Philadelphia — While most governors have issued stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep constituents safe, some governors are ignoring the recommendations of public health professionals and scientific experts and refusing to enact statewide shelter-in-place policies.
That’s why 314 Action is launching a new digital ad campaign targeting voters in the eight holdout states: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. The ads call out the respective governors for failing to take action and issue shelter-in-place orders.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds maintained that experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci ” [don’t] have all the information.” In South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem passed the buck to her constituents, insisting that “the people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety.” And Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently encouraged Oklahomans to take their families out to dinner.
“The science is absolutely clear: stay-at-home orders are helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives,” said Harvard epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, one of the first scientists to raise the alarm about COVID-19’s threat to the United States. “These governors should listen to the scientists and public health professionals and take action to protect the health and safety of their constituents.”