Cape Girardeau County Extends Current Mask Mandate

Members of the Cape Girardeau County Health Department Board of Trustees recently extended Cape Girardeau County’s current mask mandate, but they will lift the current mandate only if one of three previsions is met. The provisions include, if a viral lab test positivity rate in Cape Girardeau County is less than five percent over a period of two weeks and the rolling case total count of new coronavirus cases is less than 200 for a two week period or a coronavirus vaccine becomes extensively available to citizens and a highly efficient and relatively in expensive therapeutic treatment for the coronavirus  becomes widely available. The cloth face coverings which were recommended in the order aren’t respirators or surgical type masks. Exemptions have been put in place for residents that have medical reasons that could keep them from wearing a mask. Cape Girardeau County’s mask mandate started on July 13, 2020 and originally did not have an expiration date. Before the meeting the board took comments electronically on continuing of lifting the mandate. Board members said the responses they got were even in keeping the order in place and to lift it. The total number of cases in the county is 2,876 with 50 total deaths.

 

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