On Monday, after 25 days of reporting positive coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf officially grounded Schuylkill County through the end of April, issuing the vague and open-ended Stay at Home order.
He did this after we hit 30 positive cases cumulatively in Schuylkill County. The state doesn’t track people who’ve recovered, for some unknown reason. So, we don’t know if any of the 30 cases have already recovered. We don’t even know how many people have been tested in Schuylkill County.
Schuylkill County is Grounded, Mister!
The order is more of a wishy-washy threat than an actual order.
Some people call it a lockdown but under what kind of lockdown are you allowed to go Arby’s? Or go to a state park to walk around?
The Stay at Home order is one of the last resorts for a Nanny State governor who’s used up nearly every tool is his little tool box.
Wolf is like a parent who grounds their kids to their bedroom filled with video games, late-night TV, and a DoorDash subscription.
He says he does this to keep us safe from coronavirus. Or is it to prevent overcrowding at the hospitals in case everyone got sick?
It all depends on what day he’s addressing the Commonwealth as to the real reason we’re being “forced” to Stay at Home.
And it’s really hard to figure out the qualifications for a Stay at Home order. We thought it was based on number of cases, and us hitting some threshold. But that’s not the case. Some places have been under the order with less and some counties have had more and weren’t placed under the order.
Sometimes Wolf or Health Sec. Rachel Levine say it’s because there’s evidence of “community spread” of coronavirus. If that’s the case, it’s only because people continue cramming in to the limited number of businesses allowed to stay open for essentials shopping.
In the last week or so, we’ve been here and there to get essentials and honestly, we believe this Stay at Home order is unnecessary. There really aren’t that many people out there. The roads are empty. Stores aren’t packed like they were a couple weeks ago.
Seems like there are more people on Facebook screaming at people to stay home than there are people actually leaving their homes.
Standing Up to Your Parents
Though Wolf’s “order” extends through April 30, the school closure update he sent out yesterday used the phrase “until further notice.”
That, along with this whole exercise, have drawn the ire of some people elected to represent you in Harrisburg. While they do take the threat of coronavirus seriously, they’re not willing to just lay down and wait for Wolf to tell us it’s safe to go outside again.
Because with his inconsistent messaging, lax approach to data collection, and open-ended orders, it’s becoming more clear he and his administration have little handle on this situation. We can’t stay in homes hiding from viruses for the rest of our lives.
All they’re doing is resorting to a limited box of liberal Nanny State tools and taglines.
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