County Sheriff Who Downplayed Coronavirus Tests Positive
A county sheriff in Pinal, Arizona who refused to enforce stay-at-home orders has now contracted coronavirus. Mark Lamb tested positive for COVID-19 after a pre-White House event screening. He was not experiencing any symptoms.
Lamb’s test results came two months after he declared that the number of COVID-19 fatalities in Arizona (then 300) didn’t justify the governor’s stay-at-home order.
"Three hundred deaths is not a significant enough number to continue to ruin the economy” said the sheriff, who apparently fancies himself an epidemiologist and economist too.
Needless to say, now that Arizona is on the brink of a public health catastrophe and Sheriff Lamb is smack in the middle of it, he’s changed his tune.
“Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do not have the luxury of staying home. This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we sign up for the job,” Lamb wrote on his Facebook page. “Today, that risk is the COVID-19 virus.”
The sheriff said he is self-quarantining for 14 days and has notified the public health department so that they can try to trace all of his contacts.
As they say, life comes at you fast.