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MOSES LAKE - On Friday, the day the state’s mask-wearing mandate took effect for residents who venture out in public, but it didn’t appear to resonate with everyone. iFIBER ONE News gauged the receptiveness of the local community during a random survey Friday afternoon.

iFIBER ONE News sampled a select group of customers who were coming and going from the Moses Lake Safeway and the Ephrata Walmart. At each location, iFIBER ONE News sampled 128 people.

At first, staff took note of people entering and exiting the stores, but after a few minutes, samples were limited to people entering stores to reduce the risk of redundancies in our survey.

The number of people sampled totaled 256 between both locations. Out of 256 subjects, 81 appeared to be without masks which equates to 31.6%.

In Moses Lake, 40 shoppers did not wear masks and in Ephrata 41 store patrons appeared to be without personal protective equipment.

Those who weren’t wearing masks included teenagers, elderly people, and families with children.

The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for local law enforcement response.

(46) comments

PMerriel

You people believe literally ANYTHING. Sheep.

I'm not going to wear a mask. And if an idiot wants to step up and say something about it to me while I'm in public, they'll end up in the hospital. #iwillnotcomply

There is a .00002% DEATH RATE, that's less than most diseases. So for those of you that are willing to listen to the likes of Jay Inslee...just don't talk to me. You are as worthless as he is.

justbecool

Cheb, Don Lemon went and pulled a fast one on you. Put down the National Enquierer and look at real numbers. 577 confirmed cases in Grant County, 5 deaths. Will you do that math for me and see what it comes out to? Do some homework before you get on here.

Cheburashka

I'm in a good position to do homework since I am AT HOME. Like so many of us have been since this started, which is WHY the numbers are so low. 🤦

justbecool

Ammon, you’re trying way too hard to sound smart, bro. We look out for our neighbors by supporting their livelihoods and way of life so there is one for their kids. Infection rates are one thing, recovery rates are another. 99.9 of those infected recover, or are asymptomatic. Much like the flu, most recover, some don’t. Life isn’t fair that way. Life must go on.

Cheburashka

Ammon is succeeding in sounding smart. You...not so much. 99.9% recover? That is incorrect. In the United States, of observed cases, around 5% die. This, taking into consideration the "over-testing" that Trump is always complaining about. And this is considering that our hospitals have not yet been overwhelmed. In the United kingdom, the mortality rate for observed case is 14%.

opinionscrossroad

@cheb... Will you PLEASE stop spreading false and misleading information.. The 5% mortality rate you want to refer to are ONLY for tested people. Since you already know that less than 10% of people who contract the Coronavirus get severe enough symptoms to get tested your statement can only be construed as purposefully misleading. It is NOT 5% mortality.. Yes look at the CDC website please

Cheburashka

OBSERVED cases is exactly what I was discussing. Just like how we determine flu deaths, or deaths from any other disease. What I wrote was 100% accurate.

opinionscrossroad

What you wrote was purposefully misleading.. When someone said 99.9% recover you stated, "that is incorrect" and that the "mortality rate" was 5%.. That is just purposefully misleading!! I explained why but you purposefully misleading it why people are running around here like chickens expecting an asteroid to smash them screaming in fear..

Cheburashka

What I wrote is right there. I put the phrase "of observed cases" in front of my statistic. Do you need new glasses?

Trumpus Interruptus

The lives of people working in healthcare aren't very good right now, so do 'em a favor and help out. And while you're out there supporting businesses, help out the people going to work, because you're the 30-somethingth customer they've had to encounter.

If we protest to “open up” and then refuse to do the one tiny thing that will make it safe to open up, what does that say? Doesn't seem to make sense.

I already know you're gonna mask up. Just quit trollin'.

Scorpio1911

Can we just get off of the whole facemask debate? It is not a political thing, why do some people have to turn EVERYTHING into politics. It is not some conspiracy dreamed up by the government to exact some type of control over us. If somebody can produce some FACTURAL evidence contradicting my last statement, I will redact it. Until then, shut the hell up. Geez.

But, we as Americans have a choice, you can wear a facemask, or not. You can wear your seatbelt, or not. You can sell & smoke crack, or not. You can go rob a store WHILE wearing your facemask (as one poster recently stated), or not. All of these things I have listed, you CAN do, it is all about the choices we make. However, there may be some heavy penalties to be paid for doing these things. Let us address the facemask issue. Washington State has now stated that everybody must wear a facemask if you are--

• Inside of or in line to enter any indoor public space

• Seeking health care services

• Waiting for or riding public transportation

• Outdoors and unable to keep six feet away from others not in their household

Hmmm – that doesn’t sound too bad, what is the big deal??? It might be a bit inconvenient, but so is trying to find a good place to hide my gun and crack pipe while I go in to rob that store. And once I do find a good place to hide my gun on my person, that damn seatbelt causes it to dig into my gut, so I won’t be wearing that seatbelt.

