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Moving the goalpost: Los Angeles County may stay locked down through August

Los Angeles County has a population of more than 10 million people. As of May 12, they had 33,180 confirmed cases of Wuhan virus which includes 1,613 deaths. You do the math.

Yet even with these extremely small numbers, County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the stay at home order will “with all certainty” be extended possibly until July or August, according to Fox News.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer

The good doctor said the following, “Our hope is that by using the data we’d be slowly able to lift restrictions over the next three months. But without widely available therapeutic testing for the coronavirus or rapid at-home testing versions that would allow people to test themselves daily, it seems unlikely that restrictions would be completely eased.

Read the whole Fox News story here.

Gov. Newsom issued the mandatory stay at home order in California on March 19. The goal was to “flatten the curve” together and “bend the curve.”

Whatever that means.

Two months later and less than .004 percent of the Los Angeles County population has been confirmed to have Wuhan virus and has an even lower percentage of deaths.

Way to “use the data” move the goalpost.

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Flattening the Curve: More Than A Million Health Care Workers Lose Jobs

A month ago I wrote, “When you prepare for something that is not coming, you just may destroy yourself.”

From that post:

“What has happened in our country – and in much of the world – due to shutting down economies, will make an excellent case study for future economic students. An excellent case study of WHAT NOT TO DO.

Using the IHME models, hospitals began postponing routine surgeries and treatments. It turns out that hospitals are not as full of the anticipated number of Wuhan virus patients. So what are they doing now?

From USA Today: “Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic.”

The fallout from trying to save our health care system continues. NPR reports that more than a million health care workers have lost jobs due to hospitals losing money from preparing for the massive Wuhan virus hospitalizations that never materialized.

Excerpts from their story:

“It’s an ironic twist as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation: The very workers tasked with treating those afflicted with the virus are losing work in droves. Emergency room visits are down. Non-urgent surgical procedures have largely been put on hold. Health care spending fell 18% in the first three months of the year. And 1.4 million health care workers lost their jobs in April, a sharp increase from the 42,000 reported in March, according to the Labor Department. Nearly 135,000 of the April losses were in hospitals.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is among many: The American Hospital Association recently predicted that U.S. hospitals and health systems would end up taking a $200 billion hit over a four-month period through June. Most of that money — $160 billion — is from lost revenue from more lucrative elective procedures.

“The only people who are coming into the hospitals are COVID-19 patients and emergencies,” says American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Tom Nickels. “All of the so-called elective surgery, hips and knees and cardiac, etcetera, are no longer being done in most institutions around the country.”

Even as the pandemic tapers off in some places, hospital revenue losses will take time to correct, especially because hospitals may face a potential “payer mix” problem before Americans go back to work. Many people who lose their jobs will also lose employer-sponsored health insurance, and those private plans reimburse providers at much higher rates than publicly funded plans like Medicaid and Medicare.”

Read the whole story here.

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The cost of economic shutdown: CA goes from $21B surplus to $53.4B budget shortfall

Taxpayers (whether local or federal) are going to have to cough up more money due to bureaucrats across the country completely shutting down economies.

My state announced yesterday that revenue collection for the month of April fell by $502.5 million. You know almost every local and state agency will be facing drastic shortages. But remember: #WeAreAllInThisTogether.

KTLA reports that Gov. Newsom announced that California will have a budget shortfall of $53.4 billion due to shutting down their state in late March. Just last year, they (supposedly) had a budget surplus of $21 billion.

Also, more than 4 million people have filed for unemployment in California as a result of the Wuhan virus shutdown.

You know the pain is going to come for taxpayer$: “Phil Ting, chairman of the budget committee in the state Assembly, said he doesn’t think the state can cut enough spending to fill the budget hole and “may have to look at some additional revenue.”

Read the whole story here.

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Washington State goal post moved from “flatten the curve” to “disease burden is low and decreasing” & four other measurements

Failed demorat presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee has extended Washington’s “stay at home” order until May 31.

The state has 15,594 confirmed cases with 862 deaths which the majority are confined to the King County (Seattle) area and the few counties below it. Washington state has a population of almost 8 million. You do the math.

Yet they remain in lockdown and will do so for many weeks to come, as outlined in the governor’s new “Safe Start” plan (see graphic above).

