CALIFORNIA – The state of California is implementing two moves in an effort to combat that spread of COVID-19 between two specific populations.
On one note, they’re decreasing jail populations to avoid inmates being held in close quarters. This is not a popular move for some, but it can potentially reduce the spread of the virus.
Yet, the state has also decided to have the homeless population moved into various recreational centers.
California's coronavirus policy has reached a puzzling contradiction: the state is releasing inmates but moving homeless people to recreation centers. https://t.co/TnpN9lN4Jb
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 23, 2020
If the logic in that is confusing to you, then you’re not alone.
You have one population that was in close confines with others being somewhat disseminated to avoid the spread of COVID-19, namely the jail population. Then, the state essentially recreates that conundrum by housing the homeless in close confines.
When looking at what the state has done as far as the jails are concerned, the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin has released 247 people from the facility.
In San Diego County, they too have been coordinating a reduction in jail admissions and scheduling early releases from several jail facilities.
— Johna (@_TiGeR_) March 19, 2020
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department’s spokesman, Lt. Ricardo Lopez, stated the following about the effort:
“The goal is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our jails, while still meeting the safety needs of the community.”
The reduced headcount inside the jails is actually poising facilities to create designated quarantine spaces in addition to existing isolation units.
Once again, making an unpopular, but possibly successful measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Then, you’ve got what the state is trying to do regarding the vagrant population.
Amy Perkins, the housing task force chief for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, stated that the rec centers will only be filled to 80% capacity. In an effort to quell concerns, beds are going to be spaced roughly six-and-a-half feet apart from each other.
While shelter is certainly a noble effort, does close confinement actually make the population safer?
From the elements-perspective, yes, the population will be safer. From a viral perspective, absolutely not.
Even some of the state’s homeless population isn’t sold on the idea, citing the obvious concerns of the virus. One of the homeless in Venice, David Busch, voiced his apprehensions over the proposed rec center solution:
“All over the city, they’re telling people not to congregate, yet they’re telling homeless people to congregate in these recreation centers. What protection are we going to have?”
Consider that in states like Florida, beaches have been shut down because of the gatherings they can draw – and that is in the open air.
Now these rec centers can be filled with potentially hundreds of people, completely ignoring the notion of avoiding large gatherings.
While some might say there was an existing issue with what is often referred to as homeless “encampments,” that can be remedied by simply directing areas to be thinned out and spread further apart.
While both measures could easily be labeled humane, one of the two just simply doesn’t make that much sense.
One doesn’t have to look further than what happened in Tampa, Florida to see what overcrowding can accomplish in terms of COVID-19.
Law Enforcement Today has learned that some students from the University of Tampa have contracted COVID-19 after returning from their Spring Break partying.
Well, color us shocked.
Five students have tested positive for COVID-19, as noted by UT, after they traveled together for Spring Break. The university did not elude to where exactly the students traveled to or whether they lived in the dorms on campus.
The announcement was revealed by the school on March 21st, and it was listed that the students who tested positive have voluntarily isolated themselves. Just last week, the university had shifted from normal classroom operations to an online model to help thwart the spread of the virus.
UT took to Twitter to wish the recently infected students a speedy recovery from the virus.
UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19. We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery. https://t.co/MXl4e1v3gh
— The University of Tampa (@UofTampa) March 21, 2020
While the school didn’t comment on where the students traveled or what they were up to while on break, you don’t need a college degree to employ some deductive reasoning.
This announcement happens to coincide with the same timeframe that portions of Florida played host to numerous college-aged cretins disregarding social distancing guidelines while partying it up.
Major party destinations within Florida, like Miami Beach, shut down the pubs, beaches, and several other locations that typically attract large congregations since they couldn’t rely on the youthful demographic to adhere to common sense guidelines.
— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) March 19, 2020
Much like Eddie Murphy’s fictional girlfriend he sang about alongside Rick James in 1985, the students who like to “Party All the Time” managed to get Governor Rick DeSantis to address the issue.
While appearing on Fox & Friends on March 19th, Governor DeSantis delivered the following message to those who are looking to raise the roof in Florida:
“The message, I think, for spring breakers is that the party’s over in Florida.
You’re not going to be able to congregate at any beach in the state. Many of the hotspots that people like to go to, whether it’s Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Clearwater Beach, are closed entirely for the time being. the bars are closed so you’re not going to have a place to congregate there.”
From what the governor of Florida said, anyone looking to get down and party can simply “come back next year”.
Still, despite how contagious COVID-19 has proven to be in recent weeks, this story proves that the only thing more contagious than the virus is stupidity.
And here I thought college was supposed to make people smarter.
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