Since Mother’s Day, No Known Rodeo-Linked COVID Cases. Dumb Luck?

It’s been 18 days since the Mother’s Day Cottonwood Rodeo, an event that garnered worldwide controversy for attracting and packing in nearly 2000 people, despite a COVID-19 ban against large gatherings.

Cottonwood rodeo image: Screen grab from KRCR news story.

Shasta County has seen six new positive COVID-19 cases since Mother’s Day: May 11, a male in his 50s;  May 14, a male in his 30s; May 16, a male in his 70s; May 22, two cases, a female in her 30s, and another female in her 40s. Finally, yesterday Shasta County had one new positive COVID-19 case, a male in his 70s.

So far, public health officials haven’t identified any of those six cases as being rodeo-related.

While one case is one case too many, this is not quite the virus spike I was expecting. No, I wasn’t wishing for it. But rather, my expectations were based upon common sense. You hike through poison oak, don’t be surprised if you suffer from an itchy outbreak. You hug a child who later turns out to have head lice, don’t be surprised if you get it, too. You drive a car with a broken gas gauge, don’t be surprised if you run out of gas before you’ve reached your destination.

You join nearly 2,000 people inside a crowded arena for a rodeo during a deadly pandemic, don’t be surprised if you end up in a hospital on a ventilator a few weeks later.

Let me just say this up front: I admit to being wrong about my expected flood of positive COVID-19 cases.

You may recall I wrote about the rodeo, and condemned Shasta County Sheriff Magrini for giving the rodeo a green light, especially since Shasta County’s public health professionals had already asked the rodeo organizer to cancel the event. The rodeo organizer ignored that directive, and took the word of the sheriff to carry on.

Not only did Magrini approve the rodeo, but he justified it during a KRCR interview that aired the day before the rodeo was scheduled.

I said that the worst part about the Mother’s Day Cottonwood Rodeo wasn’t the global shaming (though it was kind of embarrassing), but the worst part was that because of the rodeo, our north state could face potentially dire consequences after nearly 2,000 people decided to break the rules and attend one rodeo. Pandemic be damned.

Shasta County Health and Human Services expressed in a press release its displeasure that the rodeo happened, not only putting citizens at risk, but also jeopardizing the county’s ability to re-open businesses.

Since Mother’s Day, with each passing day, I’ve joined thousands of others who’ve had one eye on the calendar and another eye on public health press releases for signs of an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases. I was watching the calendar not just because of the rodeo, but because many north state churches also opened on Mother’s Day, such as the Butte County church where 180 parishioners were exposed to a COVID-positive church member. And apparently, there have been other positive cases tied to that church since then, too.

Here in Redding, on a local television station’s story about the relatively low number of virus cases since the rodeo, some Facebook users mocked the story, and expressed their opinions, outrage and disgust.

“2 weeks ago, 2000 people went to the Cottonwood (CA) Rodeo and we have yet to see a “SURGE” in COVID cases… I’m still waiting.”

“I wouldn’t assume rodeo-goers would have weak DNA anyway.”

“It’s all propaganda people”

“They just can’t seem to admit that it was a perfectly fine event and nothing came of it!!”

“Open my GYM you A-hole”

“Amazing that people should be terrified of a virus that has no symptoms- it’s the what if’s? So don’t drive- you may get in an accident- Don’t breathe- you may catch some other disease- on and on. It’s time to live people. Stop this nonsense!”

“How about this could be representative of the fact that large groups can gather and NOT be terrified to do so?”

“Open the Damn Bars!”

One Cottonwood business owner, who’d also attended the Cottonwood rodeo, took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the subject. She held a sign, which I’ve cropped so you can’t see her face, that said,”I survived the 2020 Cottonwood Mother’s Day Rodeo.” I’ve also removed the name of her business from the post, too. (I don’t know her, and we’ve not spoken.) And while Facebook removed her original post, and even removed her business Facebook page for a while, presumably because that was the site of her post, her post has been shared and re-shared numerous times, which is how I found it. (Facebook has since restored her business page, but so far, Facebook continues to remove her original post.)

Source Facebook.

Here’s her original post, which has been removed by Facebook:

The original Facebook message was removed by Facebook, but screen shots of the post have been widely shared. Source: Facebook

I understand the anger, vindication and self-righteousness felt by this woman, and others who attended the rodeo or who approved of it

But I can’t shake the chill as I read that Cottonwood resident’s open account of thousands gathered side by side, no masks, no social distancing, hugs, handshakes, passing of a whiskey bottle, almost as if they were gleefully daring the virus to be real.

You may recall that after the rodeo, Shasta County public health recommended that everyone who attended the Mother’s Day Cottonwood Rodeo be tested for COVID-19. I’m guessing that suggestion was about as welcome as the directive to prevent the rodeo in the first place.  I hope I’m wrong (again), but I’m betting that very few rodeo folks were tested. Many think, as the Facebook poster said above, that all this virus talk is propaganda.

I wondered if public health knew how many people who’d attended the rodeo had been tested. Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for Shasta County HHSA, said there’s no way of knowing, since people are not asked about their whereabouts when they’re tested. (However, if someone tests positive, then contact tracing would be implemented after the diagnosis to identity where the infected person had been, and who’d been exposed.)

Donnell Ewert, director of HHSA, is also an epidemiologist. He addressed the rodeo topic during Wednesday’s HHSA media briefing when I asked what could be said to those to took the after-rodeo COVID numbers as an assumption that large gatherings were harmless.

What could possibly convince people who believe the rodeo was a “perfectly fine event and nothing came of it”?

Ewert acknowledged that it’s been a few weeks since the rodeo, and said everyone’s happy that the county is not seeing a large cluster of positive COVID cases associated with the rodeo.

Here’s how Ewert answered the question regarding what to say to those who view the rodeo as evidence that large gatherings are safe:

“I think that it’s important to understand that number one, there may not have been anyone with the virus at the rodeo, so if there was no one actually infected with the virus, and shedding it, then even though there were a lot of people together no one would get infected.

Had there been someone at the rodeo with the virus — and there may have been — that person still may have infected people who were asymptomatic, or who have mild disease that have not been detected or reported to us. So, we’ll never be able to say there were no cases. We just know that we haven’t identified any.

In addition, some of those asymptomatic or mild cases who have not come to our attention could infect other people. And so family members, or people who work with them, or others in the community, could become infected, and they may not know they were infected by someone at the rodeo.

So we’ll never know if any cases did arise from the rodeo. I guess my message is, again, that large gatherings like that at this time are risky. They’re risky to individuals and the whole community, and they should not be happening.

