Last Wednesday James sent me a message that read: I got called about my COVID test. It’s saliva so results are ambiguous. I have to move out of my room and isolate until I take another test.He was given a couple hours to make arrangements and pack. Then he was picked up in a van and escorted to Corona Jail (actually a Best Western).
He was not allowed to leave his room, except to go take a more accurate nasal swab test. Meals were left at the door, and he was given a care package that included glow sticks and a twenty four piece puzzle.
Fortunately, the results of the second test came back negative. James was allowed to move back into his dorm room Friday afternoon.
This would all be a funny/not funny 2020 story like toilet paper shortages and squirrel watching, except on the same day that James got a clean bill of health, the United States recorded 99,321 new confirmed cases, setting a single day global record.
This should not come as a surprise. For months, the experts have been warning us about an autumn surge. Instead of paying attention to the science, the current administration continues to belittle the pandemic. They claim we are "rounding the curve" even as case numbers continue to climb and shrug off COVID related deaths as "almost nothing."
I bet the families of the four thousand Americans who have died in the last week take issue with that assessment. I know I do.
Tomorrow is election day. If you are a registered voter who has not voted yet, I implore you. Please put on your mask and go to the polls. Know your rights. Do not let yourself be intimidated. No one is allowed to stop you from voting. If you are not on a list and you think you should be, ask for a provisional ballot. Follow every instruction to the letter. Vote like your life, my life and our children's lives depend on it. This year, they probably do.