On Friday, September third, MoreThanTheCurve.com reported on the most recent suggestion from Montgomery County related to COVID-19. The brand new suggestion is that everybody, vaccinated and unvaccinated, put on masks open air when not in a position to social distance or with those that will not be a part of their family. The advice goes into impact beginning September sixth (which is in the present day).
Within the announcement concerning the suggestion, the county cites that September third, the day the advice was made, marks a two-week interval that the county has skilled a excessive stage of COVID-19 group transmission based on the state’s knowledge.
The county’s suggestion, in some features, is definitely extra stringent than the advice of the CDC, which is referenced within the county’s announcement.
Listed below are the 2 related paragraphs:
In areas with excessive numbers of COVID-19 circumstances, the CDC recommends carrying a masks in crowded out of doors settings and for actions with shut contact with others who will not be absolutely vaccinated.
Montgomery County OPH recommends carrying a masks open air, no matter vaccination standing throughout excessive stage of COVID-19 group transmission. Particularly, this implies carrying a masks when open air when you can’t keep not less than 6 ft aside from individuals who don’t stay in your family.
As you’ll be able to see, the CDC suggestion references masking and distance when amongst people who find themselves not absolutely vaccinated. The county’s suggestion stresses social distancing and masking when amongst anybody who isn’t a part of your family. The county didn’t supply a caveat about vaccination standing.
Pictured above are Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh (simply behind the governor) and County Commissioner Ken Lawrence (simply behind Dr. Arkoosh) not carrying masks on the day they made this suggestion.
As you’ll be able to see, Dr. Arksosh truly has a masks round her wrist that she is selecting to not put on whereas not social distancing and surrounded by people who find themselves not in her family.
You’ll be able to’t make this kind of suggestion (that’s more durable than the CDC’s) after which on the identical day exit in public maskless on a tour with the governor that the press was invited to attend and anticipate to be taken severely. They knew they’d be captured in pictures and video.
Getting her face on the information whereas working for Senate is outwardly extra essential to Dr. Arkoosh than displaying she will observe her personal suggestion and set an instance.
And don’t begin arguing within the feedback that the advice is to begin on September sixth. The advice was attributed to the information relating to the excessive price of group transmission that the county is already in. That has existed for 2 weeks. The date is irrelevant.
And don’t come at me saying, “it’s straightforward to overlook generally to put on a masks.” There have been not less than two individuals among the many group making the tour with the governor who wore masks (not less than when this picture was taken). All through the pandemic, seeing individuals carrying masks at all times triggers me to both put one on after I forgot or take into account carrying one.
And don’t begin saying I’m an anti-masker Trumper. I’ve worn a masks each time I’ve been required (and generally when I’m not) and acquired vaccinated.
If you’re supportive of masking as a mitigation effort, you have to be dismayed that these we’ve got entrusted to make these kinds of suggestions are so unmindful of how they current themselves to the general public (particularly on the day they make such a suggestion).
The 2 majority commissioners even put themselves within the place of being successfully criticized by the lone Republican county commissioner, Commissioner Joe Gale, and all those that are adamantly in opposition to maskings. That’s simply embarrassing for Dr. Arkoosh and Lawrence and additional hurts mitigation efforts. And don’t come at us telling us we’re shilling for Gale, who we once suggested should resign.
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Pictures: Montgomery County (Burb Media added purple circles).
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