CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - The mask mandate in the county will be in place through at least September 22.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, its five-member Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday, August 25 to keep the county’s mask mandate.
It will be in place until the board’s next meeting on September 22. However, the Board may review the mandate before then, if necessary.
“The decision to issue and extend the Face-Covering Order was not taken lightly,” said Jane Wernsman, director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. “Multiple factors were considered including the positivity rate of testing, increasing regional hospitalization rates, increasing active cases in Cape County, and the Southeast region.”
The cloth face coverings recommended in the order are not surgical masks or respirators. Exemptions have been allowed for those that have medical reasons that may prevent them from wearing a face covering.
The mandate went into effect on July 13 and originally did not have an expiration date.
The health center reported a total of 164 active cases of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday, August 26, with eight deaths and 755 recoveries.
That makes a total of 927 cases.
The Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center also provided a summary report on Wednesday. You can see it below.