How our Gallagher/Excel Charter is handling the Covid Issue

Bob Sands

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Good evening all,

Our 20th year of this amazing Gallagher/Excel trip leaves this Sunday for a 10 day adventure.. Obviously, each of us handles the Covid situation in our own way. The Big X has it's own Covid procedures down with Temperature testing, spacing, masking, in doors and galley group sizes/regulations, etc. providing for the best possible scenario and keeping with gov't regulations going above and beyond to protect their customers.. We are required to bring our own pillows/pillow covers and blankets while the crew maintains a rigorous cleaning schedule for communal areas, heads/ shower areas, galley and even the outside rails..

In the case of our charter, especially with some of our folks possibly being "At risk" Peaches made a great decision that all of our passengers will be tested no more than 4- 5 days out.. We the passengers pay for our own testing as well as we the passengers sharing the cost of the crew testing, with their approval (Which they gave), being tested within the same time frame. Pat arranged, for those who wanted, to have the test kits sent to our homes where we do the swabbing and send, by FedX, the test kits in to the lab. We get our results in roughly 18 - 24 hours of submitting the package to Fedx.. We each will have verifiable lab results to be presented at the docks on the day of departure.. I certainly hope mine comes back negative though I do get tested regularly as I travel a fair amount fishing. I hope I did not just curse myself by posting my hope... Hey, one never knows... If it does come back positive, I will test again using blood work to verify the results as I feel good, other than the usual aches and pains reflective of a very active life.. I do hear of a number of false positives but I will cross that path should it arise.

Because the Gallagher/Excel trip is a charter and not simply a sponsored trip we can have more flexibility in requesting the additional testing as part of our requirements for joining in on this great adventure.. When this requirement was announced I did not hear any complaining from the passengers or crew as we really are a fun and understanding team/group even though there was an additional cost. As normally happens on our charter (Not always but most always) our trip is full.

I am not saying everyone should add this additional testing procedure as each boat, each trip, each passenger and each charter master has to make their own decisions about the Covid or other Issues but We, on the Gallagher Charter, want to go fishing... Period... Like all adventures, there is some element of risk, even without Covid, which each of us have to personally assess but this is our way of trying to limit and control a situation, to the best of our ability, some see as prohibitive.

Wish us luck.. If I am not too old, tired or just plain lazy (A real possibility) I will post something about our trip within a few weeks of our return.. Unless I decide to go out of the country to fly fish. (Another real possibility).

Jamie
 
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Smart move, Jamie. Strategy, awareness, and adaptability are all key factors for fishing success. Your plan applies those traits to the additional challenges of 2020. Well done!!!
 
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Good evening all,

Our 20th year of this amazing Gallagher/Excel trip leaves this Sunday for a 10 day adventure.. Obviously, each of us handles the Covid situation in our own way. The Big X has it's own Covid procedures down with Temperature testing, spacing, masking, in doors and galley group sizes/regulations, etc. providing for the best possible scenario and keeping with gov't regulations going above and beyond to protect their customers.. We are required to bring our own pillows/pillow covers and blankets while the crew maintains a rigorous cleaning schedule for communal areas, heads/ shower areas, galley and even the outside rails..

In the case of our charter, especially with some of our folks possibly being "At risk" Peaches made a great decision that all of our passengers will be tested no more than 4- 5 days out.. We the passengers pay for our own testing as well as we the passengers sharing the cost of the crew testing, with their approval (Which they gave), being tested within the same time frame. Pat arranged, for those who wanted, to have the test kits sent to our homes where we do the swabbing and send, by FedX, the test kits in to the lab. We get our results in roughly 18 - 24 hours of submitting the package to Fedx.. We each will have verifiable lab results to be presented at the docks on the day of departure.. I certainly hope mine comes back negative though I do get tested regularly as I travel a fair amount fishing. I hope I did not just curse myself by posting my hope... Hey, one never knows... If it does come back positive, I will test again using blood work to verify the results as I feel good, other than the usual aches and pains reflective of a very active life.. I do hear of a number of false positives but I will cross that path should it arise.

