As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to spike across the country, many state governors are making it mandatory for their citizens to wear face masks. Governor Steve Sisolaik recently put out a statement saying that Nevada residents must make face coverings and masks a part of their routines in their daily lives if they want the state to continue to stay open.
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina is in the process of making masks a requirement for those in public places. Washington and California were right there with Governor Cooper, making similar statements this past week. After all of the push and pull to get businesses to open back up across the U.S., this comes as quite a surprise. Due to the new number of COVID-19 cases popping up, there are many states that are creating new restrictions for their residents.
Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state announced a statewide mandate this past Tuesday, saying that they cannot “wish the virus away”. “We have the tools that are available to us that we know work”.
Healthcare workers in Yakima County were reportedly struggling with the new number of COVID cases. According to the Seattle Times, Governor Inslee added a few additional Yakima County requirements.
Following Governor Inslee was Governor Gavin Newsom of California, who made a mandate this past Thursday for face masks being worn when in public places. This mandate came just a few days after some California counties refused to follow mask rules and requirements, even with rising COVID cases.
In a recent statement, Newsom mentioned that “we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered”.
In particular, California has seen a 62% increase in cases compared to a few weeks ago, which added up to about 4,500 new cases this week. Governor Cooper of North Carolina said that they would be remaining in phase 2 for at least three more weeks due to the stark increase in cases. Plans to slow down the reopening process are well underway.
Just up until this past Wednesday, North Carolina had only mentioned masks as a recommendation.
The tables are even beginning to turn in Texas. Many hospitals and ICUs are beginning to fill up dangerously close to capacity, as there has not been a mandate to wear masks. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, who was originally against the policy of wearing masks in public or penalizing those who didn’t, quickly shifted gears this week, recommend those out in public to wear masks.
In a recent conversation with congress, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the nation, called this time a “disturbing surge” in many states. Citizens are wilfully ignoring the guidelines set in place for social distancing, which had a visible impact on slowing the spread of the virus less than a month ago.
Fauci states that the virus will not simply go away.
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