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Fellow Citizens,
Ask me any question...we have a lot of time alone so I want to keep the lines of communication open with the People. I know this is a great source of information for many of Melrose, so ask and you shall be answered!

- Mayor

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Perhaps I'm just a skeptic, but I have a very hard time believing this is not some jackass who thinks he's somehow funny.

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Doubtful,
Nope, it’s me! New times call for new measures to reach ALL of Melrose. Ask away!

-Mayor

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Okay, I'll bite. Why hasn't Ruth Clay been fired?

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Yeah, that's what I thought.

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Paul Brodeur
Doubtful,
Nope, it’s me! New times call for new measures to reach ALL of Melrose. Ask away!

-Mayor
DPW Worker Fights For His Life As Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow
The 56-year-old man how is he doing?

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Dad
Paul Brodeur
Doubtful,
Nope, it’s me! New times call for new measures to reach ALL of Melrose. Ask away!

-Mayor
DPW Worker Fights For His Life As Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow
The 56-year-old man how is he doing?
Probably never answer the questions.Because it is probably not the The Mayor.Two questions have been put out there.

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Dad
Paul Brodeur
Doubtful,
Nope, it’s me! New times call for new measures to reach ALL of Melrose. Ask away!

-Mayor
DPW Worker Fights For His Life As Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow
The 56-year-old man how is he doing?
Thanks for your question!

Unfortunately, due to privacy reasons I cannot comment on the health status of any City employees.

- Mayor

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Doubtful
Okay, I'll bite. Why hasn't Ruth Clay been fired?
I am not sure if any answer will satisfy you, but here goes: Ruth has been a faithful public servant with a very difficult job. She has performed exceedingly well by any objective measure.

- Mayor

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Paul Brodeur
She (Ruth Clay) has performed exceedingly well by any objective measure.


That statement is ludicrous by any objective measure. How are you doing convincing Brazil Street residents of that?

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Why did you beg the governor close schools while keeping Melrose schools open? Why did you wait to close schools until several others closed first if you wanted them closed after all?

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Why did you permit that now infamous DPW meeting, attended by the poor man fighting for his life right now at Leahy, which clearly violated guidelines for combating CoViD-19?

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And Another
Why did you permit that now infamous DPW meeting, attended by the poor man fighting for his life right now at Leahy, which clearly violated guidelines for combating CoViD-19?
DPW Worker Fights For His Life As Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow
The 56-year-old man developed symptoms two days after attending a sizable department meeting. There are now 24 coronavirus cases in Melrose.
By Mike Carraggi, Patch Staff
Mar 30, 2020 3:48 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2020 4:48 pm ET
The Melrose Department of Public Works employee with coronavirus is a father of three whose son said has "literally dedicated his life to Melrose."
The Melrose Department of Public Works employee with coronavirus is a father of three whose son said has "literally dedicated his life to Melrose." (Mike Carraggi/Patch)

MELROSE, MA — A longtime Melrose Department of Public Works employee is fighting for his life after a coronavirus infection landed him on a ventilator just days after attending a sizable department meeting.

The 56-year-old man, whose son asked not be identified to limit how much is known about the severity of his condition to certain family members, is in the intensive care unit at Lahey Hospital in Burlington. He has preexisting health conditions, including a lung disease.

Mayor Paul Brodeur confirmed the man's illness Monday afternoon. Health Director Ruth Clay said there were 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city and no deaths. Brodeur said the city is reversing course and will return to publicly announcing the number of confirmed cases given the state's "evolving position" on the matter.


The DPW worker, a father of three whose son said has "literally dedicated his life to Melrose," started showing symptoms two days after a March 18 DPW meeting at the cafeteria above the department garage.

His son said there were 50 people at the meeting, despite the state at that point limiting public gatherings to half that. City officials said there were fewer than 50 people, as it was primarily for operations managers. The department consists of some 60 people.

The meeting was to implement scheduling changes and other efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The city has been tracking the worker's social interactions, despite him living out of town. An infected person's city of residence is usually responsible for getting in touch with people the person may have had contact with.

