GOP Sheriff Who Refused To Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown Tests Positive At White House
A Republican sheriff in Arizona who said in April that he would refuse to enforce the order to block the state's coronavirus tested positive for the infection during a visit to the White House.
Mark Lamb, sheriff in Pinal County, announced his positive diagnosis on Facebook on Wednesday. Lamb said he was probably infected with the virus in a campaign event on Saturday. He was asymptomatic when shown on Tuesday at the White House, where he said he was invited to join President Donald Trump.
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Lamb said he would quarantine himself "for the next 14 days." The Pinal County Health Department keeps track of anyone who came in contact with him after the campaign event.
"Unfortunately, as a law enforcement officer and elected leader, we don't have the luxury of staying at home," he wrote. "This industry is inherently dangerous, and that's a risk we take when we sign up for the job."
Lamb's full Facebook post can be found here:
At the end of April, Lamb scolded Doug Duceys (R) for a two-week extension of the nationwide residence order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Pinal County MPs would "educate and advise business owners who violated the restrictions, but would not make arrests," Lamb told the Phoenix New Times at the time.
"I'm not trying to change his policy, I just don't agree and I won't enforce it." I don't think it's right, ”said Lamb, who described the order as unconstitutional. "I don't want to make criminals out of people who are just trying to keep their business from going under," he said.
Mark Lamb, sheriff in Pinal County, announced on Facebook his positive diagnosis for the coronavirus. (Photo: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
The nationwide Arizona order to stay at home was lifted on May 15th.
This week, the state saw record increases in confirmed cases of the virus.
According to the Arizona Department of Health, at least 40,000 people in the state are now affected by the disease. It has killed more than 1,200 people nationwide.
The nationwide death toll is expected to exceed 120,000 in the coming days.
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to attend a rally for 2020 at the Dream City Church in Phoenix on Tuesday.
The President will hold a similar event on Saturday at the BOK center with a capacity of 19,000 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, public health officials have warned not to host the indoor rally because they fear that the spread of the virus may accelerate.
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