It is not our place to give our readers names of all who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Simpson County. In the past we probably could have made that information public, but now we are invading someone’s privacy at the slightest suggestion that people have the right to know what, who, where and how these cases are spreading.
When the number of nursing home cases was not being reported from the state we filed a public records request through the Mississippi’s Department of Health.
We were notified that it would cost us around $200 for information we thought was in the public’s interest to know. The representative who called informed us that the cost was for an epidemiologist to compile the data. I told her that is not what the statute called for. According to the law, a report should should be priced at the lowest cost of anyone working for that department. She said what we were asking for would require an epidemiologist. We were only asking for a breakdown of the number of cases and where they were originated.
Now better data is available, but how and when it is released is still controlled.
We think our community should have the best and most current information so that if they have to make a difficult decision about a family member they have all the pertinent information to make a well informed decision.
No one knows how long it is going to take to get back to what we used to call normal. Simpson County has shown a spike in cases, both in healthcare workers and in the patients they are caring for.
It really surprises me that some people feel that state leadership is wrong to invoke safety standards to prevent the spread of the disease. Folks are outright challenging the Governor as to whether he has the authority to issue mandates. That is silly.
The goal is to control the spread of this disease. Why object to helping to save someone’s life?
My wife is in favor of “natural herd immunity,” letting the virus run its course. In this process, some would have adverse effects, including death, and others would experience few to no symptoms.
I think the goal from the beginning was to control the spread of the virus so that our healthcare system would not be overwhelmed. It has worked so far, but can hospitals and workers sustain another round?
If the community is forced to shut down again, some of our businesses are not going to make it. So we should all hope that a second shut-down will be a last result.
As to what may happen next, that is up to God and we all need to understand this could not be in better hands.
For the time being keep crowds to fewer than 10 inside and 20 outside. Wear a mask in public, social distance yourselves and practice good hygiene.
And remember, it never hurts to say a prayer.