5 thoughts on “Anonymous Mendo resident tells Supe. Williams she had COVID; Dr. Doohan urges sick people to come forward

  1. I also had symptoms and went to the MCDH hospital on 2/25/20. Was kept for a while, did nothing but give me Tylenol for headache, so I left and went home. I then had all the symptoms at home, for days. I finally feel mostly better now. Was no ordinary flu, I believe was covid19, but I wasn’t tested

    • Dear Robert,
      First, so sorry you were ill and so, so glad to hear you’re feeling better!

      Would you accept a suggestion offered respectfully to contact the folks at Public Health (707) 234-4052, as well as your own doctor. I’m sure they would be very grateful to hear from you, and I would personally appreciate it. The more we know, the better we’ll come through this together.
      Thank you and wishing you all the way better!
      Linda Perry
      Fort Bragg

  2. I’m curious: what benefit would anyone derive from “coming forward”? Is there a proven treatment for mild to moderate symptoms? Nope. Is the interest merely in padding numbers of “confirmed cases,” to “justify” the House Arrests?

    A “senior advisor” of the World Health (sic) Organization, Michael Ryan, is on video record suggesting that people be forcibly removed from their homes if they are infected. An upcoming issue of the CDC’s journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases (July 2020), has an article stating, “our findings suggest that home isolation of persons with suspected COVID-19 might not be a good control strategy,” or, in simpler terms, Chinese-style forcible quarantines are “necessary.” I invite any fool who believes I’m “spreading misinformation” to check the ORIGINAL sources for what I claim, not some idiot propaganda site like Snopes. You’ll find I’m neither making it up nor am I hyperbolic.

    In light of the fact these “experts” are recommending abduction from one’s home in case of infection, I cannot see any upside to “cooperating” in reporting one’s symptoms. Sure, infectees are currently “allowed” to isolate at home, but how long before that’s no longer an option on order of the “experts” at so-called “trusted” entitles like WHO, CDC, and CDPH?

    Personally, considering my family’s history under Stalin and their survival of another engineered crisis, the Ukrainian Holodomor (manmade famine), I’d recommend NOT reporting one’s symptoms unless they are life-threatening. Obviously, it’s a personal choice, but the likelihood for our “cooperation” being (later) used against our fellow citizens is very high.

  3. * Leadership, especially in a crisis, requires action. I commend Supervisor Williams for taking action by appearing on KZYX, by making himself available to residents and sharing his cell phone number on air, and by taking the time to talk with the two people whose stories he relates. Leadership, however, also requires taking responsibility. These stories criticize the County Public Health Department, charged with carrying out arguably the most important function of local government at this moment, and yet Supervisor Williams is strangely absent from the stories he posts, except to tell us he finds them credible. To me, this seems irresponsible. I have no reason to assume anything but the best of intentions on the part of Supervisor Williams, but I want to know what he did or didn’t do to protect the public. The question of whether our “count” is accurate or not, is secondary. Did he, for example, encourage the first person he spoke with to contact MC Public Health to determine what, if any, people in our community she may have contacted while contagious? And to start contact tracing? Isn’t this part of the agreed upon protocol? Not to do this seems a failure of leadership to me. The failure to do this – or if he did do it to tell us about it – subtly undermines these protocols and the authority of County Public Health. And this, I think, is dangerous. If there are questions about how County Public health is handling this crisis – and the second story raises some possible ones – he should identify them clearly, tell us where he stands, and let us know how he is going to address them. Shouldn’t we expect that of our highest elected officials? I do. When he hung up the phone with the first caller, did he contact the County Public Health Office to notify them of this person’s claims and of any concerns he has? We don’t know because he doesn’t tell us. But we need to know if our elected officials are acting responsibly. We need to know they are taking this kind of action too.

    Leadership also requires imagination. Supervisor Williams lets us know the part of the County where the caller lives and shops, but he doesn’t give us a timeline or other important details of her return to Ukiah. When did she return? How successful has her self-isolating been? How has she managed it for the better part of a month? If Supervisor Williams is confident that she managed it well, then he should take pains to assure us of this and why he believes it. But I for one would rather she had contacted her doctor or Public Health immediately, and been monitored and supported throughout. And finally, there are aspects of the first caller’s story that are questionable. Why didn’t she give the agency that tested her a Mendocino County address? Is it OK to have an active case of COVID-19 and not report to Public Health? If she was sick and wondering if she had the coronavirus, why did she travel to the Bay Area? Why did it take so long for her to get results? And last, isn’t it at least possible that she actually became infected in the Bay Area and not in Mendocino County? We’ll never know, because she didn’t work with Public Health and follow the protocols.

    *Thank you to Mendo Voice for writing and publishing this article and for the opportunity to join the conversation.

  4. Rational objectivity dictates that: There exists many ways to view the world around us and each is as valid as the situations and circumstances that cause them. Being of Ukrainian descent might instill a degree of justifiable paranoia. I was incredulous of J.C. Tokalenko’s take on this until I went through the “proper channels/protocol” getting my mom tested at Ukiah Valley. Now, I completely agree that it’s an exercise in futility – a fool’s errand. If credible testing was readily available, people were willing to be traced and there was some mitigation or a cure, these factors would change the effectiveness of our public response. Despite being 71, a former medical professional, having preexisting conditionS and exhibiting covid symptoms for over two weeks, my mom getting a covid test was nothing short of yankin teeth accompanied by the apparent obligatory guilt trip for taxing the testing capacity and PPE supply. A week and a half later, she still hasn’t been notified of results leading us to assume it was negative or inconclusive. Not difficult to imagine why someone would go outside of county to facilitate the “correct procedure”. In the meantime, I’m convinced that several neighbors on my street have had it and recovered from it as far back as February with harrowing tales of severe illness. Come to find out the antibody tests are flawed as well. For those interested in what a competent, comprehensive response to this pandemic looks like view the South Korea and Taiwan models in the Deutsche Welle documentary on YouTube at “COVID-19 in China, South-Korea, Taiwan and Japan” from April 23.

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