Hey Fellow Ontarians, Are We Forgetting That This Killer Virus Is Still Out There? Now Is No Time To Let Our Guard Down Now
A Brief Comment form Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
Posted September 13th, 2020
Okay, so what’s going on in our Province of Ontario?
After going through collective hell this spring with this deadly virus, we got our act together to a point where the total daily number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario sank to below 100 and we were finally able to see businesses and at least some of our public institutions re-open, and see tens-of-thousands of people return to work.
Yet here we are in recent weeks, with report after report that the daily cases numbered more than 100, and as of this September 13th, we have had three days in a row in Ontario with the total number of cases totaling more than 200.
That is worrisome news in the minds of many health experts who fear that if we are not careful, we could be in for a second wave of COVID that triggers another lock down of private and public sector activities, not to mentions adds significantly to the more than 44,000 Ontario residents who have so far tested positive and become ill, and to the more than 2,800 of our brother and sister citizens in the province who have so far died.
So what gives the daily number of cases going up to more than 200 – three days in a row – for the first time since this spring?
I would say that when I go out to a grocery store or to a local mall in the communities I live and for some reason, most people seem to be behaving responsibly with the mask wearing and social distancing. But my observations are anecdotal.
We also have reports in Niagara and other regions of the province of mass-gatherings/partying, and we have elements of the population that seem quite in line with the world according to Trump and feel that their personal rights are being assaulted if our governments pass bylaws calling for the wearing of masks.
There is a fraction of some of us out there who have a libertarian streak that says; “Don’t make me wear a mask.” And there are politicians among us who would rather slam a health official than take some responsibility for over-crowding, and under-masking at venues in communities under their jurisdiction.
We, as Ontario people, have got to take control over whatever or whoever it is that may be playing a role in COVID cases going up again.
Please, let’s work together to make sure we don’t go back to the sicknesses, deaths and lockdowns that we suffered through earlier this year!
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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