Dear Waldport City Council Members and Lincoln County Commissioners,
I am a resident of Lincoln County and a disabled veteran. I am proud of our community’s efforts to flatten the (CoronaVirus) curve, and we have seen evidence that the sacrifices we have made are working. Since the March 13th shut down we have six local positive COVID-19 cases across Lincoln County. We are retirement communities here in Lincoln County, and we have two major hospitals. If our elderly and immuno-compromised residents contract COVID-19, our hospitals will not be able to meet the need. Again, I am a disabled veteran and I too am immun0-compromised.
As an elected official representing a largely high-risk constituency, I implore you to seek protection of human life over economic recovery. Please! I beg you to stop allowing tourists and non-residents to flood our small communties and putting our lives at risk.
Local law enforcement is not enforcing the Executive Order at local parks, we cannot afford to give up now. We must maintain closure of businesses that invite and accommodate tourism. Opening up business will give temporary financial relief, but it will quickly be outweighed by the spread of Coronavirus throughout our communities. The people who work in our hospitality industry are those who are the parents to our children; our family support agencies are already over-taxed. Enforce our guidelines. Please. Staying alive and keeping all of our community members safe is number 1.
Stand up for your constituents, earn your votes, give us a fighting chance to survive. Do not get bullied by the larger cities, do not let your resolve be weakened by the call for economic relief. Please. Police our safety. Law enforcement should be present and prepared to control, cite or arrest for non compliance of safe and mandatory guidelines. We need strong leadership to protect our vulnerable population. Not spectators.
Waldport resident and home owner
Retired/Disabled Veteran, U.S. Army
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