We also have “rights” while living in these United States. And I have the right to go to the store without having to breath in your stinking, foul, virus laden breath all because YOU believe in your little fantasy world that your “rights” are being infringed upon. Geez, get over yourself already. I see people posting on here that if I don’t want to get sick, stay home. Here is a counter argument - if YOU don’t want to wear a facemask in an effort to help protect you and others, STAY HOME!!! YOU are the problem. YOU are the one causing hate and discontent. YOU are the walking petri dish. If you believe life is so bad here because the Government, either State or Federal, is saying to wear a facemask in an effort to help protect you and others, relocate to Syria, I’ll help you pack – as long as you are wearing a facemask.

Will wearing said facemask and following some of the other guidelines as outlined by the CDC and WHO guaranty 100% that you will not get COVID-19. No. No it won’t. But enough time has passed and enough studies have been completed to PROVE that wearing a facemask and following the other guidelines as outlined by the CDC and WHO may help reduce the chances of getting COVID-19. One study published in The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, found that wearing a mask may drop the risk of transmission from 17% to 3%.

Here is a thought provoking theory. If Person A refuses to wear a facemask because Person A believes in his/her little fantasy world that his/her “rights” are being infringed upon, and Person B who is wearing a facemask because Person B has underlying health conditions but must still go out shopping for food and other essentials meet face-to-face in a store, could Person A be construed as being an “imminent threat” at which point Person B could legally defend him/her self and put a .40 S&W round into Person A’s brain pan??? Hmmmm. Now there is food for thought.

(Some of the comments stated above are done strictly as parody or to illicit thought provoking discussions. No actual threat is made or implied)

opinionscrossroad

So what you are saying is you do not believe in Individual rights.. That is really what I took from your comment.. So now that we have established that --

moving onto your statement about "having to breath in your stinking, foul, virus laden breath" -- Hasn't that been throughout history and will be throughout eternity?? So what I am hearing you preaching is face masks should have been, and should now into eternity, a mandatory piece of clothing anytime you leave your house. Like covering your genitals it will be covering your entire face.. That is what you are essentially saying with your argument.. ??

As far as moving.. GREAT ANALOGY.. Instead of standing up and fighting to maintain a lifestyle most of us grew up in and appreciate.. When the dictators and tyrants start taking individual freedoms and rights away.. Your suggestion?? Run away and hide.. Gotcha

Last thought provoking statement.. IF YOU do NOT like individual freedoms how about WE help YOU pack up and move .. Several places live under dictator and communist rule (which is the rule of Government knows best and everything is for the good of the Country and people).. I am sure any country such as Russia, China, Venezuela, Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, Chad, Somalia would be MORE THAN WILLING to take a submissive American who feels individual rights are meaningless and Government has utmost authority.. I WILL HELP YOU PACK..

Cheburashka

Scorpio 1911:. "There are times when we make sacrifices for the greater good."

Opinionscrossroad: "You don't believe in individual rights."

Yep. I can certainly see that. 🤔

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opinionscrossroad

@scorpio... You are just upset that somebody does not agree with your stance.. I don't really know what you want someone to tell you when you talk from two sides of your mouth. You cannot say "when did I say individual rights are meaningless" while at the same time saying, "They are attempting to save you and as many people as they can"..

The same argument is ALWAYS used in order to scare people to give up a freedom they once enjoyed.. The FEAR argument to convince someone to give up..

And I don't ask you to agree with me or not.. I ask that people stop looking at things through fear and scared eyes.. Be practical and be logical and NOTHING the government is doing right now is either of those.. As I said.. Masks.. if everyone said ok.. THEN WHAT?? The Virus isn't stopping or going away.. So what is the point of the masks and all the stupid decisions??

justbecool

What’s ignorant mean?

Trumpus Interruptus

Not bad, G-Co! Usage out and about was way lower a week ago.

Like General Jim,says, let's keep working together, keep our numbers down and help our neighbors working in medicine and taking care of high-risk individuals.

Bodhisattva

Not sure how this issue became political. Small minds and all is my best guess. Are we really still arguing about this?? Boring.

I was in this store this morning and 98% of the people were wearing masks. Common sense will prevail.

The rest of you who don’t want to wear a mask, please don’t. Natural selection at its finest. Now go find something else to whine about.

justbecool

Curious to see what is easier spread: Covid or STD’s. Why no mandate on condoms? There should be a government agent in every bedroom in the state with making sure people are protected. And if they aren’t, they should be videotaped and shamed for it.

Cheburashka

Go look up STD death rates in Washington and you'll figure out part of the answer.

cryingtoddlerlibs

As usual you missed the point....comprehension must be difficult for you

Trumpus Interruptus

His "point" is a straw-man argument, a common rhetorical device employed by propagandists. People who are constantly exposed to propaganda start thinking this sort of thing is rational discourse. Just a heads up.

opinionscrossroad

@Ammon .. #1 It's called a FALLACY not an argument.. Philosophy 101 my boy And #2 Since you are feeling so smart Maybe you should take some economic courses so you can try to explain how you expect the world to be like if Nobody can go to work, no education is essentially being taught, we are losing employer after employer since they cannot meet ridiculous mandates..

