Hundreds of people said “Yes!” to my Facebook call for North Carolina officials to keep our citizens safe by standing firm on pandemic safety policies relating to the planned Republican National Convention set for Charlotte in August.
Thank you to everyone who “Liked” or commented on it. Now I have a request for followup:
Please send this message to Governor Roy Cooper. It only takes a moment or two.
Governor Cooper has an online email form, right here.
Folks from out of state can also use it (we want visitors to be safe here too!)
I just sent this message myself:
Dear Governor Cooper:
I strongly urge you to strictly enforce all pandemic safety policies applicable to the proposed political convention in Charlotte in August. This health crisis will not be over. Please keep Charlotte and North Carolina Citizens (and any visitors) SAFE.
Use your own words. If you prefer the phone, here is the office number listed on the Governor’s web page: (919) 814-2000.
The pandemic continues to spread in North Carolina. Confirmed cases, hospitalizations & deaths are all at new highs.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported this morning (May 26):
“At least 24,056 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 790 have died as of Tuesday morning, state and county health departments say.
At least 627 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Monday, the highest daily total state officials have reported since the pandemic began. The number is up from 587 the day before.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday also reported 742 new coronavirus cases as testing ramps up throughout the state. It was a jump from 497 new reported cases on Sunday.”
This graph, from Reuters, shows the steady, rapid rise of virus cases in the state, as of Mid-May. The total has continued rapidly upward since then. Unlike some other states, NC a peak or leveling off is not yet in sight here.
This worsening situation only heightens the risk of large mass gatherings , both to residents and visitors. And it won’t be over by August. It makes such policies as social distancing and wearing masks even more a matter of life and death.
Republican party leaders have threatened to move the convention from Charlotte unless Governor Cooper lifts pandemic policies from the venue. I believe this would be a very dangerous mistake. Cooper should Resist such threats and pressure.
if you share this view, tell Governor Cooper so. Politely and persistently. And please pass this message on.