CONNERSVILLE — One of the cities being hit the hardest in the state with COVID-19 cases continues to struggle to get people to wear their masks and follow CDC guidelines.
“You can go to our Walmart and no one is wearing a mask and I wear it because other people matter, and I wear it to protect other people.
Jama Sullivan follows Governor Holcomb’s mask mandate. The problem is she says so many people in her hometown are choosing not to mask up, even though Connersville is in one of the red counties with an overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases popping up every day.
“Our numbers did go down. Our positivity rate went from 25 to 12.5%, went from being first in the state for being bad. We are now 29th, which is still not good, but we are making progress in the right direction," said Mayor Chad Frank, who is focusing his energy on education Connersville residents about COVID dangers.
“We are constantly asking people, please wear your mask, follow all CDC guidelines, not just mask wearing,” said Frank.
He admits this summer he released a statement that might have led people to believe the state mandate was a choice. “I was not trying to say which I think got misinterpreted don’t wear you mask,” said Frank.
He says he was only saying Connersville is a small town with limited resources to try to figure out how to enforce such a mandate.
“It is beyond a choice because it is a government ordered mandate,” said Frank.