Central Health District Meeting the Unanswered Questions
On December 4, the Central District Board of Health voted to postpone their vote that would attach fines and imprisonment to their health orders that limit travel, gatherings, and force masks on every man, woman, and children over the age of 2.
Much of the virtual meeting was the discussion of doom and gloom and was closed to all but 11 in-person citizens. The other 400 individuals stood shivering outside in the cold while more than 1,200 watched the live stream on YouTube.
The health representatives said their model predicted by Christmas hospitals will be too full of patients, and that some people might have to be moved to overflow rooms such as meeting rooms and classrooms.
The numbers are high, the beds are all full but…they don’t want to cause a panic.
Questions that remained unanswered…
At last Tuesday’s Central District Health board meeting (CDH), it was admitted that half of the virus patients in Ada County hospitals are from outside Ada County. Half. The Ada County hospitals are not filled with Ada County residents.
How will an iron-fisted health order imposed upon Ada County residents change the fact that half of the virus patients are from outside the county? (see the figures below on hospitalization for the district)
Also shared at the CHD meeting on December 1: outbreaks in nursing homes continue.
After 8 months of this virus, nursing homes still cannot contain the virus and/or keep it from spreading in their facilities. Why? Why are nursing homes still having infection control issues? How will a draconian order upon Ada County residents who freely move through the community help reduce the long-term care facilities? Shouldn’t the efforts be focused on educating and overseeing the nursing home staff to ensure they are exercising proper infection control procedures? How is it Ada County residents’ fault that the nursing homes aren’t doing a good job protecting their residents?
Where is the proof that those who live mask-free are spreading the disease? Look around the grocery stores, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, etc. where nearly everyone is wearing a face mask. Where exactly are the people supposedly not wearing face masks? All of these stores require them. For the one out of 15 people who refuse to wear a mask, show us the data that reveals that a few people not wearing face masks is causing the virus to spread in Ada County.
Where is the data/science that proves wearing a face mask outdoors stops the spread of this virus? Outdoor face mask use is nothing more than a frantic response; there isn’t one place in the world that has data that shows face masks worn outside stop the spread of this virus.
If you are true leaders, you will work with all facets of the community to creatively find ways to address this problem, without resorting to coercion.
400 People Show Up. Thousands of Citizens Email and Watch Meeting Live.
“After hours of discussion, the meeting ended with a huge win for the people and for LIBERTY tonight at Central District Health. Freedom wins today. All political power is in the people!” said Executive Director Sarah Clendendon.
Officers, Do You Remember Your Oath?
As a reminder to the Boise Police Department, your sworn promise is important and is not just words; it is an oath you swore to uphold. Keep that always at the forefront of your mind:
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Haven’t Hospitals Been Balancing Patients for Decades?
A nurse commented: Hospitals have been full for decades. Balancing census has always been something nursing supervisors have to do. I worked in ICU and several other floors. We were constantly having to juggle patients, keep patients in ER because there were no beds available, divert traumas because we were full… a day in the life of any busy hospital. That was 20 years ago and has nothing to do with COVID. Also, never in the history of hospitals have nurses “responded immediately” to a call light. We’re ALWAYS overworked and crazy busy. Again, nothing to do with COVID. These doctors need to stop with the dramatics.
What do the numbers show?
Transparency is so important. At the time of this article, there are 242 out of 544,234 people in the district who are hospitalized with a positive COVID test according to St. Luke’s and St. Alphonsus’s websites. The 151 ICU beds available are full.
We have almost 2 million people in the state of Idaho and 8 months to prepare – WHY have the hospitals not taken the millions of dollars to increase the ICU bed count?!
Please explain to me the following…
1. Why do we only have 151 ICU beds in the whole State!
2. How do we shut down the whole State and claim we will be overrun with a projection of -4 beds at the peak? All they have to do is open a wing to accommodate or put the in the empty ER.
Not to mention they have had 9 months to prepare.
A total of 397 people are in the hospital right now. 95 people out of the 544,234 people living in the Central District who are at St. Al’s hospitals have a positive COVID test. This does not mean there are 95 people in ICU admitted because of COVID. Every person admitted to the hospital must be tested. (Concerns about false positives in testing)
*ICU beds were mentioned numerous times at the meeting. These figures aren’t available to the public on this website: https://www.saintalphonsus.org/coronavirus/stats
All patients must be tested and a positive test does not mean that they were admitted because of COVID.
147 people out the 544,234 people living in the Central District are in St. Luke hospitals right now with a positive COVID test. This does not mean that there are 95 people in ICU admitted because of COVID. Every person admitted must be tested.*ICU beds were mentioned numerous times at the meeting. These figures aren’t available to the public on this website: https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/covid-resources/covid-data-and-reporting
What’s the Survival Rate?
Are these masks really working?
We masked up our children to go to school even though the risk of severe illness is equivalent to their chance of being struck by lightning.
We masked up our hospital workers – constantly exposed and yet still testing positive and asymptomatic, unable to work for several weeks.
We masked up our elderly and medically fragile – and yet they are suffering the highest mortality rate trapped in isolation in long-term care facilities.
Is it possible that the mask theory isn’t working?
CDC says 80% of those with COVID wore masks.
If masks worked then why are they shutting everything down again??
