Trails are still Great
(06:00 AM, Mar 28, 2020)
A lot of people are practising distance and are still riding. Sleds are still traveling from their homes in Bathurst. Spoke to at least three people and they said trails are phenomenal. A lot of people are secluding themselves at their camps in the trail system. Rogers Lake closed. Gov and Serp open for gas only. Locals running every day. Trails are self grooming as i usually is this time of year.
CO 19 Canada cases 4675 53 Deaths New Brunswick 45 cases March 27, 6 PM
United States Cases 100,000 an increase of over 30,000 in one day
1539 Deaths an increase of 530 in one day
But everything is going incredibly well
Folks we are in hard and scary times here in North America when we are depending on a reactionary Government and not a proactive Government. This is an article just today:
How To Get More Ventilators And What To Do If We Can't
Factory capacity can be ramped up, but the components come from overseas and they could be hard to find. Assessing The Current Ventilator Supply Is Difficult.
Precise, reliable counts of available ventilators do not exist yet. The estimate most people cite comes from a 2009 survey that said 62,000 units were scattered across hospitals and clinics around the country. The number today is probably at least a few thousand higher, if only because that figure is a decade old and the population has grown significantly since then.
So that sounds like a lot. But it’s not as if those machines are just sitting there waiting for somebody to use them. On a normal day, the majority of working ventilators are already in use for patients with everything from cancer to heart disease. Usage rises even more during flu season.
“The need for ventilation services during a severe pandemic could quickly overwhelm these day-to-day operational capabilities,” a February report from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security warned. Hospitals can free up ventilators by cutting back on certain elective surgeries, as they are already, and by switching patients to alternative forms of breathing assistance that would not be appropriate for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. (Some breathing devices can disperse droplets from the patient’s airway, potentially spreading infection.)
And there are other ventilators, possibly quite a lot of them, that could be put to use. The federal government keeps an emergency stockpile and officials have indicated it’s about 10,000 units, although the precise number and location are classified because it is part of the government’s defense plans against bioterrorism and biological warfare.
The above was just a bit of the excerpt.
Just think that if you come down with this virus, it could be the last time you will ever see your loved ones again as witnessed by thousands of families world wide and is happening on a daily basis here in North America, especially in the USA. And the numbers above could be just a tip of the iceberg. Stay safe out there and practice social distancing.
(08:00 AM, Mar 27, 2020)
Friday, Mar 27th, Club #1
How much more can Bathurst endure
Caribou Mines closing.
Small business suffering ( CO 19 )
Smelter just shut down
(07:00 AM, Mar 26, 2020)
Thursday, Mar 26th, Club #1
Just a short message to all of our friends: I hope you are all safe and well and being diligent during these trying times as we should be focusing on our community, our families, our friends and neighbors. We are in serious times with family and friends being affected with some being laid off and a lot are hoping for some relief in this regard. I have been putting some stats together and it looks like Canada’s cases are increasing each day (we are now at 3365; 1430 three days ago). We are doing moderately well here in New Brunswick at 26, 18 yesterday and none so far in Bathurst. Of course these are just known cases and the figures are definitely much higher. Stay well. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
The great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 saw more than 35,000 cases and 1,400 deaths in New Brunswick. A few months prior to the outbreak, the province appointed its first Minister for Health, a first in not only Canada but also the British Empire. It proved to be a fateful development.
Prior to 1918, disease outbreaks and public health in general in the province had been dealt with in a haphazard, reactive manner. There had been various Health Acts in the 19th century in 1833, 1877, 1898 and finally in 1903, when municipalities were compelled to finance their own health boards. However while intentions were good, progress was slow and finance always an issue. Lack of strong central control, as in a Department of Health, was the real problem.
The growing progressive reform movement of the early 20th century allied to the pioneering work of individual doctors saw a gradual change of attitude.
The new Department of Health initially came in for scathing criticism from opponents of public health measures. This soon faded as the epidemic spread. And by the time it had receded early in 1919 the province’s death rate of 4 per 1,000 was, after Ontario, the second lowest in Canada. The concept of preventative public health measures was here to stay.
