Wednesday, June 10, 2020
If You Think the COVID Crisis Is Over, Think Again
Because the Trump mal-administration has decided to ignore the pandemic, some people -- many people -- seem to think the whole thing's over. But get a grip, peeps. The infection and hospitalization rate in North Carolina keeps going up. On Monday, 739 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, a new single-day record high. The last record high was Friday. The trend-lines are all pointing up. The seven-day average of new cases topped 1,000. To date, 36,484 people in North Carolina have tested positive for COVID, and more than 1,000 people have died from the virus since late March.
After staying in the single-digits for weeks, confirmed infections in Watauga County shot up into the mid-30s, as more reopening goes forward and people stop being careful. There's a hot-spot outbreak on an AppState construction project, which looked for all the world like a coverup until the wife of a worker blew the whistle.
The WashPost reports that North Carolina is experiencing the second-largest spike in COVID cases in the nation behind Texas. Yet majorities on both the Watauga County Commission and the Boone Town Council have declined to require masks in public. That's a species of wishful thinking much in line with the Trump administration's "if we don't speak of it, it doesn't exist."