Arkansas sees highest COVID-19 surge, however that is not sufficient for GOP officers to encourage vaccines


Regardless of all this, some GOP people persist of their efforts to downplay the coronavirus pandemic, together with former White Home Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders, who’s working for governor of Arkansas, vowed Friday that ought to she be elected in 2022 she wouldn’t impose any masks mandate or vaccine necessities. 

“If I am elected governor right here in Arkansas, we won’t have masks mandates,” Sanders mentioned throughout an interview on Fox & Friends. “We won’t have mandates on the vaccine, we won’t shut down church buildings and colleges and different massive gatherings, as a result of we consider in private freedom and accountability,” she added . “It is one of many key cornerstones, frankly, of our nation.”


Her promise got here in response to discussions that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) might think about updating masks guidances amid new surges of COVID-19 instances nationwide and a day after Democratic state lawmakers addressed their concern about the state’s present masks ban.

Regardless of Arkansas reporting the best variety of instances throughout the nation, Republicans like Sanders are persevering with to irresponsibly discourage mask-wearing and getting the vaccine. As a substitute of encouraging people to get the vaccine for his or her security, many Republicans are as a substitute claiming that credit to Donald Trump should be given for the vaccine to ensure that a lot of his supporters to take it.

Whereas a masks mandate was in place final 12 months when the state additionally had an increase in instances, a ban was positioned on requiring colleges and authorities entities to require individuals to put on masks in April, a month after the state’s mask mandate was lifted. A transfer Democrats are actually urging the Republican-majority legislature to take motion on. 

“Our frontline staff are re-living lengthy, tough hours of doing no matter it takes to look after COVID-stricken sufferers as hospitals are at or very practically at capability,” lawmakers wrote in a letter to the governor and Republican legislative leaders.

In response to CNN, well being care staff haven’t solely been harassed by COVID-19 deniers however even threatened of their place of employment. “It is extraordinarily tough to observe so many individuals die, after which have individuals inform you on Fb or in Walmart that you are a liar,” Sunny, a nurse who didn’t wish to use her actual title, informed CNN. She added that generally the harassment got here from the family members of sufferers she was caring for.  

“We had individuals accuse us of giving their liked one one thing else in order that they might die and we might report it as Covid. We heard it greater than as soon as that we have been fudging the numbers, or we have been killing individuals on goal to make Covid appear to be it was worse than it was, or to make it look actual when it wasn’t,” she mentioned.

Anti-vaxxers informed CNN that they believed being vaccinated was a “freedom problem” and that they didn’t wish to be a “guinea pig” to the vaccine.

The Arkansas Division of Well being confirmed not solely two baby deaths Thursday, however 1,869 new instances of the virus. Thursday is the second day of this week the state topped its common of 1,800 new COVID-19 instances. Because of this, energetic instances elevated from 876 to 12,779, KATV reported. The typical variety of every day instances in Arkansas has elevated by 121% over the previous two weeks, figured compiled by John Hopkins College discovered.

In response to the Associated Press, whereas he didn’t point out reissuing a masks mandate, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an announcement on getting vaccination as a device to fight the delta variant.

“The Delta Variant alarm bells are making a higher sense of urgency to get vaccinated,” Hutchinson tweeted. He inspired residents to get vaccinated “for the protection of our youngsters and households.”