Monday, April 6 I took another long walk through the Quarter, this time as directed by the Atlantis Audio Tour for the French Quarter. It was very interesting and informative, but simultaneously incongruous with my lived experience. It included quips about how Café du Monde is likely to be open whenever one chooses to stop by, and that depending on the time of day, it may be inadvisable to attempt an audio tour on boisterous Bourbon Street (both Café du Monde and Bourbon Street were, like everything else, desolate). 1000 beds were set up at the Morial Convention Center for recovering COVID-19 patients, to allow hospitals to focus their efforts on the most critical patients. Deaths in Louisiana surpassed 500, jumping to 512 from the reported 477 the day before.
Tuesday, April 7 I made a time lapse of the full ‘pink’ moon rising over the Mississippi. On my way to set up I ran into a fellow photographer who told me he’d just witnessed someone try to stab someone else in the neck on Decatur.
Wednesday, April 8 Deaths in Louisiana surpassed 600, jumping to 652 from the reported 582 the day before.
Thursday, April 9 I had another Serve our Seniors shift in New Orleans East. We were told the households enrolled in the program had surpassed 2000. Deaths in Louisiana surpassed 700, jumping to 702 from the reported 652 the day before.
Friday, April 10 Drive-thru testing centers in New Orleans ceased operations, after having consolidated operations to a single testing center at the University of New Orleans the week before. The program had tested over 13,000 people since commencing March 22.
Saturday, April 11 I did another Atlantis Audio Tour, this time of the Garden District. There were quite a few people out enjoying the lovely evening with a stroll or jog, but most seemed to be taking efforts to keep their distance from others. I played a virtual game of Code Names with my brother and some friends. Deaths in Louisiana surpassed 800, jumping to 806 from the reported 755 the day before.
Sunday, April 12 Was a strange Easter Sunday. I decided to make a nice dinner, which required my first Wal-Mart run in a few weeks (the Rouses and Winn-Dixie I tried going to first were closed). There was a long line outside per limited entry policies; most people were not in face masks. Had an Easter FaceTime session with my family. Made salmon for the quarantine crew. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, himself a COVID-19 survivor, sprinkled holy water over New Orleans from a WWII era biplane for the occasion. Rabbi Lexi Erdheim issued Passover blessings from the aircraft as well.