The 1918 influenza epidemic was almost unique in its severity. Between 50 and 100 million people died globally, rivaling the 14th century Black Death in Europe. Ironically, like tuberculosis, it often targeted the very healthiest of active young people. Feverish aches, frantically gasping for air, coughing up blood, the victim could die within a day or two.
In Canada, 50,000 people of a population of eight million died. Soldiers arriving in Quebec after The Great War brought it in and it soon spread across the country. Saskatchewan had a death rate of 10.1 per 1000, Alberta, 11.5. However the worst rate by far was among the 61,000 troops in military camps across the country where the mortality rates ranged from 15% to 75%. This puts the New Brunswick rate of 0.4% into perspective.
The epidemic swept into the province in October. The individual tragedies quickly mounted. Three Bouctouche brothers on home leave from Sussex military camp caught the disease and all three died within a day, their mother on the following day. Fredericton saw 1,000 cases out of a population of 7,500. In Grand Falls, 75 had died by the end of the month.
The new Department of Health consisted of Dr. William F. Roberts, the Minister and the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George C. Melvin. According to Roberts, the epidemic was like a fire, ‘a fire greater and more deadly than any experience in The Great War.’ Both of these men favoured central control of public health matters in areas as diverse as food inspection, slaughterhouse control, free venereal and tuberculosis clinics, pasteurization of milk and vaccination of school children. They were the right people in the right place for the storm that was coming.
They had a strong sense of social responsibility. They believed that social ills could only be alleviated through public health measures.
Roberts ran for a Liberal seat in the legislature in 1917 on a platform of establishing a provincial department of health. Once elected he put his Bill to the Liberal caucus which was lukewarm in support and then to the legislature where there was fierce opposition. He had, for example to return to caucus three times before it was accepted. Nor did he depend solely on health or social or humanitarian grounds in his persuading. Good health is good for business was one of this themes. In the end he had to offer to serve without a ministerial salary as a final carrot before the Bill was narrowly adopted on April 26, 1918.
The ‘baptism of fire’ was not long in coming. With the return of the troops, the disease spread rapidly and the death toll rose. By mid-October, thousands lay sick and dying in New Brunswick.
Roberts’ response was swift: he shut down the province. On October 9 he ordered all schools, theatres and churches closed. All public gatherings and meetings were prohibited. Streetcar numbers were restricted. Trains were fumigated. Caskets of the dead were ordered closed and only family members were allowed to attend funerals. Using telephone and telegram, a province wide strategy was coordinated. Nursing, Red Cross and other voluntary organizations were brought into play. In all of this, Roberts stood firm and refused requests from churches and other bodies for exceptions to be made.
The epidemic peaked in November 1918 and was fading by the end of January 1919. The new Department of Health was undoubtedly a key factor here. Praise was showered on it and on Roberts. Previous opponents saw the necessity of strong central public health control. Within a year further improvements in public health had been achieved. Vaccination of schoolchildren, control of two smallpox outbreaks, free venereal and tuberculosis clinics, pre-natal and pre-school clinics. The pasteurization of milk was made mandatory.
(05:50 AM, Mar 23, 2020)
Monday, Mar 23rd, Club #1
We’re in our first day of shut down and there is no looking back. Right now we all should be focusing on your community, our families, our friends and neighbors. We are in serious times with family and friends being affected with some being laid off and I’m afraid that this is just a start. I agree that this is a bad way to end a season, but we must all do our part conforming with all the safety measures put in place by our governments. For myself I’m paying attention to my family and friends.
For our final message, on behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Micheline, Jessie & Bryce at the lodge, Ron Scott our director of grooming operations and his operators: Roger, Bryan, Mickey & Troy who all did an amazing job.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and we have our usual problems of keeping the system running. We’ll be working on our groomers getting them stored away and making them ready for next year. We opened Trail 504 into the park, which was a big plus to the overall trail system and although we didn’t get the desired right to open the much needed Trail 501 into the city at the beginning of the season, but through consistent appeals to DTI through political and other officials by the club and our City Government we finally got the right to cross highway 11, but this only came in the last two weeks and hopefully will have this in place next season.
I will be giving info from time to time on this venue. Stay well Paul.