The local coronavirus situation is changed. The cases are growing dramatically. It’s time for responsible people to do what they can to reduce the spread.
For the past three months, Lake Havasu City felt relatively safe. The biggest spread of the disease was in larger cities and the Navajo reservation. Now the smaller cities, including Lake Havasu City, are experiencing widespread community transmission.
The virus may never be really halted. Its transmission can be tamed, though, if people follow the guidance coming from state, national and county health authorities. Those involve staying at home when possible, washing hands frequently, distancing from others and wearing face masks when it’s impossible to distance.
Doing these things will not halt the coronavirus. Doing them will help accomplish an early goal of government leaders: Flatten the curve. In other words, keep the infection rates low enough that medical facilities and personnel aren’t swamped.
A flatter curve keeps the death rate in check. It allows very sick people to be treated appropriately, not rushed through a strained system. It allows medicine and equipment supply chains to function. Coronavirus cases spiked when the public confused a phased reopening with an all-clear signal. It was never the latter.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has taken the light approach in his directions and guidance, but in focusing on bar behavior, he’s showing some steel behind the velvet glove. The public should take notice of his stay home advice and mask advice and distance advice. The coronavirus has never been partisan in who it infects. Face masks shouldn’t be either. Lake Havasu City residents are a pretty smart bunch, not ready to swallow random Kool Aid but understanding the implications of serious issues.
Coronavirus in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County is a more serious issue than before. It’s up to every individual to help slow it.
— Today’s News-Herald