*this page is intended for my roommates at Casa De Mayo and my parents only.

**Update: Wednesday March 11th
As forecasted, the CDC has classified the novel coronavirus a “Pandemic” (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/health/coronavirus-pandemic-gupta/index.html & Pinellas County has not one, but two confirmed cases of the virus


If needed, share this advice with close friends and family but not this page. Posting this here for reference and to potentially add updates.

Alright so here’s the deal: today is Monday, March 9th. As of now there are no official reported cases in Pinellas County. I have reason to believe this will change by weeks end.  We now have 15 cases and two deaths here in Florida, with 3 other Florida residents currently infected outside of Florida (http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/030920-department-health-covid19-update.pr.html)

Also within a few days the CDC will officially announce that COVID-19 is in fact a “Pandemic”.

Either of these factors will play a role in local panic. However, we will likely not be under any quarantine for another 20 or so days. Also, the initial panic will likely subside for the following week after the initial Pinellas case. I’m basing these estimates off how other areas have been affected by the spread, such as Italy (first cases on January 30th https://www.thedailybeast.com/italy-confirms-two-cases-of-coronavirus) and other areas (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/italy-coronavirus-toll-soars-north-sealed-live-updates-200308235426110.html).

However, as the potential pandemic escalates, our local government may issue quarantines sooner in an attempt to prevent the spread more efficiently than those previously mentioned regions.

Please do the following within the next two weeks:

*Based on the current situation in other quarantined areas I do not foresee us losing power or water.

*1 to 2 month supply of the following:

*the goal is to buy foods that will be eaten regardless of a quarantine or not and to do so prior a potential local outbreak to minimize risk of acquiring the COVID-19 virus.

*stock up slowly over the course of these weeks.  No need for others to see you hoarding and increase a sense of panic.

Mom & Dad:

  • calorie rich/nutrient foods that freeze well
  • toilet paper
  • Oats
  • whatever other foods you will need
  • cold medicine (this could help treat the symptoms of COVID 19)


Merideth & Dylan:

  • one large pack of toilet paper
  • some laundry detergent
  • Dry & frozen foods



  • Pizza rolls
  • carton of smokes (I don’t want you stressing out not having them lol)
  • some cereal
  • one large pack of toilet paper
  • Cold medicine
  • plus whatever food you think you can live on for a month or so.