Dayton Receives Five Covid-19 Response Grants
Dayton Receives Five Covid-19 Response Grants
When the Coronavirus first arose on the scene, COVID-19 was ignored so that western media in totality could cover the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump. By the time western media was ready to cover COVID-19, it has already become a global pandemic. This has left a lot of governments scrambling in America, especially state governments, which is epitomized by Dayton Ohio’s new Corona Response grants given to five non-profit organizations in the area.
Although there have been five separate grants given to various non-profits, the total sum is just over $70,000, which has quite a few citizens wondering why the amount wasn’t more than that. However, the goal here just to start, the Dayton Foundation claims, is to ensure that people have “basic human services” and that emergency responders are more prepared to tackle the crisis.
As of 9 p.m. on March 24, the state of Ohio has 564 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, with 8 deaths and 0 confirmed recoveries. And while this pales in comparison to New York’s 25,600 confirmed cases, it shows that his virus is spreading all over the nation, and even Midwestern states need to be prepared for the result
This was the hope of the Dayton Foundation, as they padded the coffers of non-profits who help poorer communities with their basic human needs. Among those to receive grants include the Senior Resource Connection, which helps senior citizens; Hannah’s Treasure chest, an organization that provides care packages for children; Health Partners Free Clinic, which serves the poor; Dayton Right to Life, who typically deal in pampers and formula for children; and the Victory Project, which provides food to families in need.
The Dayton Foundation has started the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton, and they hope that this is just the start of many more donations they can give out, if people are kind enough to donate to the fund. To date, the fund has raised nearly $700,000, but officials claim that this is not going to be enough, as the virus shows no signs of slowing down. In only the past 24 hours, another 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have popped up. The fear being that this can expand exponentially and quickly, and citizens are going to need relief.
Quick Responses Don’t Seem Quick Enough
While the money certainly helps a lot of people in need, it has done very little to quell the frustrations of some residents, who claim that the government did not act quickly enough. While media was preoccupied with Donald Trump in a 24-hour news cycle that extended well past a month, the Coronavirus was spreading and mutating and infecting hundreds of thousands of people around the globe, while media and government in America both ignored its implications. This is what has so many residents upset, the fact that government is just now acting, after over 500 people are infected with the highly mutable virus.
The federal government is also receiving a lot of the blame to date. Many of the same individuals, media sources and activist groups who lambasted Trump for shutting the borders down to certain nations, calling it a “Muslim ban,” are now lambasting the president for not closing the borders quickly enough for their liking over virus concerns.
While there is obviously enough blame to go around, the frustrations are boiling over and this may end up doing a lot more harm than good.
Future Government Responses in Jeopardy
Angry people equates to angry voters, and politicians who are worried about their election status come November are highly susceptible to public influence by way of not stirring the pot. What this means, in a nutshell, and as history has shown us repeatedly: Angry people make government shy away from helping, as government officials feel that anything they do will be met with ridicule and scorn.
Look back no farther than Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to see how nationwide anger actually made government responses more standoffish. While the angry public believe their wringing hands will propel governments into action, recent examples actually show it has the opposite effect.
Apropos to this point, states that are doing very well, such as West Virginia and Wyoming, have very little panic, and very little anger and blame in the public sphere. This has allowed government to systematically create approaches to protect their citizens, and the situations remain calm in comparison.
Time will tell where this pandemic leads for Dayton, but one thing is clear. Pushing the government to action sadly creates more inaction and jeopardizes future responses.
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