* Gov. JB Pritzker was in Quincy earlier today and was asked about past opposition to his stay at home order and how he thinks things will be different with his latest mask-wearing pitch…
As you know, the positivity rates in this area have risen, and risen and risen. And I think as there is a greater threat to people who live in this area, as they know more people who’ve gotten sick or had to go to the hospital, or even have died, I think it becomes more real for many people. There have been people who have, you know, been adamantly opposed to any rules at all about this. And then some of those people have gotten sick.
And so obviously, our message to those folks is this is not a political virus. It’s not a Red State virus or a Blue State virus. It’s not something made up by somebody for political purposes. This virus attacks anybody.
And we just have to figure out how to live with it, to make sure the fewest number of people get sick, go to the hospital, maybe die. And that’s what we’re trying to do and we need everybody’s help. You don’t have to be an activist on behalf of fighting for something that will help us, or work against us, just follow the mitigation suggestions of science, of the doctors, of really everybody standing here, you know, keep social distance.
We don’t have to do this forever. You’ve seen there’s progress on vaccines and treatments. And you know, we’re not there yet. We’re not there yet. And frankly, we’re not going to be there until 2021, in my humble opinion. I’m not a doctor, but that’s what my observation is, that we’re not going to be able to take off the mask and go about everything we were doing seven, eight months ago for a few more months, maybe six plus months.
So let’s all work together on this. That’s my message to all those folks. I’m sorry that they have decided to personalize it.