Arizona Sheriff Tests Positive For COVID After Refusing To Enforce State’s Stay-At-Home Order

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb of Arizona (courtesy of Pinal County)

Arizona Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, who ignored Gov. Doug Ducey (R)’s stay-at-home order, announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 right before his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump the day before.

“On Tuesday, I was called to join the President at the White House. As is protocol, all visitors are screened for the virus,” Lamb wrote in a Facebook post. “While still asymptomatic, I tested positive for the COVID-19.”

The sheriff stated that he would be self-quarantining for the next 14 days.

“Unfortunately, as a law enforcement official and elected leader, we do not have the luxury of staying home. This line of work is inherently dangerous, and that is a risk we take when we sign up for the job,” he wrote. “Today, that risk is the COVID-19 virus.”

Lamb is one of several sheriffs who have refused to enforce their governors’ stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic.

“I think people want to know that we’re going to support their constitutional rights,” he said in May, arguing that Arizona’s COVID-19 death toll of over 300 at that point was “not a significant enough number to continue to ruin the economy.”

The sheriff’s announcement was first reported by the Arizona Republic.

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