This past year has been tumultuous to say the least. We’ve missed out on time spent with friends and family, community events, festivals and other social gatherings. It’s been difficult and challenging, but we have been resilient. While the vaccine offers a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, we still must work together to avoid more preventable deaths from COVID-19.
That’s the key. Working together as a team to continue wearing masks and social distancing to curb the spread of this virus.
For the last year, Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services have listened to the advice of health and science experts to pragmatically and calmly guide our state through this public health crisis.
What was he met with? Constant Republican obstruction and lawsuits to undermine those efforts. Think about that for a second. Republicans sued the governor over something that has been scientifically proven to save lives. All while having no plan of their own to protect the health and well-being of Wisconsinites.
We need to be on the same team when it comes to fighting this virus. But at the end of the day, we have to ask, what team are the Republicans playing for?
Almost a full year later and the Republican-led Legislature is pushing for legislation that prioritizes political interests rather than protect communities from the virus. Over 6,000 Wisconsinites have died, there’s a more contagious variant of the virus in the state and yet Republicans are fixated on eliminating a safety measure that could save lives.
Their actions will only prolong this crisis and lead to more preventable deaths.
Here in Wisconsin, we have a strong sense of community and watching out for our neighbors, and this moment is a call to action. Now more than ever, we can and must wear a mask to keep our communities, schools and businesses a safe place to be and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Let’s all do our part to beat this. Mask up, Wisconsin.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-West Point, represents the 27th Senate District which covers Sauk, Dane, Iowa, Columbia and Green County.
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