The governor had a press conference today to update our status. He announced we were ready to move into phase one and I was all like
but then he said local jurisdictions could make their own decisions and the leaders where I live and where I work were all like
where I work has said definitely he will not open on Friday. Where I live says he will consult with the local health department and make a decision before Friday. I don’t think it will be a decision to move to phase one.
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I’m really not sure how it is going to work. It seems this will just encourage people from the closed jurisdictions to go shopping and get haircuts in the open jurisdictions. It also allows for politics on both sides to drive the decision instead of data. It also seems interesting that the same people who said it was terrible for the national government to leave things up to the states now think the state should leave it up to counties.
I should say that I am not someone who thinks the virus is a hoax or that it is not serious, but I look at the data every day. 75% of the deaths in my county and 60% of the deaths in the state are from nursing homes. This is really sad, but you can’t use those numbers to decide that everyone else should stay home. If we had protected our most vulnerable from the start our numbers would look much better. Our hospital numbers in the county have stayed steady below our capacity for a month. We have bragged about how we are the only county to have 100% contact tracing. If you look at the data we should be ready for the slow move to phase one. The numbers where I work are even lower.
We have flattened the curve. That is what they said we had to do. We were never supposed to stay locked down until the virus is gone or we had a vaccine. This is not sustainable.