Beaufort, N.C.
April 17, 2020

 TO THE EDITOR:
In February my president told us we could get a coronavirus test if we wanted one, and that we had the most beautiful ones in the world!  Well, my wife and I have just gotten back from three months in south Florida and were concerned about what a hot spot it is.  We thought it would be a good idea to get tested! 

   First, we went to our doctor… he informed us he did not have them!  I asked what to do next!   Where can we get checked?   Where can we get the test? He said maybe urgent care. Went to several and then to Carteret Health Dept., no luck.  They said try the emergency room! The emergency room staff told us that you could not get tested in Carteret County unless you were admitted as a patient!!! This tells me that there is no general testing going on in Carteret County.VERY SCARED.       

              GARY BARGER

(36) comments

DeadBolt

Well, there are virtually no SOLID deaths here either, the 2 on the CDC website had 'related symptoms'. (so if you or your counterpart get the CHINESE DISEASE, well, chances are you brought it from wherever, which reminds me, WHY DIDN'T YOU GET TESTED WHERE YOU JUST CAME FROM, ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!) Crickets chirping.

DeadBolt

ps.... A NEAT IDEA WOULD HAVE BEEN TO STAY IN FLA. WOULDN'T YOU AGREE?

SandFiddler

By the time one is admitted to the hospital, they are probably on the way to meet their Maker. So why be tested then?

David Collins

By using the term “general testing” do you mean free testing and for what malady ? Did not know that you could just walk in to a facility and say , hi there . We are the “ fill in name here “ and we want to be tested because we are afraid . Don’t think it quite works that way but what do I know . Weird times indeed .

DeadBolt

People , at what point is feeding your family and paying your way NON ESSENTIAL? [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ8qf8DGTgw ] Folks in Olympia Washington.

DeadBolt

Ok, here's your PROBLEM, Coronaviruses were first discovered in the 1930s (on wikipedia) . Knowing this you folks should UNDRESTAND by now , that trying to get a PROPER CASE COUNT (not death, or alleged infected), because the math cannot 'SUPPORT' either, is IMPOSSIBLE. The 'flu-like ' ailment has been around the WORLD more times then the Moon, and Sun. ie: the more folks are MADE AWARE that they are A-SYMPTOMATIC (means you had it already) , or NEVER HAD IT , (which is possible , with low margins i suspect because WHO HAS NEVER HAD A COLD/ COUGH, ETC, ETC, you folks will be in a world of hurt. DEMAND THAT THE CASES TESTED NY DOCTORS , AND I MEAN ALL OF THEM HAVE A FOLLOW UP REPORT CLEARING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN DIRE STRAITS, AND OR [HAVE GOTTEN WELL OVER SOMETHING FROM 25 YEARS AGO. ] There is a high probability that you or several loved ones have had this in earlier times, and it never stopped you. Take care of the elderly, and young ones, however, THIS DISEASE/ FLU is over 90 years old in its 'original' package. Demand the GOV start REPORTING people with No symptoms but positive IN A SEPARATE COLUMN ! <----- THIS IS CRITICAL until your minds are set that its no big deal, and our funds are dissolved.

Osprey

Self quarantine for 2 weeks is the advice to travelers, not going all around town potentially spreading the virus. Being totally emerged in yourself with no regard for all those you came into con tact with is what I read in your letter.

DeadBolt

They cannot support this, because short of their 'essential workers' (as made up by them) pretty much everyone HAS ALREADY WATCHED THIS LEFT LUNATIC THEORY NOW, IN THEIR HOME FOR ABOUT 4 WEEKS OR BETTER! So , what then, YOU KNOW , AFTER THE 2 WEEKS, YOUR MAGICALLY OK? We, as humans cannot stop our lives for SOMETHING WITH NO END DATE, this is not radiation poisoning. (and the 'area' cannot be quarantined ) . If the theory's placed upon you all were even close to 'provable' you would DIE IN YOUR HOME. (UNSUPPORTED)

sick and tired

I'm wondering, on your search at every medical facility you could find, did you stop at all the grocery stores, shopping malls, gas stations etc potentially spreading the virus you are so VERY SCARED that you and your wife might have? Why, if you are so VERY SCARED would you not use a phone and call these places instead of potentially spreading it? You left a "hot spot" as you said, and come to a place that is not a hot spot. Then proceed to go to 1. Your doctor 2. the health department, 3. The emergency room. And final number unknown as to how many urgent care you went to. Then add groceries, or take out, gas stations. Congratulations, you might have started another hot spot.

