Our Take: Washington State, Cowlitz County Health Officials Put Medical Privacy Before Public Safety | Editorial

Our Take: Washington State, Cowlitz County Health Officials Put Medical Privacy Before Public Safety |  Editorial

Their common response to questions about where the cases are arising is unhelpful and, frankly, belittling: The virus is everywhere, and you must assume you can contract it anywhere. The answer assumes all the public wants to know is where risk increases. But there are political and other safety judgments that rely on better information.

How are social distancing mandates working? Where are they excessive and where can they be eased? How are we to judge the efficacy of the rules if we don’t know more precisely where and how cases are arising? Source

How many cases are linked to youth sports? (One of us last weekend witnessed a group of softball players jogging together at Seventh Avenue Park, and most of the girls did not wear masks.)

Are providers doing all they can to be prepared? Are they testing adequately? Who is flouting the rules and advisories? Who is doing a better job of following them? What do the rule breakers have to say about their actions? (We can’t interview them if we don’t know their identities.)

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