Post by George J. Dance Post by Will Dockery Post by George J. Dance
Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the state government's lockdown was unconstitutional - that the executive's power to make emergency laws without the consent of the legislature was limited.
Since Wisconsin is philo's neck of the woods, I thought that might be worth discussing.
"ATLANTA, GA — Georgia set a record Friday for new COVID-19 cases recorded in a 24-hour period: 1,900 cases in a day..."
On the same day, though, the state had 25 COVID-19 deaths. The surge in cases, that's happening in both Republican and Democratic states (though you wouldn't know about the latter by reading the news) is being paralleled with a continuous decline in deaths.
Sure, deaths lag new cases by about 23 days or so, so it's easy enough to worry about a coming death surge, but if that were to happen in Georgia, it should already have happened, since the state ended lockdown back on April 24. So what's going on?
I've been looking at the Georgia DPH COVID webpage, and I think there's a clue to the answer there, in the "Demographics" section. Of the 77,000 cases found to date in the state, the clear majority (41,570) are aged 18-49 - 3 demographic groups that have had only 2,858 hospitalizations and only 166 deaths (more than 100 of those 40-49, and just 13 aged 18-29).
I think we're seeing a major shift in social attitudes to the virus, based (as I think is normal and healthy) on putting self-interest first. When people in these age groups saw the virus as a mass killer, they isolated, at least as well as the older folk. However, now that they see it as potentially no worse than a coronavirus cold, more and more of them have started on the path to herd immunity.
If there's a surge in death cases, that could change, but I don't expect one. For one thing, hospitals haven't been "load-shedding" their long-term care patients into nursing homes like they were doing in March. For another, we now have at least one drug that works, and we've also learned about the dangers of ventilators.
TL/DR - yes, cases are surging, but that's not by itself a bad thing.
Sorry to see that our local library is completely shut down again:
All branches of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are temporarily suspending Curbside pickup of library materials beginning today June 30th, after learning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to the public and Library employees.
Staff members who had close contact with the employee are being asked to quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the CDC. We will be working closely with a professional cleaning service to perform intensive cleanings at all locations.
We have implemented new safety protocols including quarantining materials and increased cleaning to protect employees and prevent the spread of the virus. Masks and temperature and symptom checks have also been required, but the virus has unfortunately reached our workforce as cases in our area recently surged.
We will advise you about plans to resume curbside service soon.
For materials currently checked out, the Library advises:
* All book drops and 24-Hour locations remain closed.
* Items on hold will remain on hold until the Library reopens.
* All due dates for items currently checked out will be extended until the Library reopens.
We continue offering virtual programming, and a variety of digital materials including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, and music are available for checkout online.
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We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you again soon.
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