Skagit Valley Chorale
While all of this was going on, members of our group started to feel ill. By Saturday, March 14, there were six people who were feverish or otherwise not well. They were in communication with each other, and several of those people got tested. By Monday, the 16th, twenty people had symptoms and we had the first positive test result. By Monday evening, 24 were ill, some of whom attended the rehearsal on March 10, some who had only attended on March 3, and some of whom did not attend either rehearsal.
. By Tuesday evening March 17, we had 3 confirmed positive tests. One of our members, who is an MD, volunteered to interface with the County Health Department. The Health Department was provided with our member roster, and contacted every person in the group, regardless of whether they attended rehearsals on the 3rd and/or the 10th, and regardless of whether they were having symptoms. Each person was questioned in depth and received advice about what to do. By Friday, the 20th, we had 10 confirmed cases, and today, we know of at least 21 confirmed positives and 30 people (members and significant others) who are ill. This is a virulent and serious disease, whose symptoms and devastation are still unknown and impossible for us manage.
Sadly, one of our members died yesterday, and we have another who is hospitalized in serious condition. Out of respect to family members, we will not be providing names of those affected. The Health Department has that information, and we hope it can be used to advance the understanding and treatment of this serious illness. We urge everyone to practice social distancing, to isolate yourself for your own safety and that of others, and to stay in contact with your health care provider and/or the Health Department. This is a medical crisis that is all around us, and each person needs to do his or her part to help prevent further illness and deaths.
Carole Rae Woodmansee - also claims other choirs