 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,915. To date, more than 20,015 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 909 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 132.

April 2, 2020

Day 18

Days go by quick. Today the weather was rainy and gloomy which set the mood for everyone. No much to say about today except we all survived another day. I did take my final test for my Health and Life Coaching Certification and passed with a 94%, that’s a plus.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 267 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,824. To date, more than 18,300 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 827 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 112.

April, 1, 2020

Day 17

Nice start to April. School and work went well and the day was beautiful. Layla drove us to a new trail she found and we walked for a few miles with the dogs. I had a sudden burst of energy and just started running. It was like freedom. I hadn’t left the house in 3 days because of crummy weather. We all came home and chipped in with dinner. Layla had a virtual birthday event and Doriana had her virtual theater classes. Our new normal is getting easier. There is less arguing from the kids because they are getting use to being home and doing things together. When things get back to normal I will make sure we spend time together…we lost that before this epidemic began, we lost it because of the busy life we were living. Lessons we learn from times of crisis can be very valuable.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 429 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,557. To date, more than 16,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 766 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 85.
  • Among the new deaths to report is the first pediatric fatality linked to COVID-19 in Connecticut. This was a 6-week-old baby in the Hartford area who was brought unresponsive to a Connecticut hospital late last week and could not be revived. Post-mortem testing confirmed last night that the newborn was COVID-19 positive.

March 31, 2020

Day 16

I registered for a workout challenge that I started today. I got up and completed it first thing. Felt good. Doriana led Victor in a yoga routine today as well, so cool. We had no idea she knew this. Things we learn about each other when we slow down. Today was quiet for everyone. Layla stayed in her room most of the day and Doriana is now doing her work in her room as well. She completed all her assignments by 11:30am and entertained herself with the dogs while Victor and I worked. The TV only went on for a few minutes today…amazing. I ordered a 1000 piece puzzle and scattered the pieces on the table, it is really hard but love how we all flock to it throughout the day. We had dinner together and played our new tradition of jenga, it was a great game. Another day complete with staying home all day, days go fast.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 557 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,128. To date, more than 15,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 608 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 69.

March 30, 2020

Day 15

Two weeks ago we had 41 cases, today we have 2571 and 36 dead in CT from Corona-19. They are estimating over a hundred thousand in the US before it is over.

We began week 3 working and schooling from home today. Both girls had assignments from their teachers. It was a bit of a juggling act today to get Doriana situated and to understand how to submit work on the google classroom, but I think it is very cool how much she is learning digitally. I love that she can be pretty independent and as the days go on she will be almost completely independent. I had a few work meetings today and am taking on extra duties to help others out. Today I am most thankful that Layla has come made a 360 since day one of this crisis. She was up at 9am doing her school work (on her own,) she completed a project bleaching her jeans and helped cooked dinner. She just needed time to adjust like we all do. Days go by quickly. P.S. Doriana showered with her clothes on! 🙂

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 578 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,571. To date, more than 14,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 517 people have been hospitalized. There have been another two fatalities due to complications of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of fatalities to 36.

March 29, 2020

Day 14

As I sit here today typing this entry I am reflecting on where we were just two weeks ago to where we are now. We all are adjusting to being home 99% of the time. Dinner time is no longer at 5pm because we don’t need to rush to extracurricular activities and we are eating together every night. We are playing games together, taking turns cooking (although I still haven’t convinced Layla to cook), cleaning up together, being creative with our time and doing things we don’t usually do. Doriana received a birthday invitation…to a virtual birthday party of course and an email stating her theater classes will be virtual next week. Victor touched up the wall paint inside today, it looks so nice. Layla decided to bleach her jeans and here I am blogging my day. I am grateful for this slow down of life and that we are staying inside, safe and healthy.

Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020:

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 469 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,993. To date, more than 11,900 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 404 people have been hospitalized. There has been another fatality due to complications of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of fatalities to 34

March 28, 2020

Day 13

Doriana received a letter in the mail from her friend Felicia. I love that we are going back to the old school ways of communication. We all had a late start to the day and were lazy, reading, writing, watching TV and eating. Layla’s boyfriend was allowed at the house tonight for the first time. We decided that they spend time together already, so if he is sick, we are all sick. 🙂 It was another fun night of ping pong, cards, fire and s’mores.

Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020:

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 233 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,524. To date, more than 10,200 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 205 people have been hospitalized. There have been another 6 fatalities due to complications of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 33.

March 27, 2020

Day 12

TGIF! We have made it through our second work week. Girls both did their school work and Victor and I were productive in our new home office. Doriana is playing outside so much with all the dogs. She is having a blast. Juan and Victor somehow got the ping pong table out of the basement into the garage and set up. We all played ping pong, cards and of course had some rum. The girls and I made tic toc videos and laughed alot. Around midnight we even made mac and cheese. My favorite night yet.

Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020:

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 279 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,291. To date, more than 8,400 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 173 people have been hospitalized. There have been another 6 fatalities due to complications of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 27

March 26, 2020

Day 11

Today I woke up and worked out, showered, dressed and did my makeup. It feels good to do this. We all kept our distance from each other. We did our work in separate rooms. I gave Doriana a clock game that she loved and was able to play by herself. It is a great way for her to learn how to tell time on a analogue clock. She told me she wants to learn cursive so we practiced a little and then I ordered her a workbook. We have definitely eased up on the homeschooling schedule allowing for more flexibility. Doriana finished her bike today. I am amazed. After work and school we all did different things. Victor went kiting with his paraglider, I went for a walk with Hannah Banana, our dog, and my book. I have no idea what the kids were doing. The Governor has suspended all state mandated testing today. Layla will be missing her first SAT test. I wonder how colleges are going to adjust accepting students. Junior year is so important for grades and Layla will not have quarter 4 grades or SATs this year.

Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020:

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 137 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,012. To date, more than 6,500 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 125 people have been hospitalized and there have been another 2 fatalities, bringing the total number of fatalities due to complications of COVID-19 to 21.

Governor Lamont signs fifteenth executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • Restricts all social and recreational gatherings to no more than five people:
  • Suspends school testing assessments for the 2019-2020 school year: Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major disruption on schools, the order waives all annual student assessment testing requirements for the current school year.

March 25, 2020

Day 10

Distance learning is officially starting, both girls are receiving some messages from their teachers in google classrooms. The teachers are working hard to make sure our students in town get some educational structure. I also found a website with virtual field trips and Doriana has spent the day at the San Diego Zoo. Doriana also began refurbishing her bike. Juan and Victor took her wheels and handle bar off so she can paint it. It has gone from red to pink today. Tomorrow she will paint pictures on it and make it her own creation. I am thankful that we have this opportunity to slow down and be creative. Today the governor closed parks. I am thankful for this. I was feeling upset when I saw the basketball courts and playgrounds full of kids.

Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 257 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 875. To date, more than 5,898 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 113 people have been hospitalized and there have been another 7 fatalities, bringing the total number of fatalities due to complications of COVID-19 to 19.

March 24, 2020

Day 9

Today Layla decided to cut her hair. She didn’t do so bad. I was thankful today that she asked me to help her fix it. I’m grateful for these moments. My husband will need a haircut soon and will need one of us to help. Looks like we will be self teaching ourselves, thank goodness for youtube. My matcha I ordered from Amazon came in today… I love it and am giving up coffee. Now that I have started to get dressed each day and do my makeup I am having my virtual work meetings and turning on the video option so everyone can see me. It’s the new way we have contact with people. I’ve also decided that tomorrow I will begin to get up 30 minutes early to workout. I need a steady routine of movement again. Doriana’s dance studio will begin virtual dance lessons soon. Very exciting. At dinner I put Jenga in the middle of the table and we all played while we enjoyed each other’s company. I think this can be a new dinner tradition.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 203 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 618. To date, more than 5,300 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 71 people have been hospitalized and there have been another 2 fatalities, bringing the total number of fatalities due to complications of COVID-19 to 12.

Governor Lamont signs thirteenth executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

  • Extends the cancellation of classes at public schools statewide through at least April 20: 
  • Orders the early opening of the fishing season, effective immediately

March 23, 2020

Day 8

It is our second Monday home. One week ago we had 41 Corona cases, now we have 415, cases are doubling daily. We set up work areas for each of us so that we can all do our work well and my husband and I can do our meetings with minimal disruption. Today I also decided I will get dressed each day and put on makeup. I was beginning to feel sad and frumpy. Getting dressed definitely made me feel good. Juan went looking for dog food today for Pablo and Penelope, his french bulldogs. They have food sensitivities and need a special food. He went to 4 stores in four towns before finding one that may be ok for them.

