A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY DECLARING THE NEED TO END THE QUARANTINE AND TO SAFELY AND QUICKLY REOPEN THE ECONOMY IN KENTUCKY IMMEDIATELY
WHEREAS, the Novel Corona Virus, scientifically called SARS-CoV-2; but generally referred to as COVID-19 or the Wuhan Virus was originally modeled by the Imperial College of London England's Scientific Advisory Group to result in the deaths of 2 Million American citizens and over 62,000 deaths in Kentucky, and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at Washington University commonly referred to as IMHE modeled that our healthcare system would be overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases such that by the second week of April 2020, our healthcare system would have been unable to provide ventilators or ICU beds to the stricken;
WHEREAS, acting upon good faith in these estimates, it made sense to enact stringent requirements on businesses and to persuade people to maintain social distancing and to use other precautions to avoid serious personal risks in order to "Flatten the Curve" and prevent overwhelming our ability to adequately treat patients;
WHEREAS, as of today, May, 6 2020, with 5,822 known infection cases and 288 deaths in the Commonwealth of Kentucky out of a population of 4,470,000 and 628 known infection cases and 40 deaths in the eight county area of Northern Kentucky out of a population of 400,000 as published by the Northern Kentucky Health Department;
WHEREAS, as of today, May 6, 2020 the Commonwealth of Kentucky has 75 ICU beds devoted to COVID-19 victims with an availability of an additional 449 and that confirmed infection rates and deaths per day have peaked or have declined while testing is increasing markedly by the day according to https://covid19.healthdata. org/united-states-of-america/kentucky;
WHEREAS, evidence is increasingly showing that older people and others with underlying conditions are more likely to have a serious illness requiring hospitalization and are also more likely to die from COVID-19 . With this understanding, it is a commonsense and achievable goal to target isolation to that group, including strictly monitoring those who interact with them rather than to quarantine healthy people who want and need to work;
WHEREAS, over 600,000 unemployment claims have been filed in Kentucky in the past six weeks, roughly 25% of the state's entire workforce. A report recently released by the Kentucky budget director on the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2020 shows a potential General Fund revenue shortfall of $318.7 million to $495.7 million, the first annual decline in the General Fund since FY 2010.
WHEREAS, the family, city, county and state budgets are being devastated by the loss of income;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY OF FORT WRIGHT, KENTUCKY:
That the Commonwealth of Kentucky and especially the 8 counties comprising the Northern Kentucky region have officially "Flattened the Curve".
That the immediate opening of our lives and economy while taking reasonable precautions is essential to the well-being of our citizens, businesses, and civic government.
That unreasonable delays in opening the economy will do irreparable harm to the physical and psychological wellbeing of our citizens and irreparably harm to the personal, business and civic government's finances making bankruptcies and inabilities to service pension obligations to retired workers inevitable.
That the City of Fort Wright Kentucky requests local authority to make decisions as to our own need to proceed with opening our economy based on local conditions.
Approved by the City Council this 6th day of May 2020.
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