Rep Biggs speaks out against mask mandates despite AZ's record cases subtitles

MELISSA?>> Melissa: CASEY STEGALL,THANK YOU FOR THAT.>> Trace: MADE TIME INARIZONA, STATE HEALTH OFFICIALSREPORT THE HIGHEST SINGLE DAYINCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES TODATE, ALMOST 3800 NEW INFECTIONSRECORDED YESTERDAY ALONE.ARIZONA CONGRESSMAN ANDY BIGGS,CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FREEDOMCAUCUS AND MEMBER OF THEJUDICIARY COMMITTEE.THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.I WANT TO PUT THE OVERALLNUMBERS OF ARIZONA ON THE SCREENIF I CAN, JUST TALKING ABOUT THEFACT THAT HE 800 PLUS INFECTIONSYESTERDAY, OVERALL 73,000 CASES,1,394 DEATHS.THE DEATH RATE IS STILL DOWN,BUT ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THERISING NUMBER OF CASES IN YOURSTATE?>> OF COURSE WE ARE CONCERNEDWITH THAT, BUT YOU NEED TO LOOKAT THOSE NUMBERS IN CONTEXT, ALOT MORE TESTING IS BEING DONE,WE HAVE TWO BORDER COUNTIESWHERE THEY REALLY HAVE INCREASEDTHE NUMBER, SO THEY’VE BECOMETHE HOT SPOTS, THOSE WITH THENAVAJO RESERVATION, THOSE FOURCOUNTIES REALLY ARE THE SPOT BUTAT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVEDISCHARGED 4,000 PATIENTS SINCEJUNE 1ST, WE ALSO SEE THAT WEARE HOLDING PRETTY STEADY AT 85%OF ICU BEDS IN USE SO WE STILLHAVE THAT 15% VACANCY RATETHERE.SOMEWHERE AROUND 50%, 53%,MORTALITY RATE HAS BEEN CUT INHALF AND THE LAST MONTH, ANDALSO, IF YOU LOOK AT OURHOSPITALIZATION RATE, IT IS DOWNBY HALF FROM JUST TWO WEEKS AGO.>> Trace: THERE HAS BEEN SOMECONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS, PEOPLEACCUSING YOU OF MAKING ON MASKS,THIS IS FROM YOUR OP-ED INJUNE 19TH, THE THE"WASHINGTON EXAMINER."QUOTING TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENTSHAVE ISSUED MANDATES THATVIRTUALLY EVERYONE IN EVERYPLACE WHERE MASKS.THEIR AUTHORITY TO DO SO ISDUBIOUS.A FREE SOCIETY MIGHT HANDLE THISDIFFERENTLY.THE EASIEST CASES TO ALLOWPRIVATE BUSINESSES ANDLANDOWNERS TO DETERMINE THEMEASURES THEY THINK MOSTAPPROPRIATE FOR PUBLIC HEALTHAND SAFETY.WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU SAYINGTHERE, CONGRESSMAN?>> THERE ARE TWO THINGS I REALLYWANT TO GET AT.THESE MASK ORDERS WERE INITIATEDWITHOUT AUTHORITY OR PROCESS ANDTHAT’S IMPORTANT IN A FREESOCIETY THAT YOU DO THINGS BYPROCESS.THE SECOND THING IS, YOU CANIDENTIFY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOSTVULNERABLE, WHICH WE HAVE DONE,AND EVEN THE PREVIOUS REPORTTHAT TALKS ABOUT YOU’VE GOT ASPIKE, BUT STILL, OVER 65 FOLKSWITH COMORBIDITIES REMAIN THEMOST VULNERABLE.YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF THOSEFOLKS, BUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN ISIN A RETAIL STORE, I WOULD BEABLE TO GO IN IF THEY REQUIREMASKS, I MIGHT SAY THAT’S THESTORY WANT TO SHOP AT BECAUSETHEY DON’T REQUIRE MASKS.I MIGHT SAY THAT’S WHERE I WANTTO GO BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO BESUBJECT TO MASKS.I GET ON THE AIRLINE, THEY SAIDYOU’VE GOT TO WEAR A MASK, IWOULD WEAR A MASK.THAT’S WHAT I’M GETTING AT.>> Trace: ARGUE IN FAVOR OFTHEM?THERE SEEMS TO BE A SUBSTANTIALAMOUNT OF EPIDEMIOLOGICALSTUDIES THAT SAY THEY WORK.AFTER THIS BACK AND FORTH FORMONTHS, THEY WORK.ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF THEM?>> I’VE GOT A STACK RIGHT HERE,THIS IS JUST THE LITERATURELOOKING AT 90 STUDIES AND EVENTHE ONES THAT SAY THEY MAY WORK,THEY WILL SAY WE DON’T HAVEENOUGH INFORMATION YET, AND THEOTHER TWO STUDIES SAY THEY DON’TREALLY WORK.SO IF A STORM WANTS WE ME TO WEAMASK, I’LL WEAR A MASK IF I WANTTO GO INTO THAT STORE.I OWN A BUSINESS, I SHOULD BEABLE TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION.YOU ASKED ME TO WEAR A MASK ANDI’M GOING INTO YOUR STORE, IWILL PUT A MASK ON BECAUSE IWANT TO SHOP IN YOUR STOREAPPEAR THAT THE POINT I’MGETTING AT.>> Trace: VERY QUICKLY, YOURTALK ABOUT HOSPITALIZATIONS ANDI TALKED TO A BUNCH OF DOCTORSAND SOME HOSPITALS, PEOPLE WHOOPERATE HOSPITALS THIS WEEK INTEXAS AND ARIZONA, THEY AREAGREEING WITH YOU SAYING THEHOSPITAL NUMBERS ARE MISLEADINGBY A LOT OF THE MEDIA, THEHOSPITAL NUMBERS ARE NOT THATBAD.TEXAS IS HANDLING THEM AND SO ISARIZONA.YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT?>> I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE WHOLECONTEXT.A HAND WHEN WE DO, WE WILL SAYTHIS IS NORMAL, THIS ISACCEPTABLE, AND WE CAN DEAL WITH

Rep Biggs speaks out against mask mandates despite AZ's record cases

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