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Competence vs. malignant nihilism, an illustration

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Here is a competent governor:

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a statewide mandate requiring facial coverings in public to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, as cases again begin to rise in Washington.

And for Yakima County — which has nearly as many COVID-19 cases as the state of Oregon and where hospital capacity has maxed out — Inslee ordered even more stringent requirements to make sure people cover their faces while at businesses.

The orders are set to take effect Friday.

The statewide mandate — which will be formally issued by State Health Secretary John Wiesman — requires people over the age of 5 to wear face coverings while at any indoor or outdoor space in public.

While children under 5 are exempt, the order recommends kids between the ages of 3 and 5 wear facial coverings.

Also exempt from the governor’s order: people who are deaf or hard of hearing, specifically in scenarios when they are communicating with another person.

And the order will recognize times where it is allowable for people to remove their masks, such as when they are eating at a restaurant, or engaged in a recreational activity either alone or with members of their household.

I assume Yakima has almost as many cases as the state of Oregon because of its high population density and reliance on mass transit.

To compare, let’s check in on Florida’s store brand Donald Trump:

Florida’s Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed 3,289 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 103,506. There were also 64 new deaths announced, raising the statewide death toll to 3,237.

A Miami Herald analysis of public and non-public COVID-19 data found that through June 3, new cases in Florida had consistently been trending up since mid-May and the trends could not be attributed solely to increases in testing.

And as bars, gyms, vacation rentals and movie theaters reopened at partial capacity in all but three South Florida counties, the number and rate of new COVID-19 cases were rising statewide — a troubling indicator that the disease could be spreading more quickly.

Seems bad! Surely the response will be swift and imme…

Florida man, Florida man.

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