Maverick San Mateo County Health Officer Tells Residents There Won't Be a New Lockdown Unless State Insists

Maverick San Mateo County Health Officer Tells Residents There Won't Be a New Lockdown Unless State Insists

Maverick San Mateo County Health Officer Tells Residents There Won't Be a New Lockdown Unless State Insists

By Jay Barmann at SFist - San Francisco News, Restaurants, Events, & Sports
Unfortunately, not everyone has heeded public health recommendations when it comes to travel or gathering at home with friends, and other health officers are using the more draconian levers at their disposal — shuttering various types of businesses — to help stop the spread however they can, and to spook as many people as they can into staying home and hunkering down again like they did in the spring.Morrow is the only Bay Area health officer to date to admit that the decisions about closing things like outdoor restaurants, for instance, are not based on any particular data about the dangers of outdoor dining. And he says that virus trends appear to move regionally, not county by county, and that he's seen neighboring counties that have enacted stricter rules than he has end up in a worse place today.
He also says that behavior of people in the larger community doesn't seem to be impacted enough by orders that don't come with enforcement — and that if people haven't listened by now and adjusted their behavior accordingly, a new shutdown of businesses isn't going to change that. "What we have before us is a symbolic gesture," he says of the other counties lockdown orders. "It appears to be style over substance, without any hint of enforcement, and I simply don’t believe it will do much good."Morrow says he absolutely believes people need to stop gathering, keep distance from each other, and wear masks. And he says that as a "Purple" tier county, if the governor's promised region-wide orders based in ICU capacity end up coming down for the Bay Area in the coming days or weeks, "San Mateo County will support it." And, he adds, "It may be that new data convinces me to take this action prior to the State’s action."
article date: 2020 12 08
posted: 2020-12-08 13:35:02
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