Who should I believe? Who is telling the truth here?
Is it a bunch of crackpots in the Dissident Right or the coroner of Dougherty County, GA?
“A coroner who works in one of Georgia’s hardest hit counties has revealed that there is not enough space to hold the bodies that have piled up as the state begins to reopen.
Georgia became one of the first states to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions last week when Governor Brian Kemp allowed some non-essential businesses to reopen.
The state has recorded at least 890 deaths due to COVID-19 with Dougherty County recording the largest number of deaths than any other county at 108.
Michael Fowler, a coroner in Dougherty County, where there are more than 1,400 confirmed coronavirus cases, said that though his area is better equipped than it was three weeks ago, bodies are still piling up.
He also noted that funeral homes are also struggling to keep up with the number of deaths.
‘They had said the same thing: We don’t have room to keep bodies,’ Fowler told WBUR. …”
“I’m always driving, going back-and-forth between nursing homes, the hospital, and the morgue. All these roads should be empty if you ask me. But now I see people out running errands, rushing back into their lives, and it’s like: “Why? What reason could possibly be good enough?” Sometimes, I think about stopping and showing them one of the empty body bags I have in the trunk. “You might end up here. Is that worth it for a haircut or a hamburger?”
You start to think that way as a coroner, especially now. I get fed up. I know the governor told us we could go ahead and reopen in Georgia. I understand businesses are hurting and people need to work. But I see these folks out and about and I wonder: “Is this another death I’ll have to pronounce?”
My work never shut down. I’ve been busier than ever during all this. For six weeks now, I’ve been answering calls in the middle of the night, taking pictures at the scene, notifying families, trying to get those family members tested. We’ve had more deaths in the last month here in Albany than we normally have in six months. This is a small community, but we’re ground zero for what they call community spread. Our greatest strength has been turned against us. We’re close-knit, social people down here. We shake hands. We hug. We go to church and hold onto each other, and this virus takes advantage and keeps passing right along. Our hospital is full, and they’re opening up another emergency unit to create more space. We had 200 more people test positive just last week. We’ve got so many sick in Albany that they’re shipping some to Atlanta to find space. My cousin’s up there now on a vent with this virus, and it isn’t looking so good. Nothing’s looking so good. We’re right in the thick of fighting this thing, but all of the sudden this is the time to reopen? This is the moment for a tattoo or a trip to the gym?
I don’t believe in getting hysterical. It’s doesn’t do any good. This is a numbers-and-facts job. But we have numbers and facts that are screaming out by themselves. …”
“I’m a coroner in Dougherty County, Ga., the county that currently has the most coronavirus-related deaths in the state. We’re located about two and a half hours south of Atlanta, and my office used to average one death a day. But now, I’ve had to bring in another part-time person just to keep on top of our cases. The pandemic has turned the city upside down. More than 50 people have died. A majority of the dead are female, and a majority of the dead are African-American.
The virus started spreading at a couple of funerals. Those individuals who attended the funerals went back into their neighborhoods, homes, and churches, and more people were infected. It hit like a bomb. Within a week, three people died in one day. All three had the same symptoms, so we had them tested and all came back positive. Ever since then, every day there’s someone dying with this virus. Recently, five people died in one day. I’m getting called different times of the night to go out and work a case, to try to figure out what happened prior to that person dying. Did the person have a fever? Were they coughing? Were they aching? Were they having difficulty breathing? So many phone calls are coming in now that it’s overwhelming. I’m getting very little sleep now. …”
Maybe he doesn’t care about his community.
Perhaps what is going on is nothing more than your average flu season and the coroner is part of a vast global conspiracy against Donald Trump?