Covid Restrictions rescinded in Riverside CA

Good morning, it is 8 AM  Saturday morning on the "Left Coast".  Our restrictions are being loosened, however we are all still wearing masks.  Personally I like it as it gives me a false sense of security, however it reminds me of how close we cam to an even worse disaster with far more deaths that we already have suffered.  It also should remind us it is not over by a long shot.  Numerous predictions about the long term outcome vary greatly from utter destruction of world economics, to it will rebound quickly.  The. stock market seems to have largely ignored the pandemic, after showing an initial decline.  Perhaps no one is working at the NYSE. (Was it determined to be non essential?). It makes a few very rich, and no longer reflects real value of a company.  Social media has more predictive value. The stock market is like a horse race, all bets are off, and chances are the odds are worse in the stock market, and better at the Kentucky Derby where there are less than 20 horses.  You have a far better chance of. picking a winner out of a field of twenty than hundreds of stocks. 




 Woman wearing a MAGA hat (near exit sign)

With 4,817 COVID-19 cases, Riverside County has the second highest number in the state. A total of 204 people have died from the disease, an increase of 20 since Tuesday. More than 66,000 people have been tested thus far, and nearly 2,500 have recovered.

The Board of Supervisors voted to lift the closure of vocational and higher-education schools, end the restriction on golf courses, eliminate limitations on short-term lodging, and remove the requirements to wear face coverings and engage in social distancing.

Comments from the Supervisors.

Officials also voted for the use of face coverings to be “strongly recommended” by the county, instead of being mandated as Kaiser implemented last month. The use of masks is only a recommendation on the state level.

During the meeting, 5th District Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said that he didn’t feel he needed to wear a mask, citing conflicting evidence of its benefits, but that he would continue to do so if certain businesses require it.

Like his colleagues, 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, the board chair, called the guidelines unattainable and impossible for Riverside County and any other urban counties with large populations.

When 1st District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said the county didn’t have the power to revoke Newsom’s orders, Hewitt countered: “The funny part is we do all the enforcement, so his power is powerless if you don’t enforce it.”

Sheriff Chad Bianco had said Tuesday that he would not be enforcing any of the county’s restrictions, which he believed to be unreasonable. During public comment on both days, many protesters voiced their support of him.

Local health experts weren’t given time to speak during Friday’s board meeting, but Vice Chair and 2nd District Supervisor Karen Spiegel said that she’d spoken to Kaiser about potentially amending the mask requirement.

On Tuesday, Kaiser said his position hadn’t changed, and he credited the county’s lower-than-expected COVID-19 cases and deaths to the strict orders. (conflicting statistics from the Los Angeles Times) (see below)

"With 4,817 COVID-19 cases, Riverside County has the second highest number in the state. A total of 204 people have died from the disease, an increase of 20 since Tuesday. More than 66,000 people have been tested thus far, and nearly 2,500 have recovered. He was not available for comment Friday night, and it was not clear if his position had changed, though he apparently plans to sign the recission orders."

Local health experts weren’t given time to speak during Friday’s board meeting, but Vice Chair and 2nd District Supervisor Karen Spiegel said that she’d spoken to Cameron Kaiser M.D., County Chief Public Health Officer, about potentially amending the mask requirement.

Comment from an octogenarian

A 78-year-old man, who spoke in support of rescission, agreed with Hewitt said that he wears a mask only when he’s around people who are afraid. “I’m not afraid.... People get old and they die.”
























https://www.domesticpreparedness.com/journals/march-2020/