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Do you agree with the requirement to wear a mask in all buildings open to the public throughout Virginia?

Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday announced the mandate will take effect Friday, May 29. It will slow the coronavirus’ spread and protect front-line workers who deal with the public, the governor said. Exceptions will allow eating, drinking and exercising without a mask. Those younger than 10 and those with medical conditions that prevent wearing masks also will be exempt.

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June 5, 2020 at 5:22 pm
No, I am not. And I encourage any of you self righteous twirps to confront me
June 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm
if you want to go to District Court or Wegmans you are wearing a mask. period.
June 4, 2020 at 7:37 pm
the mask does not offer much more protection. key word *more*. it is our best front line protection against spreading the disease by those who have it and can give to the vulnerable. mask up! why not?
June 2, 2020 at 5:40 pm
Poor jerry. So desperate for attention.
Jerome Fields
May 31, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Silli - AmericanPatriot is a boring troll. He might have run out of his daily dose of antidepressants, and since he's now unemployed and about to lose his house, we should cut him some slack by not questioning his motives.
May 31, 2020 at 6:18 pm
Hysteria? I guess the prez is a perfect example. Taking, or claiming to take, hydroychloroquine, as a prophylactic so he wouldn't catch covid 19. This after the wife of his close advisor Stephen Miller tested positive WITH symptoms. If you believe you are witnessing hysteria over a viral disease of pandemic proportions, may I suggest you put your money where your mouth is - go get infected with a heavy dose of the virus and see what happens. Please don't seek medical help - that would be your hysterical reaction.
May 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm
When the governor has a history of supporting the murder of babies, wearing KKK robes and is not wearing a mask himself, No, I do NOT support this hysteria.
Jerome Fields
May 29, 2020 at 2:29 pm
If people haven't followed the proper protocol to at least attempt to not be infected or to prevent infecting others, then IMHO, I don't think they should be given medical attention.
May 29, 2020 at 8:44 am
Good evening Brittrules: Perhaps you should go get infected, be sure to get a heavy load of the virus, and get it over with for yourself. Then, should you survive (please don't go to the hospital - tough it out at home hopefully not infecting anyone else). Then, if you survive, perhaps you will have antibodies keeping in mind that having antibodies does not ensure any level of or timeframe for immunity. But, at least you will feel like you're back to pre-pandemic times while the balance of us will be functioning in a post-pandemic time.
May 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ... you need to learn how to read statistics. The DEATH rate is not .004 (which is 0.4%). In the U.S. about 1,713,000 cases have been reported with over 100,000 deaths ... that's almost 6%. The .004 figure you cite is the number of deaths per 100,000 people - in other words, for every 100,000 people in the country, SICK OR NOT, about 4 will die from the corona virus. Big difference.

You also say "(t)he authority of government is derived by consent of the people." That's true. The people of Virginia consented to ratify a Constitution and have our state run by people we elected to office. If you want to change that, get involved politically and change who we elect ... or move to a state that is run more to your liking.
May 28, 2020 at 4:18 pm
Food for thought:

Asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is something very important to consider when deciding whether to physically distance and/or don a mask while in public places. This coronavirus will NOT magically disappear as our greater Fuhrer truly believes.
Tony Bentley
May 28, 2020 at 12:49 pm
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - You may not want to accept the "new normal" and that's your right, but it doesn't change that fact that we are in troubled times and sticking your head in the sand won't make it go away.
May 28, 2020 at 6:07 am

The CDC just confirmed a .004 death rate for COVID-19.

Not four percent.

For that, we have:

* Added nearly 6 trillion to national debt

* Laid-off or furloughed 50 million workers

* Placed 60 million on food stamps

* Gone from 3% to 15% unemployment

* Crippled the petroleum industry

* Ruined the tourism industry

* Bankrupted the service industry

* Caused an impending meat and protein crisis

* Threatened, fined, and arrested church leaders

* Exacerbated mental health problems

* Shut down schools and colleges

* Given unbridled power to unelected officials

* Increased suicides higher than COVID deaths

* increased domestic violence and
child abuse

* Delayed surgeries and treatments for profound illnesses

* Infringed upon countless important civil liberties

* Placed 300 million Americans on house arrest.

The authority of government is derived by consent of the people. I do not consent to any of this. I will not accept the “new normal” nothing less everyday pre-Covid normal is acceptable.
Mark House
May 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm
Silii - Two guys I work with that acted like COVID-19 was no big deal, and didn't wear masks or social distance. One is now in the hospital, the other ones wife is now in the hospital, they just had a new baby in January and the baby tested positive, but is not sick.

I'm of the mind set fools and their lives are soon parted. Stay away from me and mine with your selfish denial.
May 27, 2020 at 6:01 pm
Like they say, if you don't like a mask, you're going to like the ventilator even less. What is the big deal about wearing a mask and showing some respect for fellow citizens? It doesn't hurt, it truly is painless and it shows you're some semblance of a responsible person interested in helping get our businesses going again and get the country through this unbelievable time. What happened to the citizen comraderie and willingness to sacrifice for others and the country we see from WWII? I would love to be out and about in Warrenton spending money - shopping for groceries (instead of getting them delivered) or gifts or necessities, eating out - but no way when I observe how so many around here clearly don't give a darn about themselves or others. Guess what? This pandemic is not a hoax. It is not the flu. It's a killer and, yes, even young people can die from it. Yes, you can be asymptomatic and spread it to others including your family and friends. And, yes, you will be responsible for possibly killing them or leaving them with horrible life long side effects such as kidney failure, severe lung damage, amputation of limbs from necrosis (gangrene) caused by bloodclots.
Linda Ward
May 27, 2020 at 9:40 am
CrestHillN8tive - "Agent Orange" is my name for the current occupant of the White House. Just as deadly and the effects will be felt long after he is gone.

Just returned from Walmart, 95% of the shoppers were being vigilant, the other 5 % were not wearing masks and not following the social distancing rules. Perhaps some people have a death/sick wish, or are of the it's a hoax camp, or they aren't too smart. I'm betting on the last option.
May 27, 2020 at 6:27 am
The best thing is to limit your exposure and watch the numbers for hospitalization and deaths, not the test numbers or new cases, for the next several weeks in our region. Be vigilant......
May 26, 2020 at 9:57 pm
It would help those of us over 65 if we knew others who might be infected and do not yet know they are. A mask might slow down the spray when they talk or cough my way. I would not want to bring this virus home to my husband who served in Vietnam and survived Agent Orange Lung Cancer. I wore a mask in the OR for 10 years to help keep my patients safe during surgery so it's no big deal. Why not do it to be on the safe side until this thing burns itself out?
Jerome Fields
May 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm
What is the point of some wearing masks while others do not?
Is the COVID-19 virus going to make "exceptions" who to infect? What medical conditions prevents the wearing of masks? Children under the age of 10 can't get Covid-19 or be asymptomatic carriers?Exercising outside makes sense but inside public buildings without a mask?

Good luck in keeping the trend going down. June and July might be doozies for front line workers.
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