Health officer says medical experts face "aggression and threats" over school mask order
Hundreds of people spoke out Thursday afternoon at a Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting, angry about the county’s school mask mandate.
At the meeting, county health officer Adam London cited research showing that masks are effective at helping to slow the spread of coronavirus. All of the county’s hospitals issued statements supporting the mask mandate. But London told commissioners he didn’t ask any other local health experts to speak at the meeting.
“I’ve chosen, to be frank, not to do that because of the aggression and threats so many of us have received," London told commissioners. "I am not going to put other people who are working their tail off to serve this community, put them on the same stage that I’m on right now to be the target of aggression.”
The Kent county school mask mandate applies to students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. London says it will expire two months after children become eligible to receive a vaccine, or when community transmission of COVID-19 is rated “low” by the CDC.