Governor’s race: Inslee made right calls on pandemic

I’ll be casting my vote for Jay Inslee. When the virus hit our state hard back in March he quickly took action to protect our state. His stay-at-home order and phased reopening plan brought our caseload way down. When people weren’t responding to his voluntary mask order and cases started rising, mostly in Eastern Washington he made the difficult decision to make wearing a mask mandatory. At the time we were 10th in the nation for cases per 100,000, we are now 41st at a rate of approximately 1,100 cases per 100,000 population. Some of the states that didn’t shut down or issue mandatory mask orders have rates three times Washington’s. A little bit of math shows that Inslee’s action kept 160,000 people from getting sick and saved 4,000 lives.

Anybody that has been on the road lately can see that our economy is rebounding and we are opening up safely, It’s rare now to see anyone in the grocery store without a mask and cases are dropping once again. According to The Daily Herald the unemployment rate in Snohomish County was 8.8 percent a couple weeks ago. I don’t see where any of the states that opened too quickly or had no mandatory mask orders have an economy three times better than ours. Thanks, Governor.

Dan Verda

Tulalip

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