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Old 7th June 2020, 09:14 AM   #363
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In a little side story on the territory anomaly, Vermont has until just recently been doing very well, with no new deaths and cases decreasing well, until someone in Winooski apparently hosted a party, and there's now a sudden big pocket of new cases, all traceable back to that party. Winooski, though small in area, is the most densely populated city in Northern New England, and has a high population of immigrants and non-English speakers, and although the state has been coy about saying just who was involved, there's a lot of talk of how poorly the need for quarantine and social distancing has been communicated in marginal communities. Aside from the language issue, many of the poorer residents of this area have few resources with which to ride out a crisis without getting out and working. Despite being traceable to a single very local event, once people went home, they spread the virus around the whole city.

I guess we'll eventually learn more, but in Vermont, with a state population of only about a half million, a local outbreak of 34 confirmed cases makes a big dent in the statistics, and points to how easily the relative advantages of territory can be wiped out overnight, whether by poor education, ignorance, or just plain stupidity.
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