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News Outlook 8 September 16, 2021 " OPINIONS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. WHISTLING PAST . THE GRAVEYARD Cecil Lawson Over _the weekend I was thinking‘ about how long I’ve been writing about COVID‘—19. Afte‘r‘I did a search of my files; I found the first ones were written for the March :5, 2020, edition, the day before Gov. Andy Beshe’a‘rhannounced Ken- tucky’s first case. I reported the first local cases three weeks later, on MarCh 26, and I inter- viewed Bath County’s first recovered COVID-19 vic- tim on April 16. So, I have written about the coronavirus pandemic practically every week for the past18 months. Back in July local cases had dro ped to such low levels ( in one week for the entire Gateway Health District) that I let up writ- ing my-Weekly coronavi- rus update. That firms to be very short-lived. Just over a month ago, our cases levels began ris- ing exponentially with the spreadjof‘ the Delta vari- ant, and we quickly topped the largest number of new weekly, reported cases, which .had been back in November Since/then, new cases have Continued to rise each week. Last week cases Gateway reported 575 new cases across the ‘ district.“ ‘_ Let that sink in — 575 NEW caseslast week. The week before —— 501 NEW cases. And before that — 466 NEW cases. And so on. Each day I speak with people who have had CO- VID-19, who have had im- mediate family who have had it, or I hear of another person dying from it. Since this latest surge of the Delta variant, I have also heard from sev- eral people, who, for one reason or another, refuse to get vaccinated or who don’t take the coronavirus that seriously Locally I’ve observed most people not wearing masks in crowds or in pub- lic places. I’m sure there are doz- ens of people who have had it and didn’t get tested or treated. I watched last week as the Republican-dominated Kentucky General Assem- bly undid a number of the Governor’s and Kentucky Department of Educa- tion’s emergency man- dates and left the decision- making up to local school districts and governments, and then they patted them- selves on the back for pan- dering to those people. In the last few weeks St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead had been swamped with new CO- VID-19 cases, and its re- . sOurces strained to the point of needing National Guard soldiers and emer- gency federal health work- ers brought in to assist them. The newspaper is filling up each week with obitu— aries, a larger number-of .. which are COVID—19~relat— RETIREMENT ARE YOU RETIRING OR HAVE ' YOU RETIRED? IS YOUR MONEY WORKING FOR YOU OR OTHER PEOPLE? DO YOU NEED AN INCOME WITHOUT TOUCHING THE PRINCIPLE? WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN COMPOUNDING INTEREST? BE THE BOSS OF YOUR ‘ RETIREMENT, PUT YOUR MONEY TO WORK FOR YOU! FOR A PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT: CALL JIM AT 606-683-2104 CELL: 859-948-4376 EMAIL: gatesiimmie@yahoo.com WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? INTEREST BUSTER!!! ed; I see more and more peo- ple dealing with the long- term effects of COVID-19, some of them younger, otherwise healthy people having to use oxygen after leaving the hospital. One health district to the north of us, WEDCO, which covers Nicholas, Harrison, and Scott Coun- ties, announced earlier this week that they no lon- ger have the personnel to process all their new daily cases. I see way too many peo- ple each week trying to whistle past the graveyard. Of course, I now know there’s nothing I can pos- sibly say or write that will convince the corona- deniers otherwise. They are locked into a negative feedback loop in which ev- ery new piece of informa- tion only reinforces their resistance, their denial. Since the introduction of the vaccines to the public last December, and their full availability to the pub- lic this past spring, we’ve had a way out of this pan- demic. By early July, we had it on the run. This past week, Bath County was reported to have just over 51 percent of its population vaccinat- ed, and there has been a large leap in vaccinations in Menifee and Elliott Counties. Maybe there is some room for hope. But mostly I am tired of writing about COVID-19. WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? INTEREST BUSTERIII WHO YOU GONNA CALL??? INTEREST BUSTER!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Darvin’s Small Engine Repai HOURS: Mon. ThrU Fri. 8:00 am 6:00 pm - Sat. 8:00 am Noon iCIOSed Sunday CLOSED DAILY 12:00 pm 1:00 pm for lunch We specialize in Lawn Mowers, Weedeaters, Pressure Washers, ATVs, Chainsaws and {Full Service {Small engine parts {Blade sharpening {Carburetor Cleaning ~§Electrical {Transmission repair We will pick up and deliver for an additional fee. 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