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September 19, 2021

We thought we’d turned the corner on Covid-19. But then along came the Delta variant this summer. Even though most of us are vaccinated, this variant is far more transmissible than the original and there has been a huge uptick in infections across the world, including in people who are vaccinated.

Been doing a lot of spit tests since the Delta variant sprung up this summer.

None has felt more significant than the one yesterday, only because I actually had a two-hour-plus encounter with a covid-positive person–who shall remain nameless–earlier this week.

Early on, we got tested across the street at the Senior Center. Mucho convenient. Then we started going to the Mondavi, until they closed that about a month ago. Now we’ll likely frequent the Vets Memorial Center, since it’s only about a 10 minute walk, but this weekend, we went to the ARC on campus.

The students are pouring into town at an impressive clip… by the thousands. Which means lines now at the campus testing site. It went fast. All students, staff and faculty will be required to test every two weeks (this after showing PROOF of vaccination or a medical exemption.. in which case you have to get tested every four days), so they are really set up for crowds!

This is inside the ARC but was actually shot last week before they’d fully staffed it for the return of the students. If I had to say, I’d guess that at full operation, they’ll have something like 50 stations. And they’re turning results around within a day, which is amazing. And of course it’s free and available for drop in. Fantastic service. Yay UCD.

I had been more anxious than usual to get my result.. and when it came this afternoon, it was the usual:

This is all such a weird time in our lives.. the virus that has affected and changed the whole world, the new routines and practices, the anxieties, the deaths and losses, THE STUPID CULTURE WARS that are hindering our return to safe and normal lives…. all of it.

But for today, happy for a clean bill of covid health.

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