Give everyone a common-sense gift | Letter to the editor

Posted 11/19/20

The worst is yet to come!

I am feeling a bit of quarantine fatigue, and yet I know the worst is yet to come. With the cold weather and multiple holidays around the corner, the pressure to gather …

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Give everyone a common-sense gift | Letter to the editor

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The worst is yet to come!

I am feeling a bit of quarantine fatigue, and yet I know the worst is yet to come. With the cold weather and multiple holidays around the corner, the pressure to gather indoors is irresistible. 

It’s for good reason that Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi appeared together in a broadcast to plead that we resist the urge. 

The recent Jefferson County COVID-19 cases at a Halloween party demonstrate the risks. Cases are surging everywhere in the predicted third wave of this pandemic, and we are not immune. But it’s not really the total number of cases or the number in one particular week that we should be watching.

The gold standard of assessing progress on the control of the pandemic is the number of cases in the previous two weeks per 100,000 population. 

This number is available every Monday from Dr. Locke. (jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1466/Case-Information). I wish the Leader would publish a small blurb titled COVID-19 Update in the same place every week that gives this number plus other relevant data and advice.

How are we doing? Not as well as we should. 

Currently, we are up to
34 cases/100,000/two weeks! 

In the rest of Washington state it’s much worse, with some counties up at 300. 

But to keep the schools open as they are now, we need get the rate back down below 25. I have grandkids in Seattle and we try to help some with their remote elementary school education. I can say from direct experience, it’s a huge challenge and no fun. 

So please, let’s give our local kids and their families a holiday gift. Help keep schools open, and businesses as well for that matter. Avoid indoor gatherings, maintain physical distancing, wear masks, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Though I suspect they would agree, this letter is not an official statement of the Jefferson Healthcare or Public Health Boards on which I serve.

Dr. Kees Kolff
PORT TOWNSEND

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John Conley

While not official, this is all very good public health advice! Thank you for posting it.

John Conley

Port Townsend

Thursday, November 19