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Well, that's a real gas, isn't it?

gas

So many low prices, so many full tanks.

Ever notice that right before a big holiday weekend the price of gasoline seems to jump by 10 or more cents a gallon? Yeah, most of us have. But supposedly it's got nothing to do with a gotcha opportunity.

We field many a call in the newsroom from folks who swear that it's exactly that. The gas companies and stations, they swear, are all in cahoots and know people are going to be hitting the roads, so get 'em in the pocketbooks while they can.

Now, in what looks like a cruel twist of the knife in the backs of motorists, gas prices have dipped tremendously. Not that I've been out at all the past few days, but word on the street is that gas is below a buck fifty per gallon. For the cheaper grade. It's even dipped to $1.27 in the Shoals. Ware Shoals, that is.

But who the heck gets to take advantage of that? How many folks, for example, had to hang around home on Easter Sunday eating leftovers instead of traveling to see Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, for a family gathering?

Oh sure, now you lower the price at a time when most of us still have the same amount of gas we had when we topped off several weeks ago. And when it was more like $1.70 or something.

Bet you a gallon of gas that when the travel ban is lifted, either by the governor or the president, who apparently thinks he can tell all the states when to lift their executive orders, that price will soar back toward two bucks. Betcha.

Whiting is executive editor of the Index-Journal. Contact him at rwhiting@indexjournal.com, or follow him on Twitter @IJEDITOR.

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From telecommuting to the new public home school model, a growing number of us are homebound for the foreseeable future as we take unprecedented steps to slow and hopefully stop the spread of the new coronavirus that is sweeping the world. This blog is our attempt to catalog some of the daily changes we are experiencing together. If you want to share your story with us, email us at newsroom@indexjournal.com.

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

On Sunday, the Palmetto State recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly two months as the nation is seeing its highest number of daily new cases.

State health officials reported 628 new confirmed cases and 57 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 14 additional confirmed deaths and two new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 784 new confirmed cases and 83 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 18 additional confirmed deaths and 5 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 921 new confirmed cases and 79 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as well as 40 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 686 new confirmed cases and 86 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 11 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

State health officials reported 666 new confirmed cases and 66 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 25 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.