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This has got to stop – Our view: Do nothing and it will only get worse

A man stopped at a convenience store in a nearby town to grab a soda a few weeks back after dropping his ballot off at the courthouse. Another man entered the store a minute later, looked around, shook his head and walked up to the customer wearing a mask.
The maskless customer looked at the man and growled, “You snowflake.” The man wearing the mask just shook his head in disbelief. He told the unmasked man, “hope you stay healthy.”
Monday, Nov. 9, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School Board unanimously approved switching its elementary grades from in-person learning to the hybrid model as of Monday, Nov. 16. They never made it that far.
Thursday, Nov. 12, the latest set of 14-day case numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health, reached a threshold where all GSL students will be in distance learning. The board and school administrators indicated they recognize distance learning is not in the best educational interest of students. They are concerned some children will fall behind in the distance-learning model.
The school district had little choice, thanks to the explosion of confirmed number of cases of COVID-19. There are now more than 1,100 cases in McLeod County. On Oct. 29, that number was 621. The 14-day case rate at the time was 18.14 per 10,000 people for the preceding week. Now, it’s over 40 and children are in distance learning.
At a recent school board meeting, school leaders admitted school is the best place for children to learn. That’s tough when teachers and bus drivers are exposed to the virus or fear their own health.
Just as we want our children in school, we also want businesses open and serving customers. It’s in everybody’s interest to have shops, restaurants and the service industry humming along. We’d bet Gov. Walz would prefer they be open, that COVID-19 would be fading in the rearview mirror. Sadly, it’s not.
It works that way when people are unwilling to look beyond their own interests. This weekend, we learned through media reports some Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota Senate tested positive for COVID-19 and shared information only with their own fellow Republicans. They then reportedly went ahead with meetings with other DFL lawmakers and staff without sharing news of the positive tests. That level of selfish behavior is among the most unconscionable, unethical behavior imaginable.
Some of these GOP lawmakers want the economy opened and allow people to make their own good choices. Why? They certainly haven’t so far.
To stop the spread of this virus, we must be willing to take precautions. We understand this is difficult. Wearing a mask is uncomfortable, inconvenient, annoying. Is it easier to do than missing work because children are in distance learning and children can’t be home unsupervised.
Throwing the economy open and hoping people will make good choices hasn’t worked. Shutting down the economy is far from desirable. If you want to control the spread of the pandemic, if you want children back in school where they belong, if you want businesses and churches open, doing nothing is not a viable option.
-jm