Governor Walz introduced a brand new set of lockdown measures in a televised 26-minute torrent of verbiage final evening (video beneath). The authorities attributed 67 new deaths to COVID-19 within the information launched yesterday morning. Fifty-one of those deaths occurred amongst residents of long-term care amenities. But nowhere in his announcement or the next press convention (audio on the backside) did this topic come up.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Star Tribune well being care reporter Jeremy Olson notes within the final paragraph of his story:
Wednesday’s 67 deaths included 51 individuals who lived in long-term care, residents who had been at elevated danger because of their age and underlying well being issues. Greater than 80% of COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota have concerned folks 70 or older, and greater than 68% have concerned long-term care residents.
And that’s that. Governor Walz’s “five-point battle plan” to regulate the epidemic in nursing properties most likely deserves a re-examination. I believe the purpose deserves emphasis together with the info reflecting the importance of the recognized co-morbid situations among the many decedents.
Warming up for yesterday’s lockdown announcement, Governor Walz staged one other canine and pony present on Tuesday with company touched by the epidemic in a method or one other, together with self-described “light-skinned native girl” Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. I gave up attempting to rely the straw males raised by every of those company. Until one agrees with the orthodoxy and assents to the deserves of the edicts imposed in its identify by Walz, we’re deemed to not care in regards to the impression of the illness. That is an mental embarrassment (audio immediately beneath).
Yesterday Governor Walz promulgated Government Order 20-99. Working 22 pages, the order “Implement[s] a 4 Week Dial Again on Sure Actions to Gradual the Unfold of COVID-19.” It limits social gatherings in personal and in public, closes bars, eating places (aside from takeout service), and health facilities, and severely restricts grownup and youth sports activities for 4 weeks efficient November 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Given the complexity of the chief order, the Division of Well being abstract is especially helpful. I admire the brevity of the primary commandment, for instance: “Social gatherings prohibited.”
Right here is the video of Walz’s speech saying the lockdown measures. We’re within the midst of a regional surge of the epidemic. In keeping with Walz, “masks mitigate danger, even for your self.” He made no point out of the randomized Danish examine on the contrary launched yesterday morning, however “it’s the science,” as everyone knows. Whereas our hospitals are undoubtedly working close to capability, we purchased the used automotive from Walz in his March 25 lockdown announcement. The automotive didn’t make it off the lot. The brand new lockdown order is a considerably much less devastating rerun.
Walz held a call-in press convention final evening following his speech saying the lockdown. I’ve posted the audio beneath. Tom Hauser requested query at about 6:00. One has to hold in there till the bitter finish to listen to Walz pronounce judgment: “It’s not debatable.”
Blois Olson circulated these helpful bullet factors following Walz’s speech final evening.
• Social Settings: Don’t collect with folks from different households.
• Eating places and Bars: Solely supply and takeout.
• Gyms, and so forth…: Closed
• Indoor occasions: Closed
• Out of doors occasions: Closed
• Organized sports activities (grownup & youth): Closed
• Out of doors recreation actions & amenities: Indoor closed. Out of doors with instant family members solely.
• Locations of worship, companies, weddings, and funerals: Open with steering
• Reception areas: Closed
• Campgrounds and constitution boats: Open with steering
• Swimming pools and swim parks: Closed
As everyone knows, it’s the science.