If we were fortunate, and there was no one with the virus at the rodeo, then that’s exactly what it is; we were fortunate.

But we may still see cases. And I should also add there may have been people there from other counties, and some of the cases that are being found in other north state counties may also be related to the rodeo, whether that’s identified or not.”

I agree with everything Ewert said. The trick will be convincing the virus-deniers.

By the way, it’s worth pointing out that the last four people who tested positive for COIVD-19 in Shasta County were people who had NO symptoms, meaning, they were tested even though they didn’t feel sick. As Ewert said, we’ll never know how many Shasta County COVID-19 cases end up being rodeo-related. That’s especially true if those who attended the rodeo refuse to be tested.

This is a good time to repeat the public health department’s plea for everyone to get tested, not just people who feel ill. Remember in the beginning of this pandemic, when one of the biggest concerns and most frequent question was about the lack of testing? That’s no longer an issue here in Shasta County, where we have a facility at Shasta College fully staffed and streamlined to make the entire process quick and easy. Best of all, it’s free.

Let me ask you this: Why not get tested? What do you have to lose? Aren’t you curious? I was, which is why I got tested. (And my results were negative.) I did it. So can you. Then report back and tell me how it went.

If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for direction, or call Shasta County Public Health at (530) 225-5591. However, if you are like me, and lack symptoms, go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting to register for an appointment. (And remember to bring your patient identification number with you.)

Meanwhile, as of yesterday, 100,000 Americans and counting have lost their lives to COVID-19.

One hundred thousand. That’s more than if every Redding man, woman and child dropped dead within the last four months. That doesn’t sound very lamb-like to me. And the lion? It’s roaming unseen, preying silently upon people of every age. This lion is no respecter of whiskey, rodeos, churches, bars, nail salons, gyms, gutless leaders or COVID-deniers. Most of all, it’s no respecter of high fives to little kids, and sarcastic jokes about “risking lives” to attend a Mother’s Day rodeo.

Oh Shasta County, pray that our lucky streak continues, and that the virus doesn’t get the last laugh.

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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98 Responses

  1. Avatar Damon Miller says:

    If I understand correctly, she posted it to her public business page so she was presumably fine with it being out there with her name and face, so why the unwarranted coyness here, Doni? Da

    • Yeah, good point. I could have gone either way with it, but erred on the side of not showing her face, and not naming her and her business. If I hear from her, and have her approval to use her name and photo, I’ll do it.

      I guess the deciding factor for me was she’s not a public figure, and she’s not a professional protester, and she received a fair amount of backlash from FB over this, some of which had the potential to damage her Cottonwood business. Her post was on her business FB, not her personal page, without her name (which I do know after doing a little digging).

      She was just part of the story, and her message reflects the views of many.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Good call. She couldn’t claim foul if you’d used her name and face, but what end would it serve? It’s not like she’s “Central Park Karen” and deserves both scorn and consequences.

        • Exactly right, Steve. Thanks for getting it.

        • Avatar Damon Miller says:

          Honestly, she does deserve both scorn and consequences, though. Besides, isn’t one of the 5 tenets of news basic reporting “Who?” Would it be good reporting to urge people to boycott her business? No. Is it good reporting to omit public information so people could boycott her business if they so choose? Also no.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            I think it’s an editorial choice. You either make the story about her, or you make it about the mindset of her chucklehead cohort. If you want it to be about the chuckleheads, focusing on her identity is a distraction.

          • I’m not interested in shaming her or encouraging people to boycott her business, especially during this time when many businesses are going under. I don’t personally share her views, but I was more interested in what she was saying, because it represented the views of many. I know her identity, but chose not to publish it.

  2. Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

    18 days is a good number to count off here in Arizona, and several other places after Memorial Day opening.
    The Cottonwood Rodeo was pushed to the back page as local, national and global news all showed images of California, Florida and Gulf Coast beaches packed with multiple thousands and few masks and no social distancing. Scottsdale made all those news images showing the crowded bars overflowing with patrons numbering easily a few thousand.
    I really think, optimism is always my hope, that we will not see a rise in COVI deaths because the most vulnerable, the elderly(me), are still taking precautions.
    18 days and counting.

    • I hope you’re right that we will not see a rise in COVID-19 cases, but I’m not so sure. But then, it wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong about something.

      • Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

        Doni, I think we will see a rise in COVI cases because there is more testing being done. The key word is COVI deaths and that I don’t think will rise but rather level off, that seems to be happening here in Arizona. But 18 days from now may be a different story.

    • Avatar John Whittenberger says:

      I think the Rodeo people were lucky and nothing more. Being lucky is not the same as having good judgement. Sheriff Magrini was being reckless.

      I had “The Test” and came up negative at that moment in time. Today I may be sick but I have no idea. Thanks to folks who don’t believe in masks and social distancing my mask wearing and efforts to decrease my risk may be for nothing.

      I have knee replacement surgery tomorrow so I’m hoping I’m lucky.

  3. Avatar Tammy says:

    Thanks for the update. I signed up to get the test. I don’t have symptoms and I did not attend the rodeo.

    • I hope your test turns out negative. (And I sure wish the college facility was also doing the antibody tests, too. That would provide so much information about the number of people who’ve already been infected. )

  4. Avatar Janet Stortz says:

    I am happy to say that I got tested last week after I heard that the HHS recommended it. It was easy and I was negative. Yes, I was curious and if getting tested was a small way to help I was more than happy to do it.

  5. Avatar Bob Mather says:

    In my humble opinion, division and resentment happen when national or global statistics are applied to local issues. This can happen with real-estate predictions, retail sales prediction, and in this case, hospital overload predictions.
    No matter your viewpoint, you have to admit that the information given to us was terrifying.
    We are lucky so far to not have a major outbreak but it could still happen ( obviously)
    In hindsight, looking at the hospitalization rate vs population would be a far better way to judge risk.
    Just my thoughts.

    • Oh, no doubt about it, the information was and is terrifying. (I just watched a video I wish I hadn’t of a nurse who tested positive, and she did a little video each day to chronicle the course of her illness, and with each day, her conditioned worsened, until she died.)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvtReSZr2SQ

      There’s a balance in here, where we do the best we can to maintain the guidelines, live our lives the best we can, for the sake of ourselves and others. For me, the depressing part is the length of time before we’re out of the woods, which could be more than a year, and we may never be free of this virus. I just can’t picture what society will be like under those circumstances: travel, gatherings, business, and on and on.

      I try not to think about that.

      You’re right that we’re lucky here in the north state to not have had a major outbreak. So far.