Still, there are privacy laws the city must be careful not to violate.

"In some respects it's distressingly complicated," Brodeur said.

"We want to give [people] the best information they can about potential exposure given a particular scenario," he added. "The Health Department has been in touch with at least three folks that have been initially identified as close contacts ... One of the three was deemed not to be a close contact under the protocols. The other two were and will be quarantined."

Officials will talk with DPW workers Tuesday about what they can do if they are concerned about being at the March 18 meeting.

The man's son said he thinks everyone in the department should be quarantined.

The man worked March 20, two days after the meeting. He came home feeling ill.

"It rapidly spiraled from there," his son said.

The man developed a fever five days after the meeting, then a bad cough. He was taken to the hospital a week after the meeting and a test came back positive the next day.

His son said his father is the first person the city would call when something went wrong and the first to show up.

"He's willing to help anybody, he's always there for everybody," his son said. "The amount of support he's received from his friends and family tells you the kind of guy that he is. He's a great person."

Brodeur sent his well-wishes to the man.

"My heart goes out to the employee and the family," he said. "We're keeping him in our prayers."

The city, meanwhile, will resume making the number of positive tests public. Clay said the city is seeing new cases every day.

The man's son, who was distressed to hear Brodeur say over the weekend the city was not releasing coronavirus numbers, was hoping for a reversal.

"I understand that there's an economy that needs to keep going but you can't keep people in the dark," he said. "You don't know whose going home to an elderly grandparent. To be completely honest with you I was taking this lightly — this COVID-19 thing — but when it hits close to home like this and how fast and how rapidly my father has declined — it scared the [crap] out of me."will resume making the number of positive tests public today is APRIL 4 2020.How many more positive test?

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School Committee meeting a high school senior gave up precious time to come down to the meeting to speak, only to be talked over by the chair, Margaret Driscoll and Cindy Taymore--incredibly rude and disrespectful. That young woman, a senior at MHS, spoke with dignity and was articulate about why she was upset to see the changes the SC approved, sadly, to the MHS Program of Studies (with unleveling of all 9th grade classes and a change to unweighted GPA--very damaging to anyone from now on seeking to be admitted to the most selective colleges), only to be treated with such haughty rudeness by the chair and superintendent.Does the school committee respect the people and students that come to speak?My opinion is no.

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Probably never answer the questions.Because it is probably not the The Mayor.Two questions have been answered.Time will tell because we}er at new two questions to see maybe a answer.We all have keep in mind to have been answered.It is hard for me to believe that this is the mayor answering these questions.Maybe we have a mayor that cares.

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coronavirus is a “serious threat to the people of Melrose Mass 02176.

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Attention All
Probably never answer the questions.Because it is probably not the The Mayor.Two questions have been answered.Time will tell because we}er at new two questions to see maybe a answer.We all have keep in mind to have been answered.It is hard for me to believe that this is the mayor answering these questions.Maybe we have a mayor that cares.
I care, but I don’t really understand the point of your post.

- Mayor

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If you had one album to listen to on an island, what would it be?

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Question
If you had one album to listen to on an island, what would it be?
Great question! I may be influenced by current events, but my pick would be “Strange Days” by the Doors. Keep the questions coming!

- Mayor

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Paul Brodeur
Question
If you had one album to listen to on an island, what would it be?
Great question! I may be influenced by current events, but my pick would be “Strange Days” by the Doors. Keep the questions coming!

- Mayor
Great choice!

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Question
If you had one album to listen to on an island, what would it be?
Does the school committee respect the people and students that come to speak? A school committee meeting.Too many interruptions from members and superintendent. When people are speaking at public has five minutes to speak.How about Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow do you know what the numbers are for melrose?

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Attention All
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If you had one album to listen to on an island, what would it be?
Does the school committee respect the people and students that come to speak? A school committee meeting.Too many interruptions from members and superintendent. When people are speaking at public has five minutes to speak.How about Melrose Coronavirus Cases Grow do you know what the numbers are for melrose?
Good suggestion, we will make sure to take it under advisement.

