Here in Mississippi each community is pretty much on its own:
Elections have consequences. So do years of budget cuts. Last week’s talk of MDH taking the offense against COVID-19 was hot air as the agency is a shell of what it once was. That is the bad news.
Worse is the uneven local response to the pandemic. Here in Wiggins the City closed its open air parks to prevent people from congregating yet allows business to remain open where the customers congregate inside to make their purchases. For the record we walk by Blaylock Park every morning and my anecdotal observation is few people ever used the walking track there before COVID-19 while the Pavilion by the bathrooms was always popular and it remains so as a large group of younger folks was congregated there last Friday morning. We’re lucky to not have a reported case of COVID-19 in Stone County but there are clinics doing testing. I imagine it is a matter of time before we score the first unlucky winner.
Last Thursday I was down in Bay St Louis on business. The parking lot at Washington Street and the Beach was pretty crowded as was the beach there. I imagine the comfort station is the attraction there but again clustering folks in such a small area is not a good idea right now. I did see on Facebook a post that Bay PD was contemplating issuing citations / making arrests from someone whose opinions are informed about such matters.
Finally I’ll quickly add that you can cut the politicians with accompanying lies and spin out of the equation by paying close attention to the case data. Bottom line is as long as we have more people getting sick than the day before means we’re still on the up-slope of the mythical curve. While nothing would make everyone happier than to see our patented warm weather pummel COVID-19 into submission, data from warmer climate locales such as India suggests that may be wishful thinking. Yesterday the CDC social distancing guidelines were extended until April 30, 2020. I imagine we’ll see another extension into mid-May best case.
Take care folks and please exercise some common sense in these uncommon times.