GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — State Representative Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) and Dr. Rob Davidson, MD, an emergency physician in west Michigan, today called on the leaders of the Michigan Legislature to pass a bipartisan law to require masks to be worn in indoor places and crowded outdoor areas. Michigan just experienced its worst week of the pandemic, with 50,892 new COVID-19 cases. West Michigan is seeing the highest case rate of any region in the state, and hospitals there are hitting capacity.
“The public health facts in West Michigan are changing rapidly and for the worse. Our family members, friends, and neighbors are becoming sick and dying at unprecedented rates, and our community hospitals are reaching a breaking point,” said Rep. Brann, “From hospital CEOs to frontline medical workers, the people I talk to from West Michigan are asking for help.”
Rep. Brann, who also owns and operates Brann’s Restaurants, said, “I urge my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to put the good of Michigan ahead of partisanship and pass a bipartisan mask requirement that encourages every Michigander to take this simple, effective precaution more seriously. As a small business owner, requiring everyone to wear masks can help small businesses operate more safely while protecting our customers, employees and communities during this terrible pandemic.”
Brann said Michigan’s Constitution, under Article 4 (Section 51), says: “The public health and general welfare of the people of the state are hereby declared to be matters of primary public concern. The legislature shall pass suitable laws for the protection and promotion of the public health. I take that oath seriously as I should, and I lose sleep if I let people down in this.”
Masks have been proven overwhelmingly to reduce COVID-19 transmission, and the CDC recently shared that, in addition to protecting others, wearing a mask can also help protect the wearer.
“Masks, along with physical distancing, are far and away the best tool we have to stop the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases and get our state back on track,” said Dr. Davidson, who is also the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Medicare. “Bipartisan mask rules are cropping up around the Midwest from North Dakota to Iowa to Ohio — we applaud every elected official who steps up to the plate to protect their communities on this issue. Thank you to Representative Brann — frontline medical workers are grateful.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 24, 2020