Keep the questions coming!

- Mayor

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Will there be little league this year?

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Concerned Parent
Will there be little league this year?
Yes, of course. I have to throw out the first pitch!

- Mayor

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What is your TV guilty pleasure? Thanks for doing this!

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Could God make a rock so big that even He/She couldn't move it?

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Light Stuff
What is your TV guilty pleasure? Thanks for doing this!
Watching reruns of the Golden Girls on TV Land. Betty White is a National Treasure! Also, National Treasure is my favorite Nick Cage movie!

- Mayor

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Geezer
Could God make a rock so big that even He/She couldn't move it?
What’s the matter with you, Geezer? You think this is a time for smart ass jokes? Shaking my head....

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No, you're absolutely correct, let's just all sit locked up in our houses and cry until we die. Better?

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Melrose, we need to do more to flatten the curve. Tonight, I signed an advisory voted on by the Melrose Board of Health. More info to come, but here's tonight's message:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjqJoUKiYro

This is Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur

Today we learned that there have been 59 total cases of COVID-19 in Melrose. I am sad to report that we have lost our second resident to the virus.

Public health experts agree that a major surge in cases will hit the greater Boston area in the coming days. The science tells us that we must take every opportunity to slow the spread of the virus to protect ourselves and our front-line workers, and to conserve limited medical resources. After reviewing our current protocols, and conferring with other municipal leaders and health care providers, I have determined that stronger steps must be taken to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Tonight the city, through a vote of the Melrose Board of Health, and through my signature, has issued a Public Health Advisory which urges residents to adhere to the following:

-Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., normal business hours, only leave your house in order to receive or provide an essential service. Trips outside the home are limited to appropriately-spaced passive recreation, medical appointments, getting food, and other essential activities. Simply put, please don’t go out into the community unless you really need to to take care of yourself or a loved one.

-We are announcing an advisory evening curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time we ask that you each stay in your homes or yards except in emergencies. Your cooperation will further reduce the likelihood that the virus will spread. Staying home saves lives.

-When you do need to go out in public, cover your nose and mouth with a face covering. This will reduce your risk of spreading the virus, particularly if you are unaware you are infected. Recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control recommend this practice, and their website has a great deal of additional information. You can use a scarf, homemade mask, or bandanna. Please do not use a medical grade or N95 mask as those need to be conserved for our first responders, medical personnel and other frontline workers.

Regarding activities in our parks, the reports I have received of residents congregating in parks are entirely unacceptable. While many of you have stepped up by practicing social distancing and limiting your time outside of the home, it is clear that the message hasn’t reached everyone. Our parks are open but only for a limited number of activities: hiking, walking, cycling, jogging, wheelchair use, scootering, and pet-walking. Physical spacing of six feet is required at all times. Other activities are not allowed. Not following these rules puts the community at risk. I know we can do better.

This advisory will go into effect at 9 pm April 7, 2020 and my office will be communicating more about these provisions in the coming days.

The Melrose police will take notice of violators, and you can utilize the police department’s tip line to report infractions. You can access the tip line by going to melrosepolice.net/tips, calling 781-665-TIPS, or texting 847411. All reasonable efforts will be made to secure voluntary compliance with this advisory.

The pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better, and every decision each of you make in the coming days will have a huge impact on the health and safety of not only yourself and your own family, but your friends, neighbors, and even strangers. So many of you came out on Friday night to say thank you to the front line workers during Clap Because We Care, and it was awesome. But the best way we call all say thank you to the men and women who can’t take a day off or work from home is by taking these important steps every day to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The best way we can all help each other get through this is to stay home and stay safe.

This is a challenge for all Melrosians, and I know are up to the challenge. Together, we will get through this.
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Yes, I said that already.

- Mayor

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Ok - a few questions about the latest order from the health department

1. Why a curfew? What is it about being out late at night that makes it more likely that I will get the virus? I like to jog at 5 am. It’s great because nobody else is out there. If you make me jog at 6 am there will be more people out there. This seems backwards.