While the decision to put the state residents in lockdown was due to the Wuhan virus outbreak at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, it was exacerbated by media fear/hype and the garbage IHME models.

But now the “Safe Start” plan to re-open Washington’s economy is “data-driven,” and a “careful approach” and “thoughtful balance.”

The governor’s four-phase plan includes social distancing measures and health standards. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

Reaching phase 2 will have a lot of goal posts: The Wuhan virus disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met. All these requirements must be met for the next phase to progress.

Read the whole “Safe Start” plan here.

Such a complicated re-opening phase compared to the absolutely quick plan to shut down an entire state. Gee, I wonder why…

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A consequence of Wuhan virus? Suicides on the rise in eastern Washington county

This will come as no surprise, except maybe to the bureaucrats and “experts.”

Shutting down one’s livelihood and the economic machine that drives EVERYTHING for EVERYONE has consequences. A severe economic depression is about to hit this country due to governments shutting everything down to try and “save” all of us.

On March 30 I did the following post: “Suicides outpacing Wuhan virus deaths in Knox County, Tennessee.”

At the time a mayor in the county stated, “That number is completely shocking and makes me wonder if what we are doing now is really the best approach.”

Washington State has been under a “Stay at Home” order that has been extended to May 31.

Benton County, Washington has a population of just over 200,000 people. They have 494 positive cases of Wuhan virus with 43 deaths reported. You do the math.

The county has been ordered shut down for WEEKS and residents are to stay home for another month. As a result, unemployment is on the rise in Benton County.

So are suicides.

Last week the Tri-City Heralded reported that suicides in Benton County had surged in the seven weeks since the Wuhan virus outbreak. From their story:

The number of suicides in Benton County spiked since the middle of March.

Fourteen people died by suicide so far this year in the county. And eight of the deaths were between March 12 and April 23, Benton County Coroner Bill Leach said.

The increase coincides with the tightening of social and work restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and the respiratory illness it causes, COVID-19.”

The Kennewick Police also report “a growing number of calls about suicidal threats or concerns about people who might harm themselves.”

Read the whole story here.

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A panic-based, overreaction is destroying our healthcare systems

On April 10 I did a blog post entitled, “When you prepare for something that is not coming, you just may destroy yourself.”

From my post:

“Based upon models created by “experts,” hospitals and healthcare facilities have set everything aside to deal with the thousands of anticipated Wuhan virus cases. We have shutdown and basically crashed our economy.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) – funded by Bill Gates – created models to predict how many Americans would die of the Wuhan virus. These numbers were used in anticipation of determining the number of beds needed to treat Wuhan virus victims at hospitals.

Sean Davis at The Federalist has done a good job of tracking the “experts” and their predictions. Turns out they aren’t so “expert” at all. Their numbers have continuously been revised to lower numbers. Or as they say, “our estimates will change, much like weather forecasts adjust.”

Using the IHME models, hospitals began postponing routine surgeries and treatments. It turns out that hospitals are not as full of the anticipated number of Wuhan virus patients. So what are they doing now?”

Now, due to over-reaction and panic created with GARBAGE models, hospitals are furloughing employees and cutting hours and pay. See the following examples:

“Mayo Clinic to furlough or cut pay of 30,000 employees”

From the MSN story: Mayo Clinic is furloughing or reducing the hours of almost half its workforce as the nonprofit medical center tries to stop the financial bleeding from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayo Clinic began furloughing an undisclosed number of supplemental and contract employees in late March as it started to deal with the “unprecedented challenges” of COVID-19. The nonprofit medical center employs 70,000 people in multiple states.”

“California hospital system implements pay cuts, furloughs for 14,000 workers amid pandemic”

From The Hill: “A California hospital system announced plans last week to institute pay reductions and furlough some workers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a letter sent to Stanford Health Care staff last week indicated that employees could opt for a 20 percent pay reduction between this week and July 4, or decide instead to use paid time off for the period. Employees could also choose to accept a furlough and apply for unemployment benefits.

“Carilion Clinic (Roanoke Valley, VA) announces furloughs, pay cuts”

From The Roanoke Times: “Carilion Clinic announced that it will cut pay for executives, trim hours for some employees, furlough others and delay expansion projects.

