In a time of crisis communities look to their leaders to make informed and swift decisions. Within the span of a few weeks COVID-19 has shown failures in leadership at the international, national, state, and community levels. While leaders such as G.T. Bynum have shined due to their decisive actions, and transparency – many have missed the mark. These failures puts our most vulnerable at risk and threatens to overwhelm a healthcare system that is not prepared for a pandemic.

Researchers at Imperial College recently released a report evaluating the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on the spread of COVID-19. They created three models to determine the impact of varying degrees of intervention, and concluded that epidemic suppression, which could cause major disruptions to everyday life, is the only viable option we currently have to prevent overwhelming our hospital systems as we’ve seen in Italy.

At this time, it is imperative for Claremore’s leadership to look at the actions of leaders like Bynum and begin making difficult decisions regarding the safety and wellbeing of our residents. I encourage them to act transparently and swiftly while utilizing the incredible community partners and resources we have in Claremore to ensure that every resident in Claremore is provided for during this difficult time.

Will following Tulsa’s lead cause hardships for our community? Absolutely. The question remains – are we willing to leave our citizens’ lives to chance?

There are no easy answers for any decision maker in this lose-lose situation.

Amy Hendrix

Claremore

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