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Everything posted by malem

  1. The test reservation page they had online earlier was taken offline. A link to that page was not officially communicated by the park; people evidently found it by guessing the URL while they had it online for a test. KI has not announced a date or time for reservations going live. When it happens, or when we learn of an official date, we'll do our best to get it communicated on KIC right away. When reservations are live, the link to the registration page should be displayed prominently in the mobile app, on the KI website, and in the KI online store.
  2. You might want to contact the park to be safe, to be sure that the reservation you placed early is either honored or reset before things go live.
  3. I removed the link to the registration page, as they haven't gone live yet. They appear to be testing the system. Those who attempt to place an order before it goes live risk having their reservation cancelled and not getting into their park on their preferred day.
  4. The social media photo and ensuing debate has been cleaned up from this thread.
  5. Paradoxically, more testing tends to lower the number of cases over time, as people identified early can be isolated while they're contagious. More interesting than the raw number of new cases is the percentage of tests that come back positive. Luckily, in Ohio, this percentage is relatively low (3.7%) and is decreasing thanks in large part to masks and social distancing. The annoying thing is that we have to keep mitigation tactics in place until we contain the pandemic. For checking the numbers by state, I like the dashboard on covidexitstrategy.org. It includes both data on the raw num
  6. Here's the full text of the amendment referenced in the park update, which has yet to be adopted or passed into law. http://search-prod.lis.state.oh.us/cm_pub_api/api/unwrap/chamber/133rd_ga/bills/house/hb665/00_IN/cm_amend_AM_133_2245-1_hb665IN_am2445-1_report.pdf
  7. Great suggestions so far! We'll try to get at least some of them implemented. You can already use the search box with terms like Action Zone, Coaster, Defunct, 1972, or Construction. The next iteration of the photos page will have taxonomy tools to help with discovering galleries and photos. The challenge with the previous system of categorization was that many albums logically belong in several places, Firehawk Construction for instance. Any suggestions for how to improve the sort, search and discovery features are most welcome. A thumbnails view is a great idea. We'll look
  8. That disparity is why I'm more worried about spreading the virus than about personally being in that 19% share of the hospitalized patients. I probably wouldn't die, but people that caught it because of me might. One could argue that younger people present the biggest threat with this virus, as they are more likely to be asymptomatic super spreaders. That's not to discount the physical risk to younger patients who get sick. Permanent lung damage is no joke, and it's a real danger with this virus.
  9. Just a reminder to keep this thread focused on the virus and its impact on the amusement park industry; political debate doesn't belong on the boards. I understand your point, but that particular statement is false. In Ohio, 19% of the hospitalizations have been people under 50. Older adults and those with immune conditions should certainly be taking extra precautions as the group most likely to suffer fatalities, but if we don't contain the virus, it's an everyone problem on an unprecedented scale.
  10. The stimulus bill that passed the Senate early this morning includes a $600/week bonus on top of state unemployment through July 31. For those currently unemployed, this would be quite a bit more than most park jobs would pay on a weekly basis. Here's a helpful FAQ: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-stimulus-package-questions-answers.html This bill isn't law yet; it still awaits approval by the House and a signature from the president.
  11. https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/25/six-flags-a-clear-loser-in-coronavirus-pandemic.aspx
  12. ^^ The main reason was to let staff clean and stock the store without encountering (possibly infected) customers. I made a couple 1-2am Meijer visits while panic buying was setting in, before they started closing overnight. It was reasonably busy even then.
  13. One of the more interesting developments this weekend is that many carriers who are otherwise asymptomatic have a temporary loss of smell and/or taste. Hopefully this will result in more cases being detected before they can spread.
  14. Here is a newly created website that simulates the impact of various control measures on the pandemic: https://covidactnow.org/ According to Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, lockdown measures are likely to last 10 to 12 weeks. That would put us in early to mid June. If antiviral drugs are successful in the coming weeks and months, it's possible we could be looking at a slightly better situation. Current simulations and measures are on the assumption that no pharmaceutical intervention is available.
  15. For those concerned with contaminated surfaces on take-out food, a good strategy is to transfer your food to clean dishes, put those dishes in the oven, throw the original packaging away, and wash your hands. Grocery stores, restaurants and other essential businesses are directed to maintain 6' distances, use good hand-washing and sanitation practices, screen employees' temperatures before they come to work, etc. Ohio has simplified the process of applying for unemployment and eliminated the usual waiting period. Those whose jobs have been eliminated/suspended and who quali
  16. If restaurants were closed to carry-out and delivery, grocery stores would be a lot more crowded as the only food sources available. Crowded grocery stores aren't good for social distancing.
  17. Here is the full ODH stay at home order: Director's+Order+--+Stay+At+Home+03.22.20.pdf EDIT: if that attachment doesn't work, https://kicentral.com/misc/stayathomeorder20200322.pdf
  18. Here's an interesting account from a medical worker in New Orleans, which is currently experiencing a surge of cases. Some even relatively young patients there experiencing respiratory failure. Follow guidelines from your health officials and stay safe, everyone! https://www.propublica.org/article/a-medical-worker-describes--terrifying-lung-failure-from-covid19-even-in-his-young-patients
  19. China is included on that chart as well, so there's more to it than population size. We're still at a relatively low number compared to our population, but that will quickly change if our trajectory does not. That graph is on a logarithmic scale, so a constant slope represents an exponential rise. If we see strict social distancing, the line should start to level off as it has with other countries, as each person who is infected has fewer interactions to spread it. Since our response has been slower than other countries, time really is of the essence to make this happen.
  20. Our trajectory thus far doesn't look good. Let's all hope the curve gets flattened soon.
  21. Here's a very interesting look at infection models with different mitigation strategies, looking specifically at how long the strictest lockdown measures might need to last: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56
  22. A manufacturer of smart thermometers is publishing aggregated data of recorded fevers by region. A heat map is available, and the current data (as of March 19) is interesting: https://healthweather.us/ To be clear, the hot spots on the map are not necessarily caused by COVID-19. Still, the last place I'd want to be right now is a beach in Florida.
  23. Gov. DeWine said that the National Guard is currently involved with helping with tasks like construct temporary triage tents at emergency rooms and delivering supplies. He said that Ohioans would know before he deployed the National Guard, if that were to happen. His press briefings are scheduled for 2:00pm each day, and they are available live or for replay here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCporaXCeaOJgZKz7y3C0zbg/feed
  24. When you buy any pass or ticket in advance, you are essentially providing an unsecured loan to the park. Cedar Fair generally makes up for the risk by offering healthy discounts and bonus perks for renewing early. In exchange, they get revenue to pay expenses over the off-season. Refunding everyone's pass would not be possible; that money has already been spent. Even if all my 2020 season pass products end up being completely worthless, I would have saved a lot more over the years between discounts and perks (eg. Fast Lane Plus wristbands, ERT nights, bring-a-friend) than I would lose thi
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