Where is the science on masks preventing the spread? You have big cities that have already tried this, mandating masks and fining people. The cities that have done this are still having mass spread. Stay home orders and mask mandates have not worked. Keep the vulnerable home, eat healthy take vitamin D, etc. The focus should be on health and I’m not hearing about that at all! – says a Facebook commenter
Another commenter posted on Facebook: You can have compassion and care about others but not agree with the mask mandate. There is highly regarded scientific evidence that supports opening up and dumping the masks.
I think we should have the freedom to choose. If you have underlying conditions and fear this virus, then why are you outside when there are options for you to purchase groceries online, renew and pay bills online etc.? If we choose to live life and not live in fear, then it is our right to do so. Those that want to wear masks, wear them. If you don’t, then don’t.
The hospitals are full and you feel your position requires you to ‘do something.’ Here is a list of suggestions that are productive – not coercive.
- Acquire, bring together, and advertise a list of area doctors who are able to treat Covid patients at home with proven protocols to prevent hospital admissions.
- Create a mobile health unit of area doctors and nurses who will make house calls. There are several successful at-home and outpatient clinic treatments available.
- Encourage the community to protect and uplift the vulnerable, instead of shaming the maskless.
- Do you realize there are people with valid medical exemptions to wearing masks who are refused service at stores? This is your fault! What about rape victims who have PTSD or those suffering from asthma? What about their health?
If your only solution is to COERCE then you are not a leader, but rather a tyrant.
Are the COVID statistics padded?
Are they reporting numbers just for COVID-19 or are they padding it with flu and pneumonia (a different virus that tends to be more prevalent in the colder months)?
2018: 235 (flu) + 900 (Chronic lower respiratory diseases). In real life, 2018 was an equivalent or even higher respiratory death rate year in Idaho.
One commenter posted: “Will shutting down businesses instilling masks and social distancing fines and imprisonment take actually curtail the viral spread? You guys aren’t answering that question. There’s a lot on the line for everyone in our society. We’re hearing how you guys are at your neck in the water but we’re not hearing how taking this advisory to enforcement will help…“
“Behave or we will be forced to punish you.” What gave you the idea that your posses that power?
One of the commissioners tweeted that people need to have compassion for one another – and their need to punish people for not complying.
One commenter responded:
What about the people losing their jobs and businesses. Where is the dire concern for these people?
One citizen suggested: You don’t get to punish people for not wearing a mask. Educate them. Tell them how and why it works. People will help. Stop relying on the government to make sure people comply. Mandating is not the answer.
Another commenter posted during the live stream:
The reason so many gave up their rights – their businesses – is to save lives. Now, this guy is saying it isn’t about mortality. Homeless are denied shelter and left to sleep in the cold due to these stupid policies. The elderly are held captive in their nursing homes against their will. People are dying due to your policies to protect others from suffering.
Protecting Our Healthcare Workers or Making it Worse?
Are you actually taking out staff that aren’t symptomatic by testing them and forcing quarantine? Are you considering allowing those who test positive and have no symptoms the opportunity to work with COVID-positive patients since the risk of contamination isn’t an issue?
Should hospital workers be mandated to get the flu vaccine when flu vaccines have been found to increase risk of coronavirus infections? “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference.”
“Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus(es)”
After 10 Months and Millions of Dollars in Federal and State Aid shouldn’t you be prepared by now?
Idaho Medical Facilities have received a total of $387,454,980 from the Federal Government for COVID patients according to this source: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/data/index.html
Some of the highest payouts include:
This does NOT include the funds received by our long term care facilities.
In addition, several areas received additional emergency funding according to the CDC data. https://data.cdc.gov/Administrative/Provider-Relief-Fund-COVID-19-High-Impact-Payments/b58h-s9zx
St Lukes receiving two very large payouts for its medical centers in Twin Falls and Ketchum.
Idaho Coronavirus Finance Committee Approves $5 Million For Contract Nurses
Is the Coronavirus Finance Committee – an executive branch designated committee? According to the Idaho State Constitution, it is the job of the Legislature to determine and to allocate the budget – NOT an executive committee.
Are You Listening to the Public?
Unproven mask mandates on citizens with violations including fines and imprisonment aren’t the answer. You can’t arrest and fine people out of a ‘pandemic’. The people are weary of continually being fed the line of fear and doom. Their livelihoods crushed by policies that haven’t proven to ‘stop the spread’. The risk is highest for our elderly. The focus should be on protecting them not subjecting the entire population to draconian measures that haven’t proven to be effective in anything but creating a loss of income and increase of depression and suicide.
The essence of community, family, and individual health is not only physical, but equally mental, spiritual, and psychological. There are some things worse than death and illness! For example, a hospital patient or nursing home resident who has to die ALONE without family by their side to say goodbye.
By turning a health advisory into an “order” you cross the line of human decency. If you are true leaders, you will work with all facets of the community to creatively find ways to address this problem, without resorting to coercion.
For example, I have suggested several times to Governor Little that he include ALL facets of the medical profession on his COVID task force, to include DO’s, naturopaths, chiropractors, psychologists, etc (rather than only traditional medical doctors and hospital CEO’s), with no effect. I have sent numerous emails with scientific documentation to our area’s health district (EIPH), with no effect. Idahoans expect better leadership – this is your opportunity to rise to the occasion!