Posts Tagged ‘Clay County Health Director Gary Zaborac’

I figured it was a matter of time before Clay County Public Health Director Gary Zaborac attempted to get his mini-tyrant on. And true to form, the email from the Clay County Covid-19 email popped into my inbox at 7 PM.

Good Citizens! Your public health gestapo demands the following of you:

  • Venues serving food and/or drink indoors must operate at 50% capacity and close by 10 p.m. No groups of more than 10 people are allowed indoors or outdoors.
  • Gyms, fitness, and recreational centers must also remain at 50% capacity or less and masks are required for everyone inside.
  • Masks are now required outdoors when physical distancing (six feet) cannot be maintained from anyone outside your household.
  • The age exemption for wearing a mask is lowered to those 5 years of age and younger.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. (Gatherings = groups of individuals, who are not members of the same household, congregated together for a common or coordinated social, community, or leisure purpose.)
    • Gatherings of 10 or fewer are allowed, with use of physical distancing between members of different households.
    • Prohibited gatherings do not include non-event-based regular commercial, nonprofit, or educational activity by workers, students, or customers of businesses.
    • Exceptions for gatherings over 10 people can be approved by public health. A submission form will be available at by noon on Wednesday (11/18).

I want to say this is funny, but it’s incredibly tragic. Any person with any common sense would look at this order and see that much of it is simply an attempt to look like they’re doing something.

The virus doesn’t care one bit about the capacity of your building or gym. It could easily be spread among masked people in an establishment that is at 50% capacity.


Because viruses, virus. It’s what they do.

I’m in the process of trying to read through some of the mask studies that the CDC refers to. So far the actual science is pretty disappointing on masks. It’s presented as a miracle panacea by many people, but even the best mask worn correctly is useless once a person picks up the virus off an unsanitized surface and touches their nose or mouth. People never, ever, never touch surfaces in gyms or restaurants.

Sorry Gary, I’m not wearing a mask outside. I’ll continue to respect the wishes of private property owners who want me to wear them inside.

The worst part of this order is the attempt to place limitations on a person’s private home. Aside from being incredibly offensive and antithetical to any principle that founded this nation, it’s functionally useless from the standpoint of “stopping the spread”.

Let’s think critically for a minute shall we?

As it stands with this order, I could have a party at my house with 9 strangers. Now if I have 10, oh man, that’s a bridge too far! One of those 9 could have the virus and be asymptomatic and spread it to everyone at the party. Thankfully my party was only 10 people in size and we successfully stopped the spread. Just forget that everyone got the virus.

The permission form that you fill out to have a larger gathering is a nice touch. Hey, guys, if you want to use your personal home for purposes you deem appropriate, you have to fill out your permission form and ask Uncle Gary if it’s okay.

If you’re not laughing and admiring the foolishness of this, there’s literally something wrong with you. There can be no other explanation.

I’m yet to get a straight answer on how these goofy orders that Zaborac issues are even enforceable. I could see it on the restaurants because they effectively regulate them, but I can’t fathom how they have any say so on what I do on my private property. I am going to call and ask that question and see what the health department says because I’m thinking about having some 11 person gatherings at my home for the fun of it to see what happens.

I get it. We’ve got a highly contagious respiratory virus that is currently spreading. People are dying. Tragic? Absolutely, but, that’s not a new development in human history. This happens every so often.

Huh, look at that, almost like we’ve dealt with this stuff before.

This is simply part of the human experience. Science tells us so. What’s new and so peculiar about this is that for some strange reason we think we can stop the virus if we just act or behave a certain way.

Sorry, virus gonna virus and no amount of effort will change that scientific fact.

This latest foolish order is happening just as it appears that the virus is starting to peak again. And considering this order doesn’t even take effect until next Monday, this seems even more futile, unless the virus reads the Clay County Covid-19 email and got scared.

By the numbers: Most American counties — 58% of them — have seen the peak of their coronavirus infections this month, and 76% of counties have peaked at some point in the fall.”

Clay County peaked, ironically, on November 14.

And there’s growing evidence that one may gain immunity for months, if not years after infection.

“How long might immunity to the coronavirus last? Years, maybe even decades, according to a new study — the most hopeful answer yet to a question that has shadowed plans for widespread vaccination.

Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness, the new data show. A slow rate of decline in the short term suggests, happily, that these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time to come.

“That amount of memory would likely prevent the vast majority of people from getting hospitalized disease, severe disease, for many years,” said Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology who co-led the new study.”

In other words, herd immunity IS theoretically possible with Covid-19 no matter what our public health gestapos try to tell us. It’s what the science is starting to indicate.

What we should be doing is protecting the most vulnerable, encouraging high risk people to stay home, supporting our frontline health care workers (I made my second donation to the Liberty Hospital Foundation last week. Have you donated any of our tax dollars you call salary, Gary?), and continuing to live our lives as we INDIVIDUALLY see appropriate.

I saw last night that some restaurants in St. Louis are starting to fight back and refuse their latest lockdown order. Good for them.

Some are going as far as posting signs that say that the St. Louis County Executive Sam Page is no longer welcome in their establishments. While I’m thankful that Zaborac didn’t go that far, and at least these restaurants and businesses in our area have a chance to fight to survive under this new order. I do think local business owners should consider the same for Gary Zaborac. Furthermore, the incoming Clay County Commissioners should publicly rebuke Zaborac and let him know that when his renewal comes up in February that he can pack up his desk and masks and join the throngs of unemployed across the country.