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    A group of Greenly, Colorado, nursing home residents gathered outside of the area’s largest hospital last week to protest ongoing Covid-lockdowns and demand that the health department let them be close to their family members. “I’d rather die of Covid than loneliness” was the message from one nursing home resident, and another sign read, “Prisoners in our own home.” Twenty or so residents from the Fairacres Manor care home participated in the event to demand an end to “no hugs, no smiles, no kisses from their loved ones” in the over seven months since nursing home lockdowns were enacted.

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    Weld County Commissioner Scott James stated, β€œThey are members of the greatest generation. The very generation who fought to overturn tyranny and protect our freedoms. Now these members of that generation have had their freedom taken away via a tyrannous act by unelected bureaucrats.” He called for the health department to immediately enact policy changes to allow residents to hug their families.

    “You know what they do when a criminal in prison misbehaves and needs a little extra punishing? Exactly what government officials across America have been doing to our elderly nursing home residents for over six months now – they deprive him of companionship with other human beings.”

    Michael Thau, American Greatness Contributor

    Thau called for an end to the “death camps.” It was noted that the media has been silent on the fact that death rates from dementia and Alzheimers have increased 40% in the areas with the most severe lockdowns. An article from conservative political blog RedState included decades-long “well-established scientific fact” from researcher Steven Rancourt that “social isolation itself, in addition to individual psychological stress, is known to have an added impact on the said susceptibility to viral respiratory disease.”

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    Governor Jared Polis expressed sympathy but said in a statement, β€œWe are doing everything possible to help long-term care facilities mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by working directly with facilities on proper infection control practices that have been proven to slow the spread of COVID-19.” He noted that policies have been updated to allow residents to see family members in person at an appropriate distance to still protect their health.

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