Carson City Supervisors wrestled with the ongoing Corona Virus epidemic that’s just about imprisoned the entire free world and beyond. The supervisors learned that things will get worse for the United States before it gets better. Many experts say it’s largely because the U.S. was not as prepared as many other parts of the world which are beginning their recovery phase while the U.S. continues to get worse. Depending on which expert you talk to the viral infection could last for another four to six months in the U.S. but then, later on, make an encore re-entry for another go-round.
Mayor Bob Crowell and others made the point that the Corona Virus doesn’t affect all its victims in the same way. Some show no symptoms, yet they still infect those around them. Hospitalization becomes necessary when the sickness shows all the signs of the virus taking over and then it’s a wait and see situation – and often not a good situation – especially for the medically vulnerable and/or if they’re over the age of 60.
Hunkering down at home and limiting runs to the store remains a workable strategy. But don’t forget to wear a face mask when you’re out and about. The early medical command was that face masks were not needed. But that command has been turned completely around. We’re now encouraged to wear face masks even if we’re not sick because someone who shows no symptoms of having the virus can be infected and not know it. So, when you go outside WEAR A FACE MASK.
If you think you’re coming down with the virus call your doctor or the Carson City Health Department. Tell them of your symptoms. They can determine how bad you’ve got it – and if you’re seriously infected they can get you into medical care. People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, fatigue, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. But that means 1 in 5 can be in real trouble. The disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
So, when you’re out and around, wear your face mask – either store-bought – or make them yourself. Since face masks are just about sold-out everywhere, you might check with local seamstresses or clothing repair shops and see if they can produce some for your family.
On another subject…the Supervisors agreed to partner-up with the Carson City School District in fighting another community problem – juveniles who have lost their way and can’t seem to stay out of trouble – especially at school. The Supervisors and Sheriff Ken Furlong inked a deal that both parties would come up with enough money to hire three additional School Resource Officers to keep a lid on school violence and other inappropriate activities. It’s a trend across the nation, especially in middle schools. The Carson City strategy has always been focused on middle school students – no longer children but still a ways away from being adults.
….And something there is that doesn’t love a pump house over your back fence….
Neighbors of Long Ranch, up between Kings and Ash Canyon Creeks, showed up before the city supervisors Thursday to again protest city plans to build a view-obstructing water pump house with noise to go with it. Neighbors told the city planning commission that what was described as a “minor addition” to the neighborhood was, in fact, visual blight right up against their fences. Neighbors told the supervisors that what the city was planning to build, turned out to be, in the their opinion, something “way over the top” in that it would block their views and add noise in their upscale neighborhood.
Neighbors said their opposition came late because they thought that the project would be like other pump stations – mostly buried underground. So when they found out that part of the project would look right down in to their yards and through their windows, they snapped. And very loudly. They complained to the planning commission that the public works department had made no mention to the neighbors of a towering noisy pump station or that it would be close enough to their fences that it would obscure their views.
The Supervisors listened to their comments and promised they’d look in to the matter.