Did you know that among all of Erie County’s 270,000 residents there has been only one COVID-19 death under 50 years of age and only two under 65?
What are the details?
- Exactly how old were they?
- Were they in a long term care facility or nursing home?
- What other underlying conditions did they have?
On average, COVID-19 related deaths have 2.6 additional conditions causing that death, but the data from the county is curiously absent. The county knows, but they won’t tell us.
Erie County takes a lot of time to create detailed charts of cases, but no equivalent chart with hospitalizations and deaths. Why? What is the motivation for their secrecy?
Tell us again, why aren’t schools fully open?
If no one under 20 in the entire state has died from the virus and in Erie County, only one person under 50 has died, you should wonder why all of our schools aren’t completely open right now.
With a total of two deaths under 65, the alleged risk even for teachers appears to be practically nonexistent. If those two deaths were in long term care facilities, they are totally unrelated to schools in any way. So why aren’t our schools fully open?
Remote learning, hybrid classes, alternating days in person with social distancing, masks and warnings galore seems to be the norm, but where is the data to support what out school districts are doing? There is none! If there is, let’s see it.
Parents should demand to see the data and the studies whenever a school district makes a decision this far outside the norm. If the school officials cannot justify their actions, parents should demand schools operate with normal schedules and classes. We’re not educating 80 year olds with multiple health issues, these are young children who, as a group, are the most resistant to the virus.
Stop playing politics with our children
The oddball mixture of schedules and teaching methods our students are trying to navigate will hinder their progress. Parents struggle with childcare while trying to act as part time teachers and at the same time they have to do their own work. Government officials seem to be enjoying the turmoil they’ve created, perhaps it makes them feel important.
Schools need to be reopened now, on a regular schedule like a normal school year. That one action would make a huge difference in the lives of so many parents and life would begin to seem normal again and once that feeling began to take hold, who knows what else might follow.