      But I can’t help but wonder if it’s just a matter of time before we do, because Shasta County seems the perfect hot spot with a majority of conservative citizens, many of whom take their beliefs (disbelief) about COVID-19 from the president, so many rebel by doing things like the rodeo, or crowded protests, sans face masks. And then, we have many evangelical churches that fall under the umbrella of that previous group, and hold large gatherings and believe Jesus will protect them. And then, we have Bethel Church, and the thousands who come here to attend.

      The perfect storm, I think, is right here in River City. But we’ll see.

      • Avatar Ed Marek says:

        Doni,

        Tough to watch, alright. I doubt COVID is the kind of death anyone would hope for.

        When I was a kid, I caught the flu during another pandemic.

        https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1968-pandemic.html

        While not comparable in severity to COVID-19, the daily death counts led the TV news reports every night, and were front page stories in the papers every morning.

        My flu progressed to a secondary infection and pneumonia. I remember the terrifying experience of contemplating death for the first time, as my breathing got more and more difficult.

        Not an experience I’d care to relive, especially knowing the much worse odds I’d be facing today.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Bob — The pandemic spread in somewhat predicable ways—it moved quickly between major transportation nodes, which also happen to be population centers. It then blossomed quickly in those high-density areas, and more slowly through the hinterlands. In Shasta County, we’re the beneficiaries of strict adherence to state guidelines in California’s population centers, low densities here at home, and lastly the temporal lag of transmission between urban and rural areas.

      If you count all that as luck, you’re right to think that our luck may run out. That’s what happened in the Midwest, when the pandemic found that region’s soft spot—meat packing facilities. We can only guess what that soft spot will be here. Churches, maybe? Call centers? Loosening up on tourism?

      As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t think the state misjudged our risk. They just didn’t do a specifically crafted risk analysis just for us. They laid out some broad guidelines, many of which probably didn’t fit here, at least for now. And then, when we violated those guidelines with impunity, they punished us by….ignoring us, like the always do, because we’re 0.5% of the population and a vanishingly smaller fraction of the state’s GDP.

      I’m starting to wonder if people around here are offended that Newsom didn’t even bother to acknowledge that we were breaking his rules.

  6. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    As you say, I doubt that those who attended the rodeo bum-rushed the line to get tested. I’d guess that close to zero of those who attended have been tested since the rodeo, save for few who get sick with serious respiratory infection symptoms, and those required by employers to get tested.

    The last several people who have tested positive here in Shastanistan have been asymptomatic. We have no idea how many other people out there are asymptomatic, or with mild symptoms, and are just riding it out (meanwhile potentially spreading it since the rodeo-types don’t wear masks, as made clear by pictures from the rodeo).

    So yeah, I agree 100% with your conclusion that we really have no idea how many people who attended the rodeo are or were infected, and where it’s gone from there. Judging from what I’ve seen in the County where we live, we’re all going to get it. Just a matter of how soon.

    So far the mortality rate in Shasta County has been over 10%—about 18,000 dead in Shasta County if we all get it and die at that rate. Realistically (and from much larger data pools), the mortality rate is closer to 1%—that’d be ~1,800 of us. Maybe just 1,500 dead if some degree of herd immunity starts to kick in at around 70%.

    That’s the likely trade-off—1,500 local people dead so that we don’t have to wear masks or engage in any form of social distancing, because freedom.

    I can live with that. Or die with that.

    • Avatar Ed Marek says:

      Steve,

      While a mortality rate of about 1% is now widely assumed, one of the scandals of America’s pandemic response is that this far in, we still have not done the large-scale studies to determine if this is correct. Consider that, since most estimates of actual USA COVID-19 fatalities seem to be ~130,000 (with many of the current ill eventually succumbing) this implies
      12 to 14 million Americans already have been infected.

      IMO, this is the high end estimate, with the low end being about half that, or a 2% mortality rate.

      Back to Cottonwood, my rough math suggests that on Mother’s day, only about one-out of-ten-thousand, and maybe as low as one-out-of-every-twenty-thousand North Californians were infectious. So it was not a particularly “lucky” event, that no new cases seem to have come from the rodeo.

      The odds were way in our favor, that no one at the Rodeo was even infectious:

      “…Here’s how Ewert answered the question regarding what to say to those who view the rodeo as evidence that large gatherings are safe:

      “I think that it’s important to understand that number one, there may not have been anyone with the virus at the rodeo, so if there was no one actually infected with the virus, and shedding it, then even though there were a lot of people together no one would get infected…”

      But I would say North California probably has been extremely lucky to avoid any of the mass-infection events, the so called “super-spreaders” that have driven infection and death rates rapidly higher, almost every where else in the USA.

      A single infections case at the rodeo could have infected several other people, who could each have brought it home to infect multiple family members. The same multiple number of cases could come from a single church service, or a single night at a crowded bar, if we are foolish enough to push our luck and wait for it to happen.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Ed — Yeah, the rodeo, and the odds might have been with them on Mother’s Day. One hundred churches opening for business this much later—hold on tight, the ride is probably going to get bumpy.

        • Steve, I totally agree with your assessment that the ride will be bumpy. I feel like I’m sitting on my porch, looking at the horizon, watching for the twister. I’m not scared by nature, but I don’t have a good feeling about this. Remember the video we posted early on in this pandemic, by the doctor who told how the shit was going to hit the fan, as he implored people to for the love of god take this virus seriously? He mentioned a July surge, which sounds about right.

          You may enjoy this, something I found on my FB page posted today by one of my “friends” who’s an evangelical Christian: “I did something this afternoon that made me ashamed?

          Shopped at Costco while wearing a mandatory mask.

          I regret breaking our sanction on Costco even more after hearing Costco employees ridiculing customers who complained about the requirement to wear a mask.

          I used to love shopping at Costco.”

          And there we have it. Christians who look at wearing a mask as breaking a hold sanction. The comments that followed were all along the same lines, agreeing with her.
          Here’s a sample:
          “I was harassed all the way through Costco a few days ago while picking up a prescription for my ailing mother-in-law who is 85. My daughter was with me. They treated us like toxic waste, prisoners, etc. Got home, called the manager and gave him a principled earful. I’m one issue away from never shopping at that location again.”

          (Oh, the reason he was treated that way? They weren’t wearing masks.) The irony is that he was picking up his ailing 85-year-old mother-in-law’s prescription. I wonder why he doesn’t have her wade into a store unmasked to do her own shopping? My guess is because she’s frail, and susceptible to the virus, just like others may be who have to venture out to shop on their own.

          This just blows my mind.

