5/5/20

Today I met with two other members of the church I attend, who are also living alone. We had an excellent time visiting while maintaining social distance. The weather was sunny; however, there was a strong wind that made it cold. Penny got to run around and play for about two hours while we visited.

The county reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 204 cases. Officials say 41 people are recovering at home, while 157 people have recovered. There are five people hospitalized, including three patients who are in the ICU. There has been one death attributed to COVID-19 in the county. County health officials say 1,688 coronavirus tests have been conducted at the public health lab, while another 1,815 tests have been administered at private labs. Two free coronavirus testing clinics are now open in Grover Beach and Paso Robles. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 1-888-634-1123.

Cities across the nation have been forced to furlough, lay off employees, and make budget cuts because of stay at home orders. The City of Morro Bay relies on tourism to generate 24% of the general fund revenues, but now it’s making changes due to the lack of visitors. The usually crowded seaside town is more like a ghost town nowadays. Besides a line outside some take out spots and fish markets like Giovanni’s, there’s a significant lack of foot traffic in Morro Bay. “We’re a tourist town. We depend on people being able to roam freely, and right now, that’s not allowed, so the cities like ours are going to be hit the hardest,” said Scott Collins, Morro Bay City Manager. The city has decided to take action to make up for the estimated $3,000,000 in lost revenue from March to June and another $5,000,000 anticipated next fiscal year. “About 90% of our employees are currently operating under at least a 5% pay reduction,” Collins explained. The city is looking at cuts in city employees, including police officers and firefighters.

Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted some governors, especially California Gov. Gavin Newsom, for issuing stay-at-home orders and keeping parks and beaches closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, asking whether the Bill of Rights has taken a “vacation. “I’m still having a hard time digesting where these governors think they are getting this authority from,” Bongino, a Fox News contributor. “To all the tyrants and mini-tyrants out there trying to shut people in their homes with very little evidence to base it on and treating them like kids in the process, the Bill of Rights was not a suggestion, okay. The Constitution is not optional.” “Governor Newsom in California needs to stop treating people, grown adults, American citizens, like children,” Bongino said “Have they thought this through?” Bongino asked. “Forget about the money for a second and people’s jobs. That matters. But put that aside. What about the hospitals that are claiming they are going to go bankrupt? Have you thought that through?” He went on to note that “the food supply that’s drying up.” “In the name of public safety, you are going to bankrupt our hospitals, you imbeciles, and you are going to dry up our food supply, starve people to death. Good job,” Bongino said, directing his comments to the governors. “You guys really thought this through you knuckleheads.” “This is really the tip of the spear of stupidity,” he concluded

The sidewalks on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay are now one way to maintain social distancing. The bayside of the street is one way, and the inland side is the other way.

A sign on the side of a road

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An old restored woodie station wagon parked along the Embarcadero.

A truck parked on the side of a road

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Published by mpfitch

I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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