Good news first: Today Kansas City did not record any additional COVID deaths.
In fact, the rate of COVID hospitalizations and fatalities has plummeted dramatically for weeks throughout the metro.
Again, new warnings focus on the threat of a pandemic reemergence . . .
And here's the reality check . .
THIS WEEKEND KANSAS CITY MOSTLY IGNORED COVID CRACKDOWN ORDERS!!!
A few highlights that can be confirmed by anybody who stepped outside over the past 48 hours . . .
- Most people are wearing masks around their chin.
- The comedy routine prescribing masks whilst standing up at restaurants but not whilst sitting down has been mostly abandoned.
- Box stores are packed this weekend. To date there hasn't been any notable KCMO enforcement inside any KCMO box store where COVID rule-breaking is running rampant.
A quick bit of guidance from 12th & Oak . . .
"Yeah, we know the rules have become a joke. I don't think the mayor would be criticized for acknowledging this but he'll take some heat for it from people who NEVER acknowledged the danger even as people were dying. The CDC and government officials want Americans to keep up pandemic discipline but people check the numbers, if they don't feel there is a risk to themselves they aren't going to obey. This is really bad news for those who are vulnerable and maybe a sign that we need to focus on vaccinations now . . . Because at this rate the COVID restrictions won't last until May 1st. One way or another."
Now . . .
Cautious souls and those at higher risk for COVID infections seem frustrated by the brazen local disregard for public health from so many denizens of the community.
To be fair, on sunny & beautiful days with temperatures in the 70s and Prez Trump safely out of office it's really hard to convince locals that the world is coming to an end.
In the final analysis . . .
The challenge to Mayor Q and public health leaders will be to convince residents to obey the rules until May 1st. OR we can all simply follow a longstanding Kansas City tradition and politely ignore potential threats and the public's widespread disregard for political pronouncements which ultimately erodes confidence in local leadership overall.
You decide . . .