by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Image source: April 3 WTVD ABC11 story showing UNC-Chapel Hill students and fans celebrating on Franklin Street after UNC defeated Duke in the Final Four, as if they don’t know that they’re supposed to still be terrified of the virus. Gov. Roy “Endless State of Emergency” Cooper, meanwhile, had no problem cramming maskless in the Superdome to watch that game, and for some reason the News & Mask Everyone All the Time Especially the Kids Because We Know Better Than Their Parents Observer had no problem celebrating the maskless Cooper. Covid is over until they all decide for power and politics that it isn’t.
This past week 99.95% of people in NC were estimated to pose no threat of passing along COVID-19 to anyone. Also, the seven-day rolling averages of hospitalizations and deaths are at their lowest levels since early April of 2020. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced an end to daily data reporting, moving to weekly as of April 6.
Despite all of the above and that the two-year anniversary of Gov. Roy Cooper’s “State of Emergency” has already come and gone, we’re supposed to believe we are still in an emergency? Cooper just extended his ridiculous “State of Emergency” through July 15. Needless to say, the majority of U.S. states are no longer under states of emergency for Covid.
The past few months have made it clear to nearly all of us just how political the Covid-19 orders have always been. An “emergency” in which the leaders who declared it behave as if nothing is wrong is no emergency in any plain understanding of the word, and neither is an “emergency” declared for the express purpose to “draw down federal funds.”
Here is the NC Threat-Free Index for the week ending April 4. All of the statistics generated for the NC Threat-Free Index are based on numbers provided by government sources. This link gives a detailed explanation of how each statistic is derived.
For the week ending April 4: