“So I guess you won’t be going to the Worker’s Club on Friday night?”, Pat said to me the other day. “I guess not”, I replied, in reference to the (hopefully only) 7-day COVID-related lockdown we’re having in Lismore right now.
Since arriving home, I’ve quite enjoyed going to the Workers Club for the Friday night meat trays and badge draws, even if I haven’t won a single thing.
But on this Friday night, our fifth night of lockdown, I’m at home, I’m in my pyjamas, and I’m catching up on some correspondence.
Though I got a little homesick earlier in the week, I’d rather be here than in Sydney right now. The case numbers keep increasing every day, and there doesn’t seem to be much hope in sight. Though it’s important to say, a friend in France reminded me how minor our problem is, compared with what they’ve been through.
I’ve been out and about to the supermarket a couple of times this week, and I’ve also been to get some take-away coffee from the Duck Pond Espresso.
“We just sat and listened to the birds across the road”, the grandson told me a couple of days ago, referring to the quietness on the road. Today, the grandmother told me about the mating behaviour of the local birdlife, and pointed out the ones currently mating.
And today, the conversation in Lismore turned to sewerage works.
Several family members contacted me today to tell me they had “read on Facebook” there were COVID-19 cases in South Lismore. They were refencing an item on the Lismore City Council Facebook page which indicated there had been “COVID elements in the South Lismore Sewerage Treatment Works”.
Through no one really understanding what that meant, there were countless posts declaring there were “known COVID cases in South Lismore”.
Thankfully, the City Council put out an explainer the Lismore Base Hopsital (where there are known cases) fed into the South Lismore Sewerage Treatment Plant, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
There was also a bit of excitment as the local medical centre (where I got my injection the other week) also had some known close contacts. It’s a medical centre, right?