Covid Report. In the period of July 28-August 6, Curry County had 132 new cases of COVID transmissions plus another death. (See Transmissions at https://bit.ly/3lL4Fr7 ). That's 15% of 893 cases in the last 10 days. The primary cause is the large share of Curry citizens who remain unvaccinated at 44.1%, making Curry County the 14th lowest fully-vaccinated county in Oregon.

It was reported last week that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed and the closest hospital outside Curry County accepting patients may be a life-flight to Reno. If a prop plane isn't available, a helicopter may be required and that could cost anywhere between $20,000 to $90,000 through Cal/Ore unless you've got a membership.

A proposal was rushed through at last Wednesday's commissioner's meeting titled "Curry County will not accept additional - no more state ‘lock downs’ on our citizens or businesses without prior Curry board of commissioners approval." It passed.

I don't understand the concept. Do you smoke inside buildings? No. Do you wear a seat belt? Yes. Do you stop at red lights and stop signs? Yes. Do your kids attend a public or private school, preschool, childcare facility or Head Start program in Oregon? They've had seven vaccinations if they do.

Why? Because the government makes laws for public safety and because decent people in civilized societies show respect and care for fellow human beings even if it isn't the law.

Citizenship carries both rights and responsibilities. Polio and measles were murderous, but their near elimination required vaccine mandates. We're still learning about Delta's ability to breakthrough those already vaccinated and attack the unvaccinated children 0-11. So, don't swallow corrosive ignorance. Get vaccinated and wear a mask. It's a lot more comfortable than wearing a respirator.

Gordon Clay

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