Welcome to my life. Instead of pulling on my usual jeans and sandals, I slipped on a suit and high heels—even combed my hair and slapped some eye makeup on—in order to give a presentation to the Solano County Board of Supervisors for the 2008 Solano Magazine Classic for Kids, which is our big fundraiser that has raised over $400,000 in the past two years.
Originally, we were on the agenda to a) to do the presentation and b) to ask for matching funds for 2009, which the County has generously done for the past two years. Last week we decided not to go for item b at this time. With the political climate such as it is, well, we’ve been advised to wait for a bit and approach again in July, which is the next fiscal year, but still in time for our event September 25. Keep your fingers crossed.
We got up there and did our dog and pony show. It was riveting. I’m sure you’re sad to have missed it.
After our presentation came an emergency addition to the agenda: a presentation by Dr. Ron Chapman, the Solano County Health Officer, about the pandemic swine flu and its impact locally. Here’s what I learned:
- Over 2,000 hospitalization cases have been reported; over 150 deaths worldwide;
- 45 cases have been reported in the U.S.; 13 in California of which 3 have been in Sacramento;
- 10 cases have been reported in Solano County, but after testing 8 have turned out to be negative, 2 tests are awaiting results;
- Federal Government has declared a state of national emergency and is organizing its stockpile of viral vaccinations and subsequent distribution to local agencies;
- No vaccine available; nothing tried has yet been effective;
- US Government and World Health Organizations have declared that this virus is uncontainable;
- Highly contagious and airborne;
- Symptoms are fever, sore throat and coughing;
- Best combatant is to stay at home in order to prevent spreading and wash your hands with soap and water;
- Soap and water are more effective than antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers;
- Go to the hospital if experiencing severe symptoms, otherwise STAY HOME.
Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating. And the news is changing by the hour.
I feel like I’m in the middle of a Lifetime TV movie.