Public health experts warned for months that the coronavirus is a dangerous global pandemic that cannot be taken lightly. Unfortunately, time has proven the experts right. Over one million people worldwide have died from COVID-19. Over 210,000 American lives have been lost, including roughly 300 of our fellow Western North Carolinians.

If you haven’t abandoned science, facts and common sense, you know what you have to do: Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. And wear a mask.

I’ve said many times during this pandemic that job one for those seeking public office is not putting public health at risk. That’s why I have campaigned responsibly with masks, social distancing and limits on the number of people attending our events.

I have taken that approach since the beginning, because it is the right thing to do for the people of