    • Steve, you’re exactly right about the last four Shasta County cases being asymptomatic, and I really like how Donnel Ewert spelled out how things could happen, if an asymptomatic person had the virus, and then unwittingly passes it along to others.

      I think you’re right that eventually, we’ll all get it. The $100,000 question which of us will be asymptomatic, which will have mild symptoms, and which will have a serious case, and will survive, and which will be like the woman I mentioned in another comment, who quickly die a horrible death from it.

      And the result will be that we WILL live and die with that.

      To break it down as you have with a solid number, 1,500 dead citizens, is sobering. Picture a full-capacity Cascade Theatre, and another half filled theater, and that’s the number of bodies we’re talking about. All because we have a stubborn majority of people here who refuse to comply. Truly puts the dumb in freedom. So unnecessary.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Doni — I hadn’t thought of it in terms of anything like 1.5 Cascade Theater audiences—yikes!

        A Cascade crowd is highly self-selected, so it’s far from a random sample, but I don’t think I’ve ever attended a concert at the Cascade where I don’t see friends and acquaintances in attendance.

        • Yes, 1.5 Cascade audiences. And I agree that I never go there when I don’t see many people I’m delighted to bump into, and who I care about.

          It puts real faces to the potential deaths.

          Here’s the graphic, hard-to-watch video I mentioned up above, and if this doesn’t illustrate the horror that is COVID-19 for the deniers, I don’t know what would.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvtReSZr2SQ

  7. Deborah Segelitz Deborah Segelitz says:

    I still do not understand how people can insist that this GLOBAL pandemic is “a hoax.” Do they really think that dozens of countries all got together to make up a fake pandemic (and fake piles of bodies) to… do what, exactly?

    It’s mind-boggling. A hoax. A hoax?

    Sadly, it seems, unless people either get the virus badly themselves, or lose someone they care about, or actually know someone who has died a terrible death, they just blank it and don’t care.

    The ignorance (sometimes willful) astounds and depresses me.

    • I know, Deb. I don’t understand how people can call it a hoax, either. What’s staggering is that here in the US we are about 5 percent of the world’s population, yet with 100,000 deaths out of 350,000 worldwide deaths, we have nearly a third of the world’s deaths from the virus. You’d think that that information alone would sober up Americans.

      I truly believe that America will not wake up until the deaths are personal. I haven’t researched this, but my hunch is New York isn’t seeing the kinds of mass protests we are here on the west coast, because they’ve seen death up close and personal.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Deb — There’s a “we’re the center of everything” mentality among Americans that leads easily to even more delusional, crazy-ass thinking.

      Why is it nuts to think that the whole world conspired to create a pandemic and economic depression in order to take down Dear Leader?! Everyone else hates Trump, because America First! The media aren’t going to tell us the truth about how the Chinese and the WHO and the Illuminati hatched the whole COVID-19 thing to destroy MAGA! Here, let me share with you a Russian-produced meme that spells it all out!

    • Avatar John Whittenberger says:

      The New York Times had pictures of the refrigerated tractor trailers used as temporary morgues in New York City. One was labeled “Dead Bodies”. Maybe those labeled trailers should be sent on a national tour.

      Or would they be regarded as “Fake News”?

  8. Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

    I remain watchful of the current viral bloom being investigated in adjacent Lassen County, where officials have suspended reopening while contact tracing is being conducted. My experience with rodeo folks has always suggested lots of travel in that lifestyle, so crossing county lines is commonplace. Not being paranoid, just watchful. Those 5 recent infections had to originate somewhere.

  9. Avatar Anonymous Heckler says:

    For a bunch of people who fancy themselves enlightened liberals who trust science, you manage to ignore a lot of plain facts. Let’s follow the data, as the governor says. Here are the numbers Bing serves up this morning:

    U.S. case rate: 54 per 10,000 residents.
    California case rate: 25 per 10,000 residents.
    Shasta County case rate: 2 per 10,000 residents.

    Are we immune? Of course not.

    Should we be locked in our homes for fear of the pandemic? In Shasta County? It’s a joke.

    People went to the rodeo because they’ve been cooped up and need to see other humans, and based on the actual cases in the actual place they live, there’s effectively no risk. The rednecks were right.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Nah, the rednecks weren’t right. We dodged a bullet that probably wasn’t really on target at that time, but the rednecks thinking that we’ve been spared of COVID-19 owing to some special kinds of virtues that we possess and our common-sense thinkin’ up here is bullscheisse.

      We don’t have it up here because of (1) the adherence to precautions taken by Californians in the population centers that largely inhibited the spread of the virus, and (2) standard lag periods in the spread of diseases from high- to low-density areas. People crowing, “We were right! We dodged it!” are being a tad naive.

      The rural rednecks in the Midwest thought they were right, too. Until they were wrong. Eventually, we’re probably going to be wrong as well.

      • Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

        “People crowing, “We were right! We dodged it!” are being a tad naive.”

        Incredibly naive, considering this particular disease has only been under the microscope for a few months, and the long-term impacts remain in question. Amongst those that have survived the infection, lung tissue damage from advanced viral pneumonia may actually be permanent. Given that many recent studies suggest that viral infections may lead to inflammatory predispositions for cancer create further concerns for the well being of survivors. The jury remains out on many ingredients of COVID, and it is foolhardy to posture as if there weren’t an ocean of unknowns still in the equation.
        Whether redneck luck or divine intervention, I wouldn’t push it unless you are also prepared to also push your own delete button. Incredibly naive…

      • Avatar Anonymous Heckler says:

        The state is treating Shasta County like it has a level of risk far beyond what we really do. People have eyes. And they come to their own conclusions about whether the damage done to their lives is worth any payoff in health.

        • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

          You’re wrong, Incognito.

          The state isn’t treating Shasta County like it has much of anything. It hasn’t punished anyone. It hasn’t sent the National Guard in to crack down. It hasn’t said, loudly, “HEY! YOU GUYS! KNOCK IT OFF!”

          We’re not that significant. We only imagine how unfairly and unnecessarily persecuted and restricted we are.

          Here’s Sacramento’s reaction to our recent shenanigans:

          :::yawns:::

    • Avatar Ed Marek says:

      You are wrong Doni, when you say:

      “…eventually, we’ll all get it…”

      Eventually, we’ll all get it (more like 70% of us, actually) UNLESS we develop an effective treatment or vaccine first.

      And since that gives us the choice of accepting two to four million American COVID-19 deaths, along with years of total economic collapse imposing an additional death toll that is entirely unknown, I suggest we choose modern medicine.