Masks aren't going to contain this Virus, There is no Vaccine, We already tried to lockdown and that was a joke not to mention an economy killer.. What exactly is your plan since you are so smart other than try to sound intelligent saying a mask is doing to do a darn thing..

Oh and for those that look up real facts.. The spread of the disease goes from 17% to 3% if you wear a mask.. Anyone care to know where the other 83% spread of disease comes from?? Look it up instead of running your mouths..

Cheburashka

It's a fallacious argument. Yes, it's a fallacy, but also an argument. Why point it out? Oh....ad hominem argument. Which in this case is not only a logical fallacy, but one that reflects back on you.

opinionscrossroad

@cheb.. We will have to agree to disagree if a Fallacy upgrades itself to an argument..

But I find it interesting how you also avoided the economics and what you expect people to do to pay their bills..

How you justify all the "cures" that we are supposed to do to contain and control this Virus that have done NOTHING to stop this Virus and what do we do moving forward..

To me wearing masks is too little too late and more of a "feel good" measure than a practical and realistic solution (in other words it's just to make Chicken Littles feel like they are doing something that they have no control of otherwise)..

Trumpus Interruptus

@Dupinions: A straw man (or strawman) is a form of argument (and an informal fallacy) of having the impression of refuting an argument, meanwhile the proper idea of argument under discussion was not addressed or properly refuted. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be "attacking a straw man". I like to use "argument" when I'm pointing it out to someone; if you say "fallacy" they react as if I'm calling them a liar and don't listen.

The STD comment was more of a False Equivalency Fallacy, anyway. Anyone wasting their time reading this thread might like to jump off here and bone up on Straw Man and False Equivalency, then keep an eye out for it. Or, as we say in the Columbia Basin: It they're great bullshit detectors.

Cheburashka

@opinons...no, we don't have to agree to disagree. You're clearly wrong. I've studied argument most of my life and have two graduate degrees in rhetoric-related fields. You probably took a class or two and misunderstood what was said. An argument uses an appeal. That appeal can be fallacious (We shouldn't listen to Kellyanne Conway because she's unattractive) or valid (We shouldn't listen to Rachel Dolezal as an expert on growing up Black because she is only pretending that she did.) You clearly don't know what you are talking about.

justbecool

Why do opposing comments that don’t fit the narrative get deleted? Suppression. Tired site. Conservatives of the world unite.

Cheburashka

And yet this comment remains. 🙄

cryingtoddlerlibs

I'll miss you....ok not really

Cheburashka

You going somewhere?

justbecool

The only disease being spread here is liberalism. Libs, please continue to wear masks, the youth are the most at risk.

cryingtoddlerlibs

Agreed...

Bodhisattva

So only young people are liberal??

You may want to rethink that statement. I’m 53.

cryingtoddlerlibs

Your 53 and you still have trouble with comprehension? That's not what he said..typical

Bodhisattva

Are those the only words you know? Are you struggling to find words?? It’s “you’re”. Not “your”. I guess it might be difficult for you to understand the difference. Poor thing. I mean, Trump did say he loves the uneducated. Good for you for not being ashamed of it. 👍

cryingtoddlerlibs

Thanks for the pointer on usage of your and you"re. It's good to know you have an understanding of english..bet you feel kinda dumb when it comes to understanding it...it's obvious you are stuck in your ways so enjoy the dark.

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Sagacious Lu

The theory is my mask protects you, your mask protects me. That's what they said in the Czech Republic, where they have had far fewer infections and deaths per 1000 than here.

Getrealman

You got that right!

cryingtoddlerlibs

I wonder how many had pre existing medical reasons?

Cheburashka

All the ones who weren't selfish and lazy.

Sagacious Lu

It's the simplest, least intrusive way to stop the spread of the disease. Texas, Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina are among the states that have botched this.

cryingtoddlerlibs

Why after 120 plus days into it are they the saving grace? Why were they not mandatory in Jan? Everyone is a health expert now or lemmings.

Sagacious Lu

They were discouraged in January and February in the United States - not other countries - because the Trump Administration was so poorly prepared with limited stocks of masks and other PPE for health workers. If you have a working knowledge of statistics, you can check out the articles in the Lancet and elsewhere. Here's one. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext

opinionscrossroad

@Lu.. Yes by your logic it was the Trump Administration's fault that I stubbed my toe on the sidewalk last night.. The president should know EVERY detail in the world and make sure only good happens.. Sometimes I think some people forget President's are NOT GODS and do not control every little detail in the world..

The stockpile of supplies are based on every other supply in the world.. The safety stock is based on how many MIGHT we need in the case of an emergency countered by how much inventory costs do we want sitting in a warehouse versus if a rush occurs how fast can we start producing larger amounts of supplies to supply an increased need..

Overall, I think the market handled the need pretty well considering the IDIOTS who went out panic buying everything on the store shelves INCLUDING masks and PPE and spacesuits..

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