As a third county resident dies, we need to keep focused on flattening the curve

UPDATE: As of Monday, April 13, 2020, there have been five COVID-19 deaths in Livingston County.

I am stuck at home — like pretty much all of you, I am sure — and I’ve been spending a lot of time perusing social media. I’ve been particularly struck by some who just today decided that they must remodel their kitchens or paint their bedrooms or re-do their landscaping, I am guessing in large part because they can’t over the next three weeks under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded Executive Order. These people are slinging hash at Whitmer and her expanded stay-home plan like they’re in the kitchen of a diner that’s jammed with hungry customers.

All this while a third Livingston County resident has died of COVID-19.

A THIRD.

As of Friday, April 10, 2020, there have been a total of 196 COVID-19 cases in Livingston County, with 36 residents hospitalized, 58 recovered, and three deaths.

THREE DEATHS.

Except for those three people who died, residents of Livingston County have been pretty darn lucky. Our numbers are nowhere near as dramatic or tragic as in New York or Detroit.

But we can’t feel complacent, and this pushing back against the expanded “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order feels off-key because Livingston County’s numbers of COVID-19 cases are on the rise, nearly doubling since April 1.

And against this backdrop, we have a church in Brighton planning to hold in-person Easter services and an Easter egg hunt for kids.

There’s this new rush to push back against Whitmer’s Executive Order, to lift restrictions, to get everyone back to work and spending money, to get back to normal. But who among us can say what normal will be after this virus finishes ripping its way around the world?

Today’s normal is that there have been three COVID-19 deaths in Livingston County.

Is it difficult staying at home? Yes; yes, it is. But if Michiganders had to pick a community in which to shelter in place, I’m guessing that the bucolic Livingston — the state’s wealthiest county, certainly one of the safest, and, in my humble opinion, the absolute best — would be high on everyone’s list.

So, instead of feeling sorry for ourselves for having to stay home, let’s be forces for good.

It’s just three weeks. Maybe we should think of these three weeks as one each to honor the memory of those in our community who have died of COVID-19.

We can do this. And in those three weeks, let’s see how much flatter we can get the curve.

These are treacherous times, with a killer virus that feeds on human contact just waiting for us to let down our guard.

The choices we make every single time we leave our homes affects everyone else; our behavior determines the health and safety of others.

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” is flattening the curve.

Staying home works.

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7 Comments

  1. There seems to be a double standard here when it comes to the state “protecting” us. A self employed carpenter is not allowed to work on a house he’s building, but road construction crews are everywhere. You can’t hire a small business landscaping company to send someone over mow your lawn, but the city of Howell is mowing the grass at the boat launch on Thompson Lake where I live AND the state of Michigan has a landscaping crew cutting the lawn at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility AS I TYPE THIS. You can’t buy plants, carpet or paint, but you can buy liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets, all of which are cash cows for the state. One set of rules for the state, and another for the rest of us. Enough already.

  2. I’m content working from home as we always do. Those I’m concerned about are all the small business’s, outdoor workers, nursery sales and many more that will be OUT of business if the policies are not made with more common sense. I’m all for social distancing and reasonable policies, especially with the elderly and those with compromised health issues. Just like her initially restricting the treatment with Hydrox/malaria drug that was showing positive results all over the country… how many lives were lost while waiting for her ok?

  3. Tiff, Does it really matter “who” died. They were someone’s loved one. Your narrow minded thinking does not contribute one bit to the safety and well-being of our citizens. If you don’t care enough to value your own life and the lives of family, maybe you should go hang out in the D, or New York – where literally thousands are dying. Please don’t stay in Livingston Co and jeopardize our citizens.

  4. Such fear mongering at best to get people to conform to enslavement laws that are ridiculous. Who are these 3 people that have died? I had a neighbor test positive for it and got over it so quickly and barely knew she was even sick, so for those of us who are healthy it is not so scary. How old were these people who died and what other underlying conditions did they have? If you are going to share that people have died from this virus please make sure to give us the full story and not just that 3 people have died.

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