Charleston prolongs COVID-19 shutdown

Charleston prolongs COVID-19 shutdown
April 18 14:28 2020 Print This Article

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg issued a three-step COVID-19 recovery protocol Friday which keeps the city’s current stay at home order in place. It also extends the closure of city parks. A Live 5 News report Friday indicates that there are only 385 known Charleston County COVID-19 infections (0.09% of the county’s 430,000 residents) and three Charleston County deaths to date. The state health department (DHEC) reports that 67% of known COVID-19 patients have fully recovered from the virus.

The recovery protocol does not contemplate re-opening shuttered businesses, government offices or city parks until there is “evidence that the rate of infection in our community is low.” An acceptable infection rate is not specified. It also requires a “robust” testing and contact tracing program by DHEC and local hospitals and medical care providers. It is not clear whether DHEC has established a testing protocol for the entire state.

No complete restoration of the Charleston economy is forecast until a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, which could take more than a year or never materialize. There is still no vaccine available for the HIV virus, which was initially detected in the 1980s and no vaccine for the H1N1 “swine flu”, which swept through America in 2008 and 2009. The protocol is full of menacing quotes from public health officials. One quote from the Baylor College of Medicine Dean falsely states, “Without a vaccine, we’re using 14th century methods.” The 14th century is when the bubonic plague swept through Europe, killing an estimated 30% or more of the population.