Ducey has recommended that people wear masks in public to combat the spread of coronavirus, but it has refused to impose a mandate at the State level, leaving to local mayors the care of punishing the people who don’t wear them.
“I am in favor of masks,” said Ducey in a press conference on Wednesday. “I want to see all the Arizoniens wear cover-faces. “
The administration Ducey has also been suggested that the increase in testing could be at the origin of the increase in new cases.
Marcy Flanagan, director of the department of public health for the county of Maricopa in Arizona, insisted last week that ” these increases are not only due to increased testing in progress “.
The representative of the State, Kelli Butler, ranking member of the democrats on the health committee of the house of Arizona, echoed Flanagan.
“While the crisis of the COVID-19 in Arizona is becoming one of the worst in the world, we have seen the governor Ducey and his staff spend more time trying to divert criticism and to discuss with health experts and journalists that work on real solutions for mitigating the spread of the disease,” said Butler. “While the president Trump has to go to Arizona next week, I wonder if the governor is now more pleasing to Trump that in order to protect the Arizoniens.”
NBC News has contacted the spokesman for Ducey, Patrick Ptak, for comment, but received no response.
DeSantis, Abbott and Ducey are all republicans and ardent supporters of president Donald Trump, who has caught fire for the slow response of his administration to the pandemic.
Trump has not declared a national emergency, that the 13 march. And to date, approximately 118 000 people in the United States have been killed by the virus.
The president has also been pushing for a rapid reopening of the economy. The Face of the objections of the local health authorities, Trump has the intention to hold a rally Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This will be her first since the country was closed to combat the sars coronavirus.
The vice-chairman Mike Pence congratulated the Oklahoma to be ” at the forefront of our efforts to slow the spread “. He also made the false assertion that the Oklahoma under the direction of governor Kevin Stitt, a republican and a supporter of Trump, has “flattened the curve”.
But health officials in Oklahoma have reported Tuesday, a daily total of 259 cases, of which 76 in Tulsa, reported the Tulsa World.
“Any rational person looking at a large group of people would have concerns about this weekend,” said the mayor of Tulsa, G. T. Bynum, a republican, said.
Louisiana also seen a recent spike in new cases of COVID-19. Other States where cases of COVID-19 continue to rise are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, as well as the Commonwealth. of Porto Rico.