Helpful Talking Points when Contacting Your County Supervisor
Remember the mantra “flatten the curve”? This was the thinking behind the largest power grab the US has ever seen; shut us down so that we can’t pass around the virus before it could kill 2.2 MILLION of us.
That prediction, so far off base, has caused economy Armageddon the likes of which we’ve never seen. Sadly, according to data from the Santa Clara County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard, our county has sustained the loss of 129 souls to date. We’re the 18th largest county in the United States with a population of just under 2 million; our chances of dying from COVID-19 sit at around 0.000067. And we don’t even have a curve to flatten anymore.
A theme Governor Newsom repeats almost ad nauseum at his noontime COVID-19 briefings is that we must care for the most vulnerable among us. Yes, of course, it is absolutely necessary for us to be cautious about exposing our elderly citizens.
But as we move beyond the frightening stage of this disease, that definition of “most vulnerable” needs reexamination. What SVARW Members have reported:
A good friend of mine is currently under treatment for breast cancer. It was found at a routine annual screening. What if that screening hadn’t happened before the powers-that-be deemed mammograms as non-essential medical exams to be postponed? I shudder to think of the yet-to-be-discovered cases out there.
Speaking of no elective surgeries, it’s horrific to hear that an orthopedic surgeon member of ours had to argue with the hospital CEO to make sure the case was an “emergency back surgery and not elective ” on a patient that needed surgery immediately to prevent nerve damage or worse!
Another one of our members had a relative who endured emergency gall bladder surgery with no advocate, no companion to help her navigate through the various decisions and terrors to be endured as she went through the procedure.
One of our members lost his father, in hospice care, who died alone in a nursing home with no visitors permitted to comfort him in those last days.
Are these not the most vulnerable among us?
A friend’s granddaughter was born in April, with mom all alone in the hospital; grandma has yet to see the baby. Not the joyous occasion it was meant to be.
And there’s a psychological toll this has brought to us. Will those terrified shoppers in the grocery store ever again walk by me without looking furtively to assure we’re social distanced as we pass in the aisle?
We all know that special hairdresser, restaurant owner, or florist who’s in danger of losing his shop or her small business built up over time. Where is the compassion for these people?
And it gets more bizarre. You probably saw the 100-year-old veteran waving from his lawn chair as folks drove by to wish him a happy birthday. Just last week, our county supervisors decided that those “rolling celebrations” aren’t legal. Why? For no better reason than they violate the shelter in place order. And the power grab continues. Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer, last week said we can’t open yet, stating, “Our whole population is susceptible and at risk.” But according to that curve you see above, you would have to look pretty hard to find someone that carries the virus to infect that whole population.
It’s time to move this COVID-19 nightmare forward. It’s time to edge back toward normal. Yes, we all realize that it may get worse before it gets better.
- Our civic leaders have never managed anything like this before and, while likely struggling in good faith, have no real expertise or background to lead us to believe they will make these decisions successfully.
- Inaction is not acceptable. We must demand our leaders provide a clear path forward.
- Our future lies in the hands of our elected county supervisors; they are the ones responsible for the decisions as to when and how our county will open. We hired these people – they work for us, and now they need to produce a plan.
Will you join us in demanding our officials put together concrete plans to get us out of this man-made disaster?