Writing in a Time of Peril: April 6. 2020

April 3, 2020

The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard is reporting 245,658 US cases and 6,058 deaths as of 10:45 am on April 3, 2020.

April 6, 2020, 

The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard is reporting 338,995 US cases, an increase of 93,337 since Friday, April 3, 2020, and 9,683 deaths, an increase of 3,625 since Friday, as of 11:45am on April 6.

Do the math.

On Sunday, beloved friends and family gathered for our weekly Zoom Sunday Dinner. We shared deeply about how we are each doing, our parents, children and extended families, our work, adjusting to staying at home, our projects, successes, a job search, an interviews scheduled, and a job offer. Yes, in the times of sheltering in place and working from home, jobs are being searched for and found in Covid-19 times. 

We talked about the dismaying catastrophically failing federal government response to Covid-19 response and the abandonment of state governors, city mayors, and county/parish rural public health departments and managers.  

We discussed the alarming reality that African American are contracting and dying at alarming rates without much reporting of Covid-19 unequal ravaging of People of Color communities. Here is a ProPublica article sent by a friend:

Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients.


We shared the internet connections that are keeping us sane:

  • Tuck and Patti ‘s Wednesday  at Noon Concert. 

Tuck & Patti – Home | Facebook

I sighed in relief and joy. We were together again. We heard each other’s voices and saw each other’s faces within our loving arc of knowing. 

I go down my to-do list of self-care: meditate, eat well, rest well, get exercise, connect, connect, connect, stay home, except for the pharmacy & the grocery & then only with mask and gloves & when there are very few people about. Watch less TV, but stay informed. Laugh a lot. Channel fear and rage into expression, action and art. 

I put on Sweet Honey in the Rock. I go from album to album and find my favorite songs, some social justice and some spirituals. I Remember, I  Believe; Ain’t That Good News; Ella’s Song; Breaths; B’lieve I’ll Run On and See What the End’s Gonna Be, Seven Day Kiss, and Every Woman.  

I continue to chronicle these times.

© Andrea Canaan, MSW, MFA



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