may 20

Oh coronavirus. Why you gotta do me like this? They estimate about 5% of the U.S. population has been infected. Herd immunity requires more like 60% or 70% of the population. And obvs, there’s no vaccine. Soooo, if I do the math, we’re not starting school in the fall.

In other news, my hometown is on the map again! Looks like the Tulare County Board of Supervisors is giving the green light for businesses and churches to reopen immediately and a giant middle finger to public health recommendations. If my aging (although very vibrant!) parents didn’t live there, I’d sit back with some popcorn as they generously inform our virus transmission data.

2 thoughts on “may 20

    1. We’re on the same team! The “figuring out how to spare the last shreds of our economy before the damage is irreparable” team! Buuuut, total denial of facts, data, and lived experience (Italy? Spain? New York? Even Michigan!) feels a smidge irresponsible. I get it that TC is not currently experiencing transmission rates like these examples, but we know it’s not just a “bad flu” so it’d be cool to avoid the fate of those other hot spots. Also, I love how they said, “Open at once!” And then later they were like, “Oh well, add some safety measures if you can.” Anyway, as stated to you previously and in this blog, I understand the dire need to reopen. Total lockdown is unsustainable and some common sense could be be sprinkled on the existing guidelines. I’m freaking out about the next decade of economic scars.


      Here’s the text from the Times Delta – where I get all my news, of course:
      Tulare County reported a spike of 101 COVID-19 cases and four more deaths on Tuesday as supervisors voted to reopen businesses and churches “effective immediately” in defiance of the state’s public health orders.

      The 3-2 decision allows nearly all businesses to reopen that fall under Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the state’s plan. That includes dine-in restaurants, churches, barbers, movie theaters and shopping malls.

      In rejecting California’s guidelines to reopen, Tulare County officials later clarified that businesses should follow state guidelines on social distancing while shopping, restaurant capacity and other public health safety measures. County leaders didn’t say how or if those guidelines will be enforced.

      The surprise decision raised legal advisers’ eyebrows and may be a violation of open meeting laws and California’s Brown Act since the question of re-opening was not on the board’s agenda.

      “County Counsel cannot provide any legal analysis or statement regarding the Board of Supervisors action taken today without breaching attorney-client privilege,” a county representative stated.


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