Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Incompetence, lack of guidance and leadership was on display on May 15 at the Arizona City Post Office. To say the post office was busy is an understatement. I drove by the post office three times on Battaglia looking for a parking spot. When a parking spot opened up at about 2:30 p.m., I parked and entered the post office. I was immediately impressed by the number of people that were not wearing a mask.
Queuing in line to pick up a prescription, I was sixth or seventh, so I spent 15-20 minutes in line. My thoughts went to the line of people in Wisconsin last month who were wearing masks. The last count was 59 of those forced to vote in person came down with COVID-19. Ninety percent of the individuals that were in the post office on May 15 that were getting their mail and going to the counters were not wearing masks. This was very disturbing.
When the queue in the hallway turned the corner, I saw that the sheriff's deputy controlling the number of individuals at the counters and the post office employee at the package counter were not wearing a mask.
I have been staying home and wearing a mask when I go out since the first weeks of March.
COVID-19 is real. Arizona had 13,169 cases and 651 deaths and Pinal County had 670 cases and 28 deaths as of May 15. Wearing a mask is a small inconvenience we can do to help control the spread of COVID-19, and wearing a mask is a courtesy to others, those individuals whose immune systems may be compromised and those “essential workers” who have to deal with the public.
Approaching the counters at the post office without a mask put postal employees at risk.