Thinking Before You Go to Beach

COVID-19 is not taking a summer vacation. Yet some West Virginians are taking trips — and they are helping the virus kill people.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice revealed two residents of a Mercer County nursing home had succumbed to COVID-19, Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said the coronavirus outbreak at the home may be linked to people who vacationed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

It would not be the first Mountain State outbreak traced back to the popular vacation destination. It is a hot spot for COVID-19.

We have known of the peril for at least a month. Yet some West Virginians seem so intent on a week at the beach that they do not worry about bringing COVID-19 home with them.

They should. Think about it: Could you not vacation in a less risky place? Is Myrtle Beach important enough to you to wonder whether your trip there killed someone?


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