The last mention of Covid on Governor Henry McMaster’s Twitter account was August 23rd when he suggested people get vaccinated. Since that date, state hospitals are being overrun with Covid infections, 119 people have have died in the past four days and 20,377 new infections have been reported across South Carolina since Saturday alone. Still, not a word from our Governor as cases rise and certainly no new solutions to this spike are being offered by a man who seems content to just let the situation play out as more people die.
Do Politics Trump Public Safety?
Here are a few reasons McMaster doesn’t seem too ready to address the current Covid situation:
- 55.1% of South Carolina voters went with Trump. Nearly a third of Trump voters don’t plan to get vaccinated, McMaster has to look at that number and weigh his response accordingly
- 21.6% of South Carolina residents say that do not plan to get a vaccine
- McMaster falls back to saying “people should make their own choices” ignoring that personal choices that impact the safety of others are no longer personal.
- McMaster’s party has introduced bills to thwart vaccine mandates saying: “There should be no negative consequences for those opting out of the vaccine,” Rep. Burns said.
A Small Minority is Dictating Policy
A close look at the numbers above reveal something very interesting. ff only a third of Trump voters and only 21.7% of residents do not plan to get vaccinated, then McMaster is exposing anywhere from 66-79% of South Carolina residents to a prolonged health crisis that could be shut down if a vaccine mandate were in place in order to appease a very small minority of our population.
McMaster’s actions toward Covid appear to be a purely political calculation to appease his base and he needs to be held accountable. It is inexcusable that 119 people died over the weekend needlessly when a solution and a cure for this pandemic is at our disposal. To downplay the severity of the crisis and do nothing to address our state’s abysmal vaccination rate – 41st in the nation – simply to gain political capital cannot be accepted.
Why You Should Care Regardless of Party Affiliation
- South Carolina is a close second in cases per capita with 735 cases per 100,000 residents
- DHEC states that while deaths due to COVID-19 are declining because of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines that are available, cases and hospitalizations are currently rising in South Carolina, as in many other states, because large numbers of the population remain unvaccinated.
- More than 17,000 South Carolina children under the age of 10 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the six weeks since the state’s first schools opened their doors in late July.
- Children under 10 make up 12.4% of all COVID-19 cases over the last six weeks
28 More People Died Sunday From Covid
I am not writing this to simply point out my frustration. The idea that 119 people’s deaths can be met by a collective shrug and a quick retreat to personal choice arguments is not acceptable. South Carolina needs action and leaders willing to make what are never universally supported decisions. Sticking our head in the sand will never bring this horrible pandemic to an end.
Reported Tuesday, September 07, 2021 1:02 p.m.
Data as of Sunday, September 05, 2021 11:59 p.m.
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