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Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) —James Janzer steps into the Harbor Freight Tools Store, one of the worst heats in North Dakota …
Bismarck, North Dakota (AP) —James Janzer steps into the Harbor Freight Tools store, one of North Dakota’s worst coronavirus hotspots, and tells customers to wear face masks. I peeled it off.
“If they kick me out, I’ll go somewhere,” Janzer said, calling the mask as effective at blocking the virus as “stopping the sand with a chicken wire.” Despite the mask requirements of the Bismarck store, the 69-year-old trucking company owner was not asked to leave.
“I don’t get BS from people,” Yantzer said. “I rely on my common sense.”
This is a common attitude in the very conservative state of North Dakota, and many believe it has contributed to the worst ranking in the United States in recent weeks regarding the spread of the coronavirus. The deteriorating number of states cast sharp questions about how Republican Governor Doug Burgum, who will be reelected next month, processed the virus.
Even some supporters want a wealthy former Microsoft executive, Bergham, to take a stricter policy in demanding masks and limiting social gatherings and business occupancy.
Gus Eleth, a 71-year-old retired railroad worker, thinks Burgum is doing a good job overall and is the key to reelection. The governor has the right to vote, but he wants him to be more aggressive against the virus, even if he feels angry. Some conservatives. Elles said a mask man date would help.
“He’s still the governor, and what does it hurt?” Elles said. “Some people hate it and think it’s a joke, but it’s for their own benefit.”
Bergham defeated the Republican’s main candidate in the primary by supporting the establishment of a party to win his first term in 2016 and pledged to run the state government like a business. Since then, he has frequently clashed with Republican legislative leaders over budget issues and his veto power. This summer, he spent more than $ 1.8 million in state primaries against one of Bergham’s top priorities, a proposal from Theodore Roosevelt’s presidential library in western North Dakota. Defeated Republicans.
With regard to the virus, Bergham used weekly press briefings to make emotional, and sometimes tearful, plea to support facial coverings, emphasizing the “light touch” by the government. He updated the theme last week as he refused to raise the risk level of coronavirus and impose mandatory limits in some counties.
Musk’s mission is “not a silver bullet to get rid of this virus,” he said.
“I think it’s important to understand that for the future of our state, there are things that are stronger than executive orders and infinitely stronger than missions. And these are the beliefs that individuals hold in their hearts. Compassion, empathy, understanding, and dare to say, I really love you, “Burgam choked.
North Dakota is one of 16 states with no mask obligations. According to Johns Hopkins data, the rate of new cases of the virus in nearly 1,000 out of 100,000 people in the last two weeks is the worst in the country. The number of active cases in the state has risen to record levels. The death toll is increasing.
North Dakota has not elected a Democratic governor since 1988. Still, Sherry Lens, a Democratic opponent who served as a veterinarian in the first state-wide campaign, hasn’t stopped attacking him on this issue.
“His crybaby approach doesn’t work,” she said of Bergum’s emotional plea for people to wear masks. “I think his tears are real, but that’s not what we need for leaders. He blames companies and individuals.”
“He is overwhelmed and at stake,” she said.
According to the campaign funding disclosure, Bergham raised about $ 1 million in a reelection bid. This is more than three times the total of Lenz. Records show that Burgum bankrolled about 80% of the campaign.
Elles, a retired railroad worker, said she was always wearing a mask.
“At my age, I can’t mess with it,” he said.
Former Bismarck prison officer Roy Nagel, 90, wore a mask most of the time, although not recently while standing alone with a driver near the State Capitol waving an anti-abortion sign. He said he was doing it.
Nagel believes that the coronavirus is “blown out disproportionately,” but mandating a mask is not a bad idea “for the safety of the people.” He said he would vote for Burgham regardless.
Recently, more than five dozen North Dakota pediatricians have signed a letter urging Burgum to require a mask. Refusing to do so “ignores sound science and the recommendations of local, state, and national health professionals,” the doctor wrote.
Three of North Dakota’s top health officers appointed by Bourgam have resigned during the pandemic. The latest Dr. Paul Mariani resigned the day after Bergum withdrew a new order that would reverse himself and carry out quarantine due to close contact with the virus.
Renae Moch, director of public health at Bismarck-Burleigh, said state health professionals were dissatisfied.
“What we’ve done isn’t working and we’re doing something else to expect change,” Mock said.
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