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Sunday, August 22, 2021

With the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant fueling a summer of more infections and hospitalizations, health care workers and first responders find themselves again on the front lines of the pandemic. The state of Florida has been struck particularly hard by the latest surge, with more than 17,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Saturday from the US Department of Health & Human Services. And in the week beginning August 14, at least five police departments in South Florida reported the deaths of law enforcement officers from Covid-19.

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Police are required to interact with the public.

It's beyond belief that they are not required to be vaccinated, to serve and protect.

Instead they get to endanger the public and spread disease?

They chose death for themselves, their co-workers, and their families. I'd review all of their cases to see who else they have deliberately tried to harm.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-22 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

No vaccinations? Suicide.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2021-08-22 10:56 AM | Reply

No "mandates", remember? It's against your freedumbs. Unless it's wearing masks. Then it's mandated you can't wear one.

#3 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-22 12:41 PM | Reply

Cool, right, Desantis?

Republican Politicians and Y'all Keada killed these Cops same as if they walked up behind em and put a bullet in their brain.

It was premeditated Jim Jones effing political murder.

Blue lives dont matter, Mammaw's life dont matter, Daddy's life dont matter, Sissy and Bubba's life dont matter, and now, Delta is coming for their kids.

And you know what, It dont matter; not when GQP Cult Orthodox Agenda must be served first above very life itself.

GawDamm! Redneck Republicans are a bunch of ignorant demented sociopaths!

WTF is wrong with these emeffers?

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-08-22 11:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Looks like I got beat to the punch on this story.

The fact remains that if you truly back the blue you have to get vaccinated.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2021-08-22 11:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The article does not mention the vaccination status of the 5 cops, but all 5 of you commenters assumed they were unvaccinated. Why is that?

#6 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-23 01:20 AM | Reply

The article does not mention the vaccination status of the 5 cops, but all 5 of you commenters assumed they were unvaccinated. Why is that?

#6 | POSTED BY MIRANDA7

Bless your heart.

#7 | Posted by JasonM at 2021-08-23 02:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

Because it's statistically impossible all 5 we're vaccinated you ---- ---- half wit.

#8 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-08-23 02:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And even if they were vaccinated somebody gave them the virus.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2021-08-23 02:58 AM | Reply

And even if they were vaccinated somebody gave them the virus.

#9 | POSTED BY TOR

If you had to place a bet on whether or not the Covid 'Benefactors' were antimask-sheep, there TOR, how would you bet?

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-08-23 07:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The article does not mention the vaccination status of the 5 cops, but all 5 of you commenters assumed they were unvaccinated. Why is that?"

I didn't comment myself, but my guess is: because if they had been vaccinated and still died, that would be even bigger news?

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-08-23 07:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"The rates of death among fully vaccinated people with COVID-19 were even lower, effectively zero (0.00%) in all but two reporting states, Arkansas and Michigan where they were 0.01%. (Note: Deaths may or may not have been due to COVID-19.)" - www.kff.org

These morons had access to the vaccine back in January, well before most of us could get it. There's a near-certainty they were unvaccinated.

Well... bye.

#12 | Posted by DarkVader at 2021-08-23 09:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If the dust ever clears, it'll be interesting to learn how many first responders went unvaccinated ate up to this point. My guess - only that - is, a lot.

#13 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-08-23 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I can't help but wonder if the response to this article would have been different if it had been about 5 nurses Instead of 5 cops. Both groups are exposed to very high viral loads in others, which increases their likelihood of contracting a serious case. Cops encounter this exposure without the benefit of hospital protocols. I agree that these 5 were most likely unvaccinated, but for some of you, the immediate jump to attack the dead based on an "assumption" is pretty gross. Your anti-cop bias overrides your sense of humanity.

Doc, I think your guess is wrong. My department ordered enough vaccinations for 70% of the workforce and ran out. Not sure of total because others vaccinated through other sources. Almost every cop I know is vaccinated (which is a lot). The "holdouts" are mostly guys who got COVID in 2020 (which is a lot). I know lots of vaccine skeptic nurses who are just now getting vaccinated because the hospital started mandating it.

#14 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-23 11:25 AM | Reply

#14 | Posted by Miranda7

I get what you are suggesting but again, why should I have sympathy for those not willing to do their part at this time. Even if the article did not state it, do understand that the statistics even with Delta rampaging lead to a possibility of only one of the officers being vaccinated and those odds are slim. It's just like the articles on Florida teachers dying, later articles followed up with their unvaccinated status.

In my book, it wouldn't be different if the nurses were unvaccinated. There is a reason major hospital networks are drawing a line and forcing vaccination. Not only to protect staff but more importantly to protect patients.

