‘This is not a partisan issue to us’: Bryan Health official pushes back against critics of universal masking
A Bryan Health official on Wednesday pushed back against critics of the hospital groups' advocating for universal masking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Bryan Health official on Wednesday pushed back against critics of the hospital groups’ advocating for universal masking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Ravenscroft, Bryan Health’s vice president of advancement, made the comments in response to accusations by the “echo chamber” that Bryan’s stance on masks is politically motivated.
“This is not a partisan issue to us,” Ravenscroft said. “It’s a public safety issue.”
Ravenscroft said the most of the critiques came in the form of comments on social media sites. Bryan Health has repeatedly voiced its position that people should wear masks to protect themselves and others from the virus.
“It was getting pretty pointed, and accusations of being somewhat of a partisan wedge issue that we’re participating in,” he said.
Ravenscroft said while Bryan employees span the political spectrum, they’re in agreement when it comes to the benefits of wearing masks, washing hands and practicing social distancing. Ravenscroft said those things are “incredibly helpful” in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
“Universal masking in our opinion will help us have a better chance to get schools back to normal, go to the gathering places, the concerts, the sporting events, all of the things that we once all enjoyed doing freely,” he said. “This will just help get us back into those rhythms of life.”