Alabama Lt. Gov. with virus diagnosis still against mask order


FILE – In this April 17, 2018, file photo, Lt. Gov. candidate Will Ainsworth, center, meets with voters before he speaks at a forum in Montgomery, Ala. Ainsworth and Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh swapped accusations in dueling campaign ads, and accused each other of unfair tactics, ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff. (AP Photo/Mallory Moench, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Lt.  Gov. Will Ainsworth says he remains opposed to mandatory mask orders despite being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Republican lieutenant governor said Thursday that he encourages people to wear a mask, but added he thinks everyone has the right to make their own choices regarding their health.

Ainsworth announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19. He said he sought a test after learning someone in his Sunday school group had COVID-19.

Numbers show the coronavirus pandemic appears to be worsening again in Alabama after weeks of improvement. Nearly 175,000 people in Alabama have contracted the virus and at least 2,805 have died.

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