Virginia State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver stated that the commonwealth will be dealing with the coronavirus disease in some sort for two years during a press conference on Friday regarding the state’s eventual reopening.
“I, personally, think Phase One will be a two year affair,” said Oliver of the first reopening stage outlined by controversial Governor Ralph Northam. “There are a lot of people working on this, and I hope they prove me wrong, but I don’t see it happening in less than two years.”
The notion of suspending everyday life for two years as a result of coronavirus would be more drastic than anything that residents even the most hard-hit communities such as New York City could imagine. Oliver alluded to rolling restrictions remaining in place until a time in which medical researchers develop a vaccine for the coronavirus disease, an uncertainty that remains on the distant horizon.
Phase One of Northam’s Forward Virginia Blueprint consists of a period of required social distancing, suspension of crowded commercial events, and bans on gatherings of crowds.
The Virginia Health Department later went on to clarify Oliver’s remarks, making it clear that two-year ‘phase one’ process wouldn’t necessarily include the restrictions that have disrupted everyday American life throughout the country in the past month.
“Dr. Oliver intended to say that the Commonwealth will likely be dealing with COVID-19 in some form until a vaccine is produced, not that Phase One itself would take two years.”
If Virginia’s government plans on keeping restrictions in place until a time at which researchers have produced an entirely theoretical vaccine, the commonwealth’s residents should be very concerned.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: It’s Time to Cancel “Everything”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sternly instructed residents of his city to cease all outgoing activities of everyday life, citing the county’s dismal coronavirus prospects, which he states are worse than what the nation’s second-largest city faced in March.
“It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. If it isn’t essential, don’t do it.”
Los Angeles County officials enacted a full coronavirus shutdown for three weeks last week, strictly limiting permissible activities and placing the county in a lockdown similar to those utilized across the country at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are spiking, and county officials are concerned the city’s medical system is unprepared to accommodate a surge in coronavirus cases similar to that seen in New York earlier in the year.
Black Lives Matter protestors have staged nightly protests outside of Garcetti’s house demanding special privileges for individuals charged with felonies. However, the Mayor’s emergency order exempts protest gatherings from restrictions, placing them in the same category as congregating for religious services.
Garcetti was seen congregating in a group of chanting BLM demonstrators earlier in the year. Angelenos can only hope that their neighbors will execute greater discretion in the interest of public health and saving lives than their mayor has.
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