In the last seven days initial estimates on Covid-19 related deaths in Washington State: 10
Two days had 0 deaths
The week before: 36 deaths
Estimated deaths from all causes for that same 2 week period in Washington State: 2282 deaths
LINK (I took 2015 death rate and increased at the same ratio to account for the 2020 population increase)
This means that 2238 of the 2282 people who died in Washington State over the past 2 weeks (or 98.1%) died of something other than Covid-19 even with our “generous” counting methods.
A total of 749 people in Washington state died from Covid-19 through 4/26. 7 of those deaths were people under the age of 40 and 0 deaths under the age of 19 and less than 10% are under the age of 60.
396 of the deaths are among those age 80 or older. One of the worst aspects of our society is the devaluing of the elderly so I do not take these deaths lightly. But there are 247,928 people in Washington age 80 or older giving a mortality rate in the worst demographic of .16%. The overall mortality rate in the state is .01%
Based on this data should all age groups have the same precautions placed upon them?
Here are the counties that are currently shut down – small business forced to close, churches not meeting, only essential travel, no hair dressers or barbers, no new construction – these counties haven’t had a SINGLE Covid-19 death in the entire month of April as of 4/26.
Asotin County, Chelan County, Douglas County, Grant County, Island County, Kitsap County, Adams County, Clallam County, Cowlitz County, Grays Harbor County, Jefferson County, San Juan County, Stevens County, Thurston County, Walla Walla County, Whitman County, Ferry County.
And here are additional counties that haven’t had a death in the past 2 weeks
Franklin County, Klickitat County, Lewis County, Spokane County, Whatcom County.
Friends – that is most of the state. May I ask a question?
Based on this data should we be putting the exact same restrictions on every area – rural and urban?
Is it really necessary for business owners to be losing their life’s work, for our constitutional and God-granted freedoms be forfeited, for our government to tether us to a massive debt?
Or could we open – now – in many areas? Could our most vulnerable be trusted to decide for themselves the risks they are willing to take? And could we allow the rest of us to return for the most part to business as usual?
Based on the data above the answer is “Yes!”