Monday, March 23, 2020

Senior Center of Rainier COVID-19 Closure

Dear Seniors & Friends,

The Senior Center of Rainier is temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the people we serve.  
We are unsure of when we will re-open.  

Over the last few days we've emailed & called our people in the area, asking if anyone would like meals "to go" or for "delivery".  We received many offeres to help seniors, but very little other interest in meals right now.  

Most of the seniors we communicated with were concerned about being exposed to the virus and didn't want to take any chances.  We understand completely.  

To get updates on the COVID-19 virus in Thurston County, please visit their website at:

We miss socializing with our friends at the center tremendously.  Today I sent out a contact list to people on our mailing list, so our members can keep in touch with each other.  We will continue to check on everyone on a regular basis.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call:

(360) 292-5363  George Cell
(360) 292-5364  Linda Cell

Remember, the COVID-19 virus is deadly.  Please take good care of yourself.   Be safe and stay well!  We look forward to seeing everyone when this health crisis is over.  

Linda & George Johnson

Friday, March 13, 2020


Dear Friends,  This is my latest input — from a friend whose brother is on the Stanford hospital board and sent this: 

The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can you know if you are infected?  By the time you have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% fibrosis.   

Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning:  Take a deep breath and hold it for more than 10 seconds. If you do this successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs; it basically indicates no infection. In critical times, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. 

Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why?  Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and then the lungs. That's very dangerous. 

Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon. 


  1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. 
  2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose. 
  3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees C.  (About 77 degrees F.)  It hates the Sun. 
  4. If someone sneezes with it, it goes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne. 
  5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it. 
  7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
  8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on. 
  9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will      suffice.  
  10. I can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water! 


  • It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
  • The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia.  This takes about 5/6 days further.
  • With the pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.  
  • The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind.  You feel like you're drowning.  It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.