Nov 21, 2020 11:54 AM

LETTER: Ellis Co. must follow state mask mandate

Posted Nov 21, 2020 11:54 AM

To the Ellis County Commission:

It is plain to see for all that COVID-19 is out of control across Kansas and the nation. As county commissioners and commissioner-elect, it is your responsibility to help protect the citizens and visitors to our fine county. To ignore the science behind the wearing of masks and proper social distancing, and yes, some of you actively suborning these health measures, you do great disservice to us all.

As a retired medical technologist for which PPE was a standard and required part of the routine workday, you quickly adapt to the use. It promotes safety, but (and here is the important point), the use of PPE for this disease cannot and will not be effective until and unless 90 to 95% of the population adhere to the requirements.

These are not political statements, but public health statements and we should all do our part to protect ourselves and one another. I strongly, strongly urge you to follow Governor Kelly’s mandate. Should you not, you are complicit in the spread and potential deaths that may follow. I assure you that if you do not, you will never receive my vote for any position you may seek in the future. 

Mike Giess, Hays