For a while there, I thought covid had finally reduced itself to just being an annoyance. At the beginning of it all, I wasn't really sure what or who to believe. Early into the pandemic, my radio co-host caught covid-19 and was fairly miserable through it all. Then a very close friend of mine actually died from it. That brought it all very close to home even though that person lived hundreds of miles away in Nevada.

I would later test positive for covid-19, but it was not really a big deal for me. I don't know if I just caught a mild case or if it was because I had been vaccinated. I was sick, no doubt, but not even close to being hospitalized.

Within the last week, another co-worker tested positive for covid, and this person is an overachiever when it comes to health and exercise. They too had been vaccinated, and it was like a really bad cold for a while, but a trip to the hospital was necessary when he had serious difficulty breathing. That person is back to work and feeling better now.

So, my understanding of covid starts to get hazy again as we are being told that the Delta variant was not as bad, and the Omicron variant is a little worse, and now the hospitals are feeling up again, and I don't know what to believe completely and totally. I think covid will be a part of our lives for a long time though.

Now I come across the story that judges in Kittitas County have announced an emergency order suspending jury trials through the end of the month due to covid. This is great news if you are sure you're going to be found guilty and just want to put it off for a while! Other court services will continue as normal, but jury trials usually consist of large crowds, so they will be postponed until February in the interest of public health.

Read the full story from NBC right now HERE.

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