RALEIGH – There is still room on the bandwagon, so why not?
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Wake County plans to announce a shelter-in-place order Wednesday afternoon. A press conference to address the economic shutdown of one of the states most prosperous and populous counties is planned for Thursday. A slue of big population centers are moving toward implementing weeks long shelter-in-place orders, with Mecklenburg County moving first. The City of Durham, Buncombe County, and other locales all plan such orders.
“For the past two days, Wake County Commissioners and staff from the county manager’s office have been in close contact with state and local public health officials, leaders from local hospitals, mayors and municipal managers from each of Wake County’s 15 towns and cities.” – Wake County Commissioner Greg Ford.
Perhaps they should also speak with many of the small-business owners, recently and soon-to-be laid off workers, and everyone else trying to be responsible in the face of a viral threat while also make a living to feed their families.
Wake County has had extant cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus for WEEKS. As the number of confirmed cases climb due to more widespread testing and viral spread, these orders will encourage people to all huddle together at home with at risk relatives. It’s a recipe that may contribute toward exacerbating the problems posed by this virus, while also going a long way toward ruining the lives of even the people that don’t suffer directly from the infection.
In frantically trying to mitigate what could be a serious and deadly challenge to our healthcare capacity in COVID-19, elected officials and unelected officers may be literally creating another disaster of even greater proportions.
Shelter in place, the government is coming to help.