I recently spoke with a doctor who said every doctor he knows is and has been vaccinated because they understand and follow the science. It is part of their education. The odds of something being wrong with the vaccine even early on were minuscule vs taking chances with the COVID disease. He said nurse don't because they don't understand or follow the science, it wasn't part of their education. But you would think they would absorb things through proximity. BTW, he is a leading neurologist and about to be part of a new project studying the neurological affects of COVID. He has already had a booster too. I then talked with a gastroenterologist I know and he echoed it. They both are fearful of the evolving variants. Delta is both more contagious and deadly than the initial infections and preceding variants.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-23 12:27 PM | Reply

Too bad they died. If you don't get vaccinated expect death.

#16 | Posted by byrdman at 2021-08-23 12:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pete, I agree with everything you are saying. My issue is with the repulsive vermin whose only response to a story about tragic death is to use it to launch more anti cop rhetoric and divisive political commentary.

I am absolutely pro-vaccine, but when I question "the narrative" I get labeled. We will not get the populace vaccinated by demonizing insulting and dividing. The "us vs them" dialog is not productive. We will not get the populace vaccinated by filtering the news to eliminate questioning or dissenting voices. We can only get the populace vaccinated with education, open discussion and government transparency.

#17 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-08-23 01:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The "us vs them" dialog is not productive."

Of course not. But it's all most here have. Regardless of the subject.

#18 | Posted by eberly at 2021-08-23 01:34 PM | Reply

"The "us vs them" dialog is not productive."

Of course not. But it's all most here have. Regardless of the subject.

#18 | Posted by eberly

Yeah funny how those who helped put these covid spreading fascists in power don't want to talk about how we got to where we are.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-23 01:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

'Comply or die' just got a whole new meaning.

#20 | Posted by bored at 2021-08-23 03:34 PM | Reply

Covid is the new Sheriff in town.

#21 | Posted by bored at 2021-08-23 03:34 PM | Reply

"We will not get the populace vaccinated by demonizing insulting and dividing. '

Huh. Isn't that all Donnie Fail had? Clown.

#22 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-23 08:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"We will not get the populace vaccinated by demonizing insulting and dividing."

This doesn't apply to all anti-vaxxers, of course, but damn, it's spot on for some of them:

Statement from FDA: You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it.

Q: Is the tone of mocking condescension likely to make your message more or less persuasive?

A: Can you identify the class of persons (1) as a result of believing other sources, and persuaded by their tone, inclined to take horse dewormers but (2) persuadable by sober messaging from establishment authority but (3) now alienated by mild joking on the subject?

twitter.com

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-08-23 08:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These are rookie numbers.

Y'all Qaeda can do much better.

We're counting on you to do the right thing.

:)

#24 | Posted by billy_boy at 2021-08-23 10:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

We've had a preventative for months now to keep people out of the hospital. But the ignorant have taken over our hospitals and we can no longer get treated for routine' medical emergencies.

And they have no guilt or shame in this. They will be fighting for their right' to take up a bed and get the most modern and compassionate treatment science and health professionals can provide for them.

The same people who didn't trust the medical or scientific communities to keep them out of the hospital now seek out care to get them better or save their lives from an infection they didn't have to get in the first place.

F*****g Trumpers make absolutely no sense.

#25 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-08-24 03:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I can't help but wonder if the response to this article would have been different if it had been about 5 nurses Instead of 5 cops."...MIRANDA7

You cant help but wonder b/c you are unable to deal with reality, so you introduce a false hypothetical for inspection, rather than accept, and discuss the subject of the simple reality.

You are lost down your 'Rabbit Hole' of victimhood, Sweetie Dahling. We try to toss you a compass, but you would rather talk about your own made-up scenario. Cause it's so much easier for a weak mind to defend.

Sucks being you. Say hi to the White Rabbit while you are down there.

Have a nice day.

#26 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2021-08-24 09:26 AM | Reply

"I can't help but wonder if the response to this article would have been different if it had been about 5 nurses Instead of 5 cops."

Oh you poor victim!

People didn't praise stupid dead cops who rejected common sense and not only killed themselves, but spread death and disease to the very people they swore "To Serve And Protect."

They can rot in hell as far as I'm concerned. Don't you agree?

And I got news for those nurses:
FAFO

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-24 09:39 AM | Reply

One of our Sgts observed that several Washington State Patrol Troopers have threatened to quit over Governor Inslee's mandate that all state workers get the jab. I asked him what happens if you have a Delta outbreak at one of the precincts where you have a bunch of antivax idiots, there's a good chance it would take down every unvaxed person working there, which could leave that area without coverage. I will point this article out to him to suggest that Gov. Inslee is simply trying to save those antivax troopers' lives.

#28 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-08-24 02:14 PM | Reply

Mask it or casket

#29 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-08-24 04:03 PM | Reply

Vaccination or cessation.

#30 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-08-24 04:04 PM | Reply

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