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Lincoln County Commission…dreading the viral outbreaks

Lincoln County Commissioners Monday talked about what they understood to be a date that the state will allow the county to enter Phase II of the Corona Virus situation, which includes loosening up the Lincoln County economy.  But the discussion quickly took a hard right turn to wondering, if awarding the Phase II designation, would they be able to hang on to it?  Lincoln County’s Covid-19 roller-coaster has been brutal with various viral outbreaks from fish plants and other concentrated employment and entertainment centers.  Noting the unpredictability of outbreaks, Health Department Director Rebecca Austen said if the county opens up more businesses it could back-fire and put us right back into Phase I which would shut down the economy all over again. 

Austen seemed to be telling everyone in the room that her health department doesn’t have the labor force to go out into the public and test, track and isolate residents who are coming down with the virus.  She reminded everyone that there are a number of vaccines that are being perfected, but not yet ready for distribution.  Many experts around the country have been suggesting that a number of vaccines could be available during the first quarter of next year.

One health expert mentioned that based on the virus’s track record, the county might have to wait well over 200 days to bring the infection rate down to manageable levels.  It clearly illustrates what many medical experts have been saying for months that 50 states trying to act on their own is a very disorganized way to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.  It takes the resources of the federal government, which has the money and the where-with-all to attack the virus effectively.

Meanwhile, commissioners agreed to wait and see what the virus numbers look like on September 8th so they can figure out whether the state will allow them to re-open the local economy – or not.

Just about everywhere in the country, the Covid-19 virus is still very much out of control.  It’s what happens when the federal government can’t or won’t do its job.  If it was an armed invasion by Mexico, the U.S. Army would take care of business very quickly.  But if it’s a killer virus sweeping the nation, each state is forced to go-it-alone.  Where’s the logic?  It appears we’ll have to wait until January 20th to find out who gets sworn in as President of the United States.  And while all that goes on,  the virus will likely be inflicting a lot more deadly damage coast-to-coast.

Home grown madness.

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