California’s coronavirus testing and positivity rate is trending downward so significantly, it’s below 2% as of 3/22/21. The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital is also significantly down, with a 0.06% decrease. This should be great news. But it is not, because California has a “self-imposed threshold” which has tied reopening to ensuring that populations in low-income communities are vaccinated first. Once that “equity” mark is reached, then “all counties can more quickly move out of the most restrictive tiers.”
As of March 24, the state COVID website reports, “California has 3,551,056 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 56,850 deaths.” What they mean to say is 3,551,056 California residents has tested positive for the coronavirus, with 36,448,944 negative for coronavirus.
Yet the state is not back to normal by any stretch of one’s imagination. Even with 15,537,786 total vaccinations administered, with most of those in the county of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the high number of cases elsewhere should be of particular concern because what happens elsewhere in the country will likely carry consequences for California, the LA Times reported. California’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 people was among the lowest in the nation, at 46.8, according to the CDC. The only states with better rates were Arizona, 46.1, Oregon, 45.5, and Hawaii, 37.
So why are California businesses only allowed 10%-25% clientele inside? Why are most people walking around, jogging, bicycling, and exercising outdoors wearing 1 to 3 masks, and putting masks on their young children?
Why does an outdoor zoo require masks to be worn by the visitors, and 6 foot social distancing?
Why do outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities require masks and social distancing?
Why does an outdoor farmers market require masks?
Recently at a visit to a large local nursery, my husband and I were the only people not wearing masks outdoors while we perused the aisles of seasonal plants.
Why do restaurants serving outdoors require you to wear a mask until you are seated? What’s the difference if you walk outdoors to your outdoor table sans mask? Are the other diners endangered as you walk by without a mask on? Do they become safer once you are seated?
Sacramento County where I reside, has had 1,586 deaths attributed to COVID-19. Currently in the “red tier,” Sacramento County is “open with modifications.” We are barely out of the dreaded “purple tier,” which had most everything shut down except enormous retail businesses that hire expensive lobbyists.
I’m not seeing many restaurants moving toward indoor dining. Yet. Grocery stores and retail require masks and social distancing, despite the state’s swift downward trend in COVID positivity rates.
“Officials across California and the nation stress that residents must maintain their vigilance to stave off another wave. That’s especially true as more areas lift pandemic-related restrictions — a delicate process that experts warn can easily go awry,” the LA Times dutifully warns.
“Another wave” or “another strain” is always on the horizon now.
Yet the state COVID website shows only 41% of Californians aged 65 and older have received the vaccine. Why wasn’t that age group the priority?
The Associated Press reveals the answer:
California is also moving closer to its self-imposed threshold of getting 4 million vaccine doses into low-income communities. The state recently tied reopening to ensuring those populations are vaccinated and once that “equity” mark is reached all counties can more quickly move out of the most restrictive tiers.
The state says it has now administered nearly 3 million doses in those communities and more than 15 million statewide.
The latest stall tactic by Gov. Gavin Newsom is “equity” based. The state COVID website explains:
COVID-19 has highlighted existing inequities in health. Many of these inequities are the result of structural racism. One form this takes is the unequal distribution of and access to health care resources.
Committed to a California for All, the state is identifying communities most impacted and directing resources to address COVID-19 health inequities. Reducing COVID-19 risk in all communities is good for everyone, and California is committed to making it part of our reopening plan.
State public health leaders cannot address COVID-19 health inequities alone. A healthy California for everyone requires partnership with the private sector, local government, and community partners at all levels.
In a recent article about the January 6th White House “insurrection” narrative crumbling, reporter Glenn Greenwald discusses the many tactics of authoritarianism. His explanation also fits tactics used during the COVID “pandemic:”
“That is the core formula of authoritarianism — to place the population in a state of such acute fear that it acquiesces to any assertion of power which security state agencies and politicians demand and which they insist are necessary to keep everyone safe.”
Greenwald goes on to explain the moving of goalposts tactic:
“This is how apocalyptic cult leaders always function. When the end of the world did not materialize on January 6, [NBC News’ Ben Collins,] Collins insisted that January 20 was the day of the violent reckoning. When nothing happened on that day, he moved the Doomsday Date to March 4. The flock cannot remain in a state of confusion for too long about why the world has not ended as promised by the prophet, so a new date must quickly be provided with an explanation for why this is serious business this time.”
Californians are still in a state of sufficient fear and confusion – sufficient enough to allow the governor and tyrannical public health officials to wield lockdown, masking and distancing controls over them.
That is why the state COVID website insists, “Committed to a California for All, the state is identifying communities most impacted and directing resources to address COVID-19 health inequities. Reducing COVID-19 risk in all communities is good for everyone, and California is committed to making it part of our reopening plan.”
There is no real plan to reopen back to life before coronavirus; the plan is to remain in a permanent state of authoritarianism.
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