2. Can I go to work? When I read this, it seems that essential people can go to work at night but not during the day?

3. Can I sit in my own backyard? This seems to say that I can’t sit alone in my own yard, or play catch with my own kid in my own yard?

4. I like to drive around at night to clear my head and get away from my family. I’m not going anywhere. Can I do this?

5. Some people are doing drive-by birthday parties for kids where you drive by their house and beep. Is this ok? Nobody interacts, but it’s fun for the kids. This document suggests that the police might try to stop this. Is that true?

Thanks

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The 6AM is particularly wrong-headed in April 2020 given that dawn already precedes that time and sunrise soon will too. Spreading out recreation over more hours is better for public health.

If the real issue is that the dark makes it harder for City police to *monitor* then be direct and honest about that, but it's not dark at 6AM, and soon enough it won't be dark at 5AM and when it will make sense for people who can only exercise in the coolest time of the day to do so. That should be reconsidered - VERY fast.

The aping of Mayor Walsh's action for Boston will strike many Melrosians as inapt for Melrose.

Besides, police who actually try to stop people will be potentially engaging in mutual exposure to the virus, right? Do we want to encourage a pretext for that?

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Ok - a few questions about the latest order from the health department

1. Why a curfew? What is it about being out late at night that makes it more likely that I will get the virus? I like to jog at 5 am. It’s great because nobody else is out there. If you make me jog at 6 am there will be more people out there. This seems backwards.

2. Can I go to work? When I read this, it seems that essential people can go to work at night but not during the day?

3. Can I sit in my own backyard? This seems to say that I can’t sit alone in my own yard, or play catch with my own kid in my own yard?

4. I like to drive around at night to clear my head and get away from my family. I’m not going anywhere. Can I do this?

5. Some people are doing drive-by birthday parties for kids where you drive by their house and beep. Is this ok? Nobody interacts, but it’s fun for the kids. This document suggests that the police might try to stop this. Is that true?

Thanks
1) it is about the relatively reduction on city staff (police and fire) during the curfew, which allows more deployment for event during the non-Curfew time.

2) if you a more deemed an Essential Employee you can go to work anytime. If you are going out of the house for other reasons, just keep them to essential items.

3) yes, of course, as long as you keep your clothes on. Ditto for playing catch with your child; clothes are required.

4) no, go in your basement, spark a joint and put on Steppenwolf.

5) these beep parties will continue. They are sweet.

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Alright, if we don’t have new questions in the next day I will consider this thread closed. Thank you all for the great questions and let’s all come together for the future of Melrose.

- Mayor

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Are you saying you don't want more questions with one day period of time?Consider it closed.Do you prefer no Questions.So you will not communicate back to us if someone his a Question.So all you did was a good impression that you care and then if nobody had a question for a couple days you are done answering questions.You know very well that it is easier to ask questions than answer them.Give answer.Not surprised to see you walk away and consider it closed.Iam sure there:s a lot of questions about this disease were all fighting coronavirus 19 to live.This has an impact on every family in this community it is crisis her in Melrose.

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Curfew? That's astonishing - prohibit people from going out when no one is out anyway. After heart surgery, it's especially important for me to exercise. Gyms are closed, so I go out and walk in the middle of the night in order to absolutely minimize chances that I'll even see another human being, let alone not be able to properly distance myself.

This disease is not some terrorist skulking around in the middle of the night trying to blow stuff up. A curfew during daylight hours makes more sense. Is this virus a nightmare? Of course, but trying to force people to use common sense is a waste of time. There is no cure for stupidity.

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Paul Brodeur
Alright, if we don’t have new questions in the next day I will consider this thread closed. Thank you all for the great questions and let’s all come together for the future of Melrose.

- Mayor
There's no such thing as a stupid question.May be he thinks some of questions are dumb.The questions should be about Coronavirus information to help all of us.