Because the Gallagher/Excel trip is a charter and not simply a sponsored trip we can have more flexibility in requesting the additional testing as part of our requirements for joining in on this great adventure.. When this requirement was announced I did not hear any complaining from the passengers or crew as we really are a fun and understanding team/group even though there was an additional cost. As normally happens on our charter (Not always but most always) our trip is full.

I am not saying everyone should add this additional testing procedure as each boat, each trip, each passenger and each charter master has to make their own decisions about the Covid or other Issues but We, on the Gallagher Charter, want to go fishing... Period... Like all adventures, there is some element of risk, even without Covid, which each of us have to personally assess but this is our way of trying to limit and control a situation, to the best of our ability, some see as prohibitive.

Wish us luck.. If I am not too old, tired or just plain lazy (A real possibility) I will post something about our trip within a few weeks of our return.. Unless I decide to go out of the country to fly fish. (Another real possibility).

Jamie

Good evening all,

Our 20th year of this amazing Gallagher/Excel trip leaves this Sunday for a 10 day adventure.. Obviously, each of us handles the Covid situation in our own way. The Big X has it's own Covid procedures down with Temperature testing, spacing, masking, in doors and galley group sizes/regulations, etc. providing for the best possible scenario and keeping with gov't regulations going above and beyond to protect their customers.. We are required to bring our own pillows/pillow covers and blankets while the crew maintains a rigorous cleaning schedule for communal areas, heads/ shower areas, galley and even the outside rails..

In the case of our charter, especially with some of our folks possibly being "At risk" Peaches made a great decision that all of our passengers will be tested no more than 4- 5 days out.. We the passengers pay for our own testing as well as we the passengers sharing the cost of the crew testing, with their approval (Which they gave), being tested within the same time frame. Pat arranged, for those who wanted, to have the test kits sent to our homes where we do the swabbing and send, by FedX, the test kits in to the lab. We get our results in roughly 18 - 24 hours of submitting the package to Fedx.. We each will have verifiable lab results to be presented at the docks on the day of departure.. I certainly hope mine comes back negative though I do get tested regularly as I travel a fair amount fishing. I hope I did not just curse myself by posting my hope... Hey, one never knows... If it does come back positive, I will test again using blood work to verify the results as I feel good, other than the usual aches and pains reflective of a very active life.. I do hear of a number of false positives but I will cross that path should it arise.

Because the Gallagher/Excel trip is a charter and not simply a sponsored trip we can have more flexibility in requesting the additional testing as part of our requirements for joining in on this great adventure.. When this requirement was announced I did not hear any complaining from the passengers or crew as we really are a fun and understanding team/group even though there was an additional cost. As normally happens on our charter (Not always but most always) our trip is full.

I am not saying everyone should add this additional testing procedure as each boat, each trip, each passenger and each charter master has to make their own decisions about the Covid or other Issues but We, on the Gallagher Charter, want to go fishing... Period... Like all adventures, there is some element of risk, even without Covid, which each of us have to personally assess but this is our way of trying to limit and control a situation, to the best of our ability, some see as prohibitive.

Wish us luck.. If I am not too old, tired or just plain lazy (A real possibility) I will post something about our trip within a few weeks of our return.. Unless I decide to go out of the country to fly fish. (Another real possibility).

Jamie
Great luck Jamie! I love the Excel! .
 
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Crazy but my test kit was screwed up in transportation.. I had to do some heavy scrambling today. Good news, forward fumble.
Our Calabasas Urgent care offers 15 minute results (after a 25 minute wait.. Easy) and the swabbing is so much less intrusive, only takes a minute Oh.. And 20 bucks cheaper.. No, they do not take insurance.