DeadBolt

That's what i said there sick and tired, but i suppose my terminology (you know they coy way in which i describe certain really , truly , idiotic themes i have heard), must have been over the top for the mod? (sorry mod's)

David Collins

This is just the type of person and scenario that the Beaufort mayor and others tried to exclude from their community . Right , wrong or whatever they at least tried . Just saying !

JohnnyR

I'd bet if this happened during Obama's term and it was Obama that stated everything that our current president has said, I'd wager bigly that everyone of you Trumpers would have reversed your opinion here and instead agreed completely with Mr. Barger. The complete polarization of simple minds is amazing to me!

JusticeForAll

Find it hard to believe this was not written as a joke, because it is.

JohnnyR

No JusticeForAll, sadly Trump is not just a cruel joke and is actually our acting president.

I know, I know, it all does seem like a bad dream, but hopefully we've woken up to the reality of electing idiots for president.

dc

Might want to think through history of say the last 60 years before reaching a conclusion about presidents.

David Collins

Ok , and you johnnyR , just who would you suggest to replace Trump ?

JusticeForAll

johnnyR, if you had been reading my posts lately, you would know I am no fan of Trump. So tired of the emotional hysteria. We should have let natural selection take its course. By intervening, we are in for much worse. That is what should scare the bejeezus out of everyone.

David Collins

Bet Mr. Barger is real glad he posted this letter .

dc

"The Wuhan virus reveals the rot in America's Democrat-run cities." By Andrea Widburg.

dc

This president did what any common sense person would do under similar circumstances in listening to the so-called experts. This pandemic has not been anything like the Swine Flu pandemic in which only just over 12K mostly young died in the U.S. NY alone already has twice that number after a total shutdown. You think you & others are complaining about this shutdown just think what the condemnation & not only in U.S. but worldwide reaction would be if the numbers predicted had come to fruition without a shutdown. And, no one can say with any accuracy it wouldn't have happened without the drastic measures. Your bravado BS is just that.

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JohnnyR

Who would I consider replacing Trump? Nobody till the election, he was voted in as president in 2016. But if all we have is Trump or Biden to choose from, then we're in for another four years of embarrassment. I would prefer someone with integrity and intelligence.

But other than the hard-core Trumpers, I do think the Donald has kind of wore out his welcome and will not be re-elected. If this whole pandemic really was an elaborate scheme, it certainly worked to show just how big an idiot he really is. Why the man can't just stand there with his mouth shut is beyond me, if you don't know what you're talking about then just keep quiet. He should suggest things like disinfectant injections in the pre-briefing meetings rather than babble like an idiot in front of the world, at least in the private meetings the grown-folks could try to explain things to him, even though they have to walk on eggshells with him because of his abnormal ego. The man really ain't right you know.

David Collins

Talk about a non-answer even a cop out . Natural selection is not an answer . Think I will stick with what we have due to the fact that there are no other choices available to look at . Must say I am rather disappointed in you . Thought that you might at least plump for Talib , AOC or Abrams .

JusticeForAll

Natural selection is the answer. It is how we exist on this planet. What is it exactly that we have that replaces natural selection and the evolutionary process? If you are talking about choices in the political arena, well there is massive disappoint all around. No one, in either party, demonstrates a strong commitment to the Constitution. As stated before, I have no affiliation with any party. Disappointed in me? That made me smile.

JohnnyR

So you're proud of Trump as your president David? When he says one idiotic thing after another, you don't cringe and just wish he would just shut up? You really believe he's a competent leader and not a narcissistic nut job? Okie dokie then.

But if you really want to play the "I pick the president" game, then I suppose right now I'd pick Governor Cuomo from New York. At least he is articulate and seems to have somewhat of an understanding of the current situation, certainly far above President Disinfectant.

But I'm a realist and realize the demonuts have decided to go with Biden regardless, and believe me, I find the democrats just as idiotic as the Republicans. Just not as soulless.

