The Maryland Department of Health is terrible

The Maryland Department of Health, the state agency tasked with slowing the spread of COVID-19, is once again taking an extended holiday weekend.

From the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Coronavirus website:

MDH will pause COVID-19 reporting on Nov. 25 and 26; Dec. 24 and 25; and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays. When reporting resumes, updates will include both the days encompassed in the pause and the standard 24-hour changes in metrics.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, doesn’t take the holidays off. Why then does the governmental organization tasked with combating the spread of the virus take the holidays off?

We’re experiencing a massive surge in infections because of Thanksgiving. People obviously got together with friends and families. The amount of infection in the state shows many of them gave those friends and family members COVID-19.

Congratulations?

People then did it again at Christmas, infecting even more people. Who knows what the results of New Year will be. Why do people at the Maryland Department of Health need time off for the holidays, so they can get together with friends and family and help spread the virus?

The day before the Maryland Department of Health broke for an extended New Year’s weekend, Maryland experienced the single worst day in COVID-19 history.

Then again, since the Maryland Department of Health isn’t really doing anything to tackle the threat of COVID-19, I guess it doesn’t matter that they take time off during this surge in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.

The Maryland Department of Health is terrible - Bent Corner
Dennis R. Schrader

The person in charge of the Maryland Department of Health is Dennis R. Schrader. If you thought the person in charge of the Maryland Department of Health would have a medical background, you would be wrong. His background is in industrial engineering, not medicine.

Schrader knows nothing about medical science or epidemiology, yet he’s the person who gets to decide if Marylanders need to wear masks when indoors with other people. Spoiler alert, he’s against invoking a mask mandate. Sure he is.

The Maryland Department of Health taking extended time off for the holidays sends the wrong message. It implies that it’s okay to get together with people and celebrate the holidays. Why else would Maryland Department of Health employees need to take two days off?

By not posting the latest COVID-19 metrics, it conveys that this information isn’t really important. Remember, the Maryland Department of Health website was down for most of December because of a supposed cyber attack.

This type of malfeasance wouldn’t happen in the private sector or in the military. Only in government does this kind of ridiculousness happen.

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