However, I feel like I failed another test like I seemed to do regularly in school.. (Hey, If you do not show up for class you might not get an A).... As the results were negative.. Bad news for my little buddy Peaches and the rest of the Passengers/Crew/Skipper.... I will be aboard...

Good luck to everyone.

Jamie
 
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We have had this discussion at my hospital. Some guys(anesthesiologists) want everyone tested a few days before surgery. Discussing with our infectious disease specialist he tells us this is a waste because the test only gives you a snapshot of that moment. You can be negative now and positive tomorrow, or two days from now. Even if you’re positive, but asymptomatic, you’re less likely to pass it on, and if you do, it’s less likely to be severe. The virus, in sunlight and heat, has a lifespan of seconds to minutes so the likelihood of spreading it on surfaces is very low. In my area,one of the harder hit areas of the state, we’re definitely seeing a slowdown in cases thank goodness. If this keeps up I think we might see a big improvement.
 
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We have had this discussion at my hospital. Some guys(anesthesiologists) want everyone tested a few days before surgery. Discussing with our infectious disease specialist he tells us this is a waste because the test only gives you a snapshot of that moment. You can be negative now and positive tomorrow, or two days from now. Even if you’re positive, but asymptomatic, you’re less likely to pass it on, and if you do, it’s less likely to be severe. The virus, in sunlight and heat, has a lifespan of seconds to minutes so the likelihood of spreading it on surfaces is very low. In my area,one of the harder hit areas of the state, were definitely seeing a slowdown in cases thank goodness. If this keeps up I think we might see a big improvement.
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Lake, good stuff there. I live my life controlling what I can.. I do not know actuarially what the likely hood of coming in contact and getting the virus is on a day by day basis but I have to believe, regardless of the virus in question, knowing that you do not have it, or have been in contact with it, 4 or 5 days in advance lowers the odds of spreading it over not weeding out the potential few folks whose tests come back positive... I am fairly sure I could have figured out the odds when I was younger but at this point I am just too tired to figure out statistically how much the odds are lowered by testing 4 or 5 days out rather than not testing at all...

I travel to places fishing that only a few handfuls of folks are willing to travel to.. so many ways to die or get really sick...We increase our odds of staying healthy by having some local guides, being hyper aware of our surroundings and the critters nearby (2 legged, 4 legged, 0 leged and many legged, bring or take certain medication for the "Just in case", have each other's back and try to minimize the risks.. Heck, we try to do the same in our cars except for using those darn cell phones while driving.. Hyper and spacial awareness are key components of surviving along with a whole lot of knowing animal behavior... None the less, we reduce the risks to the best of our abilities.. Because not doing these things would probably preclude me from going.. And I am going, at least until I cannot fish any more.. Heaven forbid.. As a note, spacial awareness in my city folks friends seem to have been reduced to levels not seen before.. Just a coincidence??

By the way, Physicians are rarely statisticians and even hospital administrators, at the end of the day, need to keep the hospital in business. That means patient days/nights in the hospital and surgeries/procedures performed.. The idea of removing even more patient procedures, days/nights stays from the hospital due to a positive test result would probably not be good for business... Most hospitals and Gas Passers I know of have already been struggling financially.. Anesthesiologist have seen income go down while costs /liabilities continue to go up.. This has been happening for many years not just in the last few years.. Not all but most.. No doubt we are getting a handle on this thing for now but who know what happens in the future.. I can only try to control what I can in the now.. And now, I want to go fishing...

Have a great season..
 
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We were all in on testing for the Gallagher trip and excited to go fishing. It will be a pleasure to share the rail with you after years of reading your insightful posts.
Let’s go fishing!
 
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Unfortunately, there are still parts of the Country where they will not do a test unless you have symptoms. I will be coming CA for my annual trip in September and if we were to do something like this on our trip; the logistics could be challenging. I am coming from a community where there have only been 45 cases (out of about 20,000 people) and there has not been a case weeks. Kill some fish....and hope Covid kills itself soon!
 
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