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Mike Fitzgerald was found wanting

| October 26, 2020 1:58 PM

Idaho is one of five states with the greatest rise in coronavirus cases. Idaho has reported 58,964 cases of coronavirus and 573 deaths for a mortality rate of 0.97%. Kootenai County reports 3,921 coronavirus cases and 48 deaths for a mortality rate of 1.2%. Alarmingly Shoshone County records 259 coronavirus cases and 20 deaths, a 7.7% mortality rate.

Having been in the political arena, I appreciate that the first goal of most elected officials is reelection. By nature they are reactive, rarely proactive. As a consequence, we shouldn’t be surprised that Shoshone County Commissioner Mike Fitzgerald, a member of the Panhandle Health District board, along with the three other elected members of the seven member board, was stampeded by clamoring anti-maskers, and voted to rescind the mask mandate aimed at blunting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an incident when an elected official had the opportunity to be proactive and exhibit leadership by supporting the health experts on the Panhandle Health District board, Mike Fitzgerald was found wanting.


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