A sheriff of Arizona who refused to enforce the decision of the governor to stay home because he thought that it was a test to be unconstitutional is positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, said Wednesday the sheriff.
The sheriff of the county of Pinal, Mark Lamb, said in a press release that he had been tested before a scheduled visit to the White House, where president Donald Trump has met with officials of law enforcement during a signing ceremony Wednesday.
“That is clearly clear, I did not attend the event nor met the president in the wake of the positive test, which has followed the selection procedures of the White House “, he said in a message on Facebook. “I’ll put myself in quarantine for the next 14 days minimum. “
Lamb, who said he was asymptomatic when he was tested positive, think that he was infected during a campaign event Saturday.
“Unfortunately, as a responsible law enforcement and elected leader, we do not have the luxury to stay at home,” he said. “This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we present ourselves for the job.”
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On the 1st of may, after the governor Doug Ducey has extended an order to stay at home throughout the State, Lamb told the local media that not many respondents would identify not or wouldn’t the owners of companies that violate the extension.
“Obviously, the governor has issued an order, and, potentially, if I do not respond to this order, I could face a charge of misdemeanor,” said Lamb to the affiliate of NBC KPNX. “But on the other hand, you have the supreme law of the land which is the Constitution. “
He added: “This is not the right thing to quote them or stop them for that. We don’t want to create criminals from innocent people. ”
Lamb said that his “heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one as a” virus, but in a separate interview with a local newspaper, the Republic of Arizona, he said that the order to stay at home had lasted too long.
“The numbers no longer justify the action,” he said, according to the newspaper. “Three hundred dead, this is not a sufficient number to continue to ruin the economy. “
The order of stay home has been lifted on 15 may and the Arizona has since experienced an record of a case of coronavirus.
In the midst of an increase in the number of cases at the national level, Arizona is one of three States that have set records this week for the number of new cases daily. According to a count by NBC News, the State has recorded more than 43 000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, but the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center shows that this number has started to rise sharply earlier this month.
In the county of Lamb’s, Pinal, between Phoenix and Tucson, the number of cases – nearly 1 800 – has increased dramatically in the last week and earlier this week, according to the university. The data show that the county has a mortality rate of slightly less than three percent. Forty-seven people died.
On Thursday, more than 1,200 people have died of the coronavirus in Arizona.
The state of the lamb, is not clear. A spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.