Editorial: Douglas County outbreak shows the consequences of reckless actions

Staff Editorial

A CDC report released Monday outlined a COVID-19 outbreak that originated at an indoor bar event.

The event took place right in our own backyard in Douglas County.

The report did not name the bar or the town where it was located, but an event held in February led to 46 cases and forced a local school to shut down for two weeks.

Of the 46 cases, 29 were people who were at the bar. The other 17 cases came from exposure to people who were in attendance.

The report used these numbers to remind people that “transmission originating in a business such as a bar not only affects the patrons and employees of the bar but can also affect an entire community.”

We at The Daily Eastern News want to remind people of this as well.

Your actions do not just affect you and others who are doing the same things as you.

You may be exposed through reckless actions and then transmit the virus to someone else, someone who has been following protocols and doing all the right things.

You can also give the virus to someone who is vulnerable and it may lead to hospitalizations or deaths.

In fact, the Douglas County outbreak led to the hospitalization of a resident of a long-term care facility.

As rates of vaccination rise across the country, this is not the time to be reckless when it comes to COVID-19.

We are getting closer to the end of this pandemic, but there is still time for many more people to possibly get seriously sick and die.

Do not be selfish and remember that what you do can potentially hurt others.