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7 Test Positive for COVID in CA’s State Capitol Despite Mandatory Masks, Testing, Vaccines

The hysteria by Capitol leadership has extended well beyond rational thought, say Capitol insiders

By Katy Grimes, July 1, 2021 4:32 pm

California State Capitol Assembly and Senate leaders have demanded that Capitol staffers either get the vaccine or get tested for COVID-19 weekly since reopening the Capitol building. They also continue to order mandatory mask wearing and distancing, while refusing to address the many employees who had and recovered from COVID-19, or those Capitol staffers who may have had it but showed no symptoms, as the Globe has reported.

However, despite all of this vaccine-coercion and mandates, 7 State Capitol staffers this week have tested positive for COVID-19. Some of those 7 are vaccinated, and all of the employees who tested positive work together in the same office.

I’m shocked – except that’s how viruses spread. And vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing the spread against viruses.

The Centers for Disease Control reported a total of 10,262 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections (positive COVID tests) had been reported from 46 U.S. states and territories as of April 30, 2021. Among these cases, 6,446 (63%) occurred in females, and the median patient age was 58 years.

The hysteria by Capitol leadership has extended well beyond rational thought, according to Capitol insiders. And the government overreach needs to be addressed. Just as with the federal government’s command and control mandates, there is a significant decline in trust in the public officials who are pushing these orders, including public health officials and legislative leaders.

Every Monday, the unvaccinated Capitol staff must drive to Cal Expo, wait in a car line for the COVID test to be administered to them in their car. There is no privacy as employees can look to the left and right and see the drivers of the other cars. Then within 30 minutes, they get the results and are allowed to head to work at the Capitol if the test is negative. If the test is positive, they must immediately notify Assembly or Senate Human Resources and Rules Committees.

In the Senate, staff is ordered to wear masks in their offices all day. Why?

Thursday, the Assembly’s Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert, ordered all Capitol employees to the Capitol and down to the basement for COVID testing – the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

The memo she sent says:

Testing is being conducted in the Capitol basement, Eureka Room today until 3:00 p.m. (Emphasis hers). Staff will receive their test results via text or email in approximately 24 hours. Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet from others is required during the testing process.

Capitol staffers want to know, if their weekly Monday COVID tests can show results within 30 minutes, why the Capitol isn’t using those same brand of tests, rather than making staff wait 24-48 hours on a holiday weekend.

Again, the hysteria is palpable. From Gravert’s Thursday memo (here and embedded below):

Public health experts stress the continued importance of practicing common sense preventative measures that have been shown to slow the spread of the virus, which includes getting vaccinated. All Assemblymembers and essential employees who report to work must adhere to the Assembly’s protocols with regard to COVID-19. Those protocols were distributed on June 22, 2021, and are available for review by clicking here.

As we prepare for Independence Day, I want to remind those who remain unvaccinated to protect themselves by wearing a mask and avoiding crowds to prevent transmission and illness.

Plenty of other public health experts and actual practicing physicians disagree with Gravert’s mandates. Her orders are not common sense preventative measures. Masks worn by the general population have been proven to be useless at preventing the spread of a virus, including COVID-19. Vaccinations should be done by those who want them, and are in the high-risk category: the obese, diabetics, and unhealthy elderly.

Studies have also shown that people who were not locked down entirely, and able to go about their business are much healthier than those who remained locked down for 15 months.

A recent peer-reviewed study by Stanford University and posted on the the National Center for Biotechnological Information government website found: “The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective of viral and infectious disease such as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID -19.” The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health.

The Stanford study also warned, “Wearing facemask mechanically restricts breathing by increasing the resistance of air movement during both inhalation and exhalation pro-cess[12,13]. Prolonged an d continuous effect of wearing facemask could be detrimental for health.”

One would rightfully assume that a Stanford study would suffice as expertise for members of the State Legislature and administrative staff.

California’s Capitol staff are weary from the hysteria, lack of “common sense preventative measures,” and stark lack of leadership. It’s past time for Capitol Human Resources to show employees the official written policy on COVID, as well as the exemptions.

