Shelter in Place

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Petition to Kristi Noem

Tell South Dakota governor Kristi Noem to order shelter-in-place during COVID-19 pandemic

As of April 1, 2020 the state of South Dakota has 129 reported positive cases of COVID-19 and 2 confirmed deaths. This continues to climb every day and shows no signs of slowing for some time. South Dakota is currently one of only 5 states without a shelter-in-place or safer at home order.  Also on April 1, 2020 South Dakota governor Kristi Noem held a press conference in which she stated several alarming things. She said, “South Dakota is not New York City.  The calls to apply for a one-size-fits-all approach to this problem is herd mentality,  It's not leadership."  Noem also stated, “The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety” and expressed doubt that South Dakotans would be able to continue to practice social distancing through the expected peak in this state, most recently estimated to be July or August.  In this very uncertain and scary time, our state needs strong leadership. South Dakota needs a governor who is willing help her state to do everything it can to flatten the curve. As an RN and with a husband who is a CNP, I am frightened at the prospect of needless deaths because of a lack of leadership at the state level. While we may not be New York, the same theory applies. Less social distancing leads to health system overload which leads to more deaths. Governor Noem needs to understand that while people are indeed responsible for their own health we must also do our part to protect the medically complex, immunocompromised, and elderly. I firmly believe the majority of this state understands the vital importance of a shelter-in-place order and we need leadership who supports the health and wellness of all South Dakotans. Please join me in urging governor Kristi Noem to place a shelter-in-place order and doing what’s best for our state! 

Amy Taylor
27,018 supporters
This petition won 21 hours ago

Petition to Henderson County Judge Wade McKinney

Henderson County Stay Home, Stay Safe

The Coronavirus is now is all 50 states and the community spread exists throughout Texas and Henderson County. Public Health Professionals throughout the Country have been urging the Federal Government, States, Counties and Cities to be more aggressive in taking action to curb the spread of the virus. Henderson County Commissioners recently voted down Stay in Place for Henderson County, Texas. This vote puts all residents in Henderson County at further risk of being infected with the virus. According to health professionals, there is NO GOOD EXCUSE for not having Stay in Place policies in effect. By failing to vote in favor of a Stay in Place Order for Henderson County, County Judge Wade McKinney and the Henderson County Commissioners have placed all citizens in the County at an exponential risk of being infected with the virus. The only cure we have for the virus today so that it does not continue for months is to reduce opportunities for people to interact face-to-face and infect each other. Evidence from China, northern Italy and, most recently, New York — the U.S.'s current hot spot — suggests that even after the virus has spread widely, strict social distancing can eventually bring the number of new infections down. Even though we are blessed at this time to have few reported cases, we must operate under the assumption that there is a substantial amount of transmission in their midst that is going undetected. Please sign this Petition to let Judge McKinnery and the Henderson County Commissioners know that you support a vote in Favor of Stay Home, Stay Safe!

Jeff Weinstein
509 supporters
Update posted 21 hours ago

Petition to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird

Immediate Lincoln, Nebraska Stay-at-Home Order

The residents of Lincoln, Nebraska call on Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird to issue a Stay-at-Home Order for the city of Lincoln to stop the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is essential to protect our citizens and to reduce strain on the health care system. We must protect our healthcare infrastructure by “flattening the curve.” While the economic disruption will be severe and require an equally aggressive response – it will not be as costly as the deaths of thousands of our families, friends, and neighbors. We are one of only twelve states that is not under a state-wide Stay-at-Home order. A Stay-at-Home order would be a legal order for Lincoln citizens and those who work in Lincoln to stay at home except for essential activities, a shutdown of non-essential businesses, and a ban on all group events. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, and law enforcement would remain open. Current estimates suggest that Nebraskan hospitals will be overloaded by June 13, 2020 with an estimated 4,000 deaths and 42% of the state population infected (COVID Act Now, 2020). Three months of a Stay-at-Home order reduces the number of deaths below 1,000 and hospitals are not estimated to be overloaded at any point during the pandemic, as only 4% of the population is expected to be infected (COVID Act Now, 2020). Other estimates suggest that with a Stay-at-Home order, Nebraska would be projected to have 447 COVID-19 related deaths and utilize 211 out of the 232 available ICU beds on the peak date of April 23, 2020 (IHME COVID-19 Team, 2020). We are appreciative of the physical distancing measures currently in effect. However, research shows that the virus can spread even when people congregate in small groups of less than 10. This is because 25% of infected people are asymptomatic, meaning that they show no symptoms and are unaware that they are infected (CDC, 2020). Further, if non-essential businesses are left open, this encourages people to act in ways that further the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A city-wide Stay-at-Home order would make physical distancing mandatory and reduce opportunities for transmission of the novel coronavirus. Our healthcare system depends on flattening the curve. Our lives depend on taking immediate action and we are counting on you to protect your constituents. References

Lincoln Constituents
686 supporters