Representative Dooley September 14th COVID-19 Update

First official day of school - all my kiddos are basically in hybrid situations. The boys schedules and Emma's schedule sync up rather nicely where I think she only has to deal with them a couple of times a month. Jack and Will love the independence of taking the train (although CiCi went in with them today) and the school has done a great job with having a true virtual integrated program, the students and teachers are miked, smartboard streams seamlessly to the laptop/iPad, camera follows the teacher and any student who may be speaking, and any kid not in in school class appears on a giant screen in the back of the class (in uniform) and is able to fully participate even though not physically there. Emma starts off this week remote except on Friday - but Ursuline does such an intense remote program - she ends up having an even more overwhelming case load than normal. Even my Marine has some hybrid training on the next phase of her career. Freakin' 2020.

In Covid news "only" 9 deaths and 235 new positives reported today. We continue to crush the curve and again, I would love to know how many of these deaths are truly caused by covid as opposed to folks who died and also had covid. It just feels that there is some gamesmanship in the reporting - especially of deaths. And I'm not some conspiracy theorist - I just know there is unfortunately multiple factors that go into this determination and there are shades of grey.

On a sad note - Chief Justice Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) dies suddenly today at age 65 from heart related issues - he had a heart attack and stents put in about 10 days ago. He was a really nice guy and wicked smart. I referred to him as CiCi's boyfriend as she always gushed when she spoke about him, his intellect, temperament, and overall presence. She loved appearing in front of him - even when she didn't win. I enjoyed getting to know him a little and he always stopped by and said hi when he was in the chamber. He will be missed.

And in some interesting news, a US District Court Judge in Pennsylvania ruled that some of the Penn Governor's actions / rules were well intentioned yet unconstitutional. Judge Strickland summed up what I have been pontificating about for months in one sentence (and much more eloquently than I could ever hope to be) in his ruling:

"In an emergency, even a vigilant public may let down its guard over its constitutional liberties only to find that liberties, once relinquished, are hard to recoup and that restrictions—while expedient in the face of an emergency situation—may persist long after immediate danger has passed."

It will be interesting if this ruling has any effect on Massachusetts and some of Baker's decisions. Time will tell.

I hope everyone had a good Monday and keep crushing it all week. Wear your mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and use common sense. And as always, let me know if there is anything I can do to help.


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