Nominee for Shelby County Health Director supports bringing back masks in public places

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s time to bring back masks in public places. That’s what the Shelby County Health Director nominee said on Good Morning Memphis Tuesday when asked about masking.

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“In my opinion it is,” Dr. Michelle Taylor said. “But what I will tell you is that the statistics don’t lie. Most of the people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 right now are people who have not been vaccinated.”

Memphis resident B Fulton continues to mask up and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. Fulton said she can’t take any risks because of the Delta variant making up 83 percent of new coronavirus cases across the country according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I have two first cousins. One was diagnosed Sunday. The other one is in the hospital right now,” said Fulton.

Fulton told FOX13 she agrees with Dr. Taylor’s statement about masks. But not everyone agrees with the idea of mandating masks again.

“Just to randomly wear them because somebody is making you do it, no, don’t believe you should,” said Memphis resident Stacy Stevenson.

Taylor also told FOX13 that children younger than 12 should be vaccinated if approved by the FDA.