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LongTimeBandMan

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  1. LongTimeBandMan

    KMEA sanctioned COVID aerosol study

    https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    What an odd thing to do. Of course the Karens of the world aren't ready to let their children resume anything resembling normality. Perhaps the schools should base their decisions on the the advice of some type of scientific body. One that focuses on the health and well-being of children, perhaps? ... I don't know... The American Academy of Pediatrics, maybe? "... the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented..." https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/
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    Overdue for a comeback

    I have seen SO a few times in the past few years. I'd agree that there is potential there and I'd say slow but steady improvement. I've bragged on you all on the forum before. There's more work to do on your part. And as a senior, you can help set the example... build a tradion. Rumor has it that you all have locked up some new staff that is going to keep moving you in the right direction.
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    Can we have this auto-populate into every post someone makes on this forum? Something along the lines of "it's not about us at all, but rather the kids and giving them something positive. Are you certain you wish to save what you have just written?" 🤷‍♀️ 🤣
  5. LongTimeBandMan

    New KMEA Guidelines

    🤔 I wonder if that might just be the right decision: back to basics. A year with no props, no electronics. Just marching and music. It would certainly reduce funding issues and even the potential coronavirus 'lock down' of a band in the middle of the season - less stuff being handled by numerous people.
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    You would certainly have the potential to create some beasts combining everyone in some districts. I'm not sure that's what I would choose, but it would be interesting. Besides the ones you mentioned, think about a combined NH, CH, JH. You're probably in the 350 range there. Then look at Fayette County: Lafayette, HC, Tates Creek, PLD, Bryan Station, Frederick Douglas. Biggest obstacle = director egos. Someone ultimately has to be "The Man/Woman" in charge of the rest. Most directors aren't wired to be second fiddle for very long. That's not arguing whether that's a good trait or not... That's just an observation.
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    At 6-feet of distance, they'd need a line about 1/3 of a mile long just walking to the field. 🤔
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    I have heard that group size is limited to 10 as well. Also heard they have to remain 10 feet apart when playing and no sports or band activities will be allowed indoors until restrictions ease.
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    New KMEA Guidelines

    I'm sure the new regulations will be reasonable and not impact their ability to practice and perform at all.
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    Overdue for a comeback

    Black on a dark green background isn't going to stand out as much as bright white on a dark green background. Makes sense.
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    Overdue for a comeback

    White pants. White shoes. White gloves. Not really 'due for a comeback', though.
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    Overdue for a comeback

    If GRC brings back the Queens Guard uniforms, they get 10 extra points at every competition. It's in the bylaws.
  13. LongTimeBandMan

    Corona Talk

    June 15th ???? "Youth Sports (low touch and outdoors)" https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work#MinimumRequirements
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    Corona Talk

    https://giphy.com/gifs/wooooo-tABM19ZPcjvNRF0yuNq
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    Corona Talk

    Ohio is resuming "low contact sports" on May 26th. No sure how that will impact marching band, exactly. But bands usually don't involve a lot of head locks and full-body tackles. https://www.nbc4i.com/sports/state-working-with-oshaa-for-school-sports-training-protocol/
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    Corona Talk

    KY restaurants can reopen May 22nd. So, that's a good sign.
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    Corona Talk

    I don't think any reasonable person wants to go from zero to 100%, or 'normal' instantly. A thoughtful, step-wise approach with the option to 'back-step' if numbers increase too much seems prudent. Unfortunately, jobs like yours and nursing homes, etc. would be among the last to resume 'normal'. It is a very big country with very different situations from state to state, and even within different areas of the same state. Some places are ready to begin the process of returning to normal. Some are not. COVID-19 is out of the barn door. It will never return to there not being risk of infections and deaths. We actually need a controlled return to 'normal' so we can ramp up more herd immunity. More herd immunity = decreased risk for everyone.
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    Corona Talk

    https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/04/upmc-says-coronavirus-surge-simply-hasnt-happened-will-resume-elective-surgeries.html UPMC said Tuesday the predicted surge of COVID-19 patients hasn’t arrived and cases are on the decline in central and western Pennsylvania. In light of that, UPMC plans to resume some of the elective surgeries that were canceled as the result of government directives to conserve beds and supplies for COVID-19 patients. “The very high surge we prepared for simply hasn’t happened,” said Dr. Donald Yealy, UPMC’s chair of emergency medicine. Hospitals and doctors are going broke, and people are missing important care — “elective” doesn’t mean “unimportant” — and the hospitals weren’t flooded anywhere but a few hotspots. UPMC says feared coronavirus surge ‘simply hasn’t happened,’ will resume elective surgeries. “Of 5,500 beds in the UPMC hospital system, only 2% are occupied by COVID-19 patients, as are 8% percent of intensive care beds, according to Yealy, who also said UPMC has strong supplies of protective equipment such as masks, shields and gowns.” We aren't completely out of the woods with coronavirus. But there is very real evidence that easing the lockdowns is both reasonable and important.
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    Corona Talk

    IHME still projects a dramatic drop-off in the number of cases and deaths between now and June 1st. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america Kentucky: https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/kentucky "After June 8, 2020, relaxing social distancing may be possible with containment strategies that include testing, contact tracing, isolation, and limiting gathering size". Even earlier in Germany: https://covid19.healthdata.org/germany
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    Corona Talk

    Canceling something 5 months away seems premature. Maybe they have to commit a lot of money and resources to Oktoberfest prep several months in advance and don't want to gamble?
  21. LongTimeBandMan

    Corona Talk

    I agree with you about most of this. Question though: did they know they were positive before showing up, or did they show up and get tested before being allowed to see patients only to discover they were positive without having symptoms? We think roughly 40 percent of people can get this coronavirus with few to no symptoms.
  22. LongTimeBandMan

    Corona Talk

    1. Personal experience as a health care worker who just filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in my life. 2. Professional health worker contacts I have made with people in several states. 3. Reports directly from almost every professional health society in the country. 4. News reports that you can find with Google.
  23. LongTimeBandMan

    Corona Talk

    I get where you're coming from. Just remember, no matter how flat, the area under the curve remains the same. We are ultimately not going to to save more under the flatter curve than the taller curve, so long as the curve remains flat enough to prevent overwhelming the health care system. Currently, there is zero danger of overwhelming the system outside of New York City, perhaps. Across Kentucky and across the country, a great many health care workers are actually having their hours reduced and/or are filing for unemployment. Seems counter intuitive to be happening during a pandemic, but for every health care professional in high demand for COVID-19, there are probably 10 that are underutilized to the point of lost hours and wages.
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    Corona Talk

    FWIW, here's the 'back to normal' plan as seen by the feds: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/?fbclid=IwAR0C5fQJdbgnfqE8GRtaobJgAy06mpWEgOibYGDeEXDei2HEuca4f_bF83Q#phase-one First glance...looks like states will be encouraged to enter 'Phase I' after a 14 day pattern of decreasing infections. Phase I still prohibits band. ☹️ Another 14 day period proving no significant rebound, and you're into 'Phase II'. In this phase, SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES (e.g., daycare, camp) can reopen. 🤘 And LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols. So, looking at the numbers here https://kygeonet.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/543ac64bc40445918cf8bc34dc40e334, Kentucky could actually begin Phase I immediately. Barring a rebound, we could theoretically see band resume by June 1st easily. Obviously, this is very theoretical at this point. Here's one example of how this might still need time to play out to make sure we have better numbers of reported cases, however: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/epi-curves.html
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