Letter to the Editor: Vigilance is important and reporting must be on time

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Louisiana is working with a backlog of reporting. According to the New York Times, the official tallies in the United States as in more than a dozen other countries have undercounted deaths in coronavirus because of limited testing ability. Testing too much? (I Think Not). The back and forth with the numbers is not helping the citizens to understand what is going on.

June 19: Louisiana removed 1,666 duplicate and out-of-state cases from its total.

July 20: Backlog of more than 1,500 cases added from May through early July.

August 4: Backlog of more than 1,700 cases dating back to May.

Updates of probable deaths are once a week on Mondays.

New York Times is engaged in a comprehensive effort to track details about every reported case in the United States. Tracking is being done by what has reopened in Louisiana.




We are still hearing about how children are immune and they are actually ‘stoppers’ of COVID-19. According to a study done in South Korea, children younger than 10 transmit the novel coronavirus to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. As of today over 97,000 cases have shown up in children. In Louisiana we have lost four angels between the ages of 2-19 (God Bless).

The children are and will be vulnerable throughout this pandemic. Opening schools with far less safety and security for the lives of everyone on a school campus is not a very clear job of showing justice for all.

Rudyard Kipling:

Across a world where all men grieve

And grieving strive the more,

The great days range like tides and leave

Our dead on every shore.

Heavy the load we undergo,

And our own hands prepare,

If we have parley with the foe,

The load our sons must bear.

Langston Hughes:

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.

Justice is Not Blind.


Justice has yet to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Whatever is happening in the community will likely play out in the schools as well. Vigilance is important and reporting must be on time.


Citizen Jean

St. John the Baptist Parish