Tuesday update

One more reminder: Today is buy a $50 gift card for $25 day at Stix Downtown. That is a screaming deal on some yummy fast-casual Asian food. Take a look at their menu to see what they have. I am not sure if there are any restrictions that come with these gift cards as there often are with Downtown restaurant gift card sales; might want to ask before you order. I personally am willing to put up with a few restrictions to get a Grizz Burrito or some Filet Mignon Hibachi for effectively half off.

The big story in Memphis coming out of the weekend was a party called The All Black Party thrown by Curtis Givens at his club In Love Memphis at 7144 Winchester. The good news was, the party was outside, which is safer than indoors as relates to the spread of COVID. Bad news, there were hundreds of people gathered, with no social distancing and hardly any masking. Discussions on Facebook indicate there may have been people who attended this party after having received a recent positive test for COVID.

I watched a press conference yesterday afternoon by Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, a local infectious disease expert, and he explained how this party was so dangerous because it has the potential for spread on top of spread. Meaning, two weeks from now, people who attended the party will be sick with COVID. Even worse, four weeks from now, the parents and grandparents of those who attended the party will be sick with COVID, and because of their age they will be more likely to require hospitalization, overwhelming the system.

To the people who attended the party: Look, no judgment here. I’m bored AF and I know you are too. But please, please go get tested, and if you’re positive isolate yourself, especially from the elderly people in your lives. And be aware that if you attend more events like Saturday night’s, a second Safer at Home order will be inevitable.

Hospitals are starting to cancel elective surgeries due to the surge in COVID-19. I want to say a word about this. My mom had a knee replacement around 2010. My grandmother had a hip replacement in 1988. Both of those, I believe, would technically be considered elective surgeries. But both my mom and my grandmother would have been left in pain and unable to walk for weeks had they needed those surgeries this month.

This morning’s Daily Memphian headline: Is there data to show diners get infected at local restaurants? Health Department refuses to provide it. Dr. Haushalter, head of the department, has received numerous calls from media over the past week but has not returned them, nor has city mayor Strickland. County mayor Harris says he’s “seen all kinds of data” but won’t elaborate. I bet today’s COVID-19 press conference will be a heated one. The Thanksgiving holiday allowed officials to escape accountability for over a week, but the clock is running down.

Wiseacre 2 (the Downtown location) is hiring for beer & food prep for its taproom:

South Main Sounds will stream Christy Lynn Band (Duo) online tonight at 6:30.

If you’re running in the virtual Memphis marathon this Saturday, WMC Action News 5 has tips to get the most out of the experience.

From The Guardian: Since he lost the election, Trump is losing Twitter followers while Biden is gaining them. I guess pretty soon Trump will call Twitter “the enemy of the state” and encourage his followers to delete their accounts and join him on Parler.

That’s it for today! It’s possible I will do a COVID-19 press conference recap after work, but I have a haircut appointment at 1:30 so I’m not positive I will be able to fit one in. I should be back no later than tomorrow with more news.