06 July 2020

Death of an Island - part the third

What happens when an Island of fewer that 1,000 persons, which depends on about 20,000 visitors a day spending freely on touristy thingees like restaurant dining (mostly day-trippers) for the summer season, doesn't get anywhere near that volume of traffic? And what if the problem is that those visitors bring a pathogen which is capable of killing off, at least, most of the adult population? The Island news brings more pressure on the Island's viability.

Today brings the inevitable reporting. There is the first seasonal worker positive. Most likely a restaurant worker. Ignoring the case of Mainlanders (particularly Day Hoppers) infecting each other, contact tracing among the residents and such seasonal employees is the prime directive. How far and fast Covid spreads will settle the question of the Island's viability. I surely hope the Island survives. Since many seasonal workers are aliens, back filling those who must quarantine or are hospitalized, will be problematic. Seasonal staff aren't, of course, mostly geezers (if any), but rather the younger folk. It is highly likely that this person isn't among the usual suspects. Did the majority of service establishments go pro-active by hiring extra staff, in anticipation of attrition? Did they all get together, collusion style, and build a bench of replacements? Would be interesting to know. The wait staff where this person works/worked could be sidelined for the rest of the summer. Did s/he bring Covid to the Island, or caught it from a Mainlander in the course of work? How many establishments will be unable to staff through the season? Could be.

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