DENVER POST: Paying the price for Covid mismanagement

Many of us have got lax; lulled into a false sense of security by consistently low transmission rates of the coronavirus in communities and a president and vice-president who assured Americans there would be no second wave of Covid-19 breaking upon the shores of our hospital system.

Families will pay the price, with the prospect of large Thanksgiving gatherings becoming unsafe and actually illegal under the orders implemented in 15 Colorado counties.

It is the height of malfeasance that Congress and the president have failed to pass another round of emergency aid headed into the winter months.

Citizens are torn between being grateful for Colorado governor Jared Polis’s efforts to fill the gap where Congress has failed — in comparison to the gross negligence exercised by the governors in North Dakota and South Dakota — but also wanting a far more cohesive message than what was presented to the public as all of these plans were rolled out.

For example, on Wednesday ski areas in Summit County were anxiously waiting to be told whether they would have to close under the order.

Clearer messaging is needed, and quicker action to stave off the effects of these orders so everyone in Colorado can increase their efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

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