Ducey Pushes Back On Biden For Criticism Of Local Mask Mandates

On July 31, Governor Doug Ducey visited the Valley Child Care & Learning Center, a childcare facility that’s participating in the Enrichment Centers Program. [Photo via AZ Governor’s Office]

On Friday, presidential candidate Joe Biden accused Governor Doug Ducey of putting the public at risk by not having a statewide mask mandate in place.

Biden questioned the governor’s decision to leave mask mandates up to counties and cities. Biden blamed the governor’s  deferral for an uptick in positive test results while trying to justify his announcement that if elected, he will put a national mask mandate in place.

“Just look at what happened in Arizona,” said Biden. “In June, Arizona got hit with a surge of cases. Hospitals were flooded. The state health system was overwhelmed.”

Ducey let loose on Twitter in his defense:

In fact, in late July, Ducey announced that his administration would be using $3 million Arizona Department of Health Services dollars on a public relations campaign intended to promote the use of masks. Ducey’s statewide campaign doled out the money to his associates in advertising and public relations “to promote the use of masks to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

Arizona reached peak COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations in June. Contrary to Biden’s claim, the state’s health care system was not overwhelmed.

Despite wide-spread mask use, positive test results are currently increasing in Arizona.

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