On March 23 Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12 shutting down beach access and State parks immediately after spring breakers swarmed the Oregon coast.
Governor Brown stated:
”I started by asking Oregonians to stay at home and practice social distancing. Instead thousands crowded our beaches and our coastal communities. …Potentially spreading Covid-19 and endangering the lives of others across the state. Now I’m ordering it.”
To date there have been no Covid-19 fatalities recorded in any coastal community however, Brown continues to rely on social distancing as her sole Policy measure to combat the Virus.
Furthermore, worldometer.com, a site which tracks Covid-19 statistics reveal social distancing might slow the rate of infection but fatalities have more to do with the demographic make up of a Country or State.
In Europe, Sweden is the only country rejecting strict social distancing policies asking at-risk citizens to self-isolate yet leaving businesses open and it’s economy intact. In spite of these relaxed measures, Sweden’s fatalities per million remains twice as low as France, a country in total lockdown. What statistics in Europe reveal is a link between high Covid-19 fatalities and countries with large at-risk populations such as Italy.
This scenario is playing out in the U.S. as well. If you look at the grim Covid-19 fatality map it is dotted with “hot-spots” amidst vast areas of little impact. Hot spots being clusters of our at-risk population. One example is in Yamhill County where all six Covid-19 fatalities occurred in one building, a nursing home in Newberg. All were over 80. In Multnomah county over half of the county-wide fatalities occurred in one nursing home as well.
What we now understand is that Covid-19 is highly contagious, less virulent among the healthy, yet deadly to our at-risk population.
Governor Brown’s policies should reflect this, practicing vigilance protecting at-risk Oregonians until a treatment is available. In the meantime like Sweden, let’s keep our economy intact.