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They tell us that the virus knows no borders. And my state, being a “sanctuary” state observes no international borders. But, boy, when it comes to county lines, now there’s a border!
Sturmführer Governor Newson deigned to grant that 47 counties could now let hairdressers and barbers ply their trade. Mine is not one of them. And even if it had been, local authorities can maintain in force stricter rules. Napa and Solano counties are two in the greater Bay Area that are doing so even though they qualify as part of the 47.
As best I can tell, my county doesn’t yet have the
Stasi contact tracing infrastructure in place to narc on identify potential infected persons and jail isolate them. And although I could get a haircut by a licensed professional on a roadside lawn chair set up on the far side of the meandering Old San Joaquin River less than two miles from my house, that pesky county line makes it illegal to do so on this side of the river.
So let’s take a look at how the epidemic is doing in my county of 1.1 million people:
Thirty-seven deaths, most of which are among those older than 80. I don’t want to discount the suffering that family members are having at their passing, but when each of these people were born, the notion that they would live beyond 80 would have surprised them. I know my own mother-in-law is marveling that she has achieved a longer life than anyone in her family. My own mother just had her 97th birthday, so she qualifies as a sequoia.
As you can see from the chart above, if you get sick in our county and are under the age of 80, your chances of death drop precipitously. Under 5% of the people being tested are positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. And less than 10% of those cases are severe enough to require hospitalization.
But you can’t get a haircut. “The virus knows no borders” — yeah.
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