      We can make rational health care decisions and take the necessary actions, already proven effective in dozens of other countries worldwide, or we can follow the orders of a raving lunatic which he himself has summarized as “what’s the worst that could happen?”

      “Anonymous Heckler May 28, 2020 at 10:08 am

      U.S. case rate: 54 per 10,000 residents.
      California case rate: 25 per 10,000 residents.
      Shasta County case rate: 2 per 10,000 residents.

      Are we immune? Of course not…”

      So, you are advocating Shasta county should adopt the very practices that got California and the USA their much higher rates of infection and fatalities, before they instituted “social distancing” policies?

      It should only take a month or two to pass up California in infection rates, and catch up to the USA average.

      No need to stop there. In only a few more weeks we could pass New York City and challenge Northern Italy for the world record!

      • Avatar Mark Roman says:

        Here’s a good article about why NYC has suffered so much from the virus. Most of the conditions described don’t exist in Shasta Co. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-28/why-was-new-york-hit-so-badly-with-covid-19?srnd=premium

        • Avatar Ed Marek says:

          What you do not seem to understand is that if any virus is reproducing itself, infecting new hosts, at a rate of over one, it will eventually infect an entire population.

          Had we not instated “social distancing”, about 70% of the population of Shasta county would have eventually been infected.

          It just would have taken longer than New York to reach the same ~70% percentage of people infected, at which point herd immunity would have essentially halted the epidemic in both locations.

          If we do not maintain adequate “Social distancing” to keep the transmission rate at one or less until an effective treatment is found, We will still reach the same total infection rate, and about the same very large number of total deaths, eventually. And if we allow this to occur, the damage this will cause to our economy will surely be much, much, worse than what we have experienced so far.

          All the sacrifices already made, will have been a wasted effort.

        • Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

          “Most of the conditions described don’t exist in Shasta Co…?

          Worthy of noting might be air quality, which – here in Norcal – the breath-ability of our air can be great most times, but that quality is nearly always inversely proportionate to the severity of our fire season. Can COVID carry further than medically proscribed in a smoky, heavily particulate environ? My intuition tells me it could…
          Further to this is the physiologic burden of concurrently dealing with a COVID infection during a period of compromised air quality. Worthy of consideration, as fire season is right around the corner.

          • And wait until PG&E starts the rolling blackouts.

          • Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

            Here’s an article addressing the increased vulnerability to respiratory illness that accompanies inhalation of smoke in wildfire environs. Community risks are elevated, simply by exposure to the peripheral “haze” that typifies large fires. The article was written in May 2020, and makes specific mention of COVID risks in this setting.

            https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/20/years-forest-fire-season-could-be-even-deadlier

            Further, the pronged inhalation of woodsmoke is thought to suppress the activity of macrophages in the upper respiratory tract, creating a predisposition for increased viral load.

        • Avatar Ed Marek says:

          Mark, I apologize for the patronizing tone of my earlier reply.

          Please have a look at the Wikipedia entry for Basic reproduction number, or R zero:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_reproduction_number

          The absolute number of cases in any epidemic is not nearly as important to determine the eventual severity, as is whether infections are increasing or decreasing, whether the R zero is above or below one.

          If, for example the R zero for New York city last February was close to three, due to conditions as described in the article you posted, and the corresponding rate for North California was only about two, that only means it would have taken longer for North California to reach the same terminal level of infections as New York, which is believed to be about 70% of the entire population.

          Under present “social distancing” practices, all of California has NOT reduced R zero sufficiently to reduce the number of infections or deaths.

          We have only managed to (nearly) stabilize them at unacceptably high levels:

          “Infection rate
          CALIFORNIA

          On average, each person in California with COVID is infecting 1.03 other people. Because this number is only slightly above 1.0, it means that COVID is growing, but slowly…”

          https://covidactnow.org/us/ca?s=37528

          And by using the map tool at that site, you can see that most of the Nation is doing even worse than California.

          North California currently has an enviably low infection rate, as compared to the rest of California or the nation as a whole.

          Increasing our R zero rate by “loosening up” to allow us to soon catch up to or surpass other regions in infection and death rates, will in no way help us, or the rest of the State and Nation.

      • Ed, I don’t know how you made this leap in assumption: “So, you are advocating Shasta county should adopt the very practices that got California and the USA their much higher rates of infection and fatalities, before they instituted “social distancing” policies?”

        What the heck?

        I’m advocating people take the virus seriously as the killer it obviously is, and demonstrate some concern for fellow humans (and themselves) by adhering to the CDC health and safety guidelines.

        • Avatar Ed Marek says:

          Look again, Doni.

          I was replying to AH in the sentence you quote, not you!

          I’ll try to structure my comment to make my points clearer, in the future.

          But please consider the comment I did make to you, above.

          “…eventually, we’ll all get it…” sounds to me like you are in danger of accepting an unacceptable, and completely avoidable, catastrophic outcome.

          • I accept the fact that there’s a lot I don’t know about this virus, but I do know that I live in an area where many people don’t take it seriously, and ignore social distancing, and scoff at masks, so collectively, our risk of exposure and infection is high. I don’t like it, but I know it’s a possibility.

            I hope I’m wrong on this one.

    • Hey, Anonymous Heckler, I’d give your comments more weight if you used your real name, as the majority of people do here. Why the anonymity?

      • Avatar Anonymous Heckler says:

        Elaborating why would defeat the purpose. Feel free to slap me around if I drift into undue rudeness under cover of my digital mask.

        • AH, this is one mask-free zone. Come on out. It’ll be fine.

        • Avatar jeff says:

          Coach Bob, you back?

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Anonymous Heckler is easily 40 IQ points north of Coach Bob—at a minimum. Coach Bob’s posts brought to mind a guy bringing his forehead against his keyboard.

            I know who Anonymous Heckler is. It didn’t take him long to drop his kimono and bare his misanthropic soul. You can change the name, but it’s not so easy to disguise the style.

          • Avatar Steve Towers says:

            *banging* his forehead against his keyboard. Not *bringing*.

            -098y2 crponijawwep098u

            (bangs forehead against keyboard)

    • Avatar Connie Koch says:

      Dear Anonymous Heckler, I have lost a dear friend to this deadly virus, so take your numbers and shove them where the sun don’t shine. Until you lost someone you care about about love, your words are drivel! Come back and give me a list of the people you are willing to lose to this deadly pandemic. I’ll wait…..

      PS… our numbers are low because we have a Governor who took quick action and shut things down so the virus didn’t spread.

  10. Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

    “…you manage to ignore a lot of facts.”

