Updated: Dec 12, 2020
The number of COVID 19 infections increased in 8 Whitter Area Communities but went down in 2 yesterday, December 5. In the rest of the Whittier Area the numbers remained low and flat. There were a total of 468 new infections. Whittier 360 now refers to infections because not everyone who tests positive for the SARS COV 2 which causes COVID 19 actually comes down with COVID 19, most simply become carriers capable of infecting those who have weaker immune systems.
Before we get into the numbers, many Americans believe that the state of California and LA County have crossed a line in the sand with the new ban on people leaving their homes. Supporters of the new lockdown keep citing a national death rate of 274,000. Our own staff calculated the numbers with the current US population which is 331 million. Americans are being asked to surrender their constitutional rights to save less than 1/10 of 1% of the entire US population. Our experts calculated it at exactly .07% or seven hundredths of one percent of the entire US population had died from the US population and that number is likely to remain below 1/10 of 1% of our entire national population including both citizens and non citizens.
There also seems to be confusion about why people are upset about being "asked" to wear mask. But the fact is that people are not being asked, they are being ordered and the government is now threatening the use of force. Most California law enforcement recognizing the implications for the US Constitution which their officers have sworn to defend, have announced they will not be enforcing the crackdown on constitutional freedoms. There is word that the health department will be going around forcing business to close and fining people for not wearing masks. It may be difficult for them to enforce if the police are refusing to cooperate in their project. According to many law enforcement agencies, whether or not wear a mask is a personal decision that is not a law enforcement responsibility to enforce. Several also cited their concern that if police become agents of the governor or of LA County Health they were concerned it might ruin their department's relationship with their local communities. So it is not simply a matter of people being "asked" to wear masks and still being allowed to make their own choices. The freedom to choose is being taken away and people are being ordered at the point of a threat of use of government force which is quite un-American.
In a blow to those who claiming the pandemic justifies suspending the US Constitution, the US Supreme Court ruled twice last week that the rights specifically mentioned in the US Constitution cannot be suspended even when there is a pandemic that has so far killed less than 1/10th of 1% of the US population. This had led to proponents of the crackdown to condemn the US Supreme Court and make threats about either abolishing the court or packing it. Doesn't that sound like something they would do in one those shit hole countries with no tradition of freedom or rights? Then again, most of the supporters of the crackdown on rights don't even know what a shit hole country according to recent studies. In several studies, liberals claimed it meant any country with large populations of Blacks. Besides proving they are racist in their thinking, it shows they probably think the US is a shit hole country because the US has a large native Black population. Real Americans know the term has nothing to do with that but has everything to do with countries with a long history of dictatorship and mass human rights violations which are mostly non existent in those countries.
There will apparently be an anti communism rally in Whittier on Saturday, December 19 at 12 pm to protest the new lockdown which will not be lifted until 2021. The organizers are endorsing the idea of shutting down Whittier Blvd and or the 605. The purpose of that would be to send a message of how powerful the movement is. It would be interesting to see if they were able to do that because so far in Whittier history, no one has ever been able to do that, not even with the recent mass protests that hit Whittier this past summer in the wake of the George Floyd shooting. How do you shut down a roadway with a protest? Guess we will find out. The point of doing so may be to say, "We are here, so shut up and listen to what we are saying." It seems designed to get attention. As you will remember the mainstream media, except the Whittier Daily News, did not cover the large protests at City Hall over the summer. The protestors have apparently adopted the letter V and the two finger sign, often thought to mean peace, as their logo, saying that both actually mean victory, referring to themselves as "The Resistance".
Here are the top 5 new infections for the Whittier Area:
Pico Rivera- 107 new infections
City of Whittier- 87 new infections
South Whittier- 76 new infections
La Habra- 47 new infections
La Mirada- 39 new infections
The Whittier Area saw 2 COVID 19 deaths, still a lot lower than the rest of LA County. Those deaths were in the City of Whittier and unincorporated Hacienda Heights which itself almost became a city back in the 60s/70's. The cityhood referendum failed by only one vote but a similar referendum today would likely pass. Hacienda Heights was originally called North Whittier Heights. The name change was imposed by Los Angeles County.
In fact Hacienda Heights, along with Santa Fe Springs, actually both had a drop in new infections yesterday. In Hacienda Heights there was drop in the number of infections of 14 which is a significant drop. In Santa Fe Springs, there was a 20 point drop in new infections. What are they doing that is bringing it down for them?
The Whittier Area has positivity ratio of 14%.
Here are the top positivity ratios:
La Habra Heights- 66.67%
Pellisier Village- 21.65%
Sunrise Village- 20.37%
Avocado Heights- 20.08%
Whittier Narrows- 17.86%
The Whittier Area had a death to positivity ratio of 1.67%.
The top 5 death to positivity ratios by community are:
City of Industry- 3.64% (remember last week it was 4% all week so this number has declined for them)
North Whittier- 2.66%
La Habra- 2.39%
Pico Rivera- 2.06%
La Mirada- 1.94%
Eight percent of Whittier Area residents have already been infected with COVID 19 are either carriers or have had a direct experience with COVID 19.
Here are the top 5 penetration rates for the SARS COV 2 virus in the Whittier Area. The higher the percentage of penetration the more likely herd immunity is to kick in.
Whittier Narrows- 41.67%
City of Industry- 26.96%
Pellisier Village- 10.18%
North Whittier - 8.45%
Pico Rivera- 6.41%
As you can see most of the Whittier Area communities are no where close to the percentage of penetration needed for hopes in herd immunity to have much real meaning for anyone at this time.
Now that you have this information we urge you to exercise your right to freedom of choice. You've heard it before. By wearing a mask you can protect the weak who destroyed their own immune systems with drugs and marijuana as well as those who are immuno compromised legitimately through no fault of their own. However we are not going to demand that you do so. We will remind that only you can stop the spread of COVID 19. Remember to choose to wear a mask even if you are attending protests. Freedom of Choice is what America is all about.