Gov. Newsom isn’t using Dr. Singleton’s medical science – he’s using ‘political science.’
Even as the number of coronavirus deaths per day continues to fall in June, despite the number of cases increased due to ramped up testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday he was “ordering” and “recommending” bars to close in 7 counties because as he said, “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger.”
What does that mean? And what about the thousands protesting in the streets that the governor clearly supported? Did they have nothing to do with more “cases?”
What about the 3,500 inmates Gov. Newsom has already released, and now wants to see that number doubled? He’s willing to stop the spread of coronavirus in prisons by releasing inmates back into the community. Think about that.
When the governor speaks and the media reports a “spike” in “cases,” that only means those who test positive for the virus. It does not translate into overrun hospitalizations or increased COVID-related deaths. And most people are asymptomatic.
The governor has required bars in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles and Tulare counties to close, while Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus and Ventura counties were only “recommended” to close.
Newsom’s order impacts bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs unless they serve food. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
Take a close look at the impacted counties:
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Where is San Francisco?
“Despite the rise in cases, Covid-19 patients fill only 8 percent of the available hospital beds,” Dr. Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD, recently wrote in an op ed.
“The virus is also a lot less deadly than previously thought. According to revised CDC estimates, the coronavirus mortality rate is 0.4 percent—which is considerably less than the 3.4 percent death rate that was initially reported by the World Health Organization. Again, as testing increases, the mortality rate decreases,” Dr. Singleton said.
Yet the governor and his California Department of Public Health Sunday released new “guidance” on the closure of bars for counties on the County Monitoring List. “The Department recommends that counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days, but less than 14 days, close bars through local health officer order (or do not allow for the opening if bars have not yet been allowed to open in the county). Counties which have been on the list for 14 days or more are required to immediately close bars.”
Apparently Californians were getting a little too used to getting back to the real normal, and not buying into Newsom’s “new normal.”
“Californians must remain vigilant against this virus,” said Gov. Newsom. “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. Don’t gather in groups, and if you are older or have a condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19, protect yourself by staying home.”
My BS meter is off the charts.
We know that Covid-19 impacts those over the age of 65, and even higher percentages over 85, particularly those in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Dr. Singleton says this age group accounts for 80 percent of California Covid-19 fatalities.
Yet Gov. Newsom still claims to be “using data and science to guide our response to COVID-19.” He obviously hasn’t talked with Dr. Singleton.
Isn’t it interesting that the governor is only attacking bars, when hundreds of thousands of Californians everyday shop at a Home Depot, Walmart, and Costco? And they get to shop for their weed from pot dispensaries and booze from grocery stores – large and small.
But bars, where people go to socialize, meet friends, drink summer cocktails and cold beer, and unwind and have fun, are somehow the culprits of “the spread of this virus.”
Remember when Gov. Newsom groundlessly claimed that the virus started in a nail salon in California, but refused to say where and when?
Recently I was told that while nail salons only very recently opened up, the mostly Vietnamese owners know why they were targeted for lockdown so long – they are entrepreneurs, small business owners, and a mostly conservative community. Not only did they flee Vietnam from communism, they fled seeking economic opportunities for themselves and their families. They work long hours to provide for their families, and to provide opportunities for their children. Those who understand and embrace economic principles tend to be more conservative.
Bar owners are small business owners. Small business owners must be economically responsible and prudent. They understand the hardships and successes of business ownership, and are usually fiercely independent.
As Congressional Candidate Andy Caldwell notes, “I would love to know why he believes bars are at the center of our county’s problems?”
And says, “The local ‘experts’ have surmised our new cases could be arising from high density living conditions and carpooling!”
What science? Gov. Newsom isn’t using Dr. Singleton’s medical science – he’s using “political science.”