    Small wonder you prefer anonymity…

  11. Avatar David Boone says:

    I think it’s part of the flipside of the information revolution: when information becomes free and accessible to everyone, then literally anything can be claimed by anyone. Everyone seems to realize this now, and so it’s become kind of a big deal what one’s intellectual and ideological stance is in relation to this “new information-reality”, regardless of how cogent or rationally defensible the stance is. One would hope, at that point, that the standards of the validity of knowledge and competing truth-claims would increase; but sadly the opposite has often occurred.

    America has always had a strong fideistic and anti-intellectual current in the more rural and small-town culture, and this combined with the decline of epistemic standards seems to lead directly to these current pockets of “New Dark Ages” mentalities. Conspiracy theories of all kinds abound, bolstered by superstition, folk-science, traditionalism, knee-jerk reactionary tendencies, and the like. It’s a cultural reaction against a bankrupted postmodernism in many ways, which itself did not have the best track record intellectually speaking but did bring us some much-needed progress in the social sphere.

    I think that those of us who ride safely on the reasonably-stable ship of science and objective reality would do well to remember sometimes that far more people are currently floundering in the shipwreck of the ongoing systematic destruction of a vessel they once thought unsinkable. It’s never easy when life unravels our illusions, and the usual tendency is to squeeze the eyes closed even tighter and fight it kicking and screaming.

  12. Avatar Miguel says:

    “last four people who tested positive for COIVD-19 in Shasta County were people who had NO symptoms ..” And these are actual positives for the virus, not antibodies? (i.e., these individuals are potentially infectious at time of test?) I know this is a fairly short time-line (about a week) and an exceedingly small sample .. but that number still has me scratching my head. What gives?

    Nonetheless .. thanks for the link on public testing. And .. as someone who has in the past railed on the subject of criminally inadequate testing .. I feel kind of honor bound to now step up. This even though I haven’t had so much as a sniffle or a headache (knock on wood) over the past 10 weeks. As Doni pointed out, that’s not really the point. One of those “for the greater good” citizenship things. So I will go ahead and get myself signed up and tested. And encourage others to do the same. (Thanks again for the link and the prompt .. and another really sound article.)

  13. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    If I see a guy/ gal playing Russian roullette in State of J at arms length from me the only good news is I know that I am not qualified to “talk him down” so I need to walk away. He/ she may be homicidal as well as suicidal, jist sayin’ +!+

  14. Avatar Rob Belgeri says:

    Go ahead. Play the odds. The rodeo example is the one that should rhetorically unravel all “safetyist” propositions for caution . Do it. I’ll watch. And still mask in public.

    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/05/27/wisconsin-coronavirus-hospitalizations-rise-more-tested-open-cases-deaths/5269695002/

  15. Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

    WHO has said the Americas, not just the US, are the new hot spot. The news, all the news stations, have shown mass graves in Brazil. Mexico has finally started updating cases and they are on the rise.

  16. Avatar Randy says:

    “People even wished death on those who attended and their families”? Really? Wouldn’t be just creating some fake story to to bolster your case for fake insult and victimhood would you, “anonymous lady business owner “?

    • I know many people, myself included, who were very troubled by the rodeo, but I don’t know anyone who’d wish them dead. That was just one of her points I found dubious, but whatever, it’s her thing.

    • Avatar Doug Cook says:

      Randy, maybe not wishing death on Rodeo attendees…but what happened is that many on here act disappointed that there weren’t more negative repercussions. It’s the same as you and Climate Change news. You wish to ignore the good news, and gravitate to the gloom and doom stories. When I showed you that there was no flooding of homes in the Maldives years ago, instead of saying, whew…that’s good news, you doubled down in repeating false stories trying to refute my facts.

      There are a few on here that regurgitates nothing but worse case scenarios, taking delight in blaming the president. We should be celebrating that there was a gathering like this with no spike in cases. “Julia L. Marcus, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “We know that being outdoors is lower risk for coronavirus transmission than being indoors.” I love seeing folks traveling to Whiskeytown and Shasta Lake for boating and swimming. It’s great to be out and about again. My wife, daughter and mother-in-law drove up to Burney Falls yesterday. it was good for them to get out.

      • Avatar Randy says:

        I have friends and family who believe the ignorant conspiracy theories that COVID-19 is a hoax created by ‘the left’ to damage Trump and they might have been at the Rodeo themselves. I don’t want them sick or to have problems because they are family and friends but I know if they do get sick and need help they will be calling me for help and I would probably cave in to their needs. Your ongoing demands that AGW related flooding is not happening in the Maldives, even though the Maldives is on aveage 5′ above sea level and I have sent you numerous news and science accounts of such flooding, is to demonstrate your deep committment to the ignorance and lies of Trump and cult. This is you Doug and you have not learned a thing about honest, genuine communications in the years(around a decade) we have been discussing world events on public forums.

  17. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    We’re NOT outa the woods until we’re outa the woods Donner Party +!+

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party

  18. Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

    Wyoming canceled Cheyenne Frontier Days for the first time in 185 years. CFD brought in $30 to $35 million in ten days, that is as much as Warren Air Base brings in a year. Another proof that Republicans value lives over money.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Bruce — In my semi-liberal tourist Mecca hometown of Steamboat Springs, CO, the Pro Rodeo that runs every FR and SA night from mid-July to mid-August is also canceled for the first time in over 100 years.

      Dead people = liability.

      As for Republicans valuing lives over money, due to the Trump administration’s reluctance to confront reality and potentially effect the economy, we have almost 30% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 4.25% of the world’s population. If that’s caring, please give me negligence.

      • Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

        Steve, what has Trump got to do with CFD or even any rodeo? The main theme pushed on here is people valuing money over lives. I just pointed out where lives were valued more but that doesn’t fit with the Liberal Trump trashing posters on here. If my messages are so disliked on here than maybe I should be banned. Was there a coup and the Media is now controlled by China?

  19. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    They’ll tell Ya’ that they dont like sending water south when they own no land, have no water rights and live 10 miles from FED CA AG Complex, Hysterical vs History +!+

  20. Avatar SB says:

    Who are we to deny anyone’s freedom to be renegades and walk into the unknown. People are well aware of the consequences, hey…go for it. No one’s stopping you. Enjoy.

  21. Avatar Connie Koch says:

    Excellent article Doni! I have been dealing with so much anxiety, just having to go do some grocery shopping.. I can’t wait to get home. I wear my mask when out and about.. and for the most part, stay at home. I don’t know if I will ever feel comfortable getting back to “normal” after all of this.

