Carson City Supervisors were confronted Thursday with some big financial challenges forced on them by the Covid-19 pandemic. Going through each department in the city and a list of major projects the city would like to accomplish over the next five years, the Supervisors started reaching for their budgetary scissors in order to fight the virus. Suffice it to say the city is in decent shape because it has money in the bank for major projects, but if necessary, the Supervisors can leave a sizeable amount of that money in abeyance and use at least part of it to more effectively deal with the virus outbreak.
As for how long this protracted drama will play out is anyone’s guess, due in part, to the utter unpredictibility of the Covid-19 virus itself. It will take time for just about every country in the world to help stamp out this latest world-wide death cloud. City Supervisors agreed that different parts of the world will be “getting back to normal” at their own speed. They’re hoping that an internationally coordinated world-wide testing program will play a large role in re-establishing what might be loosely referred to as “getting back to global normal.”
As for when our country, including Carson City, can begin recognizing a more safe, social and economic environment, it’s pretty much up in the air. Due to the inexplicable “intellectual turkey-shoot” going on within the White House, many states are reaching out to create shared inter-state plans to end the epidemic as soon as possible so the nation’s economy can recover. (Testing, testing, testing). Comments were made by the Supervisors that rural communities such as Carson City probably should not be lumped-in with Washoe and Clark Counties. And, that Carson City officials should take as many walks across Musser Street to the State Capitol and help devise economic recovery plans that more properly apply to smaller communities.
In short, it’s going to be pretty complicated for a while. Many acknowledged that the recovery will take “some time,” and that extraordinary financial assistance from the federal government will be required because cities and counties aren’t allowed to print their own money like the federal government does.
Again, there could be separate strong waves of Covid-19 still roaming around the country. There’s also been talk on news outlets about creating M*A*S*H-like virus response teams to track down and eradicate stubborn virus clusters. A Covid-19 virus vaccine is said to be well over a year away while others predict it could be much sooner than that.
It’s getting to the point that the nations of the world should take their local fire departments up a notch so they also have medical SWAT teams that can jump on a new viral outbreak before it escapes city limits or rural valleys.
As for communities like Carson City, maintaining distance separation between human beings, appears to be making nation-wide progress toward reducing the number of infections – flattening out the curve as they call it. But there are strong political forces concentrating more on pushing economic recovery – a bet with The Devil if there ever was one.
….and the story is still unfolding….