Public is being encouraged to avoid large gatherings, social distance, and take other precautions
COVID-19 numbers continue to rise across the nation and in the four states area. Currently, public officials like Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison continue to encourage people to avoid large gatherings. Harrison recently had to coordinate and oversee the process of decontaminating the Miller County Courthouse due to a new outbreak of COVID-19. She feels that the larger gatherings of people will likely contribute to COVID-19 being transmitted. She is stressing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and taking all the CDC and Arkansas Health Department recommendations seriously.
James Graham, M.D. with UAMS College of Medicine in Little Rock has been posting updates on numbers, cases, testing issues, etc. since the early days of the pandemic on his Facebook page. Dr. Graham has monitored a rapid increase in cases of positive COVID-19. A post as recent as a few hours ago on his page noted “Arkansas: 3 months to reach 10,000 COVID cases, 3 weeks to reach 20,0000 cases.” Dr. Graham also stated that younger people, 50 and under, with positive cases of COVID-19 are increasing. He has posted information about case increases in younger adults in Arizona, Florida, and California. Houston, Texas is also reporting that one-third of ICU patients are under 50 years of age.
While public health officials continue to discourage large gatherings and large social events we are quickly approaching the Fourth of July weekend. The fact is some people will ignore the advice to avoid large gatherings and will continue to attend large celebrations during the holiday. Dr. Graham and others have a message – wear a mask. Dr. Graham stated, “Absolute truth. If we would just do this, almost all of us, we would be so much better off.” Dr. Graham goes on to state that he is “passionate” about getting the message out to people to wear a mask.
The Four States News is encouraging community members to listen to CDC guidelines, public health officials, and healthcare staff. Avoid large gatherings, social distance, and wear a mask. While mask are highly debated today on social media, the fact is physicians, nurses, painters, construction workers, insulation installers, yard care workers, and many others have been wearing masks and face coverings for years. Regardless of what is being debated now, the Four States News feels there is a significant amount of proof for several decades that masks do protect. The recommendation to wear a mask is not about violating your liberty, it’s about protecting you, the ones you love, and others as we continue this fight against COVID-19. We wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!