Rant of the Day, Nov. 25: When it covers to COVID, state leaders are ‘running on empty.’ Within minutes of a mostly useless media briefing by the governor Tuesday afternoon, word came of two more passings of Floyd County residents, the latest victims of coronavirus. These two were casual, older friends, faces we’d seen over the years. Once again, these were names, not just another set of numbers to record and report. And yet even as Washington called on Georgia to get aggressive in controlling the virus, as the state once again acknowledged Northwest Georgia remained in a “high transmission” zone, the governor’s call was passive sound bite — but without any bite whatsoever. “I don’t see any reasons to take any additional steps right now,” was the quote attributed to him and posted by the AJC. Our best analysis is to label him as another “empty suit” but we don’t want to offend the pants or jacket. Once again, politics over pandemic.
Rant of the Day, Nov. 24: Dr. Gary Voccio is scheduled to meet with Floyd County commissioners this afternoon to update them on the state of the pandemic in our area. We have recommendations on how to “improve” this session:
- Surprise Voccio and the community by making masks a must in unincorporated Floyd County. What’s now in place — “recommendations” and some PSAs on social media — obviously aren’t working. Floyd County recorded 430 new cases in the two weeks ending Nov. 23. The positivity rate: 12.6% vs. Georgia’s average of 9.7%
- Pledge additional county resources to helping Voccio and all healthcare interests battle the virus. Our healthcare workers are paying the price for lax enforcement; on Monday, 88 coronavirus patients were in Floyd, Redmond Regional hospitals. That’s a pandemic record.
- Follow the city of Rome’s example in limiting public exposure at key face-to-face county offices and moving more services online.
Bottom line: Put the pandemic, and the commmunity, ahead of politics.