VT: Here in Michigan we have joined the lowest level of infected states…and now our highways are filling with cars from the “shithole” states, Ohio, Texas, Florida and West Virginia. Vacation properties that normally empty after Labor Day, are filling again, with droves from the “Vaccine Deadbeat” states.
This is grape harvest time and I visited Ohio this weekend…wondering why I keep a home there sometimes. Hit the Kroger store looking for A&W Diet Cream Soda (wonderful stuff).
All I found was masks. Then I talked to a neighbor who explained that the “pastor” at her mega-church (list of arrests as a serial exhibitionist-dick displayer) said vaccines were “ungodly.” They have a home in Belize but can’t visit it…they aren’t allowed in Belize anymore. God’s will.
Martinez, 25, started going to restaurants for the first time in months, seeing friends and going out again after being careful for more than a year.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 13, 2021
Then the highly contagious delta variant began to take hold across Texas and the rest of the nation in July, and the numbers started to climb again across the state.
— Socorro ISD (@SocorroISD) September 18, 2021
Martinez, who is vaccinated, said he went back into isolation to help reduce the spread of the virus in El Paso, where COVID-19 killed so many people late last year that the county had to use inmates to help with the overflow of bodies at the morgue.
Things we can learn from #ElPaso if we want to defeat COVID:
💉 Get vaccinated – nearly 62% of El Paso residents, including 97% of 65+, are vaccinated
😷 They wear masks to protect one another
✊ They act like a community & are taking delta seriouslyhttps://t.co/schxivFozv
— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) September 13, 2021
But while delta raged through most of the state’s 254 counties in July and August, breaking records and overwhelming hospitals in both rural conservative areas and sprawling liberal metros, El Paso — with one of the highest vaccination rates in the state — has been relatively unscathed by the most recent surge.
“We held our breath after July Fourth, but we didn’t see the increase we thought we’d see in terms of hospitalizations,” said Martinez, a local government employee.
#Breaking — “We’re 1% away from herd immunity," says El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzales. "I think the indoor mask mandate has been helpful in terms of slowing down the spread here locally for us.” https://t.co/BibWgERljc
— KVIA ABC-7 News (@abc7breaking) September 13, 2021
While some other metro areas like Austin reported record high numbers of COVID-19 patients in their area hospitals just last month, and while statewide hospitalizations came close to eclipsing the January peak of 14,218, El Paso-area hospitals, which serve nearly a million West Texas residents, haven’t come close to their previous highs. Read more…