JohnnyR

Oh, and I'd like to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan this month!

David Collins

Now to JohnnyR . It looks like our choices are Trump or Biden’s running mate . I say Biden’s VP because old Joe is clearly not up to the job . At this time , it looks like he will be a Trojan Horse candidate , with a hidden surprise inside when his lights go out . That is what would keep me awake at nite should he get the job . Trump is Trump . Yup , I too wish he would not verbalize to the degree that he does but that has always been his demeanor . Knew that going in and he has not failed to disappoint . His latest gaff , this disinfectant thing was just a spoken thought , not a directive . This is something he is prone to do because of all the things that must be racing through his head . We average bears have not a clue of what the President has to deal with every waking hour of every day . Not a clue . When I heard what he said it sounded like he was trying to describe the function of a respiratory inhaler , a device commonly used to deliver medications to the lungs and such . Medications , disinfectant if you will , to attack the virus within . Made sense to me but was spun by the press to a totally different meaning . As usual . Can you imagine having to deal with this bunch of second guessing goons 24/7/365 for the entire time he has been in office and with no end in sight . No wonder no serious candidates have stepped up for consideration . Who in their right mind would wish to subject themselves and their families to all this . These are not journalists. They are rabid attack dogs , each trying to outdo the other for a bite of flesh . If it were me , there would be zero press corps briefings on land , sea or the air . Just press releases on paper and darn few of them . Think of the staffing reductions and taxpayer money saved as well as heartburn by doing that simple thing . Oh well , just my take . That’s all .

Always A Teacher

Trump: Never wrong, never sorry, never responsible...belongs in Never, Never Land. President Trump on Monday said he "can't imagine why" there have been more reports of people misusing disinfectants after his comments on the subject last week. Does that man ever think before speaking?

JohnnyR

Yeah Teacher, that's the point that doesn't seem to get across to the Trumpers. They excuse Trump's idiotic statements as "that's just the way he is", but this is not a reality TV show and as important as it comes.

Although I'm not against Natural Selection doing it's thing and allowing a little cleansing of anyone that listens to Trump like he's actually has a brain. It's good for the species overall.

dc

Victor Davis Hanson is smarter than the lot of you. Listen to him.

dc

I'm proud of the greatest president this country has had in my lifetime possibly with the exceptions of Truman & Ike & only because of the monumental decisions they had to make in their lifetimes. He made EXACTLY the right decision with the information & advice he had at the time to temporarily shut her down. Remember one these "educated" commenters had the world coming to an end. And, he is making EXACTLY the right decision to get the nation back to work. It's up to each of us to be as safe as we think is necessary while protecting the most vulnerable among us while going about our daily lives. Trying to do otherwise is unwise.

David Collins

I can’t believe that there are actually people stupid enough to try using bleach , Lysol and other disinfectants . I also question those reports without actual hospital reports to back it up . The media has a pretty lousy record of getting much right .

Speaking of getting much right . Was reported in the Washington Times that porn star Stormy Daniels , Stephanie Clifford , now says her affair with Trump never happened . Imagine that ! Now , just who was her attorney ? Was it Michel something ? Quite true that the truth is often stranger than fiction .

DeadBolt

Roy Cooper, no testing because he's an idiot! Hope the voters remember this big bag of (insert your own word here) Vote for Dan Forest for Gov! (go straight republican to help America rid themselves of this Liberal Dream of a Disaster. [thumbup]

dc

The teachers, community colleges, state employees, etc. didn't get their pay raises since Roy rather play D obstruction games but most of them will stick with him.

dc

Dan called him out about hours notice without Council of State. Might help Dan later but with NE fleeing & coming to the big city bastions, mountain & coastal getaways & everything in between here to change it like where they came from may at not be much hope. Need a tide of conservatives from places like inland CA moving here to offset.

JusticeForAll

dc- It is premature to allocate such accolades upon our current President.

dc

No it's not. No president has been treated as sorry as this president. Hopefully things will finally begin to fall into place to restore some sanity to the political process & hold those accountable from the last administration & the deep state bureaucrats that have tried every crooked scheme they could dream up to destroy this president.

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