  • Since yesterday, an additional 88 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 415. More than 4,500 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 54 people are hospitalized and there have been 10 deaths.
  • Governor Lamont signed his twelfth executive order pursuant to his emergency declaration, this order:
    • Suspends non-critical probate court operations;
    • The governor’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order directing non-essential workers statewide to work from home goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight.

March 22, 2020

Day 7

Sunday fun family day…well every day is family day now! Doriana has revived her “Kindness Rocks” business. She finds rocks, paints them with positive words and then places them around town. Check out her facebook page “Doriana Figueroa” and leave her a positive word or phrase too, pay it forward. We took a family bike ride to a trail down the street from us and brought many “kindness rocks.” There is an amazing maze made out of rocks that people can walk through, a large lake and just beautiful nature all around. I’m appreciating where I live so much these days. I’m so thankful to be close to all these wonderful places. We ran into one of Doriana’s friends on her bike too…they rode together for a bit keeping their distance. Crazy what we have to do now. Feeling sad for our kids. Remember the puzzle I put out yesterday, it was completed today and I ordered a 1000 piece one. I am amazed that so many were sold out from Amazon, looks like many people have the same idea.

  • Since yesterday, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 327. More than 3,600 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 51 people are hospitalized and there have been 8 deaths.

March 21, 2020

Day 6

Saturday is here and because Jenny and Louisa (the sisters that help us clean) aren’t coming anymore, we cleaned the house as a family. We each took a room and scrubbed and organized! I have a new found appreciation for Jenny and Louisa. When the house was sparkling, we went for a walk. Doriana is loving to be back on her bike. She decided that she wants to refurbish it with different paint colors. Let’s see if we can help her do this! I pulled a puzzle out that had 300 pieces. I just left all the pieces scattered on the table. Every time I walked by more and more pieces were placed together. Interesting. I think I may need to buy one that is bigger! Layla and I laughed a lot tonight as I tried to watch TV with her in her room, she ended up kicking me out, but I tried. Love these little memories we are making.

  • Since yesterday, an additional 29 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 223. More than 3,100 tests have been conducted in the state to date. Approximately 43 people are hospitalized and there have been 5 deaths.
  • Governor Lamont today signed his tenth executive taking further actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut. This order provides broad relief for municipalities regarding procedures, notice requirements, and deadlines for various proceedings and decisions. In addition, it enacts several necessary changes related to Medicare Part D and HUSKY B costs, student privacy, visitation in Department of Children and Families facilities, pharmacy regulations, and corporate meetings.

March 20, 2020                  

Day 5

TGIF! I am so happy it’s Friday and we all survived our first week at home..barely. Layla slept late and almost missed picking up her chromebook from school. I was very upset with her which made her upset and she took off in her car. I found her at the beach by herself. We talked for a bit. She agreed to be more present and I agreed to let up a bit on school work. It is tough for her, one day she has a great social life and the next day it is gone. She came with me to the credit union to have my licence renewed. I am thankful that I didn’t have to go to DMV. The credit union only let 5 people in at a time and was very clean and careful. We stopped at Dunkin Donuts and I discovered Matcha. I ordered my own from amazon…cannot wait to get it home! The weather was beautiful and we went for a walk to the park. There are lots of kids still playing basketball and on the playgrounds. It makes me upset. I wish everyone would follow the 6 feet social distancing rule right now. I’m so thankful for my family and this time together right now. We played dominos and UNO attack tonight while sitting by the fire. The kids were laughing together and we all enjoyed each other’s company…with some rum of course!

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 35 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 194.
  • Governor Lamont today signed his ninth executive order taking further actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut. This one:
    • Directs all non-essential businesses and not-for profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.; and
    • Requires a coordinated effort between the State of Connecticut and its municipalities when responding to this emergency.

