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COVID – week 32 of work from home – Oct 19 – Oct 25

Slightly changing the title of the post to reflect this is week 32 of working from home; week 43 of 2020.

Weekend – Victoria, Australia flaring up again. UK urging “fresh air”, and this in the Seattle Times about Friluftsliv.

Weekly graph for Washington State, from the Seattle Times.

Friday – “3M cases in Spain” – 3x reported number. Multiple lockdowns across Europe. 80k + daily cases in the US.

That UK curve.


Thursday – Curfew and lockdown orders across Europe. US State numbers growing.

Wednesday – So many European countries in escalating cases. UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy.

Tuesday – Manchester/NW England facing lockdown enforcement.

Monday – 40M global cases. “Tsunami” of cases in Belgium and across Europe. 48 US States with increasing cases.

I found this too:

The Seattle Times The Guardian
19 Oct here here
20 Oct here here
21 Oct here here
22 Oct here here
23 Oct here here
24 Oct here here
25 Oct

Week 32 – Oct 12 – Oct 18

Weekend – misleading Tweets from Trump removed. US cases up in 48 States. Early voting continues despite distancing.

Weekly summary of Washington State cases:

Friday – local outbreak of COVID-19 at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. Continued reporting of massive European case surges. US Thanksgiving could be another superspreader weekend. 8M cases in the US. 220k deaths. 400k new global cases today.

Thursday – Remdesivir doesn’t prevent COVID deaths. UK lockdowns continuing amidst much confusion and pushback.

Wednesday – multiple WA counties improve – and start opening back up. 38M global cases. Watched Totally Under Control last night.

Tuesday – this looks a lot like March – with rapidly climbing positive cases across the globe. The only difference being rather than 30k cases per day it’s 300k cases per day. US daily cases is a classic fast, slow, fast pattern.


Monday – continued mixed behaviour from Senators – masks, positive tests, no masks, video attendance. French declare second wave is here. J&J vaccine trial paused.

The Seattle Times The Guardian
12 Oct here here
13 Oct here here
14 Oct here here
15 Oct here here
16 Oct here here
17 Oct here here
18 Oct here here

Week 31 – Oct 5 – Oct 11

Weekend – “Trump immune to Covid” claim; Twitter removes tweet. Midwest cases climb. UK cases huge rise. UK at “tipping point”

Chart showing daily confirmed cases remain high

Weekly update from Washington State via The Seattle Times.

Friday – 350k new cases globally. New cases accelerating – similar to the spring.

Thursday – record global rise in new cases, clearly we are in the midst of a new wave. Serious hospital cases are the lagging indicator – and ICUs are filling rapidly across Europe and the US.

Wednesday – very much the two sides of the coronavirus story. Europe and US with increasing cases, lockdown and protests. White House coronavirus spreading and the (mis)information being spread about that. Scotland cancels 2021 exams. BBC summary.

Tuesday – the slow moving second wave continues to break over Europe. French ICU, Ireland Level 5, UK lockdowns.

Monday – more cases in the WH. Continued confusion over Trump’s health and care regime. Ireland heading for total lockdown. Cases rising across the US.

The Seattle Times The Guardian
5 Oct here here
6 Oct here here
7 Oct here here
8 Oct here here
9 Oct here here
10 Oct here here
11 Oct here here

Week 30 – Sep 28 – Oct 4

Weekend – truly incredible the speed that “Trump has COVID” to “Trump is in Walter Reed” progressed. More of the WH and Senate are positive. Record COVID case increases across the midwest and west US.

Here in Washington State, cases are picking up again. Visuals from the Seattle Times.

Friday – Trump has COVID, as have many in the WH. Masks and distancing work.

Thursday – fare collection starts back up on public transport in Seattle/King County after six months.

Wednesday – Italian Senate closes as multiple senators test positive. Most of Europe in the grip of rising cases.

Tuesday – AFP reports “60M Indians with COVID”

Monday – Week 30. 1M deaths globally from COVID-19. Over 200K in the US. Refresh of the milestones since January from the BBC. BBC daily summaries removed.

The Seattle Times The Guardian
28 Sep here here
29 Sep here here
30 Sep here here
1 Oct here here
2 Oct here here
3 Oct here here
4 Oct here here

Week 29 – 21 Sep – 27 Sep

Weekend – a quarter of the UK under new lockdowns. R >1 and the numbers are really alarming again. Continued protests globally about masks and restrictions.

R number estimates in nations and regions

Usual data from The Seattle Times. Small uptick in cases last week.

Friday – “1 in 500 in UK has Covid”

Thursday – coronavirus continues to mutate, become more transmissible. France, Spain, Portugal – record rise. 5% increases since last week across TX and much of mid-west US. Increasingly become a rural virus.

Wednesday – Second wave continues to sweep Europe. UK political fallout around unclear advice.

Tuesday – Flu vaccine awareness needed in the US. Looks like the BBC daily summary is back.

