Below is the email that Self Regional Healthcare President and CEO, Jim Pfeiffer, sent to Greenwood County Council earlier today.
Dear County Council Members,
We were profoundly disappointed in Greenwood County Council’s failure to pass a mask ordinance at Tuesday evening’s special session. Though the City’s mask mandate (that was passed last week and went into effect Monday, July 13) has the potential to help reduce community spread of COVID-19, it is our opinion at Self Regional that without a corresponding mandate for the non-incorporated parts of Greenwood, the City’s effort is severely weakened. The City’s ordinance requires all staff and customers to wear face coverings while inside any business in the Greenwood city limits. Our citizens need this same protection in the county as well, and given that the border between county and city is often unclear, County Council’s failure to pass a similar mandate is bound to create confusion and noncompliance. Tuesday evening, County Council missed a very important opportunity to turn the tide of this pandemic’s impact on our community and the lives of our citizens.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, churches all across the county along with elected officials and community members marched in Greenwood and gathered at the Courthouse for song, speeches, and solidarity.
See what we saw in the short video below. Hear what we heard, remember what was said, and carry the messages forward.
by Denise Waldrep candidate for SC House Representative, District 13
How many nights have you waited up for your children, not able to sleep until you know that they’re safely home? We hope that they won’t be in an accident. We hope that they won’t do something foolish that results in harm. Not only do families of color worry about this, but they also experience the fear of their children experiencing overly-aggressive treatment from law enforcement while being stopped for driving while black, running while black, or walking home from school while black. Occupation and wealth are no deterrent. U. S. Senator Tim Scott (SC), was pulled over seven times in one year by police. Senator Scott has urged his colleagues “not to deny the existence of the pain and anguish of problematic police/community relations.” No one has all the answers about how to fix our long standing racial divide. But we can begin by acknowledging the problem and standing with those who have experienced, and are experiencing, systemic racism. Now is the time for action. And sometimes the most appropriate action is to take no action other than to be still and listen.