Questions Governor Pritzker Should Answer, But Hasn’t

From Wirepoints:

Questions Illinois Reporters Should Ask Governor Pritzker and Dr. Ezike

By: Mark Glennon*

Here are a few questions reporters should be asking Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois’ Department of Public Health, at their daily briefing. More importantly, reporters should be demanding answers when they don’t get them:

• Governor Pritzker, Illinois now has the strictest stay-at-home order in the nation. You say your rule is based on science and data, but aren’t other states basing theirs on science and data? We know different states have different circumstances, but please explain specifically because Illinois is now the outlier.

• Dr. Ezike, antibody test results are critical for calculating the true, effective death rates from infection and for making projections more accurate. What excuse does Illinois have for still not collecting and publishing antibody test results for those purposes? Corrections for error rates in those tests can be made and the CDC has confirmed that at least two of those tests are 99% accurate.

•  Governor Pritzker, if a vaccine or effective treatment is never found and the virus never disappears it is your position that you can rule by emergency power forever, correct? Please explain how can you justify that.

• Governor Pritzker, Chicago police disbursed a peaceful protest against your asserted emergency powers on Memorial Day. Don’t you find something profoundly wrong with that?

• Dr. Ezike, the CDC says their best estimate of the death rate for symptomatic cases is just four-tenths of one percent, which would be much lower if asymptomic cases were included. Why didn’t you tell us the risk is that low? Haven’t you been far too alarmist? [See 0.26% death rate estimate from the CDC here.]

• Governor Pritzker, half of our coronavirus deaths have been in retirement homes. Were patients hospitalized for the virus allowed back into those homes? When exactly did the state bar visitation and how strict was the order? How much guidance was initially provided to facilities?

• Dr. Ezike, 86% of our deaths have been age 60 or older. Wouldn’t it have been better to target our effort on the elderly instead of the entire population, and shouldn’t we be doing that now?

• Dr. Ezike, how many have died with COVID -19 and how many have died from it? You were asked this before but did not answer. Please give the numbers.

• Governor Pritzker, you’ve repeatedly insulted those who disagree with your order, characterizing them as extremists, political grand-standers and much worse. What portion of Illinoisans would you estimate you have insulted and, whatever the number, don’t you think that’s inappropriate?

• Dr. Ezike, you and Governor Pritzker have explained why daily new case numbers mean nothing because they vary with the amount of testing. Why do you start each daily press release and conference with those alarming numbers?

• Governor Pritzker, what is your current estimate of how many people who have been entitled to an unemployment check haven’t gotten it, and can you tell us specifically how you know?

Dr. Ezike and Governor Pritzker at a daily briefing

• Governor Pritzker, on April 21, you announced new projections moving the likely peak out by about a month. But we now see that hospitalizations, which you’ve said are the most important indicator, peaked just five days later on April 28. So, your your science, data and projections were wrong, correct?

• Governor Pritzker, Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that , in general, he thinks most of the country is opening up in a prudent way. Other states are opening up faster than Illinois. Is Dr. Fauci wrong?


Questions Governor Pritzker Should Answer, But Hasn’t — 8 Comments

  1. From what I heard this morning, a haircut place had a large number of infections.

    The rest of the nation could be prudently reopening.

    But if IL gets screwed, we can try and blame Pritzker alone but there has been a line of failed political advancements in the state.

    If the rest of the nation gets screwed, then we’ll know who to blame for making this last longer.

    I’m just eager for the next phase, I’d like to get inked.

    It’s been years.

  2. **Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that , in general, he thinks most of the country is opening up in a prudent way. Other states are opening up faster than Illinois. Is Dr. Fauci wrong?**

    That is definitely a distortion of what Fauci said, which I guess is unsurprising from wirepoints. In fact, Fauci also cautioned that shouldn’t move fast, and said that some were moving too fast:

    He said the U.S. had to institute severe measures because Covid-19 cases were exploding then. “But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.”

    However, Fauci also cautioned states against reducing social distancing measures too quickly, adding they must take “very significant precautions.”

    “In general, I think most of the country is doing it in a prudent way,” he said. “There are obviously some situations where people might be jumping over that. I just say please proceed with caution if you’re going to do that.”

  3. All good questions BUT–Reporters arent even allowed to ask follow up questions to answers given by Jelly Belly and the Witch Doctor…heck they cant even ask the questions themselves and have to be handed to a monitor…Jelly Belly even excluded one reporter from even asking questions, because well she asked good ones…like the one about doing all this “stay home” stuff to drag it all out (under Bankruptcy possibly) until the Feds (Trump) gives the States money, so they can pay their Union buddies/constituents Pension default amounts under the guise of “Virus expense”.

    No one can challenge this guy and his sidekick and expect any change. Poopy’s Bar and Grill tried to in State Court and Jelly Belly sent it to Federal Court to decide, which will take years. Most reporters are in the tank anyway for the Dems so they’re happy to oblige the big guy and the quack doctor.

    Wanted to move to Nashville. Property Taxes are now going to go up 32% because of the Virus said the mayor. Given their lifeblood is off the revenue and taxes of Bars, Rest, and Entertainment, guess thats the new Mantra. Illinois has it down pat and they’ve never needed a crisis to stick it to the people. Wait until this thing is over and Fatty does his speech about Income and Sales, Gas, DMV taxes/fees all having to go way up.

  4. This is the way Illinois ends
    This is the way illinois ends
    This is the way Illinois ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.

  5. Dr. Ezzzzzzicky, are you a citizen of Nigeria?

    Are you a pediatrician? Are you Board Certified in virology or epidemiology?

    Are you a witch doctor and do you practice Yohimbe?

    Did you ever let Joe Biden touch your rear or smell your hair?

    Did you give Gov JB advice about cutting out the downing of 12 lb salamis at a sitting?

  6. At the daycares that are being opened is it mandatory for the employers to were mask around the children

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