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- “Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet?” Vitale wrote. “This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED!”
- The demand for residents to stop getting tested comes amid rising coronavirus numbers across the state and country.
- Vitale has frequently claimed masks do nothing to slow the spread of the coronavirus and said he would not wear a facial covering on religious grounds.
A state lawmaker in Ohio urged his constituents to stop getting tested for the coronavirus Tuesday after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) issued a mandatory mask order in counties experiencing high levels of coronavirus spread.
State Rep. Nino Vitale (R) took to Facebook Tuesday following the order.
“Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet?” Vitale wrote. “This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED!”
“It is giving the government an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening. Have you noticed they never talk about deaths anymore, just cases? And they never talk about recoveries. They just keep adding to numbers they have been feeding us from over 3 months ago!” Vitale wrote.
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The demand for residents to stop getting tested comes amid rising coronavirus numbers across the state and country.
The mandatory mask order will apply to seven counties designated “Red Alert Level 3.” Ohio’s third risk level is defined as having a “very high exposure and spread.” The order will remain in effect as long as counties stay on that level or increase to “Purple Alert Level 4,” defined as having “severe exposure and spread.”
The mask mandate requires residents wear masks indoors anywhere that is not a residence, and requires people to wear masks outdoors when they are unable to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and others. The order goes into effect Wednesday evening.
The criticism of the order from Vitale is not the first time the lawmaker has railed against the use of masks to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Vitale has frequently claimed masks do nothing to slow the spread of the coronavirus and said he would not wear a facial covering on religious grounds.
“This is the greatest nation on earth founded on Judeo-Christian Principles. One of those principles is that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. That image is seen the most by our face. I will not wear a mask,” Vitale wrote on Facebook in May.
The CDC recommends the use of masks or cloth facial coverings when it is not possible to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Studies have shown the use of face coverings can slow the spread of COVID-19 because it helps prevent coronavirus carriers who do not know they have the disease from spreading it to others.
While there is no national requirement, several governors have issued statewide mandatory mask orders to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
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