Monday – UK told to prepare for “50,000 new cases per day”, Boots pausing flu shots for under 65s. US around 200k deaths. WA State cases are dropping. Bleach being sold on Amazon again as cure for Covid.

The Seattle Times The Guardian BBC
21 Sep here here here
22 Sep here here here
23 Sep here here here
24 Sep here here
25 Sep here here here
26 Sep here here
27 Sep here here

Week 28 – 14 Sep – 20 Sep

Weekend – UK heading back to country wide lockdown. WA State rate of positive tests is dropping from around 5.5% to around 3.1% – which is a good sign. Not enough test capacity in the UK.

Friday – Pandemic means less European election monitors for US vote. Canadian border restrictions in place until end of October.

Thursday – Continued confusion around CDC advice and guidance.

Wednesday – many “back to school” virus outbreaks. No widespread vaccine for a year.

Tuesday – more restrictions in UK to break transmission chains. This is back to “the hammer and the dance”

Monday – another new week of school at home. Cases on the rise everywhere. UK testing chaos. Removing the BBC from the daily updates next week.

PC rebuild – so late getting this started.

The Seattle Times The Guardian BBC
14 Sep here here
15 Sep here here
16 Sep here here
17 Sep here here
18 Sep here here
19 Sep here here
20 Sep here here

Week 27 – 7 Sep – 13 Sep

Weekend – UK vaccine trials resume. Fall/autumn flu combined with Covid will be really devastating. Brazil deaths >132k.

Weekend numbers from The Seattle Times:

Friday – Fauci says “vaccine in late 2021”. UK continuing towards huge uptick in cases. R>1 in many cities.

Thursday – Record cases in Europe. Same story repeating in UK, France, Spain, Portugal.. long list. Trump “misled public” about severity of Covid.

Wednesday –  US numbers declined, plateaued, now rising again.

Tuesday – England heading rapidly towards a second nationwide lockdown. Week 2 of “back to school, online and at home”.

Monday – Labor Day – and the end of a hot extended weekend. Generally in western WA I see masks being worn, there are plenty of folk who will not. The BBC live coverage is back.

The Seattle Times The Guardian BBC
7 Sep here here here
8 Sep here here here
9 Sep here here here
10 Sep here here
11 Sep here here
12 Sep here here
13 Sep here here

Azure (re)-certification

Way back in 2015 I passed the 70-534 beta exam “Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions”. As a beta exam, taken internally, there were seemingly hundreds of questions.

Since then, Microsoft changed their certification program, moving to role-based certification (and as an aside moving all certifications to be around cloud solutions).

Time to re-certify.

First up – review the certification path. The Azure Training paths are pretty well called out.


Azure Fundamentals – AZ-900. As a personal stretch I decided to take this exam, not just as a standalone piece of certification, but to prepare for leading a couple of cohorts of colleagues at work through a “minimooc” team led set of training. The exam was relatively simple – but using the experience was helpful in mentoring others across the team to be prepared for and pass this exam. My personal goal is to support some re-skilling and re-certification of the majority of the Infrastructure Services team by year end. The Microsoft Learn site gives much of the content for the exam – but not quite everything.

Next up Azure Solutions Architect. Two exams (AZ-300 and AZ-301, or the newer AZ-303 and AZ-304). I sat both pairs; I learned a heck of a lot about Cosmos DB that I didn’t know a month ago.

Passed and happy for another two years.

Week 26 – 31 Aug – 6 Sep

Weekend – BBC missing again. Labor Day weekend in the US. Another gathering point for family, friends – and another reminder around masks and distancing. 3000 new cases in the UK – some from additional testing. No end in sight for any of the restrictions.

Regular update for the week from The Seattle Times. Second peak is slowing, death rate is dropping. WA DOH continues to not report “total tests” – so there is no indication of positive test rate.

The state Department of Health has changed how it reports testing totals, and testing data for the past few weeks is incomplete. Also: As of Aug. 28, the DOH is no longer publishing COVID-19 death counts on weekends. Instead, the number of weekend deaths will be added to death tallies reported on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Friday – 6.2M cases in the US. 200k cases per week. 190k deaths. No daily updates from the BBC again

Thursday – “vaccine on its way” says CDC.

Wednesday – Pelosi mask distraction. 185K US deaths.

Tuesday – looks like working from home is in place for maybe six more months. Today school-from-home started. All of us, in the house, in different rooms, having meetings online. US will not work with WHO on vaccine. US is starting to consider herd immunity – which failed in the UK.

Monday – Half a year. Feels like the meta-aggregation diary of Pepys. 25 million global cases, 6M in the US, WH vs Task Force differences. The tone of the news is moving from “hopeful” to a grimmer place; reflecting resurgent infections.

The Seattle Times BBC The Guardian
31 Aug here here here
1 Sep here here here
2 Sep here here here
3 Sep here here here
4 Sep here here
5 Sep here here
6 Sep here here