The big news this week is the announcement of a countywide mask mandate announced Friday by the Shelby County Health Department.
Anyone looking for good news this week will be hard-pressed to find it in the local, state and national data. All of the trends below are negative.
However, you may find some solace in reports about antibody testing saying the virus has already spread far more widely than is known. Thus, the actual hospitalization and fatality rates are much lower.
Second, those concerned about schools starting up this fall may also take comfort from the following presentation of local data showing cases and fatalities by age. It reinforces the suggestion that young people are not in the cross-hairs of this virus.
Shelby County did not enter Phase 3 as was expected this past week. Here’s a look at where things stand.
Shelby County is expected to enter Phase 3 of the Back-to-Business plan on Monday. Here’s a final look at the data through Phase 2.
Sheriff’s deputies have a very difficult job. And no matter what justice system reform measures we support, we should honor them.
The work of our law enforcement personnel is dangerous but essential. Their responsibilities are intense even in normal times. But these are not normal times. Now add the additional risk of a global health crisis and the increased scrutiny of outraged citizens.
I believe we can value the lives of black Americans and make needed improvements to our justice system without stripping needed equipment and resources from our law enforcement officers.
It’s terrible we’ve reached a point where that sentence even needs to be written, but some see this as an either-or question. I respectfully disagree.