On July 6th Gov. Ron DeSantis declared with bravado, “I think we’ve stabilized at where we’re at.” Five days later the DOH reported 15,300 Covid-19 cases, the highest number of new cases in one day in any state since the beginning of this pandemic.
We don’t need bravado; we need real leadership and you, as our County Commissioners, are our last defense against allowing this pandemic to reach a new level of crisis. I implore you to LEAD and take action now – please require face coverings in indoor public places.
We know face coverings are part of the success equation. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams stated: “Just as we’ve seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective.”
Follow the science. Heed the advice of public health professionals. Requiring face coverings is a TEMPORARY measure to protect public health and the economy. It would be great if everyone took personal responsibility but that’s not happening and, quite frankly, being afraid we can’t enforce face masks isn’t a reason to avoid taking action.
We must set a standard to which we expect people to behave. We do the same with speed limits, no smoking signs, and requiring seat belts.
Please take a stand now before we lose many more lives needlessly.
Chairwoman, Collier County Democratic Party