The moves are in line with actions by health systems across the country as a response to the financial toll caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carilion has seen a sharp decline in revenue as outpatient visits and surgeries are halted, and has taken on unexpected expenses in purchasing equipment, medications and supplies and readying units for infectious patients.”

Roanoke Valley has a population of nearly 100,000 people, 154 Wuhan virus cases and five deaths.

Governor Coonman has extended Virginia’s “Stay At Home Order” until June 10.

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Wuhan virus could leave Virginia shut down until a vaccine is developed

The Wuhan virus has been a dream come true for bureaucrats who want to limit freedoms, control the masses, and implement new “rules” that will not allow a society to function, thrive and grow.

In order to “flatten the curve,” business were shut down, 26 MILLION people lost their jobs and life as we know it completely changed.

The goal of “flatten the curve” has morphed into “we need more testing” to now this in Virginia: We need a treatment or vaccine before reopening our state. The new goal post in Virginia includes “a decline in both the percentages of positive cases per day and hospitalizations for a consecutive 14 days.”

According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Gov. Ralph Northam outlined “Phase One” of lifting public restrictions that would include a continuation of social distancing, remote work and wearing masks in public.

Of course, no time frame was presented yet State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver told the Times-Dispatch that he thought Phase One would be in effect until a treatment or vaccine became available, which he predicted could be “a two-year affair.”

Saturday morning, the Health Department clarified Oliver’s statements, saying that producing a vaccine, a process that can take 12-18 months to be developed and tested, could take two years — not Phase One.

Yeah, right.

Read the whole story here.

Even if the Virginia bureaucrats DO know exactly what they plan to do, you think they’d actually spell out the whole plan in the beginning? Better to give the peons the bad news in increments. That way the masses have turned into frogs in a boiling pot of water.

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The stoopid, it burns: AOC tells people, “Don’t go back to work”

You’ve got a complete IDIOT in Congress making dollars and a pension (with paid health care benefits) while millions of American’s are unemployed. Yet this congress-critter is telling people not to go back to work?

Only in America…

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Seattle Mayor Durkan says economic recovery will be made with an eye towards “equity” and “social justice”

On Tuesday Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted the following:

“As a City, we are rethinking how City government can respond to the urgent needs of our community & create a foundation for recovery, and our decisions about our emergency response and economic recovery will be made thoughtfully, with an eye towards equity and social justice.”

Because those who are unemployed or were forced to close their small business are really concerned with social justice rather than paying their mortgage or feeding their families.

The mayor’s office prepared a new economic forecast in response to the Wuhan virus in which they predict the impacts to the City budget will range from $210 million to $300 million. If their forecasting capabilities are anything like IHME, the city will be WAY OFF target.

Want to know what the city is doing to help prepare for their impending, massive decrease in revenues? They’ve implemented a hiring freeze, a freeze on contracts and expenses not related to COVID-19 or essential services and “curtailing” discretionary spending not related to COVID-19 response or mitigation.

Heaven forbid the city look into furloughing non-essential workers in order to curtail spending. After all, #WereAllInThisTogether, right?

The city of Seattle (population roughly almost 750,000) has nearly 10,000 employees. How does their bureaucrat expenditures compare with those of other large cities? Let’s take a look, shall we?

According to Ballotpedia (data from 2015), the average spent per citizen in the largest 100 cities was $2,605. The median city budget in the largest 100 cities was $800 million.

The city of Seattle spent an average of $6,744 per citizen and their budget was $4,400 million. See the statistics from Ballotpedia here.

The city of Seattle’s 2019-2020 total budget was $5.9 billion.

Jobless claims in King County have been 40,000 or more per week since the stay at home order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee. The number of City of Seattle employees who were furloughed? ZERO.

In 2017, full-time Seattle city workers earned a median of $99,184 in salary and overtime, a 12 percent increase over five years, remaining above the median household income for city residents of about $80,000.

How “equitable.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

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The devastating effect of shutting down the US economy

This is sobering news, as reported by The Hill: “Poll: 43 percent of Americans have lost jobs or wages due to coronavirus outbreak.”

I’d argue that the wages were lost due to over-reaction by bureaucrats. Not every county and city was hit like New York and needed to completely go into lockdown mode.

It’s going to take years to recover from this economic shutdown.

Read the whole Hill story here.

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