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COVID Rules

Here is the headline from today’s front page of the Chron hard copy:

Not playing ball with virus

Commentary has not let my guard down.  I still mask up and carry around hand sanitizer.  I am also fully vaccinated.  COVID still rules in my book.  Not enough folks are vaccinated.  I saw a poll yesterday where 40% or so GOPers were not inclined to get the shot.  The latest with the Johnson and Johnson shot just proves that stuff is still messed up out there.

Let me give you snippets from three separate Chron stories today:

According to Harris County’s COVID-19 guidance, residents should avoid all unnecessary contact with others. They should not go to bars or barbecues or ballgames. They should work from home if possible and leave only for errands, such as groceries or medicine.

Hardly any of the county’s 4.8 million residents appear to be following this advice now. Gov. Greg Abbott fully reopened Texas last month and nixed the mask mandate. Youth sports have resumed, houses of worship again welcome in-person parishioners and 21,765 fans attended the Astros home opener at Minute Maid Park.

Yet, for 42 consecutive weeks, Harris County has been at its highest COVID-19 threat level, red, even though the virus metrics here have improved significantly since January and other counties have relaxed their guidance for residents. Though local officials have no authority to issue COVID-19 restrictions, Harris appears to be the only of Texas’s 254 counties to still urge residents to remain at home.

And this:

The Astros will be without four key players —  Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Martin Maldonado – indefinitely because of MLB’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The loss of those four, plus infielder Robel Garcia, is a brutal blow for a team already in a mid-April funk and a reminder that baseball is still operating in a pandemic.

And this:

Lance McCullers Jr. questioned Major League Baseball’s decision to proceed with the Astros’ scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers despite missing five players due to health and safety protocols.

“I’ll just say that we felt that it would have been better if we weren’t there today, we felt that would have been the smartest thing to do, but we were overruled,” said McCullers, the Astros’ player representative to the union.

I like Lance and I watched him get nailed last night.  There were also 14,000 plus at last night’s game and most fans were not masking up.  The Astros are not enforcing their own mask mandates.  I won’t be too critical.  They are letting me opt out for now.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is correct to keep the County at a code threat level red.  Even if folks aren’t paying attention.

People are still getting infected, and some are dying.  Who in their right mind would think we are out of the woods? COVID still rules. 

We have lost 5 in a row.  We are playing like an 0-5 team.  We should have won last night with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth.

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