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People Post
Are you saying you don't want more questions with one day period of time?Consider it closed.Do you prefer no Questions.So you will not communicate back to us if someone his a Question.So all you did was a good impression that you care and then if nobody had a question for a couple days you are done answering questions.You know very well that it is easier to ask questions than answer them.Give answer.Not surprised to see you walk away and consider it closed.Iam sure there:s a lot of questions about this disease were all fighting coronavirus 19 to live.This has an impact on every family in this community it is crisis her in Melrose.
Hi there, I am going to pick up the “answer duties” for
Paul on this thread.

So, what are the hot questions?

Thanks,
Gail

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By gawd! That’s Gail Infurna’s music!!!!

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Jerry Lawler
By gawd! That’s Gail Infurna’s music!!!!
So Paul Brodeur how do we stop this corona-virus 19 and what else can we do?

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The Big Show
Jerry Lawler
By gawd! That’s Gail Infurna’s music!!!!
So Paul Brodeur how do we stop this corona-virus 19 and what else can we do?
Are you saying you don't want more questions with one day period of time?Consider it closed.Do you prefer no Questions.So you will not communicate back to us if someone his a Question.So all you did was a good impression that you care and then if nobody had a question for a couple days you are done answering questions.You know very well that it is easier to ask questions than answer them.Give answer.Not surprised to see you walk away and consider it closed.Iam sure there:s a lot of questions about this disease were all fighting coronavirus 19 to live.This has an impact on every family in this community it is crisis her in Melrose.So ask the MAYOR is done answering questions. Appropriately means understanding the situation and working out what kind of response to give. In familiar settings this may be easy,but when you:re with people you don;t know so well; you may have to weigh things up quite quickly.

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Gail, what is your favorite memory of your successful tenure as Mayor?

Thinking of happier times...

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I like turtles.

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The questions should be about Coronavirus information to help all of us.

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Ted Kenney
The questions should be about Coronavirus information to help all of us.
So Paul Brodeur how do we stop this corona-virus 19 and what else can we do?

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People Post
Ted Kenney
The questions should be about Coronavirus information to help all of us.
So Paul Brodeur how do we stop this corona-virus 19 and what else can we do?
Are you saying you don't want more questions with one day period of time?Consider it closed.Do you prefer no Questions.So you will not communicate back to us if someone his a Question.So all you did was a good impression that you care and then if nobody had a question for a couple days you are done answering questions.You know very well that it is easier to ask questions than answer them.Give answer.Not surprised to see you walk away and consider it closed.Iam sure there:s a lot of questions about this disease were all fighting coronavirus 19 to live.This has an impact on every family in this community it is crisis her in Melrose.So ask the MAYOR is done answering questions. Appropriately means understanding the situation and working out what kind of response to give. In familiar settings this may be easy,but when you:re with people you don;t know so well; you may have to weigh things up quite quickly.

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People Post
Ted Kenney
The questions should be about Coronavirus information to help all of us.
So Paul Brodeur how do we stop this corona-virus 19 and what else can we do?
Are you saying you don't want more questions with one day period of time?Consider it closed.Do you prefer no Questions.So you will not communicate back to us if someone his a Question.So all you did was a good impression that you care and then if nobody had a question for a couple days you are done answering questions.You know very well that it is easier to ask questions than answer them.Give answer.Not surprised to see you walk away and consider it closed.Iam sure there:s a lot of questions about this disease were all fighting coronavirus 19 to live.This has an impact on every family in this community it is crisis her in Melrose.So ask the MAYOR is done answering questions. Appropriately means understanding the situation and working out what kind of response to give. In familiar settings this may be easy,but when you:re with people you don;t know so well; you may have to weigh things up quite quickly.
Repost. Too long; didn’t read. Distracts from the purpose and good information on this thread.

Come on folks, let’s re-read what we’ve written before pressing “post.”

Now, I have to get back to important business. Gail has graciously agreed to keep answering questions, so ask away!

- Mayor

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So, does home seclusion make people more gullible, or simply bored enough to play along for something to do?

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So to let you know are a lot people on the field at the High School.Are you going to shut it down?

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That last question was for the Mayor Paul Brodeur.

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