Can anyone explain the Reopen logic to me?
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The state made them stop
From the Miami Herald
Where are the scientists? This task force is made up of politicians, lawyers, realtors and political appointees of questionable integrity.
We are in the middle of a battle with an enemy unlike we have ever seen before! An enemy that has struck down over 1 million US citizens and killed more than 56,000 of our fellow Americans. This is more deaths then we experienced in Vietnam. This is an enemy that is now present in Florida cities and towns. This is an enemy that at least ONE person on this task force should be able to identify. Is there anyone on this task force that has this type of warfare experience? Are there any combat veterans on this task force?
We do not need to reinvent the wheel. Look to other states that have also had to deal with this enemy. There are states that have successful plans in place. They are battle hardened and can offer tremendous assistance based on their experience.
This enemy does not recognize race, religion, political affiliation or geographic borders. As our governor enlists his army to fight this killer he should not either. Our lives are in therir hands. Don’t mess this up!
Yes, this is a task force to reopen, but shouldn’t we be winning the war first?
Unfortunately, this question has taken on a political nature and with over 700,000 confirmed cases nationwide and over 41,800 total fatalities this may soon become a life and death issue. How would our perspective change if we knew one of the 700,000 or heaven forbid, one of the 41,800?
One writer, after interviewing more than 20 experts in public health, medicine, epidemiology and history shared their thoughts on the future –
“The path forward depends on factors that are certainly difficult but doable, they said: a carefully staggered approach to reopening, widespread testing and surveillance, a treatment that works, adequate resources for health care providers — and eventually an effective vaccine.”
It will also depend on how individual Americans behave in the interim. If we scrupulously protect ourselves and our loved ones, more of us will live. If we underestimate the virus, it will find us.
Here is a nurse that is on the front line of this battle. Take 6 minutes to watch her plea.
Total positive cases in Florida have increased to 22,897. There are 633 deaths statewide. As always, you can easily access the latest updates to positive cases in Florida here. You’ll also find a breakdown of cases by county and age.
Florida has now tested 1% of its population for COVID-19 and is lagging behind 20 states in testing. Experts say testing is crucial to curtailing the epidemic and must be expanded.
While Treasure Coast elected officials make decisions on what to keep open, trying to balance public health and the local economy, they are operating with half of the information their counterparts in most of South Florida have.
Less than 0.7% of Treasure Coast residents have been tested for COVID-19, as of Wednesday afternoon, according to state Department of Health data.
This stands in stark contrast to the entire state, where about 1% have been tested for the novel coronavirus, and in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, where greater than 1.5% have been tested.
“On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, signed an executive order requiring a 14-day quarantine of anyone who had arrived from the New York region over the past three weeks. All new arrivals will have to report names of people they have contact with to public health officials so they can trace those people as well, he said.”
“Maybe they haven’t even shown symptoms, but they could be infected,” Mr. DeSantis said. “After all the hard work, we don’t want it to now get seeded as people flee the hot zone.”
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