By Donna Westfall – April 22, 2020
If we look at the numbers of deaths in Los Angeles County, 1,320 so far and climbing with about 100 reported on Tuesday, April 21st, (over 35,000 confirmed cases) the city is definitely a disaster. The only city to surpass those numbers is New York with a whopping 19,100 deaths.
Let’s look at Ventura County with 443 cases, 230 recovered, 28 hospitalized, 13 deaths and no new deaths. Ventura County’s CEO announced easing their restrictions two days ago. Businesses are being allowed to reopen if their employees do not interact directly with members of the public. They are limited to having no more than 10 employees at the site during a 24-hour period and those inside must practice physical distancing.
Yesterday, in Del Norte County, the first protest to ease restrictions took place on Hwy 101 in front of the Fairgrounds. 85 people showed up and some held signs. Organizer, Dan Schultz, with the support of Supervisor 1st District, Roger Gitlin were encouraged by the numbers. So far 200 tests performed in this county for the virus, 2 confirmed cases that were quarantined at home and both recovered. No deaths.
Supervisor Gitlin had this to report:
Recognition and a big thank you to the 85 estimated patriots and scores of honking car horns who participated in the Rally to Re-Open the Del Norte County economy, today. This message of common sense and exercise of our freedom to assemble in the face of fear and fake news that claims gong out in public is a huge risk and one will risk exposure to the COVID 19 virus. NONSERNSE ! Stop these vomit of scare tactics. We have ZERO Covid cases and the two who were exposed and since recovered and are back in the community.
Thank you Dan Schultz for organizing this great event. I was honored to participate and was disappointed there were no other elected in attendance. Shameful and embarrassing and OUT OF TOUCH our electeds are.
Folks, no one is trying to kill any one and expose our community to disease. Our County and our State have ” quarantined” us. I always thought you quarantined the sick. Since when are healthy folks subject to deprivation of our Rights?
Gov. Newsom, Begin the process of gradually opening up our County. Join at least 22 governors / States who are doing exactly that.. If we sit on our hands and wait while 80 elitist advisors decide on what can open and when, I suspect the economic damage which is already severe, will worsen. Nobody wants welfare. Remove the shackles which prevent us from surviving. OPEN UP DEL NORTE COUNTY.
On April 16th, THE SUN, a United Kingdom newspaper, carried a story about seven states in America holding protests against the extreme restrictions that are crippling the economy: Michigan, Kentucky Virginia, No. Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Texas.
On April 17th, a huge crowd of protesters gathered outside Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s official residence in St. Paul on Friday, calling for him to loosen stay-at-home restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus. One woman held a sign that simply stated, “I need a haircut.”
Also on April 17th in Mobile, Alabama, a grassroots Facebook calling themselves “Open Alabama” started with 5,000 and growing. Mayor Stimpson is quoted; “We continue to say there’s two things involved in this,” he said. “It’s saving lives, but also protecting livelihoods. Well as each day goes by somebody doesn’t have a paycheck.”