OPINION| Rich Welsh| On Monday, an order came down on millions of San Francisco residents to stay home in order to help slow the spread of the deadly c*ron*virus as part of a lockdown effort covering an area of California. This includes Silicon Valley.
Berkeley and six counties were included in the effort after data revealed that 258 confirmed cases of c*ron*virus were in the area, including four deaths.
The affected population totals more than 6.7 million people. They will still be allowed to go shopping for groceries and supplies.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a “remain in place” order to go into effect by the end of Tuesday and remain in force until April 7. Notice was given that it may be extended.
“We know these measures will significantly disrupt people’s day to day lives, but they are absolutely necessary,” Breed said.
The “remain in place” order directs people living in the designated areas to remain inside their homes unless they need to take part in “essential” activities.
Covered by the shutdown were the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara along with the city of Berkeley.
The order recommends that if people go out, they are to remain at least 6 feet away from other people.
Businesses not deemed essential are to suspend operations, and gatherings of any kind outside of those sharing homes will be prohibited, the order mandates.
The list of businesses considered essential included hospitals, banks, fueling stations, transit, police, fire, and grocery shops.
San Francisco residents were told they can go outside for walks as long as they keep their distance from anyone else who is out and about.
Homeless people were urged to seek shelter.
“Our response has been grounded in data, science, and facts,” San Francisco director of health Grant Colfax said in a release.
“Based on what we can predict, now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Every hour counts.”
New York, Los Angeles and Washington state have all announced public buildings will be shut temporarily, amid fears that the number of cases will continue to grow beyond the confirmed 4,000 and the number of deaths beyond the current number of at least 85.
This is important. I think President Trump has been given very bad advice, and he’s repeating that bad advice. Someone needs to get to him and tell him that the things he’s telling the public are wrong.
This virus is worse than the flu, and it’s going to destroy his reelection chances if he doesn’t get better advice soon, because the Democrats and the media are going to crush him on the number of deaths that result from this thing.
David Harris Jr has interviewed Gary Heavin, a man with intimate knowledge of what’s going on, and where we will be in three weeks time unless we act accordingly now. The following video is very worth your time.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”