COVID and the youngsters: As children get sick and die, the Arkansas legislature worries about its energy and appeasing the MAGA crowd

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All people is reporting right this moment about new federal information that reveals a pointy rise in pediatric COVID circumstances. And the obvious lack of concern by anti-mask and anti-vaccine forces (that means nearly all of the Arkansas legislature.)

As proven, the Arkansas Division of Well being has begun a web page on its day by day report for pediatric circumstances.

They now account for 18 % of all circumstances in Arkansas because the pandemic started. However extra alarming is the pattern: These circumstances account for 32.5 % of present lively circumstances. As colleges report mounting circumstances, this proportion appears prone to enhance.

Deaths are growing amongst youthful individuals.

Take into consideration this as you watch the Arkansas legislature struggle to retain dictatorial energy over well being coverage in Arkansas. As I famous earlier than, authorized filings present lack of legislative energy is extra vital to Arkansas legislative leaders Matthew Shepherd and Jimmy Hickey than youngsters’s well being. Their taxpayer-hired particular counsel invented two laughable, embarrassing justifications for this:

  1. The masks mandate ban encourages vaccinations. Two issues: children below 12 can’t get pictures and the power-mad legislature prohibited vaccination mandates as nicely.
  2. Bans on native decision-making are essential to preserve the peace. Mandates trigger dissension, your “leaders” say. God assist Arkansas, they counsel, if ranting MAGA varieties can’t management public coverage with shouts, threats, misinformation and bullying.

As children get sick and die in growing numbers in Arkansas, bear in mind this wonderful passage from attorneys you paid to defend the legislative autocrats of their effort to overturn a decrease court docket ruling that has allowed dozens of college districts to have masks guidelines:

The Act 1002 Injunction is inflicting irreparable hurt as a result of it prevents Act 1002, enacted by the representatives of the residents of Arkansas, from being efficient. As a sensible matter, it interferes with the legislature’s efforts to maintain the peace and encourage the remaining unvaccinated phase of the inhabitants to get vaccinated with out utilizing mandates. There’s a proliferation of disputes on the native degree about native masks mandates, which has resulted in pointless dissension.

The legislature is aware of greatest. It will probably’t tolerate pointless dissension. Nevertheless: Democracy is messy on the native degree. And it’s typically more healthy for youngsters than conferences of the Arkansas Basic Meeting.

PS on dissension: In line with the most up-to-date ADH information on COVID-19 within the colleges, the college district chief in cumulative circumstances amongst college students and workers is the Cabot College District, the place an uproar by offended anti-maskers delayed a College Board resolution on a brief masks requirement.

Present faculty leaders, ranked by present lively circumstances, not per capita, by final Thursday (earlier than soccer season started in earnest):

The governor signed the ban on masks mandates and the ban on vaccination mandates. He opposes mandates, although he’s preventing the decrease court docket ruling to guard HIS energy as the chief department. And he’s encouraging all people to go to county festivals and soccer video games. Was a beautiful sight to see a largely maskless crowd of 64,000 shouting for the primary Razorback win of the season, wasn’t it?

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