In the image above, from top left to bottom right: Dan Holler, Town Manager for Mammoth Lakes; Bryan Wheeler, Mono County Public Health; Rob Patterson, Administrative Services/Finance Director at the Town of Mammoth Lakes; Dr. Craig Burrows, Chief Medical Officer at Mammoth Hospital; Dr. Tom Boo, Mono County Health Officer; Frank Frievalt, Fire Chief at Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District.
On September 1st during the Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting a member of the public asked, "Are any panel members willing to go on record stating that 162 people getting sick, and two questionable deaths in Mono County from Covid-19 over 6 months qualifies as a health emergency?" No one on the panel answered the question.
Again, two days later On September 3, 2020 during the Covid-19 Community Conversation, a member of the public also asked the same question, "Are any panel members willing to go on record stating that 162 people getting sick, and two questionable deaths in Mono County from Covid-19 over 6 months qualifies as a health emergency?" The six panel members mentioned above all went on record stating that Mono County is indeed experiencing a public health emergency.
While explaining how 162 people and 2 questionable deaths from Covid-19 over six months qualifies as a health emergency, Dr. Boo responded with; "yes I'll go on record, I mean its a worldwide pandemic, and anybody who's.. you know following the course of the pandemic can see what it can do in other places"
However, Dr. Boo failed to fully address the question that was asked in regards to Mono County. Do the numbers in Mono County qualify as a public health emergency? Apparently Dr. Boo thinks that if "other places" are in an epidemic, then Mono County should act as if we are also in an epidemic.
This sets a dangerous precedent for what is considered to be a health emergency. Even when the current numbers and all observable evidence strongly suggest that there is no health emergency in Mono County.
Second to respond was Dr. Burrows who said in support of his colleague;
"I would second that, and say absolutely this is a pandemic, and frankly if we hadn't had the community participation and buy in compliance with everything we've asked everyone to do, those numbers would have been astronomically higher, let me emphasize ASTRONOMICALLY!"
[Mammoth Group wonders if such a statement can be backed up with scientific data and facts] The country of Sweden's actions say otherwise.
Interestingly, this was in stark contrast to what Dr. Burrows had said earlier in the meeting when Bryan Wheeler asked about the status of Mammoth Hospital. In response to that question, Dr Burrows said, "Sure, as of right now, like everywhere else around town, its pretty slow with respect to anything related to Covid."
The third panel member to answer the question was Fire Chief at Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District, Frank Frievalt. Mr. Frievalt's response was, in short;
"Please place me on the record as well, I'm not sure that it makes much of a difference, I'm pretty sure the governor announced the emergency, yeah absolutely I believe we're doing what we're supposed to do in terms of taking care of our community, its certainly been horrific for our economies but its been pretty horrific for families that have lost people as well, check around and a little bit and you'll find its reached someone closer than you think."
Mr. Frievalt did not address the question and explain how 162 cases and 2 questionable deaths over six months qualifies as a health emergency.
Mammoth Group question for Mr. Frievalt is: Given that you said that the health emergency has been horrific for our economies. Do you still think that the health emergency was and is warranted?
The Fourth panel member to respond was Bryan Wheeler from Mono County Public Health. His response to the question was simply, "I too will go on the record". Mr Wheeler was also unable to answer the specifics of the question.
The fifth panel member to reply to the question asked was Dan Holler. Mr Holler's response was, "I will go on the record with that as well for the challenges we have seen and from a personal level having a family member who had gone through the disease and you know fairly significantly impacted, its no joking matter." He also said, "given all the numbers and everything floating around but, I would go on the record with everybody else saying, YES we have a health emergency within our communities, uh Mammoth Lakes."
It seems that Dan Holler is of the belief that anytime around 162 cases, and two deaths, over six months in Mono County means that we are in a health emergency. Despite the low amount of cases over six months, apparently, Mr. Holler believes we have been and may always be in a state of health emergency.
So remember folks, anytime down the road, whenever 160 or so people get sick over six months from influenza or other illnesses, Dan Holler and his colleague's can claim we are in a health emergency.
The sixth and final member to go on record to answer the question was Rob Paterson. Mr. Patterson's response was in short, "Yeah I think we've already covered pretty much everybody has gone on the record here, I think that the folks that are on this panel tonight are the ones who are really on the front lines most of the time and we do believe wholeheartedly in that."
Curiously, nobody from the Mono County Emergency Operations Center, the lead authority on Covid-19 was willing to go on record and answer the question asked. Some other panel members that were present who chose not to go on record and answer the question were; Stuart Brown,(Recreation Manager at Town of Mammoth Lakes, also the Covid-19 community meeting briefer.) Also, Sheriff Ingrid Braun and Police Chief Al Davis opted not to respond to the member of the public's question.
In conclusion, Mammoth Group looks at the Covid-19 statistics for Mono County and we are scratching our heads trying to understand how the numbers warrant the declared health emergency.
Perhaps when more data is collected it will shine more light as to the true nature of the emergency.
For those panel members who went on record stating that there is indeed a health emergency in Mono County, we hope for your sake, that you know what you're talking about.
As far as Mammoth Group is concerned, there is no sufficient proof that Mono County is experiencing a health emergency. Which leads us to believe that this is nothing less than disaster fraud and that is a serious crime to be involved with.
Sources:Mono County sources:
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