It should be remembered that people are still dying. My sister, in hospital records, told me that in Allegheny County (greater Pittsburgh) this week, 100 people died of Covid-19. That’s a terrible number for one disease, at any time. But it’s a significant improvement from the week prior to it, when 300 people died.
I feel lucky to live here, in one of the merely three states that have seen a “downward trajectory” of Covid cases for at least 42 days. The only other states that can say the same are Hawaii — an isolated island — and Montana, where there I believe is not really any population to speak of, only ranch cows. And I guess a few persons (often with rifles).
I am still not going into any store without a mask. This weekend I'm taking the risk of going to a restaurant with outdoor seating, but will wear a mask until I get outside.
The governor here was the one forcing the state to follow mask and precautions guidelines, by declaring a disaster — and now the Republicans in the state senate are trying to impeach him for it. Also suing the state for that disaster declaration. I think they don’t like people staying alive or something. Pennsylvania has a rather high percentage of seniors in the population.
Our state Secretary of Health is a transgender woman with long, wild, wavy silver hair. She was unanimously confirmed by the PA Senate, surprisingly, despite other stupid ideas lurking amongst that body. I’m both impressed with her qualifications and also think she’d make a good character on The Simpsons.