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July 3, 2020

Rich approves of governor’s order

Gov. Kay Ivey this week extended her “Safer at Home” order in regards to the coronavirus pandemic. The order just emphasizes people need to stay at home when they can and practice social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks when they can’t.

State Rep. Kerry Rich of Marshall County said he absolutely agrees with the governor’s order. And he warned that if people don’t start taking distancing and mask wearing more seriously, a more restrictive order could be coming.

“I agree with she did, not issuing new additional orders, and just keeping the order she already had in place through July 31,” Rep. Rich said.

“But I also agree with her urging people to be responsible. When I go out, I don’t see a lot of people wearing masks. I see some. But at least half the people are not wearing masks.

“I don’t like the idea of government telling us what we have to do,” Rep. Rich continued. “But in order for the government to not tell us what we have to do, we have to take personal responsibility.

“Here’s the fact of the matter,” he said. “If you look at the numbers, 65 percent of the deaths according to Dr. Harris, the state health officer, are of people age 65 and older. The deal is, a lot of younger people seem to be saying, ‘Well, if I get it, so what, I’ll be sick for awhile, but I’ll get over it and it will be no big deal.’

“The thing they have to understand – and I don’t believe it has hit them between the eyes yet – is if they have it and they are asymptomatic, they are still capable of spreading it. What we have to have is people being responsible and that includes wearing masks, social distancing, washing your hands, all the stuff we have talked about.

“You don’t want to spread this,” Rep. Rich said. “And you have to take individual responsibility. Until that happens, this disease is going to continue to spread.

“I’m 69 years old and I am concerned about getting it. Even though I believe I am in good health, I don’t want to get it.

“If we don’t start taking these measures seriously, the government may have to step in. We need to keep the economy open. We need people to have their jobs and livelihoods. But for that to happen, people have to be responsible.

“People say, ‘Well, I don’t like the government telling me what to do,’” Rep. Rich said. “I don’t like the government telling me what to do either. But if we want to get rid of this thing, we have to be responsible.”

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