That was quite a read, the end there nearly had me tearing up.Two Vermont coronavirus deaths (patients died in March) traced back to UMBC semifinal. Absolutely heart wrenching reading this story.
At first I found VT Digger's investigations interesting and noteworthy, but now it is becoming bad publicity and the continuation of this series is not good for the program.Follow up on the semifinal's spread: VT Digger's survey had 20 people who tested positive for Covid and 34 people who stated they experienced Covid symptoms after the game.
I couldn't have said it any better. There was no expectation that it would be a serious issue at the time. In hindsight, a terrible idea to host the game, especially since it seems that COVID-19 was present in the U.S. before the new year, but nobody was aware of that. The situation was quickly developing that week.I wouldn't worry too much about it (the publicity, not the coronavirus...I would continue to be wary of that). I don't think anyone is blaming UVM for this: this is one of those times where everyone can legitimately proclaim ignorance and it doesn't sound hollow. There's a lot we all either didn't fully comprehend or thought would probably be ok on March 10th that obviously wouldn't fly now. Especially at the time when I believe VT only had 1 actual confirmed case, and it was in Bennington County.
If anything it's lucky this wasn't even more widespread, and I think we're all fortunate that VT has handled this from a public health perspective as well as or better than most states. But I certainly don't think anyone is looking to pile on UVM as being any kind of catalyst to infection. I'd say reporting like this is important because I think there are still people who don't quite understand the rapid close-contact infection rate that is capable in those conditions. This has been a helpful illustration.
I've noticed that a lot of folks on the basketball team are becoming politically active members of our community. I can only hope that this trend continues going further.Skylar Nash advocates with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and leaders of Vermont‘s colored community for passage of the George Floyd Police Accountability Act, which passed in the House but some say is unlikely to make it the the Senate due to McConnell’s opposition to revoking “qualified immunity” for officers.
“Bad policing is just one symptom of a disease called systemic racism," said Skyler Nash with the Vermont Racial Equity Alliance
Skylar was with Gov. Scott’s racial equity commissioner, Xusana Davis, and Kyle Dodson, who was a standout SG at Harvard before a successful career in finance—both of whom are heavyweights in Vermont politics and the state’s African-American community.