Letter to the Community from Dr. James Richardson, Inyo County Health Officer

Dr. James Richardson, Inyo County’s Public Health Officer, has been recently criticized in local news media and social media for a perceived lack of initiative in efforts to enforce county health orders on wearing of face masks and social distancing in local businesses.

With the recent closure last week through a court-ordered restraining order of a local business in Big Pine, there should be little doubt that Dr. Richardson and the County of Inyo are prepared to do what is necessary to do everything possible to help local businesses meet the health order guidelines because their purpose is not to punish businesses that are not in compliance, but when that fails, the county will act swiftly to shut that business or activity down in the interest of the public’s health, whether its business employees, residents or visitors.

Richardson explained that the enforcement process in Inyo County is not about punishing small businesses, but rather about seeking to support local business while also protecting the health care system and our residents and visitors.

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9 Responses to Letter to the Community from Dr. James Richardson, Inyo County Health Officer

  1. Jubie August 19, 2020 at 2:59 pm #

    I can’t argue with you, but why are some “unfettered” while others are quite “fettered”? You can understand my vexation here. No rhyme or reason. Some follow the rules, while others seem not to care at all. Arghh!

     
  2. Jubie August 18, 2020 at 1:19 pm #

    Google the definition. Flaccid can mean more than an ED problem. Open your mind.
    Anyhow, on a serious note… I cannot believe Brown’s Town campground is filled to the brim most weekends with people packed like sardines in the campground. I see few or no masks or distancing when I drive by there. Shared bathrooms ! What’s up with that?

     
    • dpblue August 19, 2020 at 8:25 am #

      It’s called unfettered capitalism Jubie.

       
  3. Frankly, flaccid sounds like an ED problem August 17, 2020 at 11:17 am #

    Rick,
    Frankly, flaccid sounds bad! Perhaps even, off-topic, but nothing a little ED medications shouldn’t be able to fix. What level of flaccidity are we talking about here…and specifically, if not more important, whom? Certainly not the good doctor. He can write his own prescriptions.

     
  4. Rick Deckard August 17, 2020 at 10:29 am #

    The Inyo County COVID-19 website currently reads, “Inyo County is following the guidelines laid out in California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order mandating that all individuals living in the State of California stay home or in their residence to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” Really? If the stay home order is in effect what are all these recreating tourists doing in the county? Why were county campgrounds opened? The county officials’ response to protecting the citizens of Inyo County has been flaccid. Some resignations are in order.

     
    • Concerned August 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

      So Dr. What is your response to the care center? You were warned of potentially dangerous situation there and you never responded..

       
  5. Des August 17, 2020 at 7:44 am #

    Dr Richardson, I wouldn’t congratulate myself quite so quickly. It took repeated, blatant and vocal violations to get your office to do something. What about getting some people empowered to enforce your orders in the post office, in Von’s etc? The public could simply choose not to do business. With Two Brothers From Italy. Not so with essential businesses.

     
  6. M. Cortez August 16, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    Clean your cell phones, routinely wash or use disposable masks.

     
  7. MJB August 16, 2020 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks for the article, Doc. I try to do others as I’d ask them to do me and mine. I do the mask thing and the social distancing because it’s safer for me and those I come in contact with. The mask and social-distancing thing suck. But if that’s the bare minimum I need to do to protect myself, my family, and others in my community, then it’s not really that big an ask. Other countries like New Zealand and South Korea have done a pretty good job of nipping things in the bud and going back to near-normals. It’s not rocket science. Heck – all we have to do is copy what other countries have done successfully and we can achieve the same results they are experiencing.

     

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