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Florida Sheriff Bans Officers From Wearing Masks At Work

As the pandemic continues to affect the United States, and the CDC has recommended masks as one of the key tools to slowing the spread, a FLorida sheriff has responded in the opposite way. He’s forbidden deputies from wearing masks while on the job. Visitors to the sheriff’s office are also not allowed to wear masks.

Florida sheriff Billy Woods is antimask
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The Washington Post shared an email from Sheriff Billy Woods of Marion County, defending his no-mask mandate. In it, he addresses, the fact that experts have said masks are one of the best tools to defeat COVID-19, disputes their conclusion, and maintains that he can appeal to other experts who will support his view.

We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t.

The rule allows exceptions for deputies when their jobs take them into hospitals, and for individuals who are high-risk or who are suspected of already being infected with COVID-19.

Last month, the Guardian reported that Florida’s outbreak of COVID-19 has reached a point that has some hospitals stretched to their limit.

[At Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami] intensive care unit beds, the number of which has already expanded, are “snatched” up minutes after they become available. Not a single one of the 164 in the hospital is free.

The Florida Department of Health reports that there have been over half a million positive tests in the state, and the death toll is nearly nine thousand. There were over 200 deaths from the virus on Tuesday.



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