March 19, 2020

Day 4

The tension is picking up a little in the house. Between Layla wanting to see her friends even though we should be social distancing and her and I arguing about getting out of bed to do SAT prep. My husband and I are also disagreeing on school work for both girls. I’ve decided to ease up on the schooling because the emotions are running high right now and none of us need the stress. It’s just the beginning. On my lunch break Doriana and I were able to bake again. We made a giant donut with coconut flour! I find myself ordering off of amazon a lot more now because I don’t want to leave the house. Victor and Juan went to to BJs to see what food they have. They came home with lots of food but no toilet paper. I am grateful we have enough because everyone is hoarding toilet paper. I did place an order on Amazon for toilet paper. It will arrive in 19 days because it is all out of stock. Doriana had a virtual play date through facetime today. The girls certainly had fun talking and playing games through the phone. Our new normal. Layla also told work she could not work anymore. This is getting tough.

  • Since yesterday’s update, an additional 63 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the state wide total to 159. There are three fatalities in Connecticut due to complications from COVID-19.
  • Governor Lamont today signed his eighth executive order taking further actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut. This one:
    • Postpones Connecticut’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2, 2020.
    • Suspends non-critical court operations and associated requirements, deadlines, and statutes of limitations
    • Directs the temporary closure of barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and related businesses effective at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.

March 18, 2020

Day 3

Rolled out of bed today and started working in my pajamas again. My husband and I did our first home workout today. We miss the gym. The week is going quickly I cannot believe it is Wednesday. I’m actually liking this slow down of life. I tried to get groceries delivered but there are no available times. I really don’t want to go to a store. Layla is still working at a small local family owned grocery store but it makes me nervous. Doriana and I did some more baking today for “math class.” When we finished school and work today we all went for a hike at Supply Pond. I’m so grateful for this time and that the weather is getting warmer.

  • Since yesterday, an additional 28 Connecticut residents tested positive, bringing the total positive cases reported in the state to 96.
  • Governor Lamont today signed another executive order taking actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this one:
    • Closes large indoor malls and places of amusement (but not parks and open space areas) effective 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19;
  • Access Health CT is opening a special enrollment period for those who are uninsured.

March 17, 2020

Day 2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. There are no parades or events as everything has been canceled. Today I made a homeschooling schedule for Doriana (age 7) and told Layla (age 16) that she needs to wake up at 10am and do 2 hours of SAT prep work online. We baked Green Bread during our lunch break to celebrate St. Patty’s Day but also made it into a math lesson for the day. The day was very successful. Thank goodness both girls are independent and didn’t need much support from my husband or I. We are both working from home and figuring out how to be most efficient. Our nephew Juan is staying with us during this quarantine. It is great to have an extra person in the house. Today he went to pick up his 2 French Bulldogs from New York. It looks like we will be quarantined for a long time. The dogs definitely will make life more fun for the kids.

  • Since yesterday, an additional 27 Connecticut residents tested positive, bringing the total positive cases reported in the state to 68.
  • Governor Lamont today signed another executive order taking actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Day 1

Today is the first day all schools are closed and our 16 and 7 year olds are home. My husband and I are fortunate enough to be able to work from home. It’s kind of nice rolling out of bed and just turning on the computer to begin working. We all stayed in our pajamas all day.

It hasn’t quite hit home yet what is happening and so quickly, I mean just 10 days ago I was in Cabo. Last week life was hectic with dance, guitar, acting and soccer lessons, and now nothing. We don’t know what to expect and see many people not taking this seriously, some don’t even believe it’s real. We are hearing about other countries like Italy getting hit hard with this virus and they are saying in two weeks we will be where they are, people dying and hospitals not able to help everyone because there is no space. So much uncertainty.

• Since yesterday, an additional 15 Connecticut residents tested positive, bringing the total positive cases reported in the state to 41.

• Governor Lamont today signed another executive order:

◦ revises the previously enacted prohibition on large gatherings to a capacity of 50 people.

◦ Limits restaurants to non-alcoholic beverage and take-out/delivery services only, effective 8PM tonight.

◦ requires closure of gyms, fitness studios, and movie theaters, effective 8PM tonight.

• Drive-through testing has been approved at seven Connecticut hospitals.

• State Department of Education has been working with school districts on developing distance learning plans, as well as ensuring students have access to nutritious meals.

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