RALEIGH – Wake County moved to lockdown just days before Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order during the coronavirus pandemic panic of March. That was a few weeks ago, and since then North Carolinians have been subjected to all sorts of unconstitutional orders to advance the perceived common good at the expense of individual rights and livelihoods.
Now that it’s becoming clear that the frightening scenarios of overrun hospitals is not even come close to reality and campaigns to reopen the state are gaining traction, Wake County is…extending its lockdown for two more weeks.
This is the opening line from reporting by the Raleigh News & Observer:
“Wake County residents will remain under a stay-at-home order at least two more weeks, but they’ll now have more options for shopping and be able to pray together in their cars.”
Gee thanks. What’s disturbing is that the freedom to pray in your car must be clarified, because such things were heretofore deemed non-essential activities violating lockdown orders.
“[…] “Beginning 5 p.m. today, all retail businesses in the county — including those located in a city or town — may operate if they provide delivery or curbside pickup options for customers,” the county announced Thursday on its Facebook page. “Also, faith organizations may now hold drive-in services.”
Wake County is making progress on flattening the curve of new COVID-19 cases in the community, but it hasn’t peaked yet, said Greg Ford, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.”
The Wake County order was issued based on the data, says commissioner Greg Ford, except they couldn’t tell you how many people in the county have caught the virus, what the real hospitalization rate is, what the fatality rate is, or what the actual risk to the county still is. ‘But we have this chart that shows confirmed cases are climbing as we test more, so we’re gonna keep our boot on your throat for a while longer.’
Interestingly, the county order only applies to unincorporated parts of the county. However, all dozen mayors from the towns and cities within Wake have signed on to the extension as well.
The county commission said the extension of lockdown is vital to ensuring the hospitals are not overrun. This has been the hook all along; ‘we must do this so our hospitals are not overrun.’
Today, April 17, is ‘Peak Day’ for North Carolina according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the day of peak resource use from COVID-19 patients. This is the current status at the peak.
Again, this is what the experts have projected as the peak for our state. Not only are the hospitals not maxed out, they are within normal ranges of capacity.
Not in normal ranges? Unemployment. Basic liberties. Fear.
But the Wake County czars were benevolent enough to allow us to pray in our cars and go for curbside pickup. Read more about the extension in Wake County, here.