    Unfortunately, I am afraid there will be a spike in cases in our county because there are those that just do not care about others. I am sorry for the small businesses, but life must be greater than the almighty dollar.

    • Dear Connie, hang in there. Deep breaths (outside, in nature). You’ve been through a lot, especially since you’ve lost someone who died of COVID-19.

      Tough times. I’m glad we’re all here where we can share what we’re going through, all in a different way, of course, because of different circumstances.

      Take care of yourself. xod

  22. Avatar I'd tell you but haters would tell my boss about me! says:

    I had the privlage of learning how the media works when I held a job as a news production assistant in San Francisco. I was hired in the spring of 1998. One thing I would often question at my job was when the news anchors reported on an “incident” occurring on the Golden Gate Bridge. What were they talking about? I finally asked an anchor what that was about because there seemed to be a lot of “incidents.” I found out the GGB was one of the most frequented locations for people attempting to and unfortunately committing suicide. The anchor informed me that the reason they simply call them “incidents” is that they did not want to encourage others in anyway to follow suit. Provided with this knowledge, I went about my production assistant duties thinking, “it sure feels good that we are providing this kind of public service!”

    Work was not the only place I learned about the media. I was an undergrad, majoring in broadcast journalism at the time of Columbine. In one of my classes we discussed the role of media in the reporting of the story. I shared a hypothesis in the class that part of the dynamic of violence in this case may have included the sources of media the murders were consuming. I was told by my professor at the time (who displayed a significant level of irritability towards my idea) that there was no evidence that supported a correlation between violent television programing, video games or music and persons committing violent acts. According to my professor all would have been prevented in that case with stronger gun laws. On its face that made sense, as one could do a lot of damage with a firearm; still, my professors vehement dismissal of my thoughts seemed wrong to me, but having no research to support my hypothesis, and pretty much apolitical or outright ignorant of political agendas (and the extent to which they infected so many of our institutions), I let the argument go…I didn’t want to get a bad grade get in the way of my intended path.

    I’d continue with my production assistant work in the evenings and wonder from time to time about what was happening in my classes. It certainly didn’t feel like an exchange of ideas were taking place. While my teacher told me guns were to blame it also didn’t escape my attention that the names, ages, pictures and forms of media Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold consumed were being reported around the clock on news radio and television. What happened to the good things we in the media were doing to prevent the encouragement of others to commit acts of violence, whether against oneself or others? Suddenly in the news room we were doing the opposite? This really started to bother me, especially when I spoke with the anchor who gave me the reasoning on the “incidents.” I’m paraphrasing, but it was along the lines of, “I just read what they give me.”

    This over the years of course has led to every profile of these mass shooters on the every expanding numbers of media platforms–some unfortunately with the ability to show the violence in real time. The reality of media today is that it is more agenda driven rather than fact driven. If the media is so concerned about preventing suicides, should it also be concerned about preventing mass shootings instead of providing instant fame for persons who are mentally unstable?

    Which leads me to how this ties into this story and all things Wuhan Virus, Covid-19, Corona virus.
    Narratives are being driving and thoughts and ideas are being stifled by OUR media, all with the “experts” showing they believe one thing today and the exact opposite tomorrow. Fellow citizens ratting out or shaming one another rather than realizing we are a nation of free people, free thinkers, free risk takers, free doers. The solution(s) to fighting Covid-19 and living our lives can’t possibly be figured out without the collective intelligence and the trial and error of a free people.

    We have learned something from this Rodeo that goes beyond shaming those who exercised their liberty by gathering together, or glaring at someone for wearing or not wearing a mask. We’ve learned that those who are so quick to shame are even quicker to vanish before validating their fellow Americans choice to live free, or consider evidence that questions the severity of this illness and the real number of deaths attributed to COVID. This Rodeo doesn’t mean that there is no COVID, it means, as Garth Brooks would say, “I could have miss the pain, but I’d of had to miss the dance.”

    That being said, I wear a mask; not as a symbol, but because I believe it may keep me safe and others, and that if I am near a person without one I know there’s some barrier between us and that’s good enough for me; it doesn’t have to be your thing.

    We will never be able to walk into a restaurant with the guarantee that someone with COVID won’t pass by and sneeze. You will never know if your cook has Hep-C or if Horatio Sanz sprinkled a little special sugar on your French toast. None of us know! For the most part you don’t know when you’re going to die either, or how! But you’re going to, we all are! Do we really need to spend an entire average life expectancy of a mere 31,500 days making everyone else miserable because of a fear of something no single person or large group can entirely control? How about we stop the spread of the common cold first? I’d love that!

    Look, really this is something we should all be in agreement on. There’s part of humanity that thinks there are too many humans on the planet, and if that’s what they really believe they should leave the other half that wants to party it up in the sun to have at it. It’s a win-win if you’re really being honest. Hell in a 100 years from now it won’t matter a damn bit because most everyone on the planet now won’t be here anyway. None of us will SAVE the planet. Even if you die thinking you did, this planet has a life cycle that too will come to an end, long after you and I (or any other human thousands of years from now, who cares little, if at all, about the significant of our existence) bites the cosmic dust. Your belief in how special you are, no matter how much you wish it were so, gives you zero power over others. Just stop it already, man! Protect yourself if you must but live and let live, damn it!

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      Askeerd of Your Boss — Believe me when I say that I enjoyed reading that, even though my appreciation was for your BIG worldview, and not so much for the minutia of how it applies to COVID-19.

      I’m for more opening up. That’s in part out of fatalism—our numbers here in the United States speak for themselves. We’re not up for the fight, so might as well let it run its course and get 70-90% of us, and we hopefully develop some serious herd immunity after we bury the dead.

      But since it’s all about being free, I think I’ll continue to feel free looking at the people in Holiday Market who aren’t wearing masks and thinking: WTF is wrong with you? Like the two women in the produce section yesterday who decided to stand 3-4 feet on opposite sides of my cart and engage in a loud, laugh-it-up conversation: “HA HA HA HA HA! YOU’RE KIDDING ME!” Excuse me if I continue to freely think of those types as clueless, selfish, lazy and rude.

      Because seriously, it takes almost zero effort to wear a goddamned mask, and if you’re unwilling to do it in a supermarket or big box store, it’s a “fuck you, me first” to the people around you. And don’t tell me it’s fine because “we don’t have it here.” All you’re really saying is: “I’m fine with it getting out of hand here sooner than later. And to the extent that we push that back in time—which I admit would be a good thing—I’m fine with *you* doing all the lifting while *I* do literally nothing.”

      • Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

        Yeah, Steve. I found the tome by “I’d tell you but haters would tell my boss about me!” interesting – at first, until he descended into the “live and let live” nonsense that puts us all at risk. Apparently 100,000 deaths is OK by him as long as it hasn’t affected him. Or her, if that’s the case.

        • Avatar I'd tell you but haters would tell my boss about me! says:

          Except for the scientific opinions on masks vary and that our favorite fact checker says so:

          https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/zinc-lozenges-coronavirus/

          But let us consider more than one source because we don’t want to say someone is a FOX/CNN viewer and thereby comfort ourselves by having a “good” reason to dismiss an argument.

          http://www.sanfernandosun.com/news/article_068568f4-5e90-11ea-ae12-c79d5f80c4a7.html

          My “live and let live” (with my mask) doesn’t put anyone at risk, and according to this noted virologist neither does a person sans mask. Wear your mask, social distance if that’s what give you peace. It does for me.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Hiding Cuz of Haters Guy — First of all, the Snopes piece only authenticates the authorship of a guy who sent his family some advice in February, and the advice went viral. There are no scientific findings described—mostly just an informed hunch about zinc lozenges. The rest of the post has to do with hygiene. It’s completely silent on the prophalactic value of masks.

            The second article is the one in which he provides an opinion on masks, and he says he’s wearing them (and gloves). His only comment on masks is regarding self-care: They prevent you from touching your nose and mouth. He says masks don’t afford any protection from airborne infection, but he provides no evidence that’s true.

            That’s hardly a variety of clashing scientific opinions. It’s one guy, whose early hunches have now been overwhelmed by new data on how the virus is transmitted and how it can be slowed.

          • Avatar Miguel says:

            You were doing reasonable well (or at least a lot better) before you got in to the weeds with the “masks don’t matter.” Utter and absolute nonsense! Virtually every reliable source on the planet says they help reduce transmission. Scrounging around to find some “link” that might cast doubt … Land of the tin foil hats.

    • Avatar Randy says:

      “Hell in a 100 years from now it won’t matter a damn bit because most everyone on the planet now won’t be here anyway. None of us will SAVE the planet. ”

      This mind set sounds more than a little short sighted and self centered to me. I rather believe that how our planet is going to look 100 years from now is directly in our hands as individuals and as a nation of people and we not only have the potential to influence the future of our planet but we have a solemn responsibility to our planet and our heirs to make responsible, informed choices about the world we are now creating.

  23. Terry Turner Terry Turner says:

    Doni, thank you for another excellent article. I just keep thinking of the news report of the woman in the San Francisco Bay area, who had “a terrible flu”, got better…and then she was found dead of a heart attack. When they did an autopsy, they found she had had COVD-19, and like strep, it can attack your vital organs. There have been more news reports on the way this virus can come back after you think you are well, and take you out. This is one scary virus.

    I agree with all who say we’ve been lucky because the Governor got us in lockdown quickly, and we complied, and our case numbers stayed small.

    Now that so many people appear to think the virus is gone, well, I’m terrified. We have so many of us who normally travel back and forth to Sacramento and the Bay Area for work, family or fun. And this time of year, we have people from all over the country who come to Shasta and surrounding counties to enjoy our beautiful outdoor recreation.

    And without precautions such as masks and social distancing, one infected but asymptomatic visiting pastor, or one infected tourist…well, you’ve all seen the charts of how quickly it can spread, or perhaps you’ve read the story of the one man in Chicago who caused so many cases.

    So when I see someone in a mask, their mask-wearing tells me that person respects other people and their right to live. And that’s why I wear my mask, too. Sure, it’s not fun. But as I read about other pandemics, and how people kept themselves and their families safe, mask-wearing is the way to go!

  24. Avatar Candace says:

    Hell ya! I don’t know what Doni was thinking when she wrote this opinion piece! Let’s all do our “own thing” during a pandemic that’s already killed 100,000 people cuz “media” and a college professor’s bias. “Live and let (others) die” cuz, well, “haters gonna hate” and no one’s special and we and our planet are all gonna die at some point so why not help push it along for some and anyway, shouldn’t we cure the common cold before we get all judgy with each other about a silly ‘ol pandemic? Just ask Garth Brooks; he’s no epidemiologist but he writes a damn good song lyric!

  25. Avatar Anita Brady says:

    Seeing spikes in other hot spots across the country, we can see we literally dodged a bullet.

  26. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    We’ve dodged a bullet when the gunfire stops in earnest and we have a clear demarcation between dead, wounded and true survivors and not one second before Commander. Most people “lack” wisdom +!+

  27. Avatar Gayle says:

    The self-serving rodeo yahoos may have dodged a bullet. Thank goodness no one has turned up sick yet but would we know if they did? They don’t appear to be in the camp of caring community members seeking a test. They are the same self-absorbed bullies not wearing masks and not socially distancing in our community every day. Our cowardly sheriff was too afraid of a tongue lashing-or a gunshot from the drunk concealed weapons crowd to stop the rodeo event and do his job. Maybe we need to fire him and make masks mandatory in all stores.

  28. Avatar Jist Cuz says:

    Wuhan Labs is a biological germ warfare facility. Whether the “escape” of this virus was intentional or not the outcomes in the long run will be the same which all depends on how adaptable we are when it comes to “survival of the fittest”. Bullies and cowards will never grasp this concept because its community that counts not idealism driven agenda +!+

  29. Avatar Bill Vercammen says:

    “Wuhan Labs is a biological germ warfare facility.”

    I have looked very hard at this possibility, and cannot see a clear path forward to establishing a factually-based compilation of evidence to support an irrefutable accusation. It’s a political quandary, but so much time has passed with so many opportunities to alter the existing evidentiary record, cover any potential for genetic tracing, and doctor (or eliminate) eyewitness testimony, record keeping, and research documentation. As much as I would like to see a whistleblower float out of the Wuhan, I really think we may never have adequate history to enable real answers. IOW, China’s historical retelling of the pandemic may differ substantially from that of the Wesr. That said… there have surely been enough questionable actions by the CCP to warrant suspicion. It raises my hackles. The difference between proving of criminal intent, social negligence, or scientific ineptitude may not matter going forward as retaliations appear inevitable.

    • Avatar bruce vojtecky says:

      A more telling fact about those deaths was it was the average age was 70.

      • Avatar Chad Magnuson says:

        Less than 1/2 of Covid19 deaths in America are of the over 65 age.
        How do you explain the other 1/2 of the deaths?
        Was it bad data at the onset of the pandemic, or is it bad choices of society as a whole?

  30. Update: Shasta County has two new positive cases today.
    Carry on. Stay safe.

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