At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging in California and places like Nevada City are trying to reassure the public it is safe to patronize local merchants, you would expect public officials to encourage responsible behavior by the public.
Then there are the likes of soon-to-be ex-Mayor Reinette Senum, who used her Facebook page to denounce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to the public to wear masks in public settings.
“As you go about your day today, KNOW there is NO LAW that Orders you to Wear a Mask,” she posted. “Our Governor does NOT have that universal power to make such orders. While I know the HEADLINES over the last couple days (sic) have stated something entirely different, that is because journalism is dead.” She also posted a statement on YouTube.
The posts appeared at a time California has experienced a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, and Nevada County — which saw no new coronavirus cases from April 23 to June 1 — has experienced a jump from 41 to 108 this month through Monday morning.
Since we lack a vaccine or treatment for the disease, we have to rely on simple activities like social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing our hands frequently to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Especially masks.
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“It’s something we can do collectively to try to reduce the spread,” he said recently. “It’s really all we have and it’s not a very robust tool at that. But it is a tool that we have and it’s a tool that has been demonstrated to have an impact if everyone