“They were all packed in together, holding that sign and mocking the fact that we are supposed to be social distancing and basically saying, ‘We don’t care, we are going to be this anyway,’” Patterson said. “That’s some people’s idea of something that is funny. I did not laugh at that. Especially because, at the time, I was dealing with a death certificate of someone who had just died.”
Patterson said he understands that as the health commissioner he “sees things through a different lens,” but thought the photo, “mocked” social distancing.