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Letters for Monday, May 25, 2020

Plea for help with unemployment


I’m writing this on behalf of the people of Kaua‘i and all Americans.

We all suffer through this epidemic. Not only can we not bury the ones we have lost, we neither can touch the ones we love. And, unfortunately, our (state) government has failed to provide for us our essential needs to survive. I am one of many who has not received unemployment in a timely matter.

Our savings have been squeezed to no return, and with no response to our worries we see no beginning. There is nowhere to turn. How do we survive? Please help us.

Pamela Andrade, Kapa‘a

Inquires about lack of random testing

Dear editor.

I’m wondering why the (state) health department does not test, say, 1,000 random people here on Kaua‘i for CPVOD-19 antibodies and see if maybe we have herd immunity here on Kaua‘i.

As a tourist destination, it is very possible that Kaua‘i was exposed earlier than thought, like the rest of the West Coast of the U.S. Stanford University did a study on 3,324 random citizens who live in Santa Clara County and found that there were MANY more people who had the antibodies than were originally thought.

The data implied that 54,000 people in Santa Clara County had been infected by COVID-19 instead of the confirmed cases numbering 1,000. This is a quote: “Conclusions: The estimated population prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Santa Clara County implies that the infection may be much more widespread than indicated by the number of confirmed cases.”

Doesn’t Kaua‘i want to find out if this is true on the island? Wouldn’t it reduce fear in people, and make them feel more comfortable about opening the island, and letting everyone get back to business? This is the data that is needed to get the island back to normal, and begin to remove the fear that is controlling so many lives.

Danise Rapetti, Kekaha
Source: The Garden Island

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