Commissioners indicated that with the late start, the U.S. is way behind in fighting the virus which will require a lot of fast organizing of a myriad of elements to create an effective program to ride it out. And it could take months.
Commissioners seemed to agree that a big issue is school children. Commissioners hinted that with the horrendous danger posed by the virus, the state will likely close down every public school in the state for the rest of the school year. But of course that’ll turn many Oregon families upside down. But possibly worse – moms and dads may lose their jobs due to a possible statewide “Shelter in Place” command – shelter in place so that further spread of the virus is stopped, or nearly so. For parents who luckily hang on to their jobs there’s the instant issue of who’s going to babysit their children, or otherwise supervise them. Will the schools turn into massive day care centers? Lots of unknowns.
But there will also be parents who can tele-commute to work – connected from home to their jobs via the internet. But with Lincoln County’s largely tourist-based and blue collar workforce, how might that work out – or not? Commissioners strongly emphasized that “we’re in uncharted waters.”
Many county and city services are being evaluated as to what they can provide while not endangering employees and patients – that is if the virus floods Lincoln County and its health care system. Again lots of unknowns – like “When do we all get tested for the virus?” Further, how do we know who’s carrying the bug and who isn’t? Symptoms too often don’t show up in the carrier which can spread the virus all over the county and infect a lot of people. The only way to fight it is mandatory testing of every man, woman and child in all 50 states. Unfortunately a lack of leadership in Washington DC got the country off to a dangerously slow start.
When we get through all this (end point “to be determined”) we may be able to remind ourselves that we got run over by a deadly virus that killed many family members and friends across the country and battered our nation’s economy. It clearly demonstrates that the Trump administration’s weakening of our country’s medical emergency services and disaster preparedness programs will go down in history as a huge black eye on America’s reputation around the world. But hopefully this “wake-up explosion” should be enough to ensure it never happens again.