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Facts and figures for Father’s Day 2020
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Happy Father’s Day

Ruth and Minor Slingsby 50th Wedding Anniversary With Family 1984

It’s a different kind of Father’s Day this year. Not only am I missing my dad, Minor H. Slingsby, center left in the photo above at my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, but I’m missing my daughters, sisters, and nieces, too. 

I’ve been staying home since early March, and I’m going to stay home as much as possible into the foreseeable future. I’m in the high risk group, and in Washington state, it’s recommended that those people stay home until Phase 4 is announced. However, with covid-19 cases and deaths rising I’m wondering how long I’ll need to stay home.

On average, consumers plan to spend $149 on gifts for dad, about $10 more than they spent in 2019. Total spending for Father’s Day is expected to reach $17 billion.

In a survey, 58 percent of those interviewed said they’re likely to celebrate Father’s Day virtually this year, compared with the two-thirds who said they’d do it for Mother's Day. That’s good. Everyone should avoid exposure to covid-19.

So, I hope your Father’s Day goes well. Please stay safe. On Friday, the United States reported more than 30,000 new infections, its highest total since May 1, with cases rising in 19 states across the South, West, and Midwest.


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Cases have increased in Oregon too, with positives increasing to close to 4% of those tested.
There have been several workplace outbreaks, a large number of cases due to a church service at which attendees didn't wear masks, didn't maintain a social distance, etc (99 cases so far, I think) as well as community contagion (i.e., contracted w/in the general community. However, so far OHA (Oregon Health Authority) hasn't seen an increase in cases linked to the BLM demonstrations/protests.

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