What’s that? There is no official written COVID policy in the employment manual? Could that be because these policies violate the civil liberties of the staff?

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19 thoughts on “7 Test Positive for COVID in CA’s State Capitol Despite Mandatory Masks, Testing, Vaccines

  1. Oh good, how inspiring! “What Independence Day Means to Me,” by Assembly Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert:
    1) Write a lot of memos that lay down the law about every move employees make.
    2) Order employees, vaccinated and un-vaccinated, down into the basement for COVID testing.
    4) Nag incessantly about face mask-wearing (even when you are alone) and social distancing (even when you are alone).
    5) Remind employees to wear masks and social distance even after they have left the Capitol building.
    6) Remember to never let up!
    Debra Gravert and every member of the legislative leadership who thinks this absolute craziness is fine needs to be in a padded room. In the Mojave Desert. For their own safety!

  2. It sickens me to read about this in-humane treatment against our fellow Californians. Here are some people that are working around the clock to help all of us:
    1. Thehealthyamerican.org Peggy Hall educating people on their rights in the California workplace and schools. If the 7 capitol employees learn the information she provides and stand together and DO NOT COMPLY with the sick Gravert puppet’s intimidation tactics, they can turn back some of this insanity for themselves and other employees. Once they have the knowledge they can no longer be intimidated because what is happening is not American, its wrong and its a continuing crime in progress since 2020.

    2. A lawsuit against Fauci and a few of the other scamdemic perps detailing how we got here and what the EUA is-“The Emergency Declaration and the Vaccine EUAs were the keys that unlocked the profit potential of the COVID-19 crisis. They enabled the Vaccine manufacturers to open the door to the vast American market, enter and reap billions of dollars in profit by exploiting the fears of the American people.”

    3.German /Northern Cal Attorney Reiner Fuellmich going after the (phony, baloney) covid “test” which is the driver for the covid “cases” and other covid numbers-(hospitalizations, deaths ICU’s) its the main (theatre)prop used to CLAIM there is a “covid case” “We have a casedemic” (quote from Canadian Dr. Stephen Malthouse).


    4. New info: Spanish scientists discover the same toxin in masks, on both pcr test swabs and in all the injections: Graphene Oxide. It is why magnets are sticking to people’s skin.

    It is one thing to say to employees: “While it is NOT a law, we recommend that you stand apart from others and wear a mask and here is why: here is a list of studies supporting self suffocating and separation from other human beings and we welcome other opinions to debate this” but to say, in America, “wear a mask” “take the jab” , “Stick this swab up your nose weekly that is an order” with no ability to have conversations or debate or to present the research to dispute any of it, just “do it, that’s all, end of story” that is an authoritarian dictatorship That is for China, not America. People come here for freedom if people here now dont like our freedom, they can leave anytime.

  3. Geez, is this what employees will be subjected to during cold and flu season every year?
    Could the tests be false positives?
    The only logical statement in her urgent memo was, “do not come to work if you are sick with covid…”
    The seasonal flu kills too! I guess we should just hide forever…

    Only one simple explanation for these workplace dictates. The excessive mask wearing leads to confusion and bad decision making!

  4. This memo says three things to me: masks don’t work to “stop the spread”, unapproved vaccines don’t work, COVID tests are unreliable and useless! CA hasn’t learned a damn thing since the two weeks to slow the spread!

    1. Stacy, President Biden just said that he read “somewhere” that the new virus variant can be transmitted from people to their pets! So, get ready for the pet-mask mandate. Doggy, kitty masks. Birds might be more of a problem but some creative person will figure out a way to make some money. LOL.

    2. Really. And 16 months is a long, L-O-N-G time not to have learned the basics. I guess everyone, the Gov included, were all too busy reviewing the basics of Mind Control for Dummies and How to be a Dictator.

      Remember how our own Gov Newsom demonstrated by example — more than seven months ago at his French Laundry crony affair, and during a COVID “surge,” by the way —- what he himself believed about the COVID and exactly how Californians should be behaving? Let’s never forget that he was indoors with a large party, un-vaccinated, un-masked, un-socially-distanced, and obviously un-worried, as was everyone else, about any “danger.” Sure, he lied when he was caught, but then the truth-revealing photos surfaced. Newsom’s behavior at the French Laundry told us, more than any jargon-filled lecture of his ever could, that following the arbitrary COVID rules is silly and unnecessary.

      So why aren’t these hysterical Dem legislative leaders and CAO Gravert following the leader? If they did, life at the Capitol would have been completely back to normal at least seven months ago.

      1. Showandtell, remembering the “unworried” Gavin is exactly what people need to be reminded of! Thank you!

  5. July 4th has become some kind of IRONY now. Freedom from what? the oligarchy tyrannical gov’t is dictating what we can, cannot, censoring, and demanding people to be experimented on.

    California is OCEANIA
    Sacramento is running INGSOC

    This July 4th demand your INDEPENDENCE from TYRANNY — remember this they want to cancel july 4th maybe not this year but in next few or so years

  6. The article you cited was retracted. Please research appropriately before publishing an article. Your statements about mask wearing are false as been proven by multiple non-retracted studies. I am someone who was hospitalized from COVID and do not meet the criteria for those people who according to you are the only ones who need the vaccine. I therefore submit that most, if not all, of your statements are demonstrably false and misleading.

    1. ^^^ THIS is HYSTERIA…
      Hysterical narcissism, actually….
      My experience automatically becomes yours and you must bend to my worldview and experience, without exception….
      WITH or FROM, that is the question…

    2. @Tara,
      A person who has contracted SARS2 (covid19) has immunity for at least 12 to 18 months possibly a lifetime. The mRNA experimental vaccine may not give you the same protection as natural immunity. All who take the shot at this point are test subjects, please read the small print. I am not sure what exactly you are trying to convey here, if you have had SARS2.
      I hope you have signed on to the Stanford long hauler follow up clinic, if you really are a long hauler.


      The point of this article is the violation of civil liberties in the work place. I think your criticism is unfair and does not apply to healthy individuals in the workplace. Contracting Covid19 is not a death sentence for 99.7 percent of the general population.

      There are many European and scientific studies that support Katy’s arguments.
      Here is one more article for you to contemplate.

      Fauci has contradicted himself on mask efficacy throughout this pandemic.

  7. It’s beyond time for the word HYSTERIA to be used more frequently to counteract what’s being foisted on us…
    The memo writer is obviously suffering from Covid HYSTERIA, which is contributing to mental illness, diminished quality of life and bad decision making…

  8. Ya, 7 out of hundreds of staffers got covid despite vaccinations. ERGO, we should all dispense with the masks & stop vaccinating. Thats the dumbest logic ever.
    1. Covid infection rates dropped from 42,000 cases (weekly) to 800 (weekly) from January to June, which is when people started getting vaccinated
    2. There are what are called breakthrough cases bec vaccines are 95% effective at best, but with continued care and social distancing infection can be prevented.
    3. Ever heard of COVID19 variants?
    Seems to me you people are trying to rile up hysteria from vaccines. Just follow the science and be careful. Is that so hard to do?

  9. I had to laugh when I read this paragraph: “The Stanford study also warned, “Wearing facemask mechanically restricts breathing by increasing the resistance of air movement during both inhalation and exhalation pro-cess[12,13]. Prolonged an d continuous effect of wearing facemask could be detrimental for health.””
    That explains why so many of the thousands of surgeons and surgical nurses who spend long hours in an operating room are known to suffer from the long-term effects of wearing surgical face masks at work. Oh, wait…that’s not a known medical problem? Then I suspect the quote from the Stanford study was taken out of context. If doctors and nurses can wear face masks for long hours without complaint, then I can as well.

    I’m not commenting on whether face masks should still be mandatory at the CA Capitol. I merely object to the use of the “wearing a face mask is dangerous to one’s health” argument to support the end of mandatory masking.

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