Merced Sheriff Does a 180 on Coronavirus
Merced’s sheriff refused to enforce stay-at-home orders two months ago, believing them to be a ploy to make people “dependant [sic] on governments assistance.” But today, as cases stack up in the Central Valley, Vernon Warnke has a very different message: “Wear your masks, do your social distancing, wash your hands. ... Please take it seriously.”
Warnke isn’t the first lawman to change his tune. The sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona also refused to enforce virus mitigation efforts. Then he caught the virus himself.
Experts predict the situation will only worsen as the days and weeks wear on, so we can probably expect a few more 180s from those who once downplayed the